Listened Listening and responding from Radio National
So if I were to give a down and dirty, so to speak, over what an effective listener is, it would be somebody that takes a step back, that allows the other to speak, that gives their full attention, that hears the message with their ears, with their heart, with their mind, with their emotional intelligence, that suspends judgement and makes a connection with the other individual
An interesting conversation on listening, lurking, reflecting and just being there.
Listened Lady Gaga / Bradley Cooper: A Star is Born Soundtrack from Pitchfork
The film’s official soundtrack is similarly old-fashioned in its approach, even as its credits include a host of modern songwriters from the pop, country, and rock spheres. Along with Gaga and Cooper, there’s contributions from Jason Isbell, Willie Nelson’s son Lukas, Mark Ronson, Miike Snow frontman Andrew Wyatt, behind-the-scenes pop wizards Julia Michaels and Justin Tranter, the list goes on. The songs fall into a few distinct silos—blaring blues-rockers, tender acoustic ballads, anthemic torch songs, and robotic electro-pop—and save for a digital flourish or two on the pop songs that make up much of the film’s back half, there’s very little here that would’ve sounded out of place on blockbuster film soundtracks of decades past.
I am really enjoying this album. I really like hearing an artist stretch beyond their usual sound, while Bradley Cooper sounds a little like Chris Cornell without the screaming.
Listened TER #118 – Jane Caro on Education – 02 Sept 2018 from Teachers' Education Review
In this episode, Dan Haesler talks with author and public education advocate Jane Caro, about her life and career that led her to become such an outspoken defender of public schools, and some of her opinions on the state of education today.
Listened Getting serious about drones from Radio National

It is time to put aside the novelty aspect of unmanned aerial vehicles and start designing domestic drones that are fit for purpose. But how do you regulate a technology that has so many different uses and such varying capacities?

Antony Funnell leads a conversation looking into the current state of drones. One of the interesting examples shared came via Jon Schwindt. He spoke about the use of drones to deliver medical supplies in Rwanda. It is interesting to think about technology beginning in places like Africa. Is this because they have lower standards or is it simply the right fit? I am reminded of Bridge International and the their work in Liberia.
Listened Win/Win: Why Billionaire Philanthropists are Bad at School Reform – Have You Heard from

We uphold through what we passively assent to this world and schools uphold it by what they put on the board and who they raise money from ... We are all in on a world that has entrusted the super-rich to become our saviors.

In the latest episode of Have You Heard, Jennifer and Jack talk to Anand Giridharadas about his best-selling new book, Winners Take All: the Elite Charade of Changing the World. The discuss the place private investment on education today and the win-win culture that it creates. Instead, of the ‘feudal’ relationship at place we need to focus on four key aspects: public, democratic, universal and institutional. The future should not be based on a hedge fund.
Listened Algorithms and data – what does the future hold? Chips with Everything podcast by Jordan Erica Webber from the Guardian

Can the messy and complex world we live in be reduced to algorithms? And should we even try? Mathematician and lecturer Hannah Fry attempts to answer all this and more

In an interview on the Chips with Everything podcast, Hannah Fry discusses her new book Hello World. In it she discusses the rise of algorithms and computational thinking throughout the modern world. Fry paints a picture of where we currently are and possibly going. In doing so she warns:

We all need to be a bit more literate and a lot more sceptical.

It is interesting to listen to this alongside Cathy O’Neill’s Weapons of Math Destruction and
Adam Greenfield’s Radical Technologies.

Listened Alan Moulder from
Moulder's musical career started in the early 1980s, at Trident Studios in London. As an assistant engineer, he worked with influential producers like Jean Michel Jarre, drawing from them great familiarity with electronic sounds and textures. Also an engineer at Trident was Flood with whom Moulder would often collaborate in the future. Moulder assisted in one of Flood's recording sessions with The Jesus and Mary Chain, and found that the often fractious and troublesome band enjoyed working with him. The Mary Chain invited Moulder to engineer their live sounds and, eventually, to engineer their 1989 album Automatic. The album's production was praised for its combination of thick, noisy guitar with a polished, listener-friendly tone, and the Mary Chain's former label, Creation Records, soon had Moulder producing records for Ride, My Bloody Valentine and Swervedriver.
I recently listened to Suede’s new album. One of the things that stood out to me was the richness in some of the tracks, something that reminded me of The Cure. I then discovered the album had been produced by Alan Moulder. This lead me to a look at the other artists Moulder had produced. I knew of his work with Nine Inch Nails, but I did not realise that he was behind other artists, such as The Smashing Pumpkins and The Killers. It has me wanting to do a deep dive into the songs that he has had a hand in. I am always fascinated by the differences and similarities between artists and producers.
For Tides, Middleton teamed up with with Davey Lane (You Am I) as co-production buddy and brought in Steve Schram to mix. The album also includes some quality Australian performers such as Vika and Linda Bull and Kelly Lane on backing vocals, with Graeme Pogson (The Bamboos), Luke Hodgson (Meg Mac), Xani Kolac and Louis Macklin (JET) handling the rhythm of the album.
I remember Darren Middleton taking the vocals for a Powderfinger gig after Bernard Fanning lost his voice. It is interesting to see him take this a step further and find his own identity away from Powderfinger. Ironically, with so many guests it almost comes across like a super group.

Place in-between Josh Pyke and Bob Evans

The long awaited collaboration between two iconic Australian artists Daniel Johns (aka Dr Dreams) and Luke Steele (akaMiracle) has arrived.
No One Defeats Us is hard to place. I have spent a week listening to it and am drawn in, but lost for words to explain it. In part by the expectations of past outputs, with both having made their names in rock bands. Part dance, part electronica, part pop, it is an album that references the past, but still feels centred now. Whereas Johns’ last album Talk was consistent throughout, that has gone with this album. Where both are similar is the effort to (re)make identity.

I feel that No One Defeats Us is one of those albums that has something for everyone, but can be a challenge in its entirety.

Place between Twin Shadow and The Presets