Wax Lyrical

Wax Lyrical | Podcast

Wax Lyrical is an exploration of written works, found texts, songs with lyrics, poems with music – join Algal Blooms, Absent DJ & 2nite’s Producer on a wonderful journey through word and sound.

New episodes every fortnight.

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Under the Surface

Join Algal as he takes you beneath the surface of the Darebin Parklands. Listen to the broad, lilting accent of the head ranger, Peter Wiltshire. Be awed or entranced or drowsed as a small child is, seated and starry-eyed before their storytelling grandma. Songs from Brian Eno, Gaussian Curve, Eirwud Mudwasser, Minus Group, Wim Mertens, Cathie O'Sullivan, Walter Wanderley

Chess: Absent DJ vs DJ MSG

What does chess have to do with language? What does playing chess reveal about the self? In the way that you move across the board, of course, but also in the language you use when you do so - swearing and strategising. Absent DJ challenges DJ MSG to a few games in the park... Tracks from: Koyiul, ᕦ(ò_óˇ)ᕤ, Eli Keszler, Invisible Path, Ambienti Coassiali, Healing Crisis.


2Nite's Producer is joined in the studio by local rapper Mack Daddy Fresh and his friends to discuss Dice Therapy, rocks with googly eyes, weapons and The Matrix. Tunes from Zack Fox x Kenny Beats, JPEGMAFIA, Dominic Talarico and Mack Daddy Fresh himself. https://soundcloud.com/user-958484099


Plants -Why they’re so good for us. -How they cool the planet. Find out on this episode of Wax lyrical with Algal Blooms. Vegan, plant-based soundscape from Algal and tunes from Tom Waits, Aphex Twin, Patrick Cowley, Waak Waak Djungi, Mappa Mundi, Boards of Canada, Brian Briggs, Satsuki Shibano, Visible Cloaks, and Yoshio Ojima. Audio of the Microbiologist Walter Jehne comes from Julian de Lorenzo's Tangled podcast.

Jake Goetz's 'meditations with passing water'

Sydney-based poet Jake Goetz joins Absent DJ on a journey through his book/poem ‘meditations with passing water’. We'll gently rock you along the Maiwar (Brisbane River). Songs from: Gigi Masin, Midori Hirano, William Selman, Maria Moles & Adam Halliwell, Tassilo Vannhöfen, Lucretia Dalt.

Sawcy Dogé.

2Nite's Producer is joined by DIY rapper Sawcy Dogé from Villawood Immigration Detention Centre. The two speak on playing soccer for Kenya, addiction, drug dealing and finding creative relief while locked up. Tracks from: Francis and the Lights, 21 Savage, YBN Cordae and Sawcy Dogé himself.

Pornos, fire & funky junkies

Sometimes a naughty kid learns more than a good one. In the new episode, Algal coaxes stories from two mischievous 90s kids – Dame Rumpy and Havana. Songs from Jonny Nash, Ozo, The Middle East, Dreamatic, Disco Sigaretta, Jessica Pratt, Albrecht La'Brooy, Tornado Wallace, Ihashi Elimhlophe, Steve Douglas, Isaac Hayes, Gary Shearston

Jake Walker's 'Cigarette, Helen?'

Jake Walker joins Absent DJ with his mix 'Cigarette, Helen?' Follow the mad little ear worm along. Absent DJ shares tracks from: Pontiac Streator & Ulla Straus, Luc Ferrari.

Nostalgia II.


This episode of Wax Lyrical contains explicit language and references to drugs and violence

2Nite's Producer returns to the not-so-distant past with some help from Melbourne musician and field recordist Josh Kreusler. The pair explore the fractal nature of memory, appreciate inanimate objects and ponder cyclical violence all while playing tracks about looking back...again.

Lucy Dreaming

This time, Algal takes you on an excursion into the sleeping world of Lucy’s brain. She reads her dream diary, which happens to be humming with vibrant life.

Lucy wends through both wonder and danger, and wonders at the strangeness of what happens when you're not awake.

Finally, listen to a rare poem by Sydney writer, Selma Steam. 

Tunes from: Yosi Horikawa, Francis Bebey, Andras, Mkwaju Ensemble, Sun Ra, The KLF, Camaro's Gang, Mort Garson, Carlos Maria


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