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We love music!

We love music made in bedrooms and garages around Australia by people we’ve never heard of. We love new music from our favourite bands from here and all over the world. We love music that we unearth, that we see live, and that we discover online (sometimes before the music has been officially released). We play new music because we like it and we think you will too. We play it first, sometimes months before commercial radio. While we’re on subject of commercials, you should know that triple j is completely ad-free.

How it all began
It was a hot summer's day when triple j first began broadcast on 19 January 1975 in Sydney, launching onto the airwaves, and straight into controversy by playing as its first track, the then-banned Skyhooks track 'You Just Like Me 'Cause I'm Good in Bed'. In the beginning the station was called 2JJ, and it broadcast on the AM band, which is a fossil yard now, and on 1 August 1980 the station moved to the FM band and renamed itself 2JJJ.

In 1989, triple j began the first of its re-launch campaigns, a plan to expand into all the capital cities of Australia, including Newcastle in NSW, and in so doing became Australia's only national youth broadcaster.

From there, the station expanded yet again to 18 rural centres across Australia in January 1995, the first stage in a plan to reach a total of 46 regional centres of the country. Since the end of 1996, triple j has been a truly national network, broadcasting to places such as Broken Hill, Dubbo, Grafton, Taree, Wollongong, Cairns, Rockhampton, Ballarat, Bendigo, Alice Springs, Kalgoorlie, Wagga Wagga, Mildura, Warrnambool. The list goes on and on... Believe it or not, dozens of smaller communities have actually funded their own triple j transmitter. It makes us very proud.

Online

www.triplej.net.au kicked off in 1995 with only four pages, but lots of enthusiasm. Today the pages number over 10,000. It looks rather fetching, don’t you think? But www.triplej.net.au is not just a pretty interface. It’s your one-stop shop for access to everything we do. Listen! Ogle! Download! Stream! Find out the details of that track you’ve been loving, check out our presenter’s blogs, or relive an artist’s live studio performance when it suits you.

Live at the Wireless

For a lot more than a decade we've been bringing live music alive to air every week with Live at the Wireless. Don't miss the sound bytes of our Live at the Wireless sessions every Monday night at 8pm and Sunday afternoon at 5pm, without fail!

Supporting the Australian music scene is important to us which is why we spend a lot of time recording and promoting Australian artists and live music. Check out the triple j gig guide to catch the latest acts triple j is recording and touring around the country.

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As the summer holidays wind down, ABC Music will release ‘Sing and Learn’, new collection of playful educational tunes that will help ease children back to school. Featuring many much-loved ABC KIDS personalities, this compilation is designed to captivate and entertain children, and prepare them for the year of learning ahead.
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All children love to sing, and all children are fascinated with animals of all sorts. Now acclaimed children’s songwriter John Field brings the two together with an album of ‘Animal Songs and Sounds’, a collection that’s great fun for all creatures big and small.It’s a musical zoo where you can sing along with monkeys, kookaburras, elephants, alligators, puppies, platypuses and other shaggy, furry, hairy animals! Perfect for young children, ‘Animal Songs and Sounds’ is ideal for the home or car and will keep kids singing and dancing for hours.John Field is one of the most successful writers of children’s music in the world today. A true creative spirit with an entertainer’s soul, John has received a plethora of awards in recognition of the success and quality of his writing. He has penned more than 400 songs for The Wiggles, all music for the hit ABC Kids TV series SplashDance, and his music features within televisions series, movies and advertising campaigns around the globe.
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Hit Country is one of Australia’s leading country compilation series. This specially themed version celebrates Australia Day with all the big names and rising stars of Aussie country (and a few Kiwis as well). Featured artists include The Wolfe Brothers, Troy Cassar Daley, Sunny Cowgirls, Caitlyn Shadbolt, Drew McAlister, Adam Harvey and so much more!Marketing will include a strong Facebook driven campaign, press advertising and retail presence. There will be special focus on the compilation at the upcoming Tamworth Music Festival across the trade.
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For decades Australia’s own "sorceress of percussion” Claire Edwardes has been collaborating with Australia’s top instrumentalists and commissioning chamber works by Australia’s foremost composers.Kammerbox brings together a high quality collection of sparkling Australian chamber music written for and championed by Claire throughout her career. These musical gems showcase the very best of Australian percussion music with works by legendary Australian composers including Ross Edwards, Peter Sculthorpe, Elena Kats-Chernin, and Gerard Brophy; and performed by Claire alongside Australia’s foremost chamber performers including Karin Schaupp (guitar), Julian Smiles (cello), and Bernadette Harvey (piano).1. COLE Glocken Blocken (Claire Edwardes marimba & almglocken) 2. EDWARDS Djanaba (Claire Edwardes marimba, Karin Schaupp guitar) 3. ABBOTT Re-Echo (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Julian Smiles cello) 4. EDWARDS Binyang (Claire Edwardes claves, Jason Noble clarinet) 5. PSATHAS Fragment (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Bernadette Harvey piano) 6. BROPHY We Bop (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Christina Leonard alto saxophone) 7. KATS-CHERNIN Blue Silence (Claire Edwardes marimba, Jason Noble bass clarinet) 8-10. GRENFELL Di Primavera (Claire Edwardes marimba, Karin Schaupp guitar) 11. ORD War and Peace: II. No Man’s Land (Claire Edwardes percussion, Anna McMichael violin) 12. SCULTHORPE Djilile (Claire Edwardes marimba, Julian Smiles cello) 13. CHARLTON Carpentaria: II. Distant Shores (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Karin Schaupp guitar) 14. DARGAVILLE Invisible Dance (Claire Edwardes marimba, Christina Leonard soprano saxophone) 15-16. GREENBAUM Two Interludes in Space (Claire Edwardes vibraphone, Bernadette Harvey piano, Anna McMichael violin)
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After securing both the CMC New Oz Artist of the Year 2015 and CMAA New Talent of the Year 2016, rising star, Christie Lamb, is set to release a brand new album in 2017!‘Loaded’ – released 24 Feb, 2017- comes off the back of her previous album ‘All She Wrote’; which spurned three #1 hit singles and two top 5 singles.Christie has been touring with Lee Kernaghan and previously joined Aussie Rock legend Jon English for ‘The Rock Revolution’ tour, along with Amber Lawrence and Aleyce Simmonds for ‘The Girls of Country’ tour, plus The Wolfe Brothers for the ‘This Crazy Life’ tour. Most recently she performed a duet with Keith Urban at the 2016 Deni Ute Muster.
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What do you get when you combine Australia’s finest classical musicians with the pop hits from the 70s to the 90s? The best kind of Mixtape!Alongside their acclaimed performances of standard and contemporary chamber music repertoire, the Benaud Trio have gained international fame for their encore performances of pop covers. Beginning in 2007, a long term collaboration between the Benaud Trio and composer / arranger Nicholas Buc has resulted in a string of hits covering some of the 20th century’s greatest popular music. Youtube footage of their live performance of Stairway to Heaven by Led Zeppelin has been viewed more than 500,000 times.Whilst the fusion of popular music with classical ensembles is not new, such a comprehensive undertaking has never been made by a piano trio. The combination of strings and pianos established by Joseph Haydn in the 18th century lends itself remarkably well to contemporary popular music – and particularly to those songs which have been crafted by the great song-writers of our times, the Haydns of the 20th century. Without backing tracks, the Benauds acoustically recreate all the power, intimacy and optimism of the mixtape era.The album is a survey of ‘top shelf’ popular music made famous by Simon and Garfunkel, ABBA, Billy Joel, The Buggles and Michael Jackson among others. It demands to be heard – as a trip down memory lane, but also as a realisation of the inherent musical brilliance of these songs, brought to life by some of Australia’s best-regarded classical musicians.'Giving a mixtape was a ritual for a generation' said Lachlan Bramble, violinist with the Benaud Trio. 'We wanted to capture that sense of generosity and fun in the album'. BENAUD TRIOAmir Farid pianoLachlan Bramble violinEwen Bramble cello Arrangements by Nicholas Buc
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From the Palace of Versailles grew one of the richest cultures the world has ever known. Music was at the centre of this extraordinary artistic flowering, as the finest composers in the land gathered to celebrate the splendour of Louis XIV, the Sun King.This album takes in the composers who worked in Versailles, from Jean-Baptiste Lully – the son of an Italian miller who became the Sun King’s favourite composer – to Pierre-Danican Philidor, who performed for the King every Sunday in the intimate surrounds of his royal apartments. It also surveys music by composers associated with the court, including Mozart, who visited as a young boy. From grand choral works of the French high baroque to intricate chamber music for two or three instruments, Versailles: Music from the Palace brings alive the music that rang out in the halls of one of the world’s most astonishing cultures.A musical companion to the National Gallery of Australia’s exhibition Versailles: Treasures from the Palace, which runs 9 December 2016 to 17 April 2017.Performers include Richard Tognetti, Taryn Fiebig, Fiona Campbell, Rosalind Halton, Benjamin Northey, Ensemble Battistin, and the Australian Chamber Orchestra, Australian Brandenburg Orchestra and the Adelaide, Tasmanian and West Australian Symphony Orchestras.
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World-class opera in a spectacular setting: Opera Australia’s Handa Opera on Sydney Harbour returns with Turandot, in a lavish production that draws on contemporary cinema and traditional Chinese acrobatics to present a world of splendour and passion.With Sydney Harbour, the Opera House and the Harbour Bridge as a backdrop, and brilliant fireworks lighting up the night sky, Puccini’s sublime music rings out in glory and cuts straight to the heart. This is ‘Nessun dorma’ as never heard before – and so much more.Dragana Radakovic stars as Turandot, the beautiful Chinese princess with a heart of ice. Riccardo Massi is Calaf, the mysterious prince who watches the princess behead a rival suitor and falls instantly in love. Hyeseoung Kwon is Liù, the slave girl in love with Calaf, who knows the secret that will destroy him. In a land of executioners, riddles and fear, can love conquer death?PRODUCTION CREDITSTurandot Dragana RadakovicCalaf Riccardo MassiLiù Hyeseoung KwonTimur Conal CoadPong John LongmuirPang Benjamin RasheedPing Luke GabbedyEmperor David LewisMandarin Gennadi DubinskyPrince of Persia Jin Tea KimOpera Australia ChorusChorus Master Anthony HuntAssistant Chorus Master Thomas JohnsonAustralian Opera and Ballet OrchestraGuest Concertmaster and Leader Sun YiConductor Brian Castles-OnionStage Director Chen Shi-ZhengDesigner Dan PotraLighting Designer Scott ZielinskiChoreographer Chen Shi-ZhengSound Designer Tony David CrayVideo Designer Leigh Sachwitz / flora&faunavisionsSite Designer Adrienn Lord
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Take the majesty of a symphony orchestra, add a 100-voice choir, stir in your favourite festive tunes and sprinkle over a large pinch of musical magic. The result? The very finest kind of Symphonic Christmas.Recorded live at Hamer Hall, Arts Centre Melbourne, and featuring conductor, arranger and pianist Bramwell Tovey, this is a truly delightful album that captures the Christmas spirit with an incredible range of music – from a tear-jerking and intimate I’ll Be Home for Christmas (with violin and piano), to the rousing chorus in God Rest Ye, Merry Gentlemen – with an expected twist! Melbourne Symphony Orchestra ChorusMelbourne Symphony OrchestraBramwell Tovey conductor & piano
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James Morrison, long established as a legend of jazz, introduces the new generation of Australia’s finest musicians. Performing with his hand-picked Academy Jazz Orchestra, Morrison presents both the thrill of a live set and the intimacy of a studio session – all released for the first time on this album.Morrison is a jewel in Australia’s musical crown, and his astonishing virtuosity and musicianship has been witnessed globally through performances at the world’s great concert halls and jazz venues (he also recently played at the White House through the invitation of Barack Obama). In addition to his performing schedule, Morrison is a committed music educator, and his Academy of Music in Mount Gambier is regarded as a world-beating jazz school. The musicians in his Academy Jazz Orchestra were all completing their Bachelor of Music at the time of recording, and had worked closely with Morrison. They are, in his words, ‘amongst the finest young musicians in the country’.The live set was recorded at Hamer Hall, Melbourne, at a packed concert in June 2016; the studio tracks were put down later in the same year. Reflecting on the recordings, Morrison comments: ‘With the exception of Gordon Rytmeister on drums (on the live gig), the band is a collection of students from the James Morrison Academy of Music. Of particular note are the writers in the band, Scott van Gemert, William Morrison and Jake Barden, who penned some of the wonderful arrangements and compositions. There are many soloists featured throughout the disc with stunning and individual sounds. You can hear that the jazz tradition has been well and truly embraced by a new generation of players.’  LIVE IN CONCERT1 Georgia On My Mind2 Second Time Around3 What A Wonderful World4 You’re Always There5 Yesterdays  IN THE STUDIO6 (Back Home Again In) Indiana7 Modus Operandi8 JC's Groove9 Tenderly10 Who Pushed Me In11 You’re Always There  James Morrison Academy Jazz OrchestraJames Morrison director
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Magical melodies and swirling rhythms from the golden age of the Viennese waltz: the Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra present a new recording of the dazzling music of Johann Strauss, father and son.Vienna in the 19th century was a city obsessed by music and dancing. By 1825, the adult population was about 200,000, and the capacity of the ballrooms about 50,000. Both Johann Strauss and his son Johann Strauss II were, in turn, known as ‘the waltz king’, and their music turned them into household names across Europe. On this album, the older Strauss is represented by his ‘Music of the Spheres’, while the attention turns firmly to the output to his son, including his infamous waltz ‘On the Beautiful Blue Danube’ and the ‘Thunder and Lightning Polka’.Strauss II also took inspiration from Vienna’s obsession with foreign musical influences, and we hear strains of Turkey in the ‘Persian March’, and of gypsy music in ‘The Gypsy Baron Overture’ and the Czárdás – a kind of folk dance – from the opera Ritter Pásmán. Soprano Lorina Gore joins the orchestra for the vocal waltz ‘Frühlingsstimmen’ (‘Voices of Spring’), as well as arias by Strauss II (‘Adele’s Laughing Song’ from Die Fledermaus) and Lehár (‘Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß’ (‘My Lips Kiss So Hotly’) from Giuditta).The album is conducted by the TSO’s Chief Conductor and Artistic Director Marko Letonja, whose experience with the Vienna Symphony, Vienna State Opera and a host of other European and international orchestras brings new depth to this much-loved music.FRANZ von SUPPÉ1 Light Cavalry: OvertureJOSEF STRAUSS2 Sphärenklange (Music of the Spheres) – WaltzJOHANN STRAUSS II3 Unter Donner und Blitz (Thunder and Lightning) – Quick Polka4 Frühlingsstimmen (Voices of Spring) – Waltz5 Persischer Marsch (Persian March)6 The Gypsy Baron: OvertureFRANZ LEHÁR7 Meine Lippen, sie küssen so heiß (My Lips Kiss So Hotly) from GiudittaJOHANN STRAUSS II8 Czárdás – Ballet Music No. 3 from Ritter Pásmán9 Seid umschlungen, Millionen! (Be Embraced, Ye Millions!) – Waltz10 Mein Herr Marquis (Adele’s Laughing Song) from Die Fledermaus11 An der schönen, blauen Donau (On the Beautiful Blue Danube) – WaltzLorina Gore sopranoTasmanian Symphony OrchestraMarko Letonja conductor
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Soaring beauty, spectacular, vocal fireworks and delicately coloured musical pictures: soprano arias from Haydn’s greatest operas and oratorios, including The Creation and The Seasons.This album is part of 1000 Years of Classical Music – a series of 100 volumes charting the history of music to be released on ABC Classics. More information can be found at the project’s website; www.1000YearsofClassicalMusic.com.