Tristen Harris

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Tristen Harris

Presents The Golden Age Of Piracy

Joins the dots between the new and the old, charting a course through the influences that shaped the sound of today's artists.

How did you first connect withTriple R?

Sincethere is nothing better than being in an empty radio station with nothing butcoffee, a bag of CDs and a microphone, I have been a proud Graveyarder for thepast five years. RRR casts a very long shadow, and even since I was anextremely annoying 16 year old playing Fugazi and Buffalo Tom on a smallcommunity radio show in Perth, I knew of this hallowed place, so when I movedto Melbourne, it was my first port of call.

What/when was your first show?

Myfirst Graveyard was in January 2004, I'm fairly sure I opened with 'Heard itThrough the Grapevine' as done by the Slits... The first Golden Age of Piracy was on April 29th 2009, where there was a pretty good chance I played the Slits.

What's your favourite Triple Rstory?

Ionce broke down on St Georges Roadin peak hour in my old Subaru Vortex (incredibly stupid 80's sports car thatlooks like a door wedge) and this guy pulled over and helped me get the car offthe road and gave me his phone to get a tow truck. He told me that at first hewasn't going to stop, but changed his mind when he saw the RRR sticker on theback window... Any station that has that kind of loyalty and comradeship is A-OKwith me.

Your favourite other Triple Rprogram and why?

Ireally enjoy Vital Bits and The Skull Cave. Tim Thorpe makes me laugh, he's gotsome evil wit, which is always welcome. I'm in awe of The Ghost's knowledge andthe way he never speaks down to his listeners. Unless, of course, you happen totake more than half a second to answer a question on the quiz.

What does Triple R mean to you?

RRRis what community radio is all about. The music industry is trying its hardestto get every cent it can, which means pumping the musical equivalent of junkfood out at you 24-7, with no room for true art to shine through. This rubbish,although adored now, will be laughed at in ten years time by the same peoplewho bought it, I mean Billy Ray Cyrus sold 20 million copies of his debutalbum... This is where RRR comes in. It is run by, and for, people who have nointerest in disposable entertainment. Sign me up.

The studio door has accidentallyjammed shut with you stuck inside. If there was only one CD in there with youwhat would you want it to be and why?

Yikes.Hard one. There is one album that no matter what I'm obsessed with that week, Ialways return to, that has been a constant in my life for the last ten years orso. Spiritualized - Ladies and Gentlemen We Are Floating In Space. This is theonly album that can take care of all my erratic musical moods in one 70 minutedose. Going from grand choral arrangements to psychedelic wig-out to quietintrospection to fuzz-laden walls of sound, it will do quite nicely until thenice man breaks through the door.

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Tristen Harris’s programs

Latest episodes

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The Golden Age of Piracy - 22 January 2020

10pm Wed 22 Jan 2020
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The Golden Age Of Piracy – 15 January 2020

10pm Wed 15 Jan 2020
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The Golden Age Of Piracy – 4 December 2019

10pm Wed 4 Dec 2019

The Golden Age Of Piracy – 27 November 2019

10pm Wed 27 Nov 2019

The Golden Age Of Piracy – 20 November 2019

10pm Wed 20 Nov 2019

The Golden Age Of Piracy – 13 November 2019

10pm Wed 13 Nov 2019

The Golden Age Of Piracy – 6 November 2019

10pm Wed 6 Nov 2019

The Golden Age Of Piracy – 30 October 2019

10pm Wed 30 Oct 2019

The Golden Age Of Piracy – 23 October 2019

10pm Wed 23 Oct 2019

The Golden Age Of Piracy – 16 October 2019

10pm Wed 16 Oct 2019