Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 91: BEST OF MIDNIGHT SPECIAL 2018! Presented by Tristan Fidler!

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For the Midnight Special On RTRFM, your host Tristan Fidler presents a very special episode - we take a look back at Midnight Special on RTRFM in 2018 and provide clips and excerpts from some of our favourite episodes produced this year!

Yes, it's a Clip Show! Tune in for a two-hour taster plate of the many guests, themes, hosts and chats we had on the airwaves for our Best Of 2018 Special!



  • Episode 56: The Video Store Special

    — Recommendations to Customers

  • Episode 54: Ai-Ling's interview with Paul Iskov aka Yoda

    — Beginnings of Fervor

  • Episode 72: Ben Yaxley and Tim Gates' MIDI-Night Special

    — Playing Rag n Bone MIDI to musician Axel Carrington

  • Episode 61: The Postal Special

    — Vox Pops with Postal Workers by Lauren Salt

  • Episode 70: The Floatation Tank Special

    — A Floatation tank experience - interviewed by Erin Puccinelli

  • Episode 88: Bridget Cleary interviews The Happy Girls

    — The Happy Girls play 'Dan Says To Keep On Dancing'

  • Episode 76: The Karaoke Special

    — House Of Bok perform 'Cruising'

  • Episode 50: Museum Of Water Special

    — Zoe Zarzycki interviews Sarah Rowbottam, Rebecca Orchard and Jen Jamieson

  • Episode 60: The Sandwich Special

    — Talking sandwiches with Duncan Wright and Albert Pritchard

  • Episode 53: Premius Sisters Special

    — Interviewed by Ben Yaxley and Erin Puccinelli - Diary entries about growing up on Rottnest Island

  • Episode 69: The Medieval Special

    — Lauren Salt interviews people at the Balingup Medieval Carnival

  • Episode 84: Female Tradies Special

    — Maggie Salad interviews Kate Jones and Vida Crow

  • Episode 76: The Karaoke Special

    — Consensual Connie performs 'Electric Relaxation'

  • Episode 86: ZAN interviewed by Coel Healy

    — ZAN discusses visiting Pakistan and what it means to their identity and history

  • Episode 78: Musicians In The Kitchen

    — Ai-Ling interviews Adam Trainer as they cook vegetarian bolognese

  • Episode 85: The Biscuit Special

    — Drew Kraplnajov praises the Lattice biscuit

  • Episode 72: Radiothon Special

— Axel Carrington plays live on air

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday December 27th - Friday December 28th, 2018. Mixcloud link: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-91-best-of-midnight-special-2018-presented-by-tristan-fidler/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 90: THE 2018 END OF YEAR SPECIAL! Presented by Tristan Fidler, Ai-Ling Truong, Lauren Salt and Emiko Watanabe



Presented by: Tristan Fidler, Ai-Ling Truong, Lauren Salt and Emiko Watanabe.

Yes, for this second last episode of the year, Midnight Special regular presenters sit together to co-host a look back at the year that was and the year ahead.  Topics discussed include creating new public holidays, Black Mirror style devices to scan your body, horoscopes, dreams, happiest times, plans for NYE, plans for 2019, and much more! Please enjoy listening to this fun, casual show! Broadcast on Thursday December 20th - Friday December 21st, 2018. Full episode with all songs included can be streamed on Mixcloud here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-90-the-2018-end-of-year-special/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 89: THE EMOTION SPECIAL PART II! Presented by Lauren Salt


Lauren Salt (Volim) hosts Part 2 of THE EMOTION SPECIAL on the Midnight Special On RTRFM! Tune in to hear Lauren’s collection of interviews with people about their Least Favourite and their Favourite Emotions! Then after, enjoy a curated playlist of songs about emotions! Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday December 13 - Friday December 14, 2019. Full episode with ‘emotion’ themed songs selected by Lauren all intact can be streamed on our Mixcloud account: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-89-the-emotion-special-part-ii-presented-by-lauren-salt/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 88: Special Guests - The Happy Girls! Presented by Bridget Cleary!


This week's episode of the Midnight Special is hosted by Bridget Cleary and is joined by The Happy Girls. The Perth Folk duo dive deep into their musical backgrounds and presents and play a few of their favourite tracks live. Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday December 6th - Friday December 7th, 2018. For the full episode with all music uncut, please listen on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-88-special-guests-the-happy-girls-presented-by-bridget-cleary/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 87: THE MODULAR SYNTH SPECIAL! Presented by Matt Puccinelli!


For this episode of the Midnight Special On RTRFM, a new host Matt Puccinelli will be exploring the world of infinite possibilities that is Modular Synthesis! Matt will discuss what makes up a modular synthesizer, how they work and will also interview people who design, create, manufacture and use modular synth in music. Welcome to the Modular Synth Special! Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday November 29th - Friday November 30th, 2018. Full episode available to listen to with music uncut on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-87-modular-synth-special-presented-by-matt-puccinelli/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 86: Special Guest ZAN! Presented by Coel Healy.


For this episode of the Midnight Special, your host Coel Healy presents a special interview with ZĀN who makes RnB music that evokes a clear desire to embrace culture and identity in a way that’s highly refreshing in Australian music.

ZAN's EP Guilnaz has been described as a “manifesto on survival, islamic mysticism, the desi diaspora and queer liberation.” Link: https://zanpk.bandcamp.com/album/gulnaz-ep

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday November 22nd - Friday November 23rd, 2019. Our show page link: http://rtrfm.com.au/show-episode/midnightspecial-2018-11-22/ For the full episode with all music intact, please visit our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-86-special-guest-zan-presented-by-coel-healy/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 85: THE BISCUIT SPECIAL! Presented by Ai-Ling Truong and Tristan Fidler!


This episode is The Biscuit Special on Midnight Special with your hosts Tristan Fidler and Ai-Ling Truong.

Featuring a panel of biscuit connoisseurs from the Perth music community including: Bridget Turner from Bad Nutrition and Simone & Girlfunkle, Drew Krapljanov from Ryan Beno and Didion's Bible, and Wills Pritchard from Shit Narnia to discuss their biscuit preferences, biscuit memories and some controversial biscuit opinions!

Special interview with Nathan Karnovsky (Satchmo Cafe) to discuss his philosophies on biscuits, the type of baking he grew up with, why places should sell biscuits, and the ideas behind the cafe's biscuit recipes.

Plus, the debut of Bad Nutrition's 'Biscuit Song'!

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday 15th - Friday 16th, 2018. For our show page, follow this link to the RTR website: http://rtrfm.com.au/show-episode/midnightspecial-2018-11-15/ For the full show with music uncut, go to our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-85-the-biscuit-special/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 84: FEMALE TRADIES SPECIAL! Presented by Maggie Salad!


Ever waked past a trade site and been surprised to see a women among the men on site ? Ever wondered what it would be like to be that woman? Maggie Salad (hosting Midnight Special on RTRFM for the first time) chats to 3 awesome tradies from 3 different occupations about their experiences on site, their interactions with the other gender and their dreams for the future of female tradies. Featuring Brit Coles, Kate Jones and Vida Crowe.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday November 8th - Friday November 9th, 2018. For the show page, go here: http://rtrfm.com.au/show-episode/midnightspecial-2018-11-08/ For the complete music with all music uncut, go to our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-84-female-tradies-special-presented-by-maggie-salad/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 83: Special Guests Dan O'Connor and Erin Royner. Presented by Bridget Cleary.


On their first episode presenting on the Midnight Special On RTRFM, your host Bridget Cleary presents an episode discussing non-mainstream genre musician life in Perth with Dan O'Connor, improvising trumpeter, and Erin Royer, cross-genre saxophonist.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday November 1st - Friday November 2nd, 2018. Our show page on the RTRFM website is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/show-episode/midnightspecial-2018-11-01/ For the complete episode with all of the music uncut, please visit our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-83-special-guests-dan-oconnor-and-erin-royner-presented-by-bridget-cleary/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 82: THE EMOTION SPECIAL! Special Guests: Psychologist Anne Pickering and Councillor Tanja Vasev. Presented by Lauren Salt.


What are emotions? How can we begin to understand and predict our own emotions? Why does it matter? Buckle up for an emotional roller coaster with The Emotion Special! Your host Lauren Jane Salt will be asking these questions and more in discussion with Special Guests, Psychologist Anne Pickering and Councillor Tanja Vasev.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday October 25 - Friday October 26, 2018. For our show page on the RTR station, please go here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ For the full episode with music uncut, go to our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-82-the-emotion-special-special-guests-anne-pickering-and-tanja-vasev/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 81: Special Guest Sam Winfield (Wines Of While). Presented by Ai-Ling Truong

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On this episode of Midnight Special On RTRFM, your host Ai-Ling Truong chats to Sam Winfield, owner and operator of Wines of While. Sam studied medicine and was a practising assistant medical surgeon for a number of years, and with very little hospitality experience but a big passion for and interest in natural wine. He decided to open up a little natural wine bar nine weeks ago that has become an overnight success. Listen to find out how this all came about.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday October 18 - Friday October 19, 2018. For our show page, go here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ For the full uncut episode with all of the music included, go to our Mixcloud page here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-81-special-guest-sam-winfield-wine-of-whiles-presented-by-ai-ling-truong/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 80: Special Guest Chris Cobilis on scoring the film, 1%. Presented by Tristan Fidler.


For tonight's episode of the Midnight Special On RTRFM, we will be interviewing musician and artist Chris Cobilis about composing the score for the new Australian film, 1%, written by Matt Nable and directed by Stephen McCallum.

Chris Cobilis is known in the Perth music scene for many different things. A member of The Tigers and their rock off-shoot Sabre Tooth Tigers, Cobilis has also played drums in SMRTS and Zerodent, played extensively solo, and recently released an album that Funniest Home Videos into an experimental score played by Spektral Quartet and narrated by Kenneth Goldsmith. That album, This Is You, you can find on Chris Cobilis bandcamp.

1% is a new Australian film that focuses on a bikie gang, the Copperheads. While their leader, Knock (Matt Nable) has been in prison, Paddo (Ryan Corr) has kept the club active and earning. When Knock is released and resumes being President, various things conspire to force Paddo into a confrontation with Knock including Paddo's Lady Macbeth styled girlfriend played by Abbey Lee. 1% was released into Australian cinemas this week, and for the Midnight Special, as well as my own interest in movie soundtracks, we were fortunate to get the chance to talk to Chris about scoring a film as well as hear his own personal favourite movie scores that have inspired and influenced him.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday October 11th - Friday October 12th, 2018. Show page on http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ Full episode with music intact available on the VHS Tracking Radio Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/TFid/vhs-tracking-radio-special-guest-chris-cobilis-1/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 78: MUSICIANS IN KITCHENS! Special Guest: Adam Trainer. Presented by Ai-Ling Truong.


On this episode of The Midnight Special, your host Ai-Ling debuts her new series ‘Musicians in Kitchens’ where she visits the home of a local musician and chats to them about food and music while they cook their favourite dish.

Her first guest is Adam Trainer.

Adam Trainer has been making music in Perth in various indie and experimental rock bands since the early to mid 2000s, including Radarmaker, Polaroid Ghost and The Ghost of 29 Megacycles. In 2010 he began a collaboration with Matt Rösner, which brought about the duo Gilded. In 2012, Adam began collaborating with former Radarmaker bandmate Warwick Hall and percussionist Michael Caratti under the name Original Past Life.

Adam Trainer is also a writer and researcher, and has contributed research to a Curtin University project investigating the history of popular music in Western Australia, as well as the development of a Western Australian new music archive at the State Library.

Adam was RTRFM's music director between 2010 and early 2014, and presents on Posted on Wednesday night’s from 7 to 9pm.

Adam cooks up his Vegetarian Spaghetti Bolognese and shares his cooking tips.

Ai-Ling and Adam discuss childhood memories growing up on the Kimberley and what he ate as a kid of the 80s. Adam talks about how he discovered music, playing music and forming bands as well as looking at what makes the Perth music scene unique and much more.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday September 27th and Friday September 28th, 2018. For the full episode complete with music uncut, you can listen to our Mixcloud version of the episode here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-78-musicians-in-kitchens-special-guest-adam-trainer-presented-by-ai-ling-truong/ Show page on RTR website here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 76: THE KARAOKE SPECIAL! Special Guests: Consensual Connie and the House Of Bok!


Your host Tristan Fidler welcomes special guests Consensual Connie and Elijah and Nell from the House of BOK into the studio to discuss the special magic that is karaoke. In this episode, we discuss Karaoke Facts and Karaoke rules of engagement as well as the community spirit that is Groove Karaoke, and we also participate in on-air karaoke - over the phone lines with special guest singers Matt Roberts, Lana and Loren Kronemyer performing their favourite karaoke songs as well as some in-studio karaoke including a sensational rendition of 'Cruising' (in the style of Huey Lewis and Gwyneth Paltrow). A fun, chaotic, magical night of karaoke radio in podcast form!

Originally broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday September 13th - Friday September 14th 2018. Our show page on the RTRFM website is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ The full episode uncut complete with all the music played is available to stream on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-76-the-karaoke-special-special-guests-consensual-connie-and-the-house-of-bok/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 75: THE CHOCOLATE SPECIAL! Special Guest: Sue Lewis. Presented by Ai-Ling Truong.



This episode is a real treat as your host Ai-Ling Truong chats with Sue Lewis Chocolatier about how she got into chocolate making, learn a lot of interesting things about chocolate and get an insight into DIY 3D printing made possible by Garry. Sue also shares her sandwich tales, celebrity name dropping, wack jobs, repeat rentals and steaming recommendations.

Originally broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday September 6th - Friday September 7th, 2018. Our show page on the station website is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ The full uncut episode with a playlist of chocolate-themed tunes is available on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-75-the-chocolate-special-special-guest-sue-lewis-presented-by-ai-ling-truong/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 74: THE BALINGUP MEDIEVAL CARNIVAL SPECIAL! Presented by Lauren Salt


Good-Morrow to thee! Prithee join us as we taketh thee into depths of The Balingup Medieval carnival. Meet The bloodied Knights or an illusive wicked witch of Western Australia and Learn how to spin wool as the Vikings did. This special montage of interviews is presented by Lauren Salt. Images by Pubert Addams. Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday August 30th - Friday August 31st, 2018. Show page on the RTR website:  http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ Full episode complete with a medieval-themed playlist of music selected by Lauren Salt is available here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-74-the-balingup-medieval-carnival-special-presented-by-lauren-salt/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 72: RADIOTHON 2018 SPECIAL!


Adventures - Music - MIDIs - Comedy - Sound Collages - Eulogies - Roasts - Yarns, and More!

It's a crowded studio spectacular with regular presenters Ai-Ling Truong, Emiko Watanabe, Lauren Salt and Ben Yaxley, as WELL as some very special guests --- musician Axel Carrington, improv comedian Gabrielle Beasley, MIDI theologian Tim Gates, and karaoke enthusiasts Nadina and Matt Aitken. Welcome to the RADIOTHON 2018 SPECIAL! Thank you to everyone who subscribed and donated during the broadcast. If you would like to subscribe/donate to RTRFM 92.1 and help them continue to air great radio, please go here: http://rtrfm.com.au/subscribe/ 

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday August 16th - Friday August 17th, 2018. Show page on the station website is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ Full uncut episode complete with songs intact is available on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-72-radiothon-2018-special/


Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 70: THE SENSORY DEPRIVATION TANK SPECIAL! Presented by Erin Puccinelli!


In this episode of the Midnight Special, presenter Erin Puccinelli unlocks the weird and wonderful world of Sensory Deprivation Tanks, and why they have become so popular in recent times. She will interview those who swear by it and those with outlandish stories from their time in the tank.

Broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday August 2nd - Friday August 3rd, 2018. Show page on RTRFM website is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/  Full episode complete with flotation-themed tunes is available on our Mixcloud page here: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-70-the-sensory-deprivation-tank-special-presented-by-erin-puccinelli/

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Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 69: THE DREAM SPECIAL! Presented by Lauren Salt!


Step in to The DREAM SPECIAL with our presenter Lauren Jane Salt as she opens the door on why we dream, what’s happening when we dream, and whether it's important to understand our dreams. There to help us understand will be Neuroscientist and Dream Interpreter Jane Teresa Anderson along with a few interesting dream accounts and perspectives from the streets of Perth. Try to stay awake for this one !

This episode was broadcast on RTRFM 92.1 on Thursday July 26 - Friday July 27, 2018. Our show page on RTRFM is here: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ The full episode with all of the dream-themed songs that Lauren picked included is available on our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-69-the-dream-special-presented-by-lauren-salt/

Midnight Special On RTRFM Episode 68: Ben Yaxley, Erin Puccinelli, Tim Gates, Lauren Salt


Your host Ben Yaxley welcomes an all-star collection of Midnight Special presenters including Erin Puccinelli and Lauren Salt along with MIDI enthusiast Tim Gates to sit in the studio for a loose, fun, conversational jamboree. This episode features wild sound music from around the world, stories about magic, MIDI magic and science magic! It's a hoot!

If you want more MIDI-night Special, Ben Yaxley's podcast (with frequent co-host Tim Gates) is now all on Soundcloud: https://soundcloud.com/midinightspecial

Broadcast on Thursday 19 July - Friday 20 July, 2018 on RTRFM 92.1. Our show webpage is: http://rtrfm.com.au/shows/midnightspecial/ For the uncut episode with all of the music, visit our Mixcloud page: https://www.mixcloud.com/MidnightSpecialOnRTRFM/episode-68-ben-yaxley-erin-puccinelli-tim-gates-lauren-salt/