Saturday, March 26, 2011

TOOT for the Future!

‘TOOT for the Future’ Music/Video

In the run up to the State Government elections, with the intention of showing the community support for the return of train services to the Casino-Murwillumbah rail line, a music video project, ‘TOOT for the Future’ was created.

In February the song was recorded by Garth Kindred and the ‘TOOTERS’ at Old Dog Studios Corndale and on March 10th & 12th a video was shot at Lismore and Byron Bay Railway Stations by Paul Tait, David Bradbury and Brendan Shoebridge. This was edited by Andrew Bambach and Lydia Kindred, over three days, and it is now ready to be enjoyed.

TOOT website –

Wednesday, March 23, 2011

Daphne Oram: music synthesizer 1957

Daphne Oram (1925-2003) was the co-founder and first director of the BBC Radiophonic Workshop, a sound effects and music studio established in the 1950s that had a vast influence on electronic music and synthesizer technology. At the BBC and after, Oram developed an incredible new kind of sound synthesis technology, called Oramics. The video above offers a glimpse of her Oramics synthesizer, purchased from a collector in 2009 and now under restoration at the Science Museum in London. From

Monday, March 14, 2011


Friday, March 11, 2011

We Can't Afford to Save the Planet

A song by Kevin McCarthy©Kevin McCarthy 2010

Kevin writes:
'With the climate change debate reaching boiling point (again), I've enclosed a demo of my song We Can't Afford to Save the Planet, sung by myself and Darwin schoolgirl Luci Susanto Although written a year ago, it could be described as the School Kit edition of Tony Abbott's Climate Change Policy'

More songs at

Thursday, March 10, 2011

tea cups

Tuesday, March 08, 2011


Koala: near the Kennett River midway between Lorna and Apollo Bay
courtesy Alan Gray

international Women's Day Centenary - 8 March
The first International Women’s Day rallies were held in March 1911, inciting what would become a world-wide movement to champion the cause of equality for women.

“The centenary of International Women’s Day is an opportunity for us to celebrate the extraordinary women who have broken down so many barriers throughout the last 100 years,” Kate Ellis MP said.

“That women of my generation can take their place in Parliament is a testament to their spirit, their courage and their sheer fortitude."

“I hope that throughout the coming year of celebrations, all Australian women are inspired to continue in their footsteps and take up the challenge to bring about positive and lasting change for women around the world.”

“I encourage all Australians, women and men, to get involved with the centenary celebrations for International Women’s Day and act to promote positive change for women in their everyday lives.”

For more information on the centenary events, visit UNIFEM Australia’s International Women’s Day website

Sydney: Rally at Town Hall at 11.45 where we will march to circular quay.

Monday, March 07, 2011

Wednesday, March 02, 2011

Robeson at Opera House!

During his world tour Paul Robeson gave an impromptu concert in Sydney. Invited by the Building Workers Industrial Union (BWIU) Robeson is visiting the construction site of the Opera House. There he is under that magnificent roof long before its beautiful bare arched concrete ribs were lost to view. Sydney November 1960.