#1625 What The Audience Doesn’t See

Sitting in the darkness of a cinema or the silence of a theatre, audiences are happy to suspend disbelief and be captivated by a performance. And if a show is good enough, rarely do we pause to wonder what might be going on inside the performers’ heads. What’s taking place that we might not be able to see, even from our seats in the front row? In this episode we intend to find out by going backstage, breaking the magician’s code and getting inside the minds of those on stage.

‘That’s Clown’ by Aidan Molins

Mel Brooks once said “Tragedy is when I cut my finger. Comedy is when you fall into an open sewer and die.”

By that logic, to be the funniest you can be should require you to be the saddest, most broken down, and tragic you can be too. There’s a famous school in Paris that takes that idea and turns it into a science. All The Best Producer Aidan Molins decided to talk to a couple of graduates to explore whether this brutal method actually works, or if it’s just cruel.

Music: ‘Dry air’ and ‘Bright white’ by Podington Bear

‘Where is the love’ by Wafia and Jack Atherton

Last week the Black Eyed Peas rereleased their old classic “Where is the love”, 13 years after the original came into the world. To give us a glimpse of what the audience does not see, Brisbane solo artist Wafia opens up about how this song impacted her childhood in a post 9/11 world, and what it meant for her relationship with her Syrian heritage.

Music: ‘Breathe In’ by Japanese Wallpaper ft. Wafia, and ‘Where is the love’ by The Black Eyed Peas

‘Chung Ling Soo, The Marvellous Chinese Conjurer’ by Tiger Webb

We all know that Magicians have secrets. That’s the whole deal, right? They know something that we don’t, and no matter how hard we look we are unable to catch them out. In this short dip into the history books, All The Best Producer Tiger Webb looks at one occasion when the truth was staring the audience right in the face – but we chose not to see it.

Music: “Just Another Sucker On The Vine” by Tom Waits.

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Vic State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson-Quinton

Community Coordinator: Chloe Gillespie

Image by Flickr Creative Commons users Eden, Janine and Jim

#1614 Sydney Unlocked

 

The Opera House is easily one of Sydney’s greatest cultural icons, but its beginnings were fraught with political drama and artistic contention. Today, the white sails have become such a recognisable emblem of Sydney that those troubles seem all but forgotten.

But to many it feels like the wider Sydney art scene is still not at peace as funding cuts, wage issues, gender disparity and venue policing make it increasingly hard to live off art in 2016.

This week is Sydney Unlocked week at FBi Radio, a week of special content spotlighting creativity and culture in Sydney. In this episode of All the Best, we’re meeting some of Sydney’s favourite performing women, looking out and looking in.

Candy Royalle

Candy is a performing artist living and working in Sydney, but ten years into her career she feels like more of an activist, hustling to keep arts valued in her home city.

Music: ‘Leaf’ and ‘Four-leaf clover salad’ by Richard in Your Mind

Bad Bitch Choir

Where do you go to forget your day job and belt out some nostalgic 90’s hits? Producers Pip and Jess go into the belly of the beast and discover Bad Bitch Choir.

By Pip Rasmussen, Jess Bineth, Tiger Webb

Additional editing by Tegan Nicholls

Music: ‘Settle down’ by Kimbra, ‘Diamonds’ performed by Bad Bitch Choir

 

Executive Producer: Selena Shannon

Episode compile: Tegan Nicholls

Presenter: Pip Rasmussen

Image: Flickr user Jerry Dohnal

 

 

#1538 Taking The Law Into Your Own Hands

Duck Season
On the opening weekend of the duck hunting season two groups of people converge on a lake in rural Victoria. Each believes in their cause so passionately that they wake up at 4 in the morning to wade into icy water and stand there for hours. Half of them shoot the native wildlife, and the other half get in the way.
Produced by Leona Hameed
Music: With Stars for Eyes by h+, Black Lake by Real Estate, Inner Lakes by North Hive and  Submerging Blue Black by Podington Bear
Jailbreak
Produced by Tiger Webb
The Cairo Citizen’s Police
Produced by Kim Tan

Features Executive Producer: Heidi Pett

Melbourne State Coordinator: Bethany Atkinson­-Quinton

Presenters: Pip Rasmussen and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Aidan Molins

SYN Production Manager: Bec Fary

Episode image: Leona Hameed

#1430 Everyday

There are some things we do day after day after day. This episode of All the Best is all about those things. We have stories about waking up, going to work, singing quietly on the commute. Stories about the every day things that can make someone happy – and how they change over time. And a story about something we all use every day, and rarely think twice about.

 

Routine

Pip Rasmussen and Milly McGrath decided to take a look at the repetitive life circuit of the modern day worker who doesn’t even come close to a boundary, let alone over step it.

Produced by Pip Rasmussen and Milly McGrath

 

Toilet Renaissance

This is a story of design, and the people that use that which is designed.

The designer: Conrad Johnston of Fox Johnston.

The non-designer: Tiger Webb

The Design: Cockatoo Island Amenities.

Yes, it’s about toilets. This is a story about the most everyday of objects, one you never think twice about, and the thought that goes into making your daily deuce more pleasant.

Produced by Gordon Leibowitz

Supervising Producer: Tiger Webb

Music credits: ‘Se rayer provisoirement de la liste des vivants’ by Melodium, ‘Emptykuerten’  by Melodium, ‘Eyes Closed’  by BadBadNotGood, ‘Confessions’ by BadBadNotGood

 

Doodling

What makes you happy? Feta cheese? Getting mail? 7:15pm? Are the things that make you happy the same now as they were at 19?

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan

Music credits: ‘Gracie’ by Caitlin Park, ‘Out and Over’ by Johnny Ripper

Thanks to Giordana Caputo, Kate Montague, Leona Hameed, Lucie Robson, Michael Brydon, Pip Rasmussen and Scott Whinfield for sharing what makes them happy.

 

Episode song: ‘Avant Gardener’ by Courtney Barnett

 

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan 

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Klaus Friese

 

#1426 How Are You Still Alive?

Today we’re asking: How Are You Still Alive? You’ll hear stories of near misses, close shaves and fortunate lives. People who were unlucky, and then lucky. People who throw themselves from high places, and kids who get lost in the wilderness. People who risked their lives just by being born.

If it wasn’t wild, I wouldn’t do it

You might already know about BASE jumping – it’s a sport where people jump from a fixed object – it’s like skydiving, except without a plane. To properly call yourself a BASE jumper, you need to jump from a building, antenna, span (like a bridge) and earth. Our Features EP Heidi Pett chats to Evan, who’s been obsessed with flying since he was a little kid, and at the age of 24 has done over 300 BASE jumps.

Produced by Heidi Pett

Ele’s Christmas

When Ele’s sister crashed the family car, she got in a lot of trouble. When Ele crashed it again, it was a different story.

Produced by Zacha Rosen

Sound Design and original music by Bryce Halliday

Birth Day

Tiger will be turning 25 soon. In this story he tells us about being born 15 weeks too early.

Produced by Tiger Webb

Music Credits: White Sheet Beach, by Fishing

The Wrong River

Tom Carew-Reid is constantly telling stories that end in his friends asking ‘how are you still alive’ Some of them are obviously exaggerated, some of them are probably true to the word, but all of them are full of near misses and heightened drama. His friend, Features Executive Producer Jess O’Callaghan, asked him about one of his favourite stories – about the time he jumped on a lilo and wandered through the New Zealand countryside.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan

Music credits: ‘Driftwood’, ‘Lilac’ and ‘Fading Prospects’ by Podington Bear

Presenters: Michaela Morgan and Michael Brydon

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producer: Giordana Caputo

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

 Image Credit: Al Hikes AZ

#1407 Internet History

The internet has changed so much in the past twenty years that it’s hard to imagine a time without it. Even harder is remembering what the internet used to be like, in its many incarnations. When we first brought up the topic of internet memories, a bunch of  producers started to talk all over each other, excitedly. When everyone calmed down, we found each person seemed to be talking about very different internets. The internet that Ian remembered, a private club where coding was necessary and ‘netiquette’ was expected was very different from Pip’s take on Tumblr culture and Heidi’s memory of MySpace songs.

In this episode, we bring you stories from the internet, past and present.

None from the future. That’s a bit too terrifying.

Eternal September

Today the internet is available to almost anyone – on your phone, on your watch, even in your fridge. But all All the Best contributor Ian Woolf remembers when the internet was just for the initiated – those who knew the rules. That was, until the day the internet died.

Produced by Ian Woolf

Music Credit: Podington Bear

Black Book

Well before Tinder, Grinder, Blender or any of those matchmaking websites took off, Tiger Webb and his girlfriend at the time were pioneers in online dating. Too awkward to talk in person, they interacted online – their high school romance played out over email. Tiger kept all of those emails, printed them all out and collated them for her for their first birthday together. What happens when your internet history is a tangible object? Does it make any difference?

Produced by Tiger Webb

Music Credits: ‘Computer Camp Love’ by Datarock, ‘Knocked Up’ by Kings of Leon

Letters to my Former Internet Self

We asked some of our favourite writers to think of their Former Internet Selves, throw their pride out the window, and offer that person some advice. Thanks to Sally Whyte, Michelle See-Tho, A.H.Cayley, Sam Ryan, Josie Wright and Tom Joyner for obliging. We became a bit obsessed with your internet memories, so you can hear all the letters in full at our blog.

Produced by Jess O’Callaghan and Heidi Pett

Music Credits: ‘Steppin Intro’ by Poddington Bear

Imposter Syndrome

On the internet, everyone always seems to be somewhere cooler than you are. Parties look more fun than the one you’re at, clothes are crisper, countryside more pristine. Imagine if, somehow, you managed to slip into the life of someone who seems on Facebook to have all the fun. This story is fiction, by Zacha Rosen.

Produced by Zacha Rosen

Music Credits: ‘Choy Lin’ by Fishing, ‘Get By’ by Talib Kweli, ‘Corporate World’ by The Dust Brothers, ‘Oraculum’ by Trent Reznor, ‘Shake Break Bounce’ by The Chemical Brothers, ‘White Sheet Beach’ by Fishing.

Presenters: Michael Brydon and Michaela Morgan

Community Coordinator: Pip Rasmussen

Executive Producers: Giordana Caputo & Belinda Lopez

Features Executive Producers: Heidi Pett & Jess O’Callaghan

Image Credit: Eris Stassi

Music Credit: ‘Paddling Ghost’ by Dan Deacon