Thomas Rome Lecture

Leading recording industry figures present their thoughts and ideas
Michael Gudinski

The Thomas Rome lecture is named after the man who made the oldest known surviving sound recording in Australia. Rome’s recording, made in 1896, was a novelty song called The Hen Convention which featured a shop assistant imitating a clucking chicken.

Established in 2008, the Thomas Rome Lecture gives leading figures in the Australian recorded sound industry an opportunity to present their thoughts and ideas on current issues faced by industry.


2012 Thomas Rome Lecture: Michael Gudinski

Music industry legend Michael Gudinski presents the 2012 Thomas Rome Lecture on Monday 13 August at Melbourne Town Hall. He speaks about current challenges and opportunities for the Australian industry.


2011 Thomas Rome Lecture: Chris Winter
Chris Winter


Chris Winter is Manager of New Services at ABC Innovation, and has a long background in new media, digital TV, technology marketing and radio. Amongst his many achievements, Chris was presented with the Australian Interactive Media Industry Association 2007 Outstanding Contribution Award.

Winter presented the annual Thomas Rome Lecture on 27 September 2011.

Download the lecture here.

Audio file


Winter used a number of sound and video clips to illustrate the lecture. These clips are listed below, with the time-points where they appear in the sound file and links to web resources.

1) 2’41” – ‘The Hen Convention’ JJ Villiers 1897
2) 10’40” – ‘Somebody That I Used To Know’ Gotye 2011
3) 25’50” – ‘Sound Sculpture with Resonators’ Bill Fontana 1977
4) 26’03” – ‘Kirribilli Wharf’ Bill Fontana 1977
5) 29’44” – ‘Idol’ Dr Donna Hewitt 2010
6) 32’14” – ‘Lament’ A Chorus of Women 2003
7) 33’08” – ‘Short Memory’ Midnight Oil 1982
Chris also refers to this additional Bill Fontana material that was not played during the lecture.

Past lectures

2011 Chris Winter A life in sound
2010 Ed St John The future of music – watch on You Tube
2009 Joan Warner Exploring the future of commercial radio in Australia
2008 Michael Smellie A sound recording industry in Australia