jtv docs initiative - funding opportunity for documentary producers

ABC TV and the Australian Film Commission (AFC) are calling for proposals from emerging filmmakers who are 35 years and under for their jtv docs initiative. Seeking fresh approaches to half-hour and one-hour documentaries that explore music, ideas, culture and contemporary issues through the eyes of generations X, Y and Z. jtv is an extraordinary new on-air adventure that ABC TV will roll out later this year. A multiplatform, multilayered brand which will exist on the ABC main channel, ABC 2, online and other emerging technologies, jtv will comprise:

# a weekly jtv series on the main ABC channel on Saturday night, taking viewers inside the belly of the beast that is triple j.
# a weekly jtv omnibus on ABC 2 and extensive jtv material available with online components.
# the recently launched jtv live, a performance strand featuring the latest and hottest Australian musical talent doing one-hour sets for television, recorded with a live audience.

read more or visit for more details and to download the application form

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knitted jumpers for penguins

Tasmania's Conservation Trust held a project to collect knitted jumpers for penguins caught in oil spills.

The Penguin Jumpers Project has now finished. Over 15,000 jumpers were collected, which will be stored in Oil Spill Response Kits around Tasmania. In the case of a major oil spill, these jumpers will be used to help rehabilitate Little penguins (Eudyptula minor) that have been oil affected. Oil clogs the feathers of these tiny seagoing birds, and reduces their insulating and waterproofing qualities. Even worse, the penguins attempt to clean themselves by preening, and rapidly become poisoned.

these are so cute!

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open letter to hilltop hoods blog entry circling the net/blogosphere this week

not sure if you've seen this already, but I think it's important for 2 reasons..

1. because of the DRM issue and music protection some artists and music labels are introducing, and

2. because it came through via Boing Boing which is the Technorati "#1 ranked blog site". poular blogs are measured & given a technorati ranking based on "The biggest blogs in the blogosphere, as measured by unique links in the last six months."

so, this entry just went out to thousands of other sites where other people are linking it and commenting on it - great way to get OZ hip hop out there.. perhaps some of the people out there will check out the bands/artists mentioned in the article. (as I like looking at stats, it'd be interesting to see if their website hits or sales adjusted partly due to this)

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Thursday, December 8, 2005

Fan to Hilltop Hoods: treating me like a thief is bad business

Popular Aussie hiphop Hilltop Hoods band released its first DVD, The Calling Live. Partway through the disk, the band breaks off to call its fans thieves, and to promise that future musical releases will have DRM to protect the band from its listeners. Pete, a big fan of the band, has written an open letter in response:

Anecdotally, if I hadn't downloaded Left Foot, Right Foot in 2001(?), it is quite possible that I would have never purchased it, or The Calling, or The Calling DVD. It's also unlikely that I would have purchased tickets to several Hilltop Hoods shows. The same goes for my sister, and the several friends for whom I've burned copies over the years. If I had not discovered the joys of the Hoods, I may not have sought out (and purchased) music by the likes of Layla, Drapht, Downsyde, Clandestein, Hunter, Fdel, Pegz, the Herd, Bliss n Eso, After Hours, Funkoars, Art of War, Bias B, Lazy Grey, Mnemonic Ascent, Reason, Plutonic Lab etc etc etc....

So Suffa, I absolutely reject your accusations of theft, and am hurt that you reject me as a fan. I thought you were cool, and that you understood. Now, I'm not so sure...

Hilltop Hoods respond to the letter @ and sound very reasonable.

Personally, I like the creative commons form of licensing & the ability to remix/remux existing works but I don't make my living from my art/music so come from a different perspective to an artist who does.

I think that having the songs available for download helps people try before they buy. and if someone downloads it and doesn't like it they probably weren't one of your customers anyway so you didn't lose any money from it, but perhaps one of their friends will hear it and like it and buy it then you'll gain a customer.

DRM is an issue which more & more artists will be having to deal with in the future though, a tough one for sure.


Sugarcoated (Vic) gigs:
Sat 12th Nov 3pm start 'Sat Rock Arvo' Loud as Pop, The Empress Hotel, Nicholson St, Fitzroy,with Dr Invisiablo & Teen God

Fri 4th Nov The Old Bar, Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9pm
with Rose Turlte Erlter & Teen God

Thurs 27th Oct Yak Speakeasy, 160 Hoddle Street, 8.30pm
With Dane Certificate, Teen god & Simon Stockdale

Sat 1st Oct Noise Bar, Melbourne Fringe Festival Fringe, Ch 31

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Sugarcoated   Sugarcoated is a fuzzy guitarist, drum machinist and vocalist from Adelaide. Her sound and live performance has been described as a mix of The Breeders with Sonic Youth but she's insists on being influenced by local talents such as The Bites, Teen God, Love of Diagrams, Nightstick and the Danny McDonald Band. Her sound comes out as a delightful electro pop punk mess. Original, honest lyrics with an infectious vulnerability. Sugarcoated is playing some gigs in Victoria : Sat 12th Nov, 3pm start 'Sat Rock Arvo' Loud as Pop, @ The Empress Hotel, Nicholson St, Fitzroy with Dr Invisiablo & Teen God; Fri 4th Nov @ The Old Bar, Johnston St, Fitzroy, 9pm, with Rose Turlte Erlter & Teen God; Thurs 27th Oct @ Yak Speakeasy, 160 Hoddle Street, 8.30pm, with Dane Certificate, Teen God & Simon Stockdale and Sat 1st Oct @ Noise Bar, Melbourne Fringe Festival Fringe, Ch 31. To find out more about Sugarcoated, visit her website @ or email

Earthdance Global Festival for Peace

On September 17 and 18, Melbourne and Sydney unite with 200,000 people dancing for peace around the Australia and the world. In conjuction with the United Nations World Peace Day, Earthdance creates global unity through the creative platforms of music, art and self expression. Earthdance is a global movement which unites socially and environmentally conscious people in more than 50 countries around the world in a celebration of peace and community.

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Beatroot - new release from Soup due September

"Beatroot" (the edible root of the beat), Soup's new 14 track album will be released on September 11th on Invada Records. You can catch Soup performing at gigs around Australia on his tour from September - December. read more or visit and for more details.

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CAJID tour: melbourne, wagga, bendigo this weekend

cajid media produces and distributes audio/visual and web-based works of art, concentrating on australan experimental sound and video. Their first releases are intimacy, by thembi soddell and static tones, by bruce mowson. They are looking for more high quality material to release (audio, video, dvd, web) and encourage interested artists, male and female, to contact us regarding submission of works. visit or read more for details. CAJID tour melbourne, wagga, and bendigo this weekend

Statler & Waldorf invite extras to film clip

With the imminent release of their new single "Duck 'n Cover", Australian electronic producers Statler and Waldorf have teamed up with the talented DarcStorm production team to shoot their new clip. Taking place over two days in a private filming session at Brisbane's iconic Moon Bar at the Empire in Fortitude Valley, Brisbane, the clip will be filmed in 16mm film format for national distribution and broadcast. Whilst as yet unreleased, early dub plates of "Duck and Cover" released to select DJ's have been generating a hype that's indicative of the momentum Statler & Waldorf have maintained through extensive gigging and festival performances such as Big Day Out and Queensland Music Festival.

Australian Music Links Online

Australian Music Links Online is a comprehensive online links directory of Australian bands, artists and musicians categorised by location and name. It also contains Australian music resources and a chat forum. visit for details

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SoundLab Channel Australian Call for Works

This is a nationwide call for works for Australian sound artists to contribute to SoundLab Channel Edition III. SoundLab Channel was launched as part of [R][R][F]2005--->XP in the Biennale of Electronic Art Perth 2004 SoundLab Channel is an Internet sound gallery hosted in Cologne. As part of [R][R][F]2005--->XP SoundLab Channel will participate in all future presentations of [R][R][F]2005--->XP in virtual and physical space. Deadline 13 June, 2005. read more for details or visit

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