#1541 Wish You Were Here

Earlier this month, our Melbourne Collective hosted a listening party with stories and sounds about distance. Last week on the show, we picked up signals from faraway. Today, in Part 2, we’re finding out what happens to the people who stay home. How do you communicate across distance? Can you bridge the gap?

Compromise

Michael and his partner Manderlee navigate the landscape of sharing a bed and try to figure out what’s better: sleeping alone, spooning, or a pillow substitute? You can hear a longer version of this story on the SleepTalker website.

Produced and scored with original music by Michael Brydon.

Can You Hear Me?

Mobile technology can put us in the pocket of someone on the other side of the world. But when the signal drops out, we might end up even further away than before. In this story, we wade through static on a long­distance phone call. Produced by Bec Fary.

Mother/Abai

Afghan ­Hazara migrant Taqi Khan came to Australia as an asylum seeker. Afghanistan is still riddled with danger, and the Hazara people are still suffering. Taqi wrote this letter to his mother. This piece features original music, sung in Hazaragi by Taqi Khan.

Produced by Josie Smart and Izzy Roberts­Orr for the ‘Dear/Hello’ segment series.

Honey Jumble/Almond

Izzy (aka ‘Almond’) shares sound letters with her distant pen pal, John (aka ‘Honey Jumble’).

Produced by Izzy Roberts­Orr.

Music credits ‘Mr E.’s Beautiful Blues’ by Eels, ‘PS’ by The Books, ‘Untitled’ by Barr, ‘Sensitive Fuck’ by Major Napier, ‘I’ll Be Right Here’ by Parking Lot Experiments.

Oceans Apart was produced by the All the Best Melbourne Collective: Bethany Atkinson- Quinton, Michael Brydon and Bec Fary. The music at the end of this episode is ‘Can’t Take You With Me’ by Bahamas.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­Quinton

Community Coordinator: Aidan Mollins

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

#1540 Oceans Apart

What does distance sound like? Today on All the Best, we’re crossing borders. We’re traversing long distances. We’re picking up signals from faraway.

Earlier this month, our Melbourne Collective hosted a listening party with stories and sounds about distance. On the show today, we’re hearing three stories from the night.

Ernesto Juan Castellanos

An excerpt from May Jasper’s soon­to­launch podcast, Random Article. May speaks to Cuban author, journalist and filmmaker Ernesto Juan Castellanos about how to be a hard­core music fan under a regime that sent pop underground.

Produced by May Jasper with sound design by Bec Fary. Music: ‘Love Me Do’ by The Beatles, ‘Wish You Were Here’ by Pink Floyd, ‘Baby Let Me Take You Home’ by The Animals, ‘Revolution’ by The Beatles and ‘Revolution 1’ By The Beatles.

The Yearn to Return

Can we stay connected to the places of our past? Made Stuchbery looks at nostalgia, and the pull of memory.

Produced by Made Stuchbery. Music: ‘Dark Water’ by Podington Bear and ‘Down By The River’ by Neil Young.

Gannet Migration

Maddy Macfarlane watches and listens to a group of gannets on their seasonal shift.

Produced by Maddy Macfarlane.

Oceans Apart was produced by the All the Best Melbourne Collective: Bethany Atkinson- Quinton, Michael Brydon and Bec Fary. The music at the very start of this episode was ‘Piano Froze Beat’ by Jai Leeworthy.

Supervising Producer: Bec Fary

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­-Quinton

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

#1415 Human – Live from the Sydney Writers’ Festival

You know, and we know, that the best stories are about people. On May 22 we invited five of our favourite people to tell us a story at the Sydney Writers’ Festival Club. Realising somebody is human after all, or that they’re only human. Humans being awful to each other, or excellent to each other. Cats acting human. In this episode of All the Best we bring you some of those stories – the rest can be heard in two weeks time in #1417 Human. You can see pictures of the night on our Facebook.

Belinda Lopez

What’s the name of the traveller that’s the opposite to your typical bogan, nationalistic, racist, obnoxious Aussie traveller? Belinda Lopez wonders, and travels.

Dan Nolan

Stories of hero animals, and why we view them as more human than humans.

Caitlin Park

A song about being bad at your job in a relationship. ‘Hunt for the Young’ is from Caitlin’s new album ‘The Sleeper’.

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Pip Rasmussen

All The Best Live at Sydney Writers Festival

Yep! We’re putting on a live storytelling event for the Festival Club on Thursday May 22 at 7.30pm.

You know, and we know, that the best stories are about people. So we’ve asked five of our favourite people to come and tell you human stories on stage. Realising somebody is human after all, or that they’re only human. Humans growing up, making decisions, saying awful things to other humans, being excellent to each other.

We’re obsessed with each of these storytellers for the things they do and the way they do them. Come down early for stories from Meanjin’s youngest ever editor, Zora Sanders, author Maxine Beneba-Clark, web developer Dan Nolan, a story and a song from musician Caitlin Park, and a tale by writer and radio producer (and ex All The Best Features EP) Belinda Lopez. Hosted by our presenter Michaela Morgan.

We’re first up as part of Festival Club, followed by The Chaser’s Empty Vessel and then Erotic Fan Fiction. There are loads of clever guests including Reza Aslan and Annabel Crabb. Tickets are $15 on the door for the whole evening, and there’s a facebook event here if you want to invite a friend.

#1348 Old & New

 

We are ending the year celebrating the people we love.  

From lovers to grandparents we hope you enjoy these stories.

Love Songs

We all know the deep, maddening love of the silver screen too well.  Those characters that laugh, cry, sing, dance and can’t live without their lovers!  But if you’re madly in love in real life, how do you truly express it?  Melbourne poet Izzy Roberts-Orr gives it a go in her poem ‘Love Songs’.

Writer:  Izzy Roberts-Orr

Producer:  Tess Lawley

Other links:  http://towerofwords.wordpress.com/

http://tesslawley.wordpress.com/2013/10/18/read-by-izzy-roberts-orr/

 

Grandpa Gerald

This is a personal account of one woman’s relationship with her grandfather and how it left her reeling when he passed away.  This story reminds of the magic that exists in the world.

Writer:  Katie Groneman

Producer:  Bryce Halliday

Composer/ Sound Design:  Bryce Halliday

 

Yiayia

Award winning performance poet Luka Lesson shares this story about his grandmother.  This story was recorded at the NSW Poetry Slam Final in 2013.

Writer/  Performer:  Luka Lesson

 

The Face of the One you Love:  Side A/ Side B

Side A/Side B was devised as a ten-minute tandem poetry meditation created by Sydney composer Tom Hogan and Brisbane poet Eleanor Jackson.

It was designed to be experienced by two people at the same time.   Side A/Side B asks that you take a seat, choose a side and conjure up the face of the one you love.

The installation originally sat two participants opposite each other, with “degradable sound” (tape or vinyl) on headphones. The two meditations are structured to move listeners through three distinct movements, using language and sound to create a hypnotic, contemplative place of love and loss.

Tom Hogan is a Sydney-based sound artist, composing for theatre and digital works. Eleanor Jackson is a Filipino Australian poet, performer, arts producer and radio broadcaster.

Writer/ Performer:  Eleanor Jackson

Composer/ Sound Designer:  Tom Hogan

Producer:  Tom Hogan

Technical Producer:  Rick O’Neil

Other links:  http://tomhogan.bandcamp.com/album/side-a-side-b

 

Music Credits: Whole Love by Wilco, Okada_s_Cat_2 by Tim Jenkins

 

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Executive Producer’s:  Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

 

# 1339 Claiming Body

 

The female form is a glorious thing.  This episode we want to share stories about the female form as art, canvas, biology and sex.

 

Claiming Body

Megan Oliver is a tattoo artist at one of the leading tattoo studio’s in the country.  She has over 20 years of experience in Australia and overseas.  Megan shares her story of how she got started in the industry, what she loves about tattooing and where the industry is going.

Producer:  Merran Winchester

Music Credits:  Obat Batuk- Defence Mechanism by Paperbag Muzic, God Save the Queen by The Sex Pistols

 

Naked

How we see ourselves is not necessarily how others see us.  Merran Winchester decided to confront some of the beliefs she held about her body by getting naked.  Through life drawing she discovered a new way to see and be seen.

Producer:  Merran Winchester

Music Credits: Les Sons et Les Parfums Tournet Dans L’Air du Soir by Debussy

 

Vagina Soit

Vagina’s are still a bit taboo.  But that didn’t stop Sydney University student newspaper Honi Soit, challenging public perception by photographing vagina’s and putting them on the front cover.  This sparked debate about censorship, the diversity of women’s bodies and the possibility of a  non-sexualised body.

Producer:  Avani Dias

Music Credits: The days have turned by Jonti feat. The Stepkids & Illa J, Come Save Me (Andrew Weatherall Remix) by Jagwar Ma’Void’ by Seekae

 

Celebration by Edwina Blush

Edwina Blush is a poet, singer, lyricist and performer that confronts big issues with a light, artistic touch.

* This version of Celebration was recorded at the Wordy Bordello in the Rocks in Sydney as part of the Word Travels Festival 2013.

Other links:  www.edwinablush.com

 

Picture Credit: Tattooed Women Wallpaper

Music Credits:  Bachelorlette by Tori Amos

 

Executive Producer’s: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Production Manager:  Carly-Ann Keneally

Feature’s Executive Producer:  Merran Winchester

 

#1326 The Spoken Word

 ‘Spoken Word’ as a cultural movement grew from the Harlem Renaissance of the 1960’s.  It graced Australia’s shores soon after and developed it’s own unique style and voice here.  The movement continues to change and develop to this day, as performers, poets, musicians, writers…. experiment with words, sound and expression.  

In this episode we meet Tug Dumbly, a legend on the Australian scene and we hear the work of Tug Dumbly, Bravo Child and Candy Royalle.   

Let your senses and imagination run wild with the linguistic journeying of our poets.

 

The Poets:

http://candyroyalle.com/

http://www.pieproductions.com.au/performer_TugDumbly_highschools.html

http://www.bravochild.tv/

Music Credits:   Harry’s Game by Clannad, Express Yourself by Madonna, Song of Myself compiled by allcast.co.uk, The Beat Generation featuring Jack Kerouac

Picture Credits:  Ed Schipul

*Thanks to Tug Dumbly, Bravo Child, Candy Royalle, Tell Me a Story, Australian Science Communicators, Word in Hand &  The Blue Space

 

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Features Executive Producer: Merran Winchester

Executive Producer’s: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

#1325 Nerds & Laughter

This episode All the Best takes you to the Nerd Star Comedy Gala held in Sydney, where comics and academics joined forces in a night of laughter and intellect.  Jazz Twemlow reflects on the effects of drinking, time travel and ladies fashion after a big night out in Kings Cross and the ‘Planet Hunter’, astronomer Simon O’Toole, explores the question ‘is there life on other planets?’

We also share an excerpt from poet Tug Dumbly  as he reflects on Science and Poetry.

Thank you to Nerd Star Comedy Gala, Nerd Nite, Justine Rogers, Jazz Twemlow, Simon O’Toole and Tug  Dumbly for sharing their stories with All the Best.

* This episode has adult themes and a language warning

Music Credits:  Doctor Who Theme Song arranged by Bagpuss 76, Star Wars Theme Song performed by Prague Film Orchestra

Picture Credits:  Lewis Francis

 

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Features Executive Producer: Merran Winchester

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

#1324 Tell Me a Story

Tell Me a Story is a live story telling event based in Sydney.  We joined Tell Me a Story at their event in June to bring you stories all about ‘Home’.

Our storytellers Esther Carroll, Dina Petrakis and Candy Royalle all took to the stage to share what ‘Home’ means to them.

Esther Caroll recounts her first trip to Sydney in the 1930’s after leaving the aboriginal mission she called home, Dina Petrakis takes us to the Marrickville RSL Club as a new immigrant in the 1970’s and Candy Royalle shares the memories of her grandfather and father in spoken word poetry.

Thank you to Tell Me a Story and all the storytellers for sharing their stories with All the Best.

Tell me a story holds monthly events.  To find out more go to tellmeastory.net.au

Music Credits: Sometimes I Forget You’ve Gone by the Dirty Three

 

Production Manager: Carly Anne Kenneally

Features Executive Producer: Merran Winchester

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Sydney Writers Festival Live

For those who missed it earlier in the year, we’re re-playing our first live show, recorded at the Sydney Writers’ Festival.

As part of the Sydney Writers’ Festival All the Best produced a live version of its radio show to a packed room at the Festival Club stage, exploring the theme of power in Sydney through the ages.

Special guests include Wendy Bacon, Sarah Haghdoosti, Anna Krien and Mandy Sayer plus a whole host of All the Best contributors, with live music from Sydney’s Fergus Brown.

Presenter: Eliza Sarlos
Features Executive Producer: Jesse Cox
Live recording: Kate Ryan
Production assistance: David Sheridan
Visuals: Que Minh Luu
Produced by Executive Producers: Jesse Cox, Brigitte Dagg, Eliza Sarlos