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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Hannah Hotker's 'Lilith Loves You'

You’re in “iso”. There’s a pandemic and it’s advisable to not go outside. You might be feeling misunderstood, alone, censored. But you might also be resisting, relaxed, rejuvenated. This episode we bring you a hard-hitting 20 minute samplesoundscape from Aussie artist Hannah Hotker. & some thoughts from “A Philosophy of Loneliness” by Lars Svendsen, tunes from Arthur Russell/Allen Ginsberg, Shady Nasty and Rabit.


2Nite's Producer takes you on a sonic road trip from the country to the city. Old forests full of memories, seedy alleyways brimming with hustlers and the ghosts that haunt them both. Tracks from Nick Cave & Warren Ellis, Jonny Greenwood, Oneohtrix Point Never and Bob Dylan.

Spring to mind

This episode features a soundscape of recordings done in India and Nepal. Algal takes you on a soundwalk along the buzzy, labyrinthine streets of Thamel. Up into the rangy, rocky Himalayas. Through the humidity of Kochi. Hear what pops up, within and without Algal's brain. Songs: Nikhil Banerjee – Raag Rageshree Pritish Nandy – Sometimes Suzanne Kraft – Scripted Space Ramu – Vinayaka Sthuthi Charanjit Singh – Raga Megh Malhar Wilson Tanner – Loch and Key Malaysia Vasudevan & S.P. Sailaja – Pattu Engey (Where is the song?)

spoken word in aussie music

*Explicit* Some swears and a drug reference. What is the Aussie storyteller? A larrikin, a rabble-rouser, a muso, a politician? Join Absent DJ in a brief and by no means exhaustive excursion into spoken word in Australian music. Poems, field recordings, samples - political malaise & the great Aussie drawl. TRACKLIST ju ca - ... hiding our long shadows like wilted flowers [or words that fell like murmurs... unable to touch] "live excerpt” EYE - GST (the Goods & Services Tax - redistributing funds from the poor to the rich?) Mood Ring - MRV1 r hunter - Improvisation for poem by Stine Marie Jacobsen Red Wine and Sugar - That Book You're Reading EYE - Transnational Corporations Own 90% of Australia but pay


2Nite's Producer sits down with musician and field recordist, Flo and the two explore memory through sound. Flo's recordings map her trip across Latin America with an emphasis on music, culture and intimate moments. Check out Flo's podcast, 'Tales In The Anthropocene' here: https://bit.ly/36YkK1A

Dads and Death

Algal talks to his uncle, Algie’s Little Brother about the death of a loved one. The two expound on life after death, and life during life. Featuring a special soundtrack of classic dad tunes from Bruce Cockburn, Jimmy Little, Sister Janet Mead and Gerry Rafferty

ask people to repeat what they say (or a poem about decay)

Sydney based poet and DJ, DJ OFF IT, reimagines a hybrid poetry/dj set initially performed at an Ear Health Workshop put on by NECTAR, AfterHour and Apparent Motion. "ask people to repeat what they say (or a poem about decay)".

Fall II.

2Nite's Producer delves back into the dystopian present. Featuring a soundscape of toil from across the world and a lucky few talking about the apocalypse at a pub. Tracks from Audiomachine, Godspeed You! Black Emperor, Colin Stetson, OFB and Jóhann Jóhannsson.

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.

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