Monday, August 17, 2009

About the Show

Popular music’s greatest mystery is not whether or not Led Zeppelin got busy with a groupie and a mud shark, nor whether Stevie Nicks once had an assistant blow cocaine up her bum, but working out just who it was who said this: “Writing about music is like dancing about architecture.”

It’s been attributed to everyone from Elvis Costello to Miles Davis to Frank Zappa to Steve Martin, though throughout it all one thing rings true: most people think rock criticism is a contradiction in terms. Sure, they might flick through Rolling Stone in the supermarket checkout, but writing and talking about music? Isn’t that just what Molly used to do on Hey Hey?

Dancing About Architecture is here to change that.

A frequently hilarious, always vibrant, funny and engaging panel show, presented by some of Australia’s brightest voices in rock criticism, Dancing will find its hosts, well, dancing about architecture: talking about music. Whether it’s the latest or the greatest, from CDs to DVDs and MP3s, music blogs to boutique 7″ labels, Dancing wants to talk about it - and tell you all about it. The show will demonstrate that music criticism is much more than a buying guide: it is an art, and one that you will quickly grow to love.

Each episode, the team will discuss the newest releases, tackling and dismantling the hype and shining a light on those artists who have been unjustly ignored. They’ll highlight and review the latest in published rock criticism. The panelists are not just talking heads, either - they will be rolling up their sleeves and heavily involved in the show’s writing and research, alongside a team of carefully selected rock nerds and record enthusiasts.

Panelists will discuss their favourite albums of all time. Touring artists will be interviewed about the best (or worst) review they ever received, and what it meant to them. And it will all culminate, each episode, with a triumphant live performance.

We’ll have you dancing on the ceiling before you can say “Album of the year”.

Panel: Clem Bastow, Mia Timpano & Tim Finney
Director: Luke Raisbeck
Floor Manager: Tim Kennedy
Graphics: Kirsty Degruchy
Audio Mixer: Alana Jones
Audio Assistant: Kane Gloury
Cameras: Britt Aylen, Alexandra Latimer, Peter Bain-Hogg
Segment Producer: Daniel Decarli
Publicity & Artist Coordinator: Heidi Braithwaite
Editor: Daniel Decarli
Producers: Clem Bastow, Rebecca Peniston-Bird
Executive Producer: Peter Bain-Hogg