Digital radio under threat

It seems that community digital radio is under threat!

Live Delay is a brand new show and will operate across Australia on many digital stations, including Zed Digital.

Ben Eltham discusses the issue further in a great blog post on Crikey today. Here’s a small extract:

The community radio sector is bigger than you think it is. Long seen as the poor cousin of the flashier commercial sector, there are more than 300 community broadcasters scattered around the country, ranging from large, semi-professional outfits in the capital cities to small outback radio stations catering to niche and specialist audiences.

Read the rest of this important article on Crikey.

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Episode 8: Kyü; Albatross

Kyü

Kyü

Episode 8 of Live Delay boards a short flight and takes a weekend trip to Sydney. On this edition, we sample some of Sydney’s best duos with two live sets from Kyü and Albatross.

KYÜ
Recorded by Andrew Edgson
Mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan for FBi Radio, Sydney.

Kyü do pop music at experimental, almost primordial, angles. The Sydney duo composed of Alyx Dennison and Freya Berkhout are fond of overlapping vocal melodies, tribalistic drum beats, and generous use of synths, pianos and even glockenspiel.

They’re a band that excels on the live stage and is capable of emotionally moving even the most obstinate individuals. We’re fortunate enough to have a small set to share with you courtesy of our friends at FBi Radio in Sydney.

Find out more about Kyü.

ALBATROSS
Recorded and mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan for FBi Radio, Sydney.

Our next set is from another Sydney duo by the name of Albatross. Yes, another duo – but this time it’s an all male affair, with Thomas McAlister and Sam Weston twiddling the knobs and programming the beats.

Self described as ‘dreamfunk’, Albatross certainly are fond of playing a brand of chilled out electronic music heavily reliant on ambience, they nurture the listener, taking them on a journey into the unknown.

Find out more about Albatross.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 1 March 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: FBi Radio, Harvey O’Sullivan, Andrew Edgson.

Cover image taken by Threthny. Used under creative commons license CC-BY-NC-SA 2.0. Original image found here..

Episode 7: Tape/Off; The Horrortones; The Mouldy Lovers

Tape/Off

Lucky seven! And Live Delay episode seven is going to be a really special event indeed. We bring you three great and very different Brisbane bands in their element – live on stage!

TAPE/OFF
Set 1 recorded by Sky Kirkham and mixed by Branko Cosic.
Set 2 recorded by Murray Paas and mixed by Cameron Smith.

We bring you not one, but TWO sets from one of Brisbane’s loudest bands – Tape/Off. The foursome whose fondness of loud pavement-esque rock has with a twist has seen them etch out a unique identity within their hometown music scene over the past few years. They’re also pretty nice dudes. Set 1 features three songs recorded at The Primitive Room in Spring Hill, Brisbane, whereas Set 2 shows three different songs from a gig at The Zoo in late 2012.

Find out more about Tape/Off.

THE HORRORTONES
Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2012.

We’re proud to present Brisbane’s very own supergroup – The Horrortones! Made up of members of Texas Tea, The Vegas Kings, The Giants of Science and many other prominent local bands, The Horrortones beat out the soulful sounds of the sixties in a way even alliteration can’t do justice. Frontman Pete Collins may actually sound like Wilson Pickett and the rest of the band sound like The Commitments but with added sexual organs (and organ). And we’ve got them live here on Live Delay! Grouse!

Find out more about The Horrortones.

THE MOULDY LOVERS
Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2011.

The Mouldy Lovers are a young and vibrant Brisbane gypsy instrumental band with a  wicked set of humour. They do a mad cover of the theme song from Tetris (unfortunately, not covered in this set) and have skills to pay multiple bills (not your rent however). Check out this neat live set we captured back in 2011 in this episode of Live Delay.

Find out more about The Mouldy Lovers.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 22 February 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: Branko Cosic, Cameron Smith, Murray Paas, Sky Kirkham.

Commit to Community Radio

Via committocommunityradio.org.au.

The future of free-to-air broadcasting is digital – but for community radio stations, that future is now at risk.

Unless the Federal Government addresses a $1.4m funding shortfall in the upcoming budget to support current community digital radio services in Melbourne, Sydney, Adelaide, Brisbane and Perth many vital community services will have to be switched off.

CBAA President Adrian Basso says “any cuts to our digital radio services would be disastrous for media diversity, specialist programming and local and Australian content’.

The Commit to Community Radio campaign calls on Senator Conroy and the Government to commit to a digital  future for community radio.

Community broadcasters should be entitled to affordable access to digital radio alongside the national and commercial radio sectors.

It’s critical for the future of all community broadcasters that we maintain our current community digital radio services and are not left behind in a digital broadcasting future.

For more information and to join the Commit to Community Radio Campaign go to  committocommunityradio.org.au

Episode 6: Dappled Cities; Dune Rats

Dappled Cities

Dappled Cities

In the latest episode of Live Delay we engage in a battle of the D-titled bands, catching up with the much loved DAPPLED CITIES of Sydney town, as well as Brisbane’s own DUNE RATS.

DAPPLED CITIES
Recorded and mixed by Harvey O’Sullivan, 2012.
Produced by FBi Radio, Sydney.

Featuring songs from across their four album discography, we bring you a special Dappled Cities concert recorded in mid-2012 by our friends at FBi Radio in Sydney. The accomplished and critically acclaimed Sydney band really pull out all stops and this extended set brings you songs like ‘Holy Chord’, ‘The Night Is Young At Heart’ and even the oldie (but definitely a goodie) ‘Peach’. Dappled Cities – a great live band and captured here on in their majestic best.

Find out more about Dappled Cities.

DUNE RATS
Recorded by Sky Kirkham, 2012.
Mixed by Branko Cosic, 2012.

Holy mixtapes batman, this Dune Rats set is full of mind-blowing awesome. For the uninitiated, Dune Rats are a surfy-garagy duo from BRisbane with a fondness for crazy party hijinks. The 4ZZZ live recording team were present to capture the band demonstrating their wide ranging live musical powers at the 2012 Rock to Transmit at The Primitive Room in Brisbane, and by the beard of Zeus, it was enjoyable. Fortunately, we can share it here with you on Live Delay. Listen in for ‘Pogo’ – it’s a winner.

Find out more about Dune Rats.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 15 February 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray.
Kudos: FBi, Harvey O’Sullivan, Sky Kirkham, Branko Cosic.

Cover image taken by James Dennes. Used under creative commons license CC BY 2.0.

Episode 5: Velociraptor; Feathers; Adalita

velociraptor

Woah! We’re at episode FIVE already? Time really flies when you’re having fun. And trust me, this episode is killer. We’re highlighting three outstanding lives sets in this episode from Velociraptor, Feathers and Adalita.

VELOCIRAPTOR
Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2012.

Velociraptor are a chameleon beast sent to destroy your ideas about rocking and rolling. This TWELVE piece band are purveyors of the infectious and masters in the art of stagecraft – they even took out 2012 Hot 100 with their viral pop song ‘Cynthia’. We feature a snippet of their tremendous performance at 2012’s Rock To Transmit. Trust me; it will blow your face off!

INTERVIEW: Jeremy Neale of Velociraptor.

FEATHERS
Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2012. 

Feather’s debut record Hunter’s Moon (2011) was one of the Australian music highlights of that year. This all female dreamy rock group conjure pop narratives with distinct psychedelic angles. Feathers can be gloomy, they can be transcendental and one could rattle off half a dozen influences here (Shop Assistants, The Shaggs, and so forth), but it really does the band a disservice to think of them simply as the sum of their influences. This set was recorded at the Alhambra Bar in Fortitude Valley Brisbane back in March 2012.

ADALITA
Recorded and mixed by Matt Denver of D4 Studios
Produced by John Robinson for BeauFM.

I really don’t need to waste your time spruiking the credentials of Adalita Srsen. The charismatic singer of Geelong’s legendary Magic Dirt released a fine debut solo record way back in 2011. Our friends at BeauFM were present to record part of her set at BigSound 2011 and Live Delay is pleased to give some digital radio love to some of Adalita’s sublime live performance.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 8 February 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray
Kudos: Sky Kirkham, John Robinson, Matt Denver, Beau FM

Episode 4: Woodford Folk Festival; The Gathering Festival

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In episode 4 of Live Delay, we take you festival hopping with a couple of sets from Woodford 2011 and also The Gathering Festival.

THE WOODFORD FOLK FESTIVAL 2011

Recorded in 2011 by Sky Kirkham.
Mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2012.

Recorded in the lush environment of Woodfordia, 4ZZZ and Zed Digital braved the heat to record sets from artists playing at the 2011 Woodford Folk Festival. Held over the new year period in 2011, we managed to capture some of the smooth sounds of indie/folk artists such as Charlie Mayfair, Nick and Liesl, and Andrea Soler.

THE GATHERING FESTIVAL 2011

Recorded in 2011 by Sky Kirkham.
Mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2011.

The Gathering Festival went down on September 17 2011 at the Old Museum in Brisbane, and the 4ZZZ live recording team where there to capture the magic. We present two outrageous sets, firstly from the risqué Bertie Page Clinic, followed by the rambunctious bluesy rock of The Jim Rockfords.

Airing details: First aired via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 1 February 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray
Kudos: Andrew McLellan, Sky Kirkham

Cover image taken by Robynejay . Used under creative commons license CC BY-SA 2.0.

Episode 3: YIS, theHEAD

In episode three of Live Delay, we check out two different sounding groups of artists from Melbourne and Sydney respectively.

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YIS
Recorded in 2012 by Robbie Adams at The Tote, Melbourne.
Mixed by Robbie Adams, 2012.

Melbourne fuzz monsters, YIS, have been kicking it around the traps for a number of years now, bringing their sweaty pysch rock being a staple of the Melbourne music scene since 2009. Made up of brothers Simon, Andrew and Matt (plus non-relative Brownyn) the band released the well-received ‘Kingdom of Fuzz’ in 2011. This set was recorded by Robbie Adams at The Tote in Melbourne in March 2012 and features hit after hit of fuzz-madness, including an excellent version of ‘(I Feel) Repulsed’.

Find out more about YIS.

INTERVIEW: Simon Fazio of YIS

THEHEAD
Recorded in 2005 by Nao Anzai at the Rob Roy Hotel, Melbourne.
Mixed by Nao Anzai, mastered by Scott Herbert.

Playing a mixture of krautrock, synthetic beats and the odd bit of post-rock craziness, Sydney’s theHead have existed since 2002 and made up of Ben Turly, Tom Taylor, Scott Herbert and Danny Heifetz. This set was recorded this set way back in 2005 at the Rob Roy Hotel in Melbourne although only featured Scott Herbert and Tom Taylor. Listen out for the ecletic ‘Strawberry Yeti’.

Find out more about theHead.

Airing details: Via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday 25 January 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray, Andrew McLellan.
Kudos: Simon Fazio, Scott Herbert, Robbie Adams, Nao Anzai.

Episode 2: Holy Balm, Oliver Tank, Bare Grillz, Alps of NSW

In episode two of Live Delay, we present four short sets from New South Wales based artists.

Holy Balm
Recorded and mixed by Andrew McLellan, 2012

Psychedelic electric jams, punctuated by drum machines, acoustic percussion and waves of synth, Sydney’s Holy Balm bring their minimalist dance music to the Live Delay stage, ripping it up in front of a packed house at 4ZZZ’s Get Happier Fest back in August 2012.

Find out more about Holy Balm.

Oliver Tank
Recorded and mixed by Sky Kirkham, 2012

The music of 20-something Oliver Tank revels in glitch, dubstep and ambiance. It’s soaring chill-out music with an Australian twist. Based in Sydney, Tank was lucky enough to win the 2011 Northern Lights competition run by FBi radio, and visited Reykjavik, Iceland to play the Airwaves Festival.

Find out more about Oliver Tank

Bare Grillz
Recorded by Liza Harvey, 2011

Bare Grillz, purveyors of lo-fi droning pop, are a three piece from Newcastle, NSW. Using minimalist approach with lots of organs, repetition and often incomprehensible voices, they weave alluring yet anxious landscapes.

Find out more about Bare Grillz

Alps of New South Wales
Recorded by Liza Harvey, 2011

Chris Hearn, known as Alps of New South Wales, records stark and beautiful bedroom pop songs using guitars, vintages synths and soft padded percussion. Haunted by reverbed, these might be musically straightforward tunes, but they display a maturity only a talented songwriter can muster.

Find out more about Alps of New South Wales

Airing details: Via Zed Digital, 8-9pm, Friday Janaury 18 2013.
Production and engineering: Darragh Murray, Andrew McLellan.
Kudos: Liza Harvey, Sky Kirkham, Andrew McLellan.

Welcome to Live Delay

Welcome to Live Delay.

Live Delay is a new and exciting foray into the world of live music. Broadcast via Zed Digital every Friday evening, Live Delay covers the weird, the wonderful, the shambolic and the polished – aiming to capture the spirit of the stage.

Using recordings and sets obtained from community broadcasters throughout Australia, Live Delay is true community-driven project that engages listeners, both young and old, through the universal thrill of live performance.

We’re proud to announce our debut episode, featuring live sets from Anonymeye, Keep On Dancins’ and El Motel, premieres on Zed Digital Friday November 30, 2012.

So grab your digital radio, set the dial to Zed Digital, and tune to Live Delay every Friday evening from 8-9pm.