These audio files accompany the book Absolute Rhythm: Minor works for radio by Paul Carter, published by Performance Research Books ....

For a fuller account of the context of these works readers are referred to Amplifications: poetic migration, auditory memory (New York: Bloomsbury Academic, 2019), a set of biographical variations on the ten scripts, documenting the experience of migration that lies between and behind the individual works. Described as a periotography, or writing around the ear, the book is also a cultural sound history placing the scripts in a wider historical and performance context. Providing references to reading relevant to the understanding and interpretation of the scripts, Amplifications augments the production notes provided in Absolute Rhythm and is useful background for anyone intending to recreate the works in a post-public radio environment.

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Memory as Desire

Recorded in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney) with actors Ron Haddrick (Charles Sturt), June Salter (Charlotte Sturt), Don Pascoe (George Augustus Robinson) and Jane Harders (Rose Robinson). Production for the ABC: Martin Harrison; audio recording and post-production: Phillip Ulman, Ann Winter. First broadcast: 9 June 1986; second broadcast (revised version): 21 May 1987.

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What is Your Name

Recorded in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney) with actors Terry Reid, John Dicks and Robert Menzies. Production for the ABC: Martin Harrison; audio recording and post-production: Craig Preston and Andy Henley. First broadcast: ABC Radio National, ‘Surface Tension’, 13 September 1986.
What Is Your Name was an ABC entry for the Prix Futura (French translation, Quel Nom Toi by Philippe Tanguy). In 1991 West Deutscher Rundfunk Küln made a German production of the work, Wie Ist Ihr Name. First broadcast: 10 December 1991. In 2004 Prompt! Berlin created a multilingual theatre production, Wie Ist Dein Name, presented at Theaterdiscounter (Mitte, Berlin, 1–3 June).

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Cooee Song

Recorded in the Spatial Intelligence and Acoustics Laboratory, RMIT University (Melbourne), 24–7 June 2019, with singers Jessica Hitchcock and Zoy Frangos. Production: Christopher Williams; co-direction: Paul Carter and Christopher Williams. Commissioned by the RMIT Sonic Arts Collection. Parts of the recorded material were also used in Eloquent Forest, a 28‑channel installation at Cato Square, Prahran (Melbourne), opening in September 2019.

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Scarlatti

Recorded in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney) with actors Andrew Tighe, José Farinas. Production for the ABC: Martin Harrison. First broadcast: ABC Radio National, ‘Surface Tension’, 13 September 1986; second broadcast: 18 August 1987; third broadcast: ABC-FM, ‘The Listening Room’, 18 January 1988.

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Remember Me

Remember Me was commissioned by Martin Harrison for the fourth in the series Poets Reading, which he, Ruark Lewis and Ann Berriman curated for the 1988 Sydney Biennale. It was first performed by the author on 25 June 1988, at the Art Gallery of New South Wales, using a 1952 recording of Dido and Aeneas by Henry Purcell and a digitally remastered version of the same recording (1987).
The radio production was recorded in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney) with actors Matthew O’Sullivan (Sound Engineer), Judy Nunn (Mrs Ear), Edgar Metcalfe (Mr Ear), David Nettheim (Bernard Miles and Walter Legge), Robyn Nevin (Kirsten Flagstad), Ivar Kants (Robin Hood), Susan Lyons (Maid Marian), Edgar Metcalfe (Henry Johansen) and David Downer (Henry Purcell). Production for the ABC: Andrew McLennan. First broadcast: ABC-FM, ‘The Listening Room’, 14 August 1988.
Remember Me won a 1989 HiFi Drama Award.

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On The Still Air

Recorded in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney) with actors Antonio Palumbo (Andreotti), Domenico Gentile (Pasolini), Simon Chilvers (Ezra Pound), David Downer (T. S. Eliot), Paolo Totaro (Dante), Pino Bosi (Cavalcanti), Livia Bosi (Questa), Paul Carter (Nom). Production for the ABC: Andrew McLennan. First broadcast: ABC-FM, ‘The Listening Room’, 3 September 1990.

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The Native Informant

Recorded in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney) with actors Paul Carter, Andrew Ford, David Wicks and Helen Noonan. Production for the ABC: Andrew McLennan; audio recording and post-production: Phillip Ulman. First broadcast: ABC-FM, ‘The Listening Room’, 6 December 1993.

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The Calling To Come

A co-production of the Museum of Sydney and ABC-FM’s ‘The Listening Room’, recorded in the studios of the ABC on 22 February 1995 with actors Arthur Dignam and Kristina Nehm. Production for the ABC: Andrew McLennan; sound recording: Russell Thomson; audio post-production: Phillip Ulman. Museum installation for Magian Multimedia (Melbourne): Nigel Frayne; audio post-production: John Campbell. First broadcast: ABC-FM, ‘The Listening Room’, 22 May 1995.
The Calling to Come was an ABC entry for the 1996 Radio Moscow Art Drama prize; the Russian translation of the text was prepared by K. Gelbak. It was released on CD by Leonardo Music Journal in 1996.

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The 7448

Commissioned by WDR and ABC-FM’s ‘The Listening Room’ and recorded in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Melbourne) with actors Frank Witting, Ursula Grawe, Paul Karo, Manuela Carluzzi, Grant Smith, Lisa Rodgers, Hartley Newnham, Roy Baldwin, Gabriella Carascalao, Alberto Vila, Carlos Sanchez, Glen Riddle and Natalie Lin. The English segments of the script were translated into German by Frank Witting and Ursula Grawe. The work was broadcast in Germany as 7,448, Eine Kolumbische Phantasie. Production for the ABC: Andrew McLennan; audio recording and post-production: Phillip Ulman. First Australian broadcast: ABC-FM, ‘The Listening Room’, September 1992.
The script for The 7,448 was a winner of the Ars Acustica Prize 1991 jointly sponsored by ABC-FM’s ‘The Listening Room’ and WDR Köln. The 7,448 was featured at the 4th Exposition Sonore Internationale, Arles, France, July 1995. A selection from the work is released on CD Vergo under the auspices of WDR’s Akustische Kunst Studio.

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Underworlds of Jean Du Chas

Recorded in the studios of the Australian Broadcasting Corporation (Sydney) with actors Barry Otto, Gillian Jones, Tim Elliott, Jeremy Sims with the assistance of the Newtown High School for the Performing Arts. Production for the ABC: Andrew McLennan; sound engineering: Phillip Ulman. First broadcast: ABC-FM, ‘The Listening Room’, 18 May 1998. Second broadcast: May 3 1999.

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