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More Australian music stars nominate their pick of our best recordings

20 March 2007

More Australian music stars have added their nominations of the sounds they believe are iconically Australian to the National Film and Sound Archive's (NFSA) new registry of sound which is open for public nominations for only two more weeks.

Available as sound grabs for download, the Sounds of Australia registry has recorded the nominations of Australian rock stars, Eskimo Joe who have nominated Midnight Oil's Power and the Passion and The Band of Fivenames who have nominated E by the Benders. Also Rockwiz Brian Nankervis has nominated Little Boy Sad by MPD Limited and composer Peter Sculthorpe has nominated Maranoa Lullaby by Harold Blair.

Other music stars that have recorded nominations include pop idol Col Joye, folk guru Warren Fahey, Rock Brain of the Universe Glenn A Baker, country legends Anne Kirkpatrick and Joy McKean, jazz legend Graeme Bell, modern composer Jim Denley and rock star and advertising guru Les Gock.

"I am really excited that so many prominent Australian musicians are getting behind Sounds of Australia and I would like to encourage everyone who hasn't nominated to take the opportunity to be part of the project by nominating their choice," said Matthew Davies, Senior Curator of Record Sound.

The NFSA has created a foundation list of 10 recordings, representing over a century of Australian recorded sound. They are available for radio to download and include what may be the first recording ever of Advance Australia Fair and Nellie Melba's first commercial recording from 1904.

Recorded sound grabs of the NFSA's foundation list of sound recordings and celebrity nominations can be accessed on the RadioInfo website. If you are not a member, complete the free registration, follow the link to mixed downloads on the FREE AUDIO menu and all recordings are listed there. If you are not able to access the site please contact Nick Weare at the NFSA on 0437195026 or nick.weare@nfsa.afc.gov.au

All Australians can participate in the creation of the NFSA's Sounds of Australia by nominating recordings. A panel of experts from the sound industry and cultural institutions will then use these nominations to select 10 recordings for the registry every year. Nominations for the 2007 list close on 31 March.

To be eligible for inclusion, sound recordings must have been made in Australia or by Australians and be at least 20 years old. Almost anything that has been captured on disc, tape, hard drive or cylinder can be nominated - material as diverse as a political speech or news broadcast, a great sporting moment, a single song, an album, an artist or a body of work, or even recordings of bird songs or frogs.

Nomination forms are available by phoning the NFSA on 1800 067 274 or on the NFSA website. The 2007 additions to Sounds of Australia will be announced in June.

Media Enquiries:
Teri Calder or Carolyn Grant, Avviso PR for the AFC
ph (02) 9368 7277; 0425 230 679 (TC)
Email: teric@avviso.com.au / carolyng@avviso.com.au

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