Listened St. Vincent from Double J

Join Tim Shiel for the St Vincent J Files, Thursday 11 August from 8pm on Double J.

This episode of the J Files takes a dive into the music of St Vincent. It was recorded before Masseduction. One of the things I like about St Vincent is her self-reflective nature. One point captured is her thoughts on albums as children. She explains how the first one is often micromanaged, but by the third you learn to let go.
Listened The Presets from Double J

The Presets are titans of Australian electronic music.

Ten years ago, they released their biggest album, Apocalypso. A record that took the anthemic and hard-hitting brand of energetic electro they’d been belting out in clubs around the world and took it to a new level.

It featured a string of massive hits and turned the duo into one of the biggest acts in the country and ensured their spot in the annals of Australian music forever.

To celebrate ten years of Apocalypso, as well as the duo’s forthcoming new record and tour, we’re throwing a two-hour Presets party and everyone is invited.

Gemma Pike explores The Presets musical origins, studying at Music Consortium and playing together in Prop. Pike walks through there four albums, as well as their remixes and contributions to bands like Dissociatives and Silverchair. She also speaks with Julian Hamilton and Kim Moyes about some of the early versions of the tracks from Apocolypso, including an Interpol sounding This Boys in Love and different iterations of My People. What stands out are the ways in which ideas grow and morph over time.
Listened Inside the Big Day Out from

For music fans across the country, The Big Day Out was a rite of passage headlined by some of the biggest names in music. A day out in the sun with mates and an introduction to mind-blowing music. For the people who created it, it was a wild ride of legendary line-ups and backstage shenanigans. And then it all fell apart.

In this 5-part series Double J takes you inside the story of this iconic music festival. Meet the characters who kept this juggernaut rolling and find out what really went down on tour. From the coup of securing Nirvana in its first year, to its tumultuous downfall in 2014, and all the partying in between. Follow the story of the rise and rise, then sudden demise of Australia’s Big Day Out.

Through a 5-part series, Gemma Pick documents the history of The Big Day Out from its early beginnings in the 90s to its capitulation in 2015. It also provides into concert life backstage, including lines of washing powder at the after-party in the 90’s. A particularly moving episode is the recount of Jessica Michalak’s death in 2001.
Listened Nils Frahm: All Encores from Pitchfork

Where last year’s All Melody, Frahm’s most ambitious album statement to date, attempted to bring together those two opposing poles—fashioning choir, strings, horns, gongs, pipe organ, and his usual welter of acoustic and electronic elements into a whole at once vast and hushed—All Encores takes a step backward, toward a simpler, sparer sound. In essence, it represents a set of rough drafts, avenues abandoned as All Melody assumed its final form. All 12 tracks here were originally released on a trilogy of EPs, remnants of a proposed triple album that never came to completion, exploring distinct corners of Frahm’s musical practice.

Listened Telefon Tel Aviv: Dreams Are Not Enough from Pitchfork

Telefon Tel Aviv were always downcast, but Dreams Are Not Enough sharpens and strengthens their most morose tendencies into a kind of probing and exquisite bleakness—what Eustis has described as “the rapture of despair.” The suffering is inseparable from the serotonin rush; it is storm-tossed sea and lifeboat all in one.

The album is formally inventive in a way we don’t often expect of music so firmly grounded in gloomy electronic pop. In the course of the record’s trim 50 minutes, it winds between sandblasted ambient and misty-eyed synth pop, industrial techno and chamber choir; there are echoes of Chicago acid and Arvo Pärt alongside apocalyptic sound design reminiscent of Ben Frost. The scale of the thing is enormous, suggesting cliffs cleaving into the sea.

Listened The 2010s: The Rise Of Bandcamp from All Songs Considered

In this episode of All Songs Considered, CEO and co-founder Ethan Diamond says that when an artist succeeds on Bandcamp, Bandcamp succeeds. That philosophy has driven the company since 2008, with over $425 million paid directly to musicians and record labels. Sadie Dupuis says that Bandcamp was instrumental in booking the first tour for her band Speedy Ortiz and that its name-your-price model has not only allowed her some steady income but also an avenue to raise money for causes she cares about.

Listened The 2010s: Queer Goes Mainstream from All Songs Considered

On this episode of All Songs Considered, we look back on the way queer issues moved towards the center of the conversation during the 2010s. We talk about how decades of activism led up to this moment and how social media has helped foster safe spaces and access to information for young people across spectrums of gender and sexuality. We also discuss how LGBTQ musicians are helping reimagine pop sounds — from openly expressing queer desire to cyborgian shapeshifting — and question what the future of “mainstreaming” might hold for queer communities. — Marissa Lorusso

Listened The 2010s: The Globalization Of Music from All Songs Considered

On this episode of All Songs Considered, host Robin Hilton is joined by NPR Music’s Anastasia Tsioulcas and Stephen Thompson, along with reporter, host of NPR’s Future You and founding bureau chief for NPR in Seoul, South Korea Elise Hu as they talk about the ways we’re hearing globalization in music, why it’s happening and some of the complications and questions around this evolution.

It is so easy to consume music these days that it can be easy to forget how significant it was to come upon ‘world music’ in the past. This past is something that Philip Glass highlights in his memoir.
Listened Artificial intelligence, ethics and education from Radio National

AI holds enormous potential for transforming the way we teach, says education technology expert Simon Buckingham Shum, but first we need to define what kind of education system we want.

Also, the head of the UK’s new Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation warns democratic governments that they urgently need an ethics and governance framework for emerging technologies.

And Cognizant’s Bret Greenstein on when it would be unethical not to use AI.


Roger Taylor – Chair of the UK Government’s Centre for Data Ethics and Innovation

Simon Buckingham Shum – Professor of Learning Informatics, University of Technology Sydney, leader of the Connected Intelligence Centre; co-founder and former Vice-President of the Society for Learning Analytics Research

Bret Greenstein – Senior Vice President and Global head of AI and Analytics, Cognizant

In this episode of RN Future Tense, Antony Funnell leads an exploration of artificial intelligence, educational technology and ethics. Simon Buckingham Shum discusses the current landscape and points out that we need to define the education we want, while Roger Taylor raises the concern that if we do not find a position that fits with our state that we will instead become dictated by either America’s market based solutions or China’s focus on the state. This is a topic that has been discussed on a number of fronts, including by Erica Southgate. This also reminds me of Naomi Barnes’ 20 Thoughts on Automated Schooling.
Listened Facial recognition login for porn? from Radio National

The Department of Home Affairs has suggested using face scans to confirm people’s age before they watch online pornography and access restricted gambling sites.

The launch of digital drivers licences in NSW, Google in court and Twitter just decided to do something that Facebook have refused to do.

Guests: Ariel Bogle, online technology reporter ABC RN science @arielbogle and Matt Hopkins, Pedestrian Daily @mopkins88

As the proposal for a porn block worked so well for the UK, it would seem that Australia is considering going down the same path. The most interesting comment was that as the government did so well with the census, what could possibly go wrong with facial recognition?
Listened Angel Olsen Breaks Down Every Song on Her New Album, All Mirrors from Pitchfork

The singer-songwriter delves deep into the hard-won life lessons that fueled her most epic music to date.

This album took a few listens to grow on me, but once it did, I was hooked. It was not the Late Night Feelings, but something a little more subdued and more intense.

I also enjoyed Olsen’s interview on All Songs Considered, discussing the process of recording the album. One interesting take-away was that the album was originally recorded as a solo project, only to be transformed with the help of John Congleton, Ben Babbit and arranger Jherek Bischoff.

Place between Beach House and Sarah Blasko.

Listened Controlled Environmental Agriculture from Radio National

Vertical farming is a bit of a buzz term. Despite the hype, it’s an important part of a growing approach to food production known as Controlled Environmental Agriculture.

Controlled Environmental Agriculture promises to be cleaner and greener. It’s focussed on technology and it’s essentially about bringing food production closer to the point of consumption.

We examine the potential and the pitfalls.


Dr Asaf Tzachor – Lead Researcher for Food Security, Centre for the Study of Existential Risk, Cambridge University

Viraj Puri – CEO and co-founder, Gotham Greens

Jeffrey Landau – Director of Business Development, Agritecture

Dr Paul Gauthier – Senior Agricultural Scientist, Bowery Farming

Dr Pasi Vainikka – CEO, Solar Foods

Here was me thinking that I would be eating bug burgers, looks like it might be a mixture of bugs and bacteria.
Listened Planning for a problematic future from Radio National

We all know the value of planning, but in a complex, complicated and often confounding world it can be difficult knowing how to start.

In this episode, we speak to two proponents of the Scenario Planning approach. We find out what it entails and how it might benefit organisations and businesses.

We’re also introduced to the Fab City initiative – an international network of cities aiming to be self-sustainable by 2050.

Edwina Stott explores the strategy of scenario planning as a way of responding to the complex, complicated and often confounding futures.  It is interesting to think about this in regards to education.

Scenario planning is something that St Paul’s School uses in their prediction for 2028:

Another example is Google’s speculative design The Selfish Ledger:

Listened Making things for money or fun from Radio National

Over the past five years, more and more makerspaces have been opening up around Australia and the world. These are places, either based in schools, universities or the community, where you can learn to design and build things, or hone skills you already have. Life Matters spent some time at Fab9, a high-tech makerspace that recently opened in Melbourne’s inner west, which is used by hobbyists and entrepreneurs, to find out more about the maker movement.

Erica Vowles reflects on the rise of makerspaces, what they offer in regards to possibilities and some of their limitations. This includes a conversation with Shane Duggan. It is interesting to consider this alongside the recent investigation of 3D printing on the Future Tense podcast.
Listened Security vs privacy – who wins? Chips with Everything podcast from the Guardian

Ministers from several countries have written an open letter to the Facebook CEO, Mark Zuckerberg, asking him not to fully encrypt all of the company’s messaging services. This week, Jordan Erica Webber talks to The Guardian’s tech reporter Julia Carrie Wong and security expert Alan Woodward about the implications of restricting end-to-end encryption

Jordan Erica Webber unpacks the push by some governments to limit end-to-end encryption and the impact this would have on privacy and security. Cory Doctorow also discusses this on the Bitcoin Podcast, while Edwina Stott explores this topic on the Future Tense Podcast.
Listened Microcast #078 — Values-based organisations from Doug Belshaw’s Thought Shrapnel

This microcast covers ethics in decision-making for technology companies and (related!) some recent purchases I’ve made.

It feels like we have been here before Doug in regards to Google? Wondering what you are doing about your smart speakers or are they already gone?
Listened Great Green Walls – holding back the deserts from Radio National

Desertification and land degradation affect the lives of around three billion people, according to UN estimates.

24 billion tonnes of fertile soil are lost to land degradation every year.

We look at two ambitious projects aimed at halting desertification and returning soil to productivity. They are: the Great Green Wall project in northern Africa; and the Green Great Wall initiative in China.

Antony Funnell discusses the attempts on two continents to hold back the spread of deserts. What is interesting is that just as the creep of the desert is not a given, simply ‘planting trees’ will not resolve the situation. This made me wonder again about permaculture.
Listened Tayla Harris — the girl who kicked goals against internet trolls from ABC Radio

As a young girl, Tayla Harris was the only girl on the football field. It didn’t stop her though, she kicked butt and fought hard for her place. Now, she’s a star AFLW player and a champion boxer. But her most important fight of all was against internet trolls. When Tayla was bullied savagely online for doing her job, she took a brave stand — one that will go down in history.

Narrated by musician and singer, Amy Shark.

A recount of Tayla Harris‘ life leading to that kick.
Listened Microcast #077 – Making the move to Mastodon | Doug Belshaw on Patreon from Patreon

This week’s microcast is about Mastodon and federated social networks.

I enjoyed this Doug. I am not sure where I fit within Mastodon and the fediverse. I have been thinking of trying the IndieWeb instance, however I just don’t have the same sense of community that I found on Twitter.

Also, I use Granary to generate an RSS feed from my Twitter lists.