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The sounds that shaped Australia: 10 new sounds added to the national sound registry 

Every year the National Film and Sound Archive of Australia inducts 10 new sound recordings into the Sounds of Australia registry.

Today, the 10 new inclusions for 2019 were added to the registry.

The public nominates sounds for the registry, which are narrowed down to 10 sounds by an industry panel.

Nick Henderson, National Film and Sound Archive Curator, said a wide range of sounds can be entered.

“The main criteria is that it’s 10 years old, or older,” he told 3AW’s Tom Elliott.

“Other than that, it’s really looking at recorded sounds.

“Many people seem to nominate things like the siren at the MCG, which is a siren, it’s not a recording.

“We’ve got everything from environmental recordings, to popular music, to speeches, to anthropological recordings.”

This year, the archive added its first AFL song — Up There, Cazaly.

Tom Elliott also put forward a nomination for 2020 — The Ship Song by Denis Walter.

“Denis Walter, I think we should start a campaign for him,” the 3AW Drive host said.

“I can definitely pop that in for next year,” Mr Henderson said.

The 2019 Sounds of Australia are:

  1. Cylinder Recordings from Central Australia by Spencer and Gillen, and Aboriginal communities – 1901-1902
  2. Twilight of the Gods / Die Gotterdammerung by Florence Austral – 1928
  3. I’m the Sheik of Scrubby Creek by Chad Morgan – 1952
  4. Prestophone Mastertape by Olive and Eva – 1955
  5. The Man From Snowy River by Leonard Teale – 1956
  6. You’re The One That I Want by Olivia Newton John and John Travolta (John Farrer, composer) – 1978
  7. Up There, Cazaly by The Two-Man Band – 1979
  8. You’re The Voice by John Farnham – 1986
  9. Truly Madly Deeply by Savage Garden – 1997
  10. Wild Swans by Tasmanian Symphony Orchestra (Elena Kats-Chernin, composer) – 2004

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