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Options December 6, 2020: Local Time with Bec Fary

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Bec Fary guest hosts
  Check out the transcript: here.
  Near the chicken coop: listening with pigeons, chickens and other birds higher up in the trees. Sheltering from the sun under the lemon tree. 24°C.
  Acknowledgement of Country. These sounds were recorded on stolen Aboriginal land, in so-called Footscray (Melbourne, Australia). The Traditional Owners of this land are the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung and Boonwurrung peoples of the Eastern Kulin Nation. Bec pays their respects to Wurundjeri and Boonwurrung Elders, past, present and future
  Sitting closer to the back of the sharehouse. Considering local property development.
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  Listening to reverberating construction sounds from the banks of the Maribyrnong River.
  Listening to distant echoes of construction from home.
  Considering colonisation, occupation and the extraction of local resources. The local area was surveyed in 1849, and Footscray bluestone was used in buildings and roads in Melbourne and overseas.
  Listening to freight trains from the banks of the Maribyrnong River.
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  Considering Footscray’s gentrified ‘cool’.
  Under the fig tree, entangled with jasmine. 34°C.
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  Tending to the veggies and considering growth cycles in the Maribyrnong River Valley.
  Listening to rain from the beginning of Melbourne’s Covid lockdown, in Gareeal (‘summer rain’ season).
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  Considering local seasonal cycles. Language sourced from The Journey Cycles of the Boonwurrung by Boonwurrung Elder N’Arweet Carolyn Briggs.
  Considering local swamps and wetlands: Iramoo (‘West Melbourne Swamp’/’Batman’s Swamp’), Frog’s Hollow and Newells Paddock.
  Listening in Newells Paddock wetlands.
  Nighttime. 29°C.
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  Considering the critically endangered Lowland Leadbeater’s Possum population in Yellingbo Nature Conservation Reserve.

Acknowledgements:
So many generous conversations and thoughtful writings have fed into these listenings. Huge thank you to my housemates Rory, Ham and Tyson, for the safety of our shared home. The greyhounds Tim and Lily for your curious noses. Lady Celestine, Penny, Rocky and Ariana — the chickens — for your cheekiness.

Thanks to Ecological Gyre Theory and my fellow worms in the soil of Abyss Lessons for navigating depths and extracting complications.

The following resources have been invaluable:
‘How To Do Nothing’ by Jenny Odell
‘Living On Stolen Land’ by Ambelin Kwaymullina
‘Sand Talk: How Indigenous Thinking Can Save the World’ by Tyson Yunkaporta
‘The Lure of the Local’ by Lucy R Lippard
Footscray bluestone information from Melbourne’s Living Museum of the West
‘Swamp, Meat, Salt’ from Underfoot (audio tour of Footscray) by Liz Crash and Jinghua Qian
‘The Journey Cycles of the Boonwurrung: Stories with Boonwurrung Language’ by Carolyn Briggs
Time Out Talks: The Gentrification of Footscray
History of Newell’s Paddock from Friends of Newell’s Paddock
The Maribyrnong Aboriginal Heritage Study which can be downloaded here
‘Melbourne’ by Sophie Cunningham
‘Dadirri: Inner Deep Listening and Quiet Still Awareness’ by Miriam-Rose Ungunmerr
‘The Great Animal Orchestra’ by Bernie Krause
‘The Comfort of Water’ by Maya Ward (and an interview with Maya for The Empathy Museum)
An interview with Dr Dan Harley for Zoos Victoria’s Fauna podcast


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Listener comments!

Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:02pm spodiodi:

hi olivia!
hi Bec Fary! (good to hear you)
hi all!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:03pm HyperDose:

Coming in loud and clear!
  5:03pm ami ad:

Hello DJ. Hello all.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:03pm a polished polish lady:

hello everyone, hello bec fary, hello chickens, hello spodiodi
  5:04pm kpx:

hi Bec & chickens.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:05pm Scott67:

Hi Bec, from Bendigo, Victoria
. Where in Oz are you?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:05pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Hello, Bec Fary and everyone. Ready for radio most fowl.
  5:06pm bec:

hi wfmu! thanks so much for listening with me — i'm listening from the same Footscray backyard where these sounds were recorded, what a pleasure to be (t)here!
Avatar 5:06pm K8:

It sounds like it's very hot there!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:07pm Scott67:

🖤💛❤
Avatar 5:07pm K8:

I had to do a Celsius to Farenheit conversion...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:10pm spodiodi:

lol, Ken
  5:10pm kpx:

Ken fhp: ha ha, most fowl.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:10pm Aitch:

Hot in Sydney today too.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:12pm Scott67:

Knew you were in Melbourne once you acknowledge country. I'm a Footscray fan. Love the bird sounds, I felt home from your opening. Could've been my yard, especially when the Raven went over.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:12pm ParUbi:

Hi everyone, welcome Bec!
  5:12pm kpx:

cold today, hot tamale.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:13pm Scott67:

Hi aitch!
Avatar 5:13pm K8:

Constant construction as a norm...seems..I'm not so into it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:13pm Scott67:

Hayfever's bad this year.
  5:15pm ami ad:

Dirt bike engines revving outside here as a norm.
Avatar 5:16pm K8:

Not that many dirt bikes in BK...or, shit, I'm not even sure.. a lot of noise in BK..but that's why I love it.
  5:17pm ami ad:

Yep,BK is big and noisy.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:18pm HyperDose:

When was the last time you did a shoey in your ute?
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:20pm Scott67:

You're close to Footscray Station by the sounds of it.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:25pm Scott67:

Wearing thongs I hear, ahh a Magpie!
  5:26pm sufferwords:

can’t tell if it’s live or Memorex cept it’s Sunday and the construction across the way must be at church
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:27pm Scott67:

I'm walking through webs in my house this summer. I let a Huntsman Spider walk on my hand the other day. Trying to overcome my fear.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:28pm chresti:

Hi Bec, you're close to summer solstice time there? The weather sounds a lot like Southern California. It was 78F today, above normal for December.
  5:29pm adriene:

I really like this. Sounds almost like the morning near me except for the occasional bird I don't recognize.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:29pm Scott67:

Wish it was 34c today. It's cold in Bendigo this morning.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:29pm chresti:

Hi rowers!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:30pm Scott67:

G'day Chresti!
  5:30pm bec:

this was recorded a bit over a week ago, and our summer solstice will be in a couple of weeks from today (dec 21). it's so nice to hear your sonic connections to other places!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:31pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Going to take a peek at the space station passing overhead momentarily. Be right back!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:31pm chresti:

G'day Scott and Aitch!
Avatar 5:32pm K8:

It's so wonderful to think about the climates of the entire planet! Big picture as a regular practice seems like a good idea...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:32pm chresti:

There goes the counter-clockwise drain..
  5:32pm ami ad:

They sent new supplies to the space station today.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:32pm Ken From Hyde Park:

Whoops, passes here 6:34 PM, an hour from now.
  5:32pm bec:

i've got a transcript and audio description of the sounds, if anyone would like to follow along/check back - https://docs.google.com/document/d/1PoNjUxwjczUgAXOKQ6wxX7AnUGcwI5BqnguomTWIrfA/edit?usp=sharing - and olivia will be posting a playlist with more info at some point :)
  5:33pm kpx:

@ken I don't think It can be done. to much cloud cover.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:34pm Webhamster Henry:

Thanks bec!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:34pm Scott67:

I've lived in my thongs all year, wore Rossi's twice to shops in Winter. But thongs are the lockdown shoe.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:34pm HyperDose:

So detailed. This is amazing
  5:34pm Jnorton34328:

@Bec i love listening to stuff from your country like 3rrr out of Melbourne
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:35pm Scott67:

Those peas sound good! Better give my dog his breaky.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:35pm Webhamster Henry:

We used to get lots of squashes squishing their way out of compost!
  5:36pm bec:

@scott67 i was wearing runners at the start of the episode, you picked my switch to thongs (tho I think in NYC they'd be calling them sneakers and flip flops right?)
Avatar 5:37pm K8:

Flip-flops! Although I grew up calling them thongs in Seattle...
  5:37pm bec:

thanks @Jnorton34328 - so cool to know that triple r reaches so far too :)
  5:38pm Jnorton34328:

@Bec love the app on my iPhone
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:38pm Scott67:

@Bec, hah, I found a pair of double plugger thongs in an Op-Shop the other day,. SCORE!!
  5:38pm Jnorton34328:

@Bec your welcome
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:39pm efd:

popping in to say I've really been enjoying this — thanks for putting it together, Bec!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:40pm chresti:

Thongs here, my parents who are from Illinois, called them that.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:40pm Scott67:

37 days Covid clean! How good is Victoria/Melbourne, how good is Dan & team.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:41pm chresti:

Yes, thank you, Bec!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:41pm efd:

we called them thongs when I was growing up in Massachusetts too, but flip-flops is much more common these days in my experience as thongs has become used primarily to refer to... something else.
Avatar 5:43pm K8:

Indeed, EFD.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:43pm chresti:

Right, calling them thongs might confuse the youngins'
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:44pm chresti:

"Why are you wearing underwear on your feet?"
  5:45pm bec:

I got this seasonal language information from a wonderful book called 'The Journey Cycles of the Boonwurrung: stories with Boonwurrung Language' by Carolyn Briggs https://www.vaclang.org.au/item/the-journey-cycles-of-the-boonwurrung.html
  5:45pm Jnorton34328:

@Chestri and some old farts too:)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:45pm HyperDose:

I enjoy this kind of programming. Teaches you to slow down, smell the flowers.
Avatar 5:45pm K8:

And the youngins and everyone else are already confused...but you know, discussions about words? Seems like a good thing? Even if someone thinks you're saying there's underwear on your feet? LOL...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:46pm Scott67:

Bec, did you do the Backyard Bird Survey? That was some good lockdown Zen time.
  5:47pm mischi:

fantastic stuff !!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:48pm Scott67:

Beautiful sharing sound space with you.
  5:49pm bec:

no I didn't do the backyard bird survey @scott67 - but I should've. I want to get better at identifying the bird species here (often I can hear them high in the trees but can't see them, working on being able to identify them based on calls)
  Swag For Life Member 5:49pm Keiramc:

i'm indoors but outdoors, deeply calming. love this
Avatar 5:50pm K8:

Handy and I have been paying a lot more attention to the birds in our Brooklyn backyard during the pandemic...it seems like something that will stay with us, though...
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:51pm Aitch:

A friend was watering her garden the other day, tripped over the garden hose which got stuck in her thongs and broke her arm.
  5:54pm ami ad:

i just ate a whole pineapple.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:55pm Scott67:

Just went out to feed my dog, with your audio playing in my pocket. Wasn't sure what was yours & what was my suburban sounds :-)
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:55pm Aitch:

Ex Australian Ambassador to USA invited everyone to his first party, dress code thongs and singlets (vests). Not a lot of takers apparently.
  5:55pm ami ad:

@K8:Handy is the bird master around these parts.
Avatar 5:56pm K8:

@ami ad Oh, no doubt. Those birds are his...I just get to enjoy the view.
  5:56pm ami ad:

Thank you DJ, Crew. Chirps from Brooklyn.
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:57pm Scott67:

Broke my foot in thongs once @aitch. But they're still my favourite footwear.
  5:57pm kpx:

the funny thing about the word thong is every since the invention of the thong, a tiny patch of material That's just enough to cover the groin connected by strings, came into play. people have expeditionally stop referring to flip flops as thongs.
  Swag For Life Member 5:57pm Keiramc:

possums running amok in scarborough, ontario where i'm from. they weren't that far north when i was a kid in the 70's.
Avatar 5:58pm K8:

This was a wonderful journey to the other side of the planet...thought- and action-provoking! Thank you!
  5:58pm ami ad:

@K8:Hehe,sorry,i meant he is known as the bird master around these parts,
Avatar Swag For Life Member 5:59pm Stevel:

Thanks for sharing your spaces with us. This is nice.
  5:59pm bec:

thank you, everyone! thanks wfmu! thanks olivia!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:00pm Scott67:

Was it a Leadbeaters Possum, or a Feathertail Glider on our 1 cent coin? It's been gone so long I'm not sure.
Avatar 6:00pm K8:

@ami ad...it is altogether possible that Handy will assemble the powers of his gordito sparrow army in the backyard...it might be a good thing, might be totally chaotic...anyway, THANK YOU AGAIN, , BEC!
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:00pm a polished polish lady:

Thank you Bec this has been wonderful
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:00pm Scott67:

Thanks so much Bec xx
Avatar Swag For Life Member 6:05pm chresti:

Thanks!
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