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Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight, Melbourne, 1975

This is a 1975 photograph of Vision Australia's Carols by Candlelight at the Sidney Myer Music Bowl in the King's Domain. A female singer and three male electric guitarists are performing into microphones on stage, backed by an orchestra. The image comes from the original black-and-white photographic negative and is part ...

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Rock band launching opening of Amoco service station, 1970

This is a black-and-white image from a negative depicting a small crowd of teenagers and children watching a rock band perform at the opening of an Amoco service station. The band has five members and is performing on a temporary stage on which the name of radio station 3AK is clearly emblazoned. A sign 'AMOCO' is visible ...

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Pop singer Jeff Phillips performing at Melbourne Town Hall, 1968

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting singer Jeff Phillips performing on a streamer-covered stage in front of a crowd at the Melbourne Town Hall. Teenage fans are crowding the stage and throwing more streamers at him. Other audience members are seated in a balcony area to the side. Hanging ...

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Normie Rowe performing at Melbourne Town Hall, 1968

This is a black-and-white image from the original negative depicting pop star Normie Rowe performing on stage in front of a crowd at the Melbourne Town Hall. A teenage girl has rushed onto the stage in an attempt to approach the singer and has been caught by security guards. The stage is covered with streamers that have ...

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Is there a DJ in da house?

Do you want to be a famous DJ? Listen to how Aussie-grown DJ Tyson 'tyDi' Illingworth hit the big time in Los Angeles.

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Otherworldly sounds: traditional Tuvan singing

What is the most amazing sound you've ever heard someone make with their voice? This clip explores the ancient art form of traditional Tuvan 'throat singing' and features an interview with Shonchalai Oorzhak-Choodu, who is breaking taboos and challenging age-old superstitions as one of few women to master the art.

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The symphonic sculpture of Pantha du Prince

Discover what happens when you mix computers and live musicians to generate exciting new performances. This clip features the music of Berlin-based musician Pantha du Prince (Hendrik Weber) and his collaboration with The Bell Laboratory from Norway. They combine an experimental approach to computer-generated music with ...

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Interview with a virtuoso violinist

In this interview by radio presenter Andrew Ford, discover why Hungarian violinist Roby Lakatos mixes elements of Romani (Gypsy) music with classical music and jazz. This is the second in a series of two clips.

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Lively live music

Have you ever wanted to play like a virtuoso, a master of musical technique or skill? See an amazing live performance of 'Ket Gitar' by Hungarian master violinist Roby Lakatos and pianist Frantisek Janoska. Roby Lakatos is a Romani musician who mixes Hungarian Romani music with classical and jazz. This is the first in a ...

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Opera: life without a microphone

Performing opera is one of the most challenging roles a singer can undertake. In this clip from Behind the News, join Kirsty Bennett as she discovers the complexities of opera and the demands it makes on singers' voices.

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Garage beat: media release

Find out the background of a garage band. Build a media release to promote the band. Use a model structure and sample text to build publicity material. Include opinion adjectives such as 'fantastic' and 'valuable'. This learning object is one in a series of three objects.

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Melbourne Chinese Orchestra Selections, 1931

This black-and-white clip shows part of a traditional Chinese musical performance on stage by eight members of the Melbourne Chinese Orchestra in 1931. The clip begins with a caption reading: 'SELECTIONS / Melbourne Chinese Orchestra', shown on the closed stage curtain. The music begins at the same time and then the curtain ...

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Cinesound Review - That Mersey Sound, 1964: Beatlemania

This black-and-white newsreel clip shows the phenomenon of 'Beatlemania' that emerged with the English pop group the Beatles' visit to Australia and New Zealand in 1964. The Beatles are seen greeting the crowd from Melbourne Town Hall, arriving in New Zealand and in a car cavalcade. Shots of Beatle record covers, memorabilia ...

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Exploring biographical writing

The 'Biography' section of the Civics and Citizenship Education website presents biographical writing as an accessible and lively way to explore Australian history and society. It contains short biographies of prominent Australians, both contemporary and historical, and lesson plans for reading and analysing biographical ...

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Sheet music cover for the 'Aeroplane Jelly song'

This is an image of the front cover of the sheet music for the 'Aeroplane Jelly song' with a photograph of the composer, Albert Lenertz (1891-1943), wearing evening dress. The sheet music was produced by the Aeroplane Jelly Company in 1930.

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Autographs of participants in the first Empire broadcast, 1927

This is an autograph card on which is recorded the signatures of those who played a role in, and attended, the first Empire broadcast by radio station 2FC, Sydney, New South Wales on 5 September 1927. A handwritten caption at the bottom of the card indicates that the program was broadcast from Sydney to the BBC in London ...

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Hephzibah, 1998: 'I can cope with that'

This clip shows violinist Yehudi Menuhin describing how he and his sister, the concert pianist Hephzibah Menuhin, met their spouses, sister and brother Nola and Lindsay Nicholas, heirs to the Australian Aspro fortune. It includes home-movie footage and black-and-white photographs of the four. Shirley Nicholas (Lindsay and ...

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Big Bag's Japanese Adventure, 1998: Performance at the Japanese disabled festival

This clip shows the rock band Big Bag, made up of both intellectually disabled and non-disabled members, performing at a disability arts festival during a tour of Japan in 1997. The band is shown on stage performing their song 'Hare Disco' with the chorus of 'It's a party, party, party' and then bowing to acknowledge the ...

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'When the war is over, Maggie', 1914-1918

This is a recording of a British First World War song that was popular in Australia both during and after the War. The recording was possibly made in London, in 1915.

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Peach's Gold - Eureka, 1983: Taxing the diggers

This clip shows the level of resentment of Victorian gold miners in the early 1850s towards police and gold licences through the use of re-enactments, a dramatised reading and song. In the first re-enactment, diggers without their licences are pursued, arrested and chained to logs as a reading from a contemporary source ...