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212 – Tim Whitt samples Adelaide

Tim Whitt samples Adelaide on The Adelaide Show Podcast

If you’ve ever wondered how modern beats are made, the way Tim Whitt samples Adelaide sounds will be a real ear opener. Tim has a new album out in October and tonight we’ll explore the unique way he has layered it with sounds of our city.

This week, the SA Drink Of The Week is 2015 Sidewood Shiraz.

Michael will try to stump us in IS IT NEWS on the topic of sounds through the ages.

In 100 Weeks Ago we hear from another singer leading a double life – Lesley Williams of More + More fame.

In stories without notice, we discuss the new lamb ad

And in the musical pilgrimage … we hear from tonight’s guest, Tim Whitt.

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Running Sheet: Tim Whitt samples Adelaide

00:00:00 Outtake
 12 inches of sultriness
Theme and Introduction. Our original theme song in full is here, Adelaidey-hoo.
00:02:38 SA Drink Of The Week
 2015 Sidewood Shiraz Adelaide Hills … tasting notes
00:09:38 Stories Without Notice

 We discuss “that lamb ad” with all the gods in it.

00:17:02 Tim Whitt

Tim Whitt is known to the “hip set” due to his performances at events like Big Day Out, Adelaide Cabaret Festival, and Parklife and through supporting artists like Regurgitator. However, Tim is set to release his latest album Geisel on Oct 13. What caught our attention about this album is that Tim has created it by using sound samples from Adelaide. Tim, a producer and sound designer, is going to help us explore just how you can take sound samples and turn them into tunes that are appealing and musical.

We are going to sift through the layers of your music but can you start with an overview of the process in a few sentences? How does a recording of a tram become something you can dance to?

What is a sound designer? What have you designed in the past (events, computer games)

Tim, why? Why sounds of the city?

What sounds interest you the most?

I wanted to record the creek near my kid’s school this morning but imagined it would be ruined by voices. How do you keep people away?

How do you record? And why are you always carrying a recorder?

Now, Geisen isn’t just you. Tell us about this collaboration.

Tim has been carrying his portable microphone with him for many years trying to record unusual sound samples as he comes across them. As a sound engineer, he has a library full of samples from his travels around the world.

Most interesting parts of Adelaide and times of day to record?

For your release on October 14, what is this tour of Adelaide you are planning?

01:16:47 Is It News?

Michael Shanahan challenges the panel to pick the fake story from three stories from South Australia’s past.

Northern Argus, Friday 3 January 1902
The earthquake is a terrible thing to encounter. The ‘quaking,’ the bending of the earth’s surface, and the other accidental accompaniments usually described, are only a tithe of the real terrors of a seismic shock. To some the noise which precedes the real shock is more terror-inspiring than the ‘quake’ itself. An authority describes these subterranean rumblings as a horrid sound resembling that of an infinite number of chariots driven fiercely forward, mingled with the noise of cracking whips, ‘neighing of horses, and the cries of victory and despair on the part of the charioteers.’

Advertiser Tuesday 13 August 1929
The Fox Movietone sound truck was landed from the Sierra in Adelaide on August 8. The truck, which is mounted on a Reo chassis, is the first to reach Australia, and is in Adelaide for the purpose of filming the Fox Movietone newsreel. The first speech to be recorded was that made by Mr. M. H. McNeill, assistant general manager of the Vacuum OH company.

Advertiser, Saturday 18 December 1954
Sound Shell Handed Over
Elder Park, splashed with sunshine, was like a scene from an English summer garden for the official handing over of “The Advertiser” Sound Shell yesterday afternoon. From 3 p.m., 500 official guests and hundreds of members of the public enjoyed a 45 minute concert by the SA Symphony Orchestra and the Adelaide Singers conducted by Henry Krips. Then, at 3.45 p.m., the chairman of directors of Advertiser Newspapers Ltd (Sir Lloyd Dumas ) formally handed over the Shell to the Lord Mayor (Mr. Philps), who accepted it on behalf of the council. Explaining that the Sound Shell was designed as a memorial of the visit earlier this year of Her Majesty the Queen.

01:25:05 100 Weeks Ago
In 100 Weeks Ago, we revisit our evening spent with Lesley Williams. Lesley was on to talk about her Kickstarter projects but we also had to explore her musical side; a duo called More + More and the song called Right Now (you can hear Lesley Williams sing in episode 112 of The Adelaide Show Podcast). In the snippet we are about to play, Steve had just asked Lesley is she sings the song we were about to play, as she goes about her day.
01:29:30 Musical Pilgrimage
And our song this week is Sleep At Night by Tim Whitt, selected by our musical curator, Todd Fischer.
01:41:36 Outtake
 A little snifter … How dead should it be? … Keep the change … Sounds of men drinking wine … Big Boy and The Pleasant Man

Here is this week’s preview video:

SFX: Throughout the podcast we use free sfx from for the harp, the visa stamp, the silent movie music, the stylus, the radio signal sfx, the wine pouring and cork pulling sfx, and the swooshes around Siri.

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