Archive for January, 2011


Posted in Art/ off the wall, Fashion with tags , , , , , , , , , , on January 31, 2011 by speakertv

What is The Diana World Tour?

Like a true legend, the original Diana camera’s birth is shrouded in mystery and conjecture. The popular account reads as follows: Back in the early 1960s, a Kowloon Bay, Hong Kong, company called the Great Wall Plastics Factory created an extremely inexpensive and completely plastic compact camera. Called the “Diana,” this little beauty was constructed of a lightweight plastic body and a cheap plastic single-element lens. Only the shutter and a few necessary parts were crafted in metal. The original specs consisted of two shutter speeds, three aperture settings, and manual focusing from about 1m to infinity. It shot 16 4x4cm images per roll.

As the story goes – after years of production of the original Diana camera and its countless clones, production of the Diana camera came to a close in the mid-1970s. As 35mm film and Instamatic cameras grew in popularity, the clumsy roll-film Dianas fell to the wayside. The camera would continue to be widely available for a few more years — often as a free novelty gift or a thrift-store regular — but its days were very much numbered. The march of progress had slain the humble Diana in its wake.

But like any superstar cut down in their prime, the Diana’s posthumous appeal skyrocketed. Something this beautiful, this classic, and this crucial to the world of analog photography shouldn’t have suffered such an early demise. And since Lomography had the means, the knowledge, and the opportunity to rebuild the Diana from the ground up (with a few extras tossed in) – the Lomography Diana+ was born in 2007. Now a cult artistic tool of avant-garde and lo-fi lomographers it has been a rousing success!  Lomographers love its soft & dreamy images, super-saturated colours, unpredictable blurring, and random contrast.

Fast forward to 2008 when The Diana World Tour was kick started in Hong Kong, and has since travelled to Tokyo, Seoul, Porto, Lisbon, Madrid, Barcelona, Berlin, Paris, Shanghai, Beijing, Guangzhou, New York City, LA, Riga, London and is now making it’s way to Australia and New Zealand.

Australian/New Zealand Tour dates
SYDNEY 3 February – 19 February 2011
Blender Gallery 16 Elizabeth St Paddington

MELBOURNE 25 February – 11 March 2011
No Vacancy Gallery 34 – 40 Jane Bell Lane Melbourne City

AUCKLAND – 18 March – 31 March 2011
The Department Store 10 Northcroft Street Takapuna

The Diana World Tour includes: The Detrich Collection – a collection of 100 original Diana Clone Cameras, The DWT Global Vignettes Collection – the coolest collection of Diana images that you are ever likely to witness from all around the world and The Customised Clones Exhibition – a collection of 25 Diana cameras, customised by some of the most interesting artists, illustrators, creative types  and good-time Lomography friends that Australia and New Zealand has to offer. Each clone is a complete one-off and will be exhibited as part of the 3 city tour and auctioned online to raise money for a couple of charities in need of our support –

Melbourne/Victorian’s artists involved in customizing the Diana Camera include:
Beci Orpin is an artist/designer based in Melbourne. She is well known for her whimsical, intricate creations and feminine dreamscapes. Designing textiles and graphics for a wide range of clients including Burton Snowboards, Built by Wendy, Mercedes Benz, Kit Cosmetics, Marui Department Store (Japan), Universal Music, Gas as Interface and Dark Horse comics.  Beci is the creative force behind clothinglabels Princess Tina and Tiny Mammouth and launched a new accessories/homewares/stationery brand under her own name.                                                                                                         Carly Fischer is a visual artist who currently works between Berlin, Germany and Melbourne. She since exhibited in a variety of group, collaborative and solo projects and exhibitions in Germany, Australia, the US, Japan and Austria. She is represented by Helen Gory Galerie, Melbourne/Australia and Kwadrat, Berlin/Germany and has been collected in Germany, Japan, Australia and the US.

Dawn Tan is a Melbourne artist who makes human-sized sculptures and drawings out of everyday food packaging that inspire her. Apart from food and consumption, Dawn often finds inspiration in simple repeated shapes and patterns such as lines and dots. In her spare time, she creates smaller crafty works such as paper brooches and art prints, for sale in shops, craft markets and online.

Eveline Tarunadjaja was born and raised in Indonesia and is now based in Melbourne. Her artwork evolved from a procrastinating hobby to a passionate love affair with sugar-coated loneliness and mischievous imagery. Now recognised by the intricate detail of cascading hair she illustrates, Eveline’s work has been featured in various publications and seen on apparel labels such as Hurley and Anna Sui.

Limedrop is an Australian fashion label that captures the imagination and spirit of possibilities. Designers Clea Garrick and Nathan Price have created a clothing line known for its use of clear lines, bold colours, structured pieces and curious proportions peppered with a sense of playful irreverence. Recently Limedrop launched their first pop-up concept store in Melbourne’s GPO and have been involved in several projects including L’Oreal Melbourne Fashion Festival and Tokyo Design Festa. Limedrop has been featured in magazines like frankie, Russh and Fallen.

Justin Williams lives in an old wood cabin/studio in the mountains of Victoria, an ideal setting and inspiration for his art practice.  Justin allows the influences of his beautifully isolated surroundings to creep into his works.   ‘I like work created around questions, not answers, it’s always unresolved, like nature and dreams. I guess I just try to start the work and see where it decides to go, allowing it a life of its own.   FOR MORE INFO ON LOMO CAMERA’S, THE DIANA CAMERA AND WORLD TOUR CHECK OUT THE WEBSITE



Posted in Electric channel, Hip Hop channel, Music, Rock'en channel with tags , , , , , , , , on January 29, 2011 by speakertv

Brighton’s The Great Escape announce first line up for 2011.

300 bands in 30 venues!

You’ll notice a couple of aussie acts in there too!

Tickets available at:



Posted in Electric channel, Hip Hop channel, Music, Rock'en channel with tags , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by speakertv

Know Your Product at Docklands is a small festival that runs over five evening and features some of the best new and unheard music. Hanna Silver, the 2011 curator has some of Melbourne’s finest up and coming acts on this years line up.

These show are outdoors and free, the perfect way to spend a summer evening in Melbourne

For more information go to:


Posted in Art/ off the wall, Electric channel, Music, Rock'en channel with tags , , , , , , , on January 24, 2011 by speakertv

Fuse Festival 2011 brings a diverse range of music to Adelaide over three days in February. Fuse West, Wednesday 16th and Fuse East,  Thursday 17th, will be showcasing Australia’s up and coming bands from all over the country.                                                                              All shows are open to the public and are free or a minimal cost.

Here is  Speaker TV’s Fuse West & Fuse East 2011 picks and artists to watch out for:

Matt Walters, from VIC,  who is preparing to release his debut album ‘Farewell Youth’ in March 2011 on Mercury/Universal.
Produced by Paul McKercher (Augie March, Sarah Blasko), Walters has created an album the world
will keep coming back to as the start of a real songwriting talent.

From NSW, three times finalist in the International Songwriting Competition and Music Oz Awards,
Singer/Songwriter Sam Buckingham brings her enchanting live show to Adelaide’s Fuse Fest. With
one  of  the  country’s  most  angelic  voices  and  an  unmatched  desert  tray  of  folky/pop  gems,  Buckingham is the artist to watch in 2011.

SA’s The Battery Kids have their sights set on the black hole that lies somewhere between garage
rock and dark pop. Built on their live experiences, the power of their debut album translates into
raw energy on stage, making for a ferocious set of crowd favourites and new songs alike.

After the release of their highly acclaimed debut album in 2009, Blackchords, also from VIC, have
been building their profile both in Australia and in the UK with tours and showcases at The Great
Escape Festival & Liverpool Sound City in the UK, One Movement Perth and tours around OZ in
2010.    The  band capped off last year, opening for  Powderfinger at the Myer Music Bowl  in
Melbourne and are currently writing & recording their sophomore album to be released mid 2011.

Also from NSW, The Paper Scissors have gone from party band du jour, to now being one of the
solid forces in Australian music. In 2009 they went quiet while writing their second album, with a
couple of one off singles hinting at their shifts and progress. They have just finished putting the
finishing touches on ‘In Loving Memory Ofʼ.

Combine electro, dance, rock, pop and funk together in a blender, with 4 muso’s that love getting
out there and having a great time and you’ve got much more than a massive mess, you’ve got
Bambini from QLD. Writing songs that evoke emotion and make you want to get up and dance is
what these guys are all about.

Rhythm & Blues collective The Widowbirds from NSW are a country soul inspired movement
amongst a band of men with a truth and a resilience to conform to a loveless and soulless world.
Soul deep in songs grown from their lives lived, learned and dreamt. The pair are joined by a riff‐
raff of musicians that guide us with three acoustic guitars, four voices, raw percussion.

Colourfide are an independent funky roots collective harvested from the smooth sands of the
Gold Coast and fashioned in a dusty warehouse in the Northern Territory. An instrument
swapping ball of creative energy and complete with 3 lead singers, their live show is renowned as
a dynamic journey for the senses.

Tracksuit are  a  high  energy  rock  band  from  Perth.  Playing  a  mixture  of  swinging,  shaking,
shimmying  Rock  &  Roll.  Steve  (guitar/vox)  Andres  (bass)  and  Jay  (drums)  have  supported  British
India,  Yves  Klein  Blue,  MTV  kickstart  finalists  in  2008,  and  have  rocked  a  Triple  J  one  night  stand
after party!

Wednesday  16th  February  –  Fuse  West  venues  include  Casablabla,  Ed  Castle,  Enigma  Bar,
Fowlers, The Grace Emily, Jive Bar, The Promethean, Rocket Bar, Tuxedo Cat, and Wheatsheaf.

Thursday  17th  February  –  Fuse  East  venues  –  Arcade  Lane,  Crown  and  Anchor,  Fringe  Club,  Jade
Monkey, The Old Exchange, Producers Bar, Shotz, The Stag and Unibar.
For more info  and links to the bands music, go to:‐west‐lineup


Posted in Electric channel, Music with tags , , , , , on January 19, 2011 by speakertv
Revolver Fridays and The Likes Of You join forces to present two outstanding live acts with handpicked supports over two rooms. Cobblestone Jazz hit Australian soil for their debut tour. A unique trio, Cobblestone Jazz uses early computers and analog instruments to create pared down sounds that retain the quality of improvisational jazz within the parameters of a minimal, dance-floor aesthetic.

Back Room
10.00 – 11.30pm Louis McCoy
11.30pm – 1.00am Monty McGaw
1.00 – 2.30am Andy Hart
2.30 – 4.00am Tom Lally
4.00 – 5.30am Lewie Day
5.30 – 7.00am Mike Callander Vs Katie Drover
7.00am – 12.00pm Sunshine

Front Room
10.00pm-11.30pm Virginia Le
11:30pm – 1:00am Dave Pham
12:45 – 2:00am Cobblestone Jazz (live)
2:00 – 3:00am Mike Callander
3:00 – 4:15am Mathew Jonson (live)
4:15 – 5:30am Daniel Tardrew & Oliver James
5.30am-7.00am Nick Jones & Tom Evans

Hot BBQ 2011 – Set Times!

Posted in Uncategorized with tags , , , , , , , , , , , on January 18, 2011 by speakertv

The set times have finally arrived for Hot BBQ 2011 and Mos Def is definitely playing!

The forecast is for sunshine and 27 degrees.

The three stages are jammed packed with this summers favourite artists.

The set times and stages are below:

For more info go to:

Posted in Art/ off the wall, Music, Rock'en channel with tags , , , , , , , on January 15, 2011 by speakertv

The first ever display of CarbieWarbie’s rock and roll photography, accompanied by some of Australia’s finest rock and roll

Clearly Australia Day is all about Australian rock and roll, so how better to celebrate than with Australia’s hardest working rock photographer? Lost & Found at Revolver upstairs have invited Carbie to handpick his favourite and most popular photographs and offer them for display and sale.

Revolver Upstairs – 229 Chapel Street Prahran, Vic Wednesday January 26th (Australia Day)                                                                Exhibition 5pm – 10pm – back room Free Entry Bands 7.30pm – late – $8 on the door

Along with photographing for Triple J Magazine, Carbie’s photos are frequently published on,,, Mess+Noise, and He has shot for The Community Cup, The SLAM Rally, The Push, Federation Square, Music Victoria, Tourism Victoria, Triple R and PBS and been published in Rolling Stone, The Age, Sydney Morning Herald and The Courier Mail.

Accompanying Carbie’s work will be Carbie’s own selection of his favourite Australian acts. Headliners Skinwalkers (QLD) are the next ‘watch this space’ band, and will travel from the Gold Coast to play their first interstate show especially for the event.

Joining them will be the always amazing Bitter Sweet Kicks, Jason Evans’ new project Threesome, the very rocking Vice Grip Pussies and the gorgeous Kim Volkman.

The cherry on this Rocking Sundae will be rock journo TJ Honeysuckle playing a collection of rare Aussie punk recordings on vinyl from 10-midnight, followed by Magic Dirt’s Adalita spinning until morning.