NFSA Blog

Fairlight: the instrument that invented sampling

In 1979 two young Australians invented the first Fairlight sampling synthesizer and changed electronic music forever. We have one in working condition!

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Headache tablets and a woman ahead of her time

What is the connection between the world-famous Menuhin musician siblings and Australian headache tablets?

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A Ballarat time capsule

Ballarat is home to the gold rush and the Eureka Rebellion, two seminal events that shaped Australia’s national story.

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Mission accomplished: LGBTI radio saved

Through the generosity of a bequest from the estate of Dietmar Hollman, and in accordance with his wishes to preserve Australian radio, we’ve reached the end of the Gaywaves project, with 25 days’ worth of content digitised.

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Pest control, the NFSA way!

Robert Waterfall, Team Leader Collection Management, looks at how the NFSA takes care of pests and mould, and what you can do at home to protect your own collections.

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Jennifer Gall: Assistant Curator, Documents and Artefacts

Meet Jenny Gall, Assistant Curator – Documents and Artefacts, who has a passion for the performing arts, an obsession with textiles and a love of musical instruments.

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Budding filmmakers at the 1956 Olympics

There were several future film and TV makers shooting home movies at the 1956 Olympic Games in Melbourne.

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Proof: the road to restoration

Our digital restoration of Proof premieres tonight at the Melbourne International Film Festival. It’s been a long road, but it was absolutely worth it!

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The realities of virtual reality

Deliverables Coordinator Jacqui North wonders how we are going to archive the virtual reality experience if technologies keep evolving.

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Broke: creating a dialogue

NFSA Publicity Coordinator Jemma Pietrus interviews filmmaker Heath Davis ahead of our exclusive Canberra season of his new film Broke.

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