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Aug 2017

Australia's Tin Pan Alley

Australia's 'Tin Pan Alley' was born 75 years ago with a burst of patriotic wartime songwriting.

By Nick Henderson / 7 Aug 2017
Sound
Jul 2017

Pathé's vertical groove

We recently acquired a small collection of seven rare Pathé vertical-cut disc records featuring recordings by Melbourne-born music hall star Billy Williams.

By Nick Henderson / 14 Jul 2017
Object
Sound

Australia's first gold record

What was Australia’s first gold record? You may be surprised to learn that it involved a harmonica and the Three Bears.

By Nick Henderson / 6 Jul 2017
Documents
Sound
Feb 2017

Fanny's Memory of the World

Tasmanian Aboriginal recordings are inscribed in the UNESCO Australian Memory of the World Register.

WARNING: this article contains names, images and voices of deceased Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people.

By Rod Butler / 8 Feb 2017
Sound
Jan 2017

Remembering Daddy Cool

We look back at the legacy of Daddy Cool, a band which delivered many firsts for Australian music.

By Karen Hewitt / 16 Jan 2017
Photographs
Sound
Television
May 2016

Vinyl renaissance

Assistant Sound Curator Nick Henderson speaks with Zenith Records Director Paul Rigby about the current state of the vinyl market in Australia.

By Nick Henderson / 30 May 2016
Object
Sound
Jul 2015

Tamworth Country Music Festival

The NFSA's Graham McDonald records Australian country music stars and emerging artists on lacquer disc at the Tamworth Country Music Festival.

By Stephen Groenewegen / 20 Jul 2015
Sound
Apr 2015

New voices, old technology

Contemporary artists make new recordings on 19th century wax cylinder technology at the NFSA.

By Graham McDonald / 28 Apr 2015
Sound
Nov 2014

From Dingo to Divinyls

What do dingoes, 80s rock and an orgasmic opus have in common? They're all part of the 2014 Sounds of Australia!

By Miguel Gonzalez / 19 Nov 2014
Sound
Aug 2014

Billie Peach: budgerigar

We invited musician and composer Heinz Riegler to re-imagine a 1939 recording of a talking budgerigar that featured in the Art of Sound exhibition.

By Brendan Smith / 22 Aug 2014
Sound