Light Scape

By Chris Mineral

Immerse yourself in a brilliant sound and vision show at the Royal Botanic Gardens Melbourne (RBGV) in June and July. 

After the sun has set there will be a tremendous light show among the trees and gardens. Entitled Light Scape, the installation will run from June 19 to July 19. There will be large-scale installations, many lights on ornamental lakes and trees shimmering in brilliant lights.

This show follows on from the fabulous 2018 fire show that many Melbournians will fondly remember. Local artists involved will no doubt will be inspired by shows such as the Gertrude Street Projection Festival, or maybe even the lights at Rendlesham Forest in England. 

Originating from the Kew Botanic Gardens in the UK, this show has been a great spectacle for many years. Entry will be via the Observatory Gate on Birdwood Terrace, where the old school telescopes are to be found, across the road from the Shrine of Remembrance. 

During this era of lockdowns, social distancing and isolation, there will no doubt have been some awesome music created out of this epoch. A short film that documented the spirit of Melbourne from the late 1990s is a film entitled 98:3000 Before Federation. A couple of film makers documented the urban decay, and vast spaces that would be built on and developed in future years. In this virtual world people can see an edited version of this documentary on YouTube with a soundtrack by Melbourne band Mineral Sands. The full-length film screened at the 2002 Melbourne Fringe Festival at the Kaleide Theatre RMIT with a live soundtrack performed by Mineral Sands. Soundcloud has a channel devoted to the space rock Mineral Sands instrumental tracks with the streaming of First Station, one of the more popular tracks.

The Media, Entertainment and Arts Alliance is calling on all musos to tell the government how COVID-19 is affecting them.
A Senate Committee inquiring into the federal government’s response to COVID-19 needs to hear from workers in the arts and entertainment about how the public health restrictions have impacted our industries. These two sectors were among the first and hardest hit, with tens of thousands of workers ineligible for JobKeeper and no sign of a rescue package from the government.

You can make a submission on the Parliamentary website or by emailing [email protected] Submissions close on May 28.
Many of Triple R’s radio shows have been delivered via the DJs’ home studio set-ups. To keep broadcasting in the current circumstances Triple R has been doing a stack of work to keep the shows happening. Visit the Triple R website for a behind-the-scenes look at all the broadcasters and their efforts to keep the music playing.

In its quest to highlight moments of artistic excellence, 3PBS will revisit the uncompromisingly honest Studio 5 Live session recorded by Mo’Ju on Homebrew back in August 2018. This was shortly following the release of her celebrated album Native Tongue but preceded her name change to Mo’Ju. 

You can catch Mo’Ju on 3PBS on the night of June 1 •

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