Craig Schuftan

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Production

Comedy sketches, radio serials, show imaging, promos and other interruptions, produced for Australia's national youth broadcaster in the triple j radiophonic workshop.

The Precise History of Things, with Sam Simmons 

An educational segment, written and performed by Sam Simmons, about where things come from and how they began. Wheat, hands, sport, girls, moths, sound – we take all these for granted, but their origins and true nature have always been shrouded in mystery – until now. 

The Blow Parade 

A five-part music documentary series created by Chris Taylor, Andrew Hansen and myself. Each half-hour episode tells the story of the making of a classic rock album – Lake Deuteronomy’s epic Spool in the Pits of Prometheus, The Fatcocks’ explosive punk masterpiece Corgi Scum, and legendary folk singer Egg Zagar’s tragically posthumous Whale Song.

triple j - we love music 

New station imaging for triple j. Created in the ABC studios with a band made up of Jamie and Jerry from Bluejuice (bass and keys) Mick from Kid Confucious (drums) and Lindsay ‘The Doctor’ McDougall (guitar). 

Hottest 100, 2009 

Stings, sounds and singing girls for the world's biggest music poll. Hmmmmmmmmmmmmm...

Hottest 100, 2010 

Aztec Beach Party. Brrrrap!

Coma FM 

Now playing the best of the 80s, 90s and mid-90s. Commercial radio interruptions written by Chris Taylor, originally broadcast on Today Today between 2004 and 2005.

Radio problems 

scratched CD, a badly timed studio tour, a medical advice segment gone terribly wrong. A few of the more awkward things to have happened on the radio in triple j’s recent history.

House Party 

The best night of your life in under thirty seconds

The Race Race 

A daily half-hour show presented by Chris Taylor and Craig Reucassel, covering the McCain v Obama battle for the White House. 

Hack

 Shoving the j into journalism! Stings and IDs created for Hack, triple j’s current affairs half-hour. 

Space Goat

Alone in deep space, with the planets and stars his only friends...

Battalion 666 

Salty adventures of satanic navy vessel, originally broadcast on Jay and The Doctor's breakfast show, 2006-2007.

Bonez MC that's me... 

Quiet guy in the office reveals secret life as 80s rap star.

Mornings with Linda Mottram 

Grown-up radio! IDs and imaging for ABC local radio, created with Ben Fletcher (Devoted Few, Sarah Blasko, Bluebottle Kiss, his own darn self)

 

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05.08.15

Actually My Name's Marina

"What the audience demands of the artist - really demands, in its unconscious desire - and what the artist thinks it ought to be given... [is] the same thing: the sentiment of being. The sentiment of being is the sentiment of being strong... such energy as contrives that the centre shall hold, that the circumference of the self keep unbroken, that the person be an integer, impenetrable, perdurable, and autonomous in being if inot in action."

marina and the diamonds | the family jewels | identity | personality | realism | authenticity | lionel trilling

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14.06.15

Once upon a time

"Music was now an object that could be owned by the individual and used at his own convenience... Now the Symphony of a Thousand could play to an audience of one. Now a man could hear nocturnes at breakfast, vespers at noon, and the Easter Oratorio on Channukah. He could do his morning crossword to 'One O'Clock Jump', and make love right through the St Matthew Passion. Anything was possible; nothing was sacred; freedom was absolute. It was the freedom, once the cathedral of culture had been wrecked, to take home the bits you liked and arrange them as you please. Once again, a mechanical invention had met capitalism's need to recreate all of life in its image. The cathedral of culture was now a supermarket."

Evan Eisenberg, 1987

wu-tang clan | shaolin | age of mechanical reproduction | aura | ritual | art | artists

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18.09.14

Tomorrow's Harvest

"What if I tell you now that I have often longed even for plays I have seen performed - frequently the very ones which bored me most - or for books I have read in the past and did not like at all? If that is not madness, there's no such thing."

nostalgia

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17.09.14

Hold to the Difficult

"And you must not let yourself be misled, in your solitude, by the fact that there is something in you that wants to escape from it. This very wish will, if you use it quietly and pre-eminently and like a tool, help to spread your solitude over wide country. People have (with the help of convention) found the solution of everything in ease, and the easiest side of ease; but it is clear that we must hold to the difficult; everything living holds to it, everything in nature grows and defends itself according to its own character and is an individual in its own right, strives to be so at any cost and against all opposition. We know little, but that we must hold to the difficult is a certainty that will not leave us; it is good to be solitary, for solitude is difficult; the fact that a thing is difficult must be one more reason for our doing it."

Rainer Maria Rilke, 1904

rainer maria rilke | kate bush

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05.02.14

Always music in the air

'Acousmatic, the Larousse dictionary tells us, is the 'name given to the disciples of Pythagoras who for five years, listened to his teachings while he was hidden behind a curtain, without seeing him, while observing a strict silence.' Hidden from their eyes, only the voice of their master reached the disciples.... In ancient times, the apparatus was a curtain; today, it is the radio and methods of reproduction, along with the entire set of electro-acoustic transformations, that place us, modern listeners to an invisible voice, under similar conditions.'

Pierre Schaeffer, 'Acousmatics', 1966

pierre schaeffer | musique concrete | sonorous objects | acousmatics | pythagoras | phenomenology | twin peaks | red room

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22.01.14

Music Sounds Better

'Imagine a traveller from a hundred years ago arrives at our doorstep and asks us why the music of the 20th century operates so frequently on the basis of cyclic repetition. Not just the rap and dance genres of popular culture, but also minimalism - perhaps the single most viable strand of the Western art music tradition... why does so much of our music work this way? What kind of needs do these patterns satisfy?'

Susan McClary, 1999

stardust | daft punk | susan mcclary | minimalism | loop | chaka kahn | repetition