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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05.02.14

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

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17.01.14

I Life

"Could it be that we come to the city in order to achieve solitude? Such has been the unspoken premise of the modern city of utopian individualism. By solitude I do not mean isolation. Isolation is a state of nature: solitude is the work of culture. Isolation is an imposition, solitude a choice."

walkman | ipod | iphone | isolation | solitude | city | the crowd

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03.01.14

Infancy and Progress

"The whole human species, looked at from its origins, appears to the philosopher as an immense whole, which, like an individual, has its infancy and its progress … The totality of humanity, fluctuating between calm and agitation, between good times and bad, moves steadily though slowly towards a greater perfection."

Said nobody, at any time in the last one hundred years. Nowadays, our view of the future is more like the one seen from the middle ages than the Enlightenment. But from where he stood in 1750, or perhaps sat, on a chair a bit like the one pictured above, the French statesman and economist Jacques Turgot could look back on the past five centuries and see a gradual transition from primitive agrarians torturing and killing each other over superstitious nonsense, to the confident era of the Enlightenment, with its stupendous advancements in astronomy, medicine and physics.

enlightenment | progress | history | kubrick | 2001

axlyoung
29.12.13

Lost Paradise

'Thus it is well known that a child learns to walk, talk and to know his way around the world just by trying something out and seeing what happens, then modifying what he does (or thinks) in accordance with what has actually happened. In this way, he spends his first few years in a wonderfully creative way, discovering all sorts of things that are new to him, and this leads people to look back on childhood as a kind of lost paradise. As the child grows older, however, learning takes on a narrower meaning. In school, he learns by repetition to accumulate knowledge, so as to please the teacher and pass examinations. At work, he learns in a similar way, so as to make a living, or for some other utilitarian purpose, and not for the love of the action of learning itself. So his ability to see something new and original gradually dies away. And without it there is evidently no ground from which anything can grow.'

guns n roses | axl rose | daniel bohm | childhood | creativity

Rolling Stones
19.12.13

No Satisfaction

'That human life must be some kind of mistake is sufficiently proved by the simple observation that man is a compound of needs which are hard to satisfy; that their satisfaction achieves nothing but a painless condition in which he is given over to boredom; and that boredom is a direct proof that existence itself is valueless, for boredom is nothing more than the sensation of the emptiness of existence. For if life, in the desire for which our essence and existence consists, possessed in itself a positive value and real content, there would be no such thing as boredom: mere existence would fulfil and satisfy us. As things are, we take no pleasure in existence except when we are striving after something—in which case distance and difficulties make our goal look as if it would satisfy us (an illusion which fades when we reach it) ...'

rolling stones | arthur schopenhauer | philosophy | rock and roll | desire | boredom