The sounds that define Australian culture and history

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THE National Film and Sound Archive of Australia has announced its “Sounds of Australia” for 2020, recognising 10 sound recordings for their defining impact on Australian culture and history. 

These range from “It’s Time” by Alison MacCallum, used for Gough Whitlam’s successful 1972 election campaign, to a souvenir recording from the 1956 Melbourne Olympic Games and John Williamson’s popular anthem, “True Blue”.

The newest recordings to go on its “Sounds of Australia” registry are, in chronological order:

“Starlight” by Hamilton Hill, 1907.

“Etude de concert in F minor and Etude de concert in A flat major” by Eileen Joyce, 1933.

Olympic Games, Melbourne 1956: Official souvenir recording of Opening Ceremony and Closing Ceremony, 1956.

“Nausicaa: Opera in Three Acts” by Peggy Glanville-Hicks, 1961.

“Arnhem Land Popular Classics: Aboriginal Dance Songs with Didjeridu Accompaniment” by David Blanasi, Djoli Laiwanga and others, 1963.

“Because I Love You” by The Master’s Apprentices, 1971.

“It’s Time” by Alison MacCallum, 1972.

“True Blue” by John Williamson, 1986.

“Tomorrow” by Silverchair, 1994.

“Martin/Molloy” by Tony Martin and Mick Molloy, 1995-1998.

Nominations for 2021 are now open

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