The Hair-Raising Passions of Percy Grainger

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It’s easy to speak of those we remember. But what about those we’ve forgotten? A hank of human hair transports us back to Brighton in 1882 when a musical ingenue by the name of Percy Grainger was born. His fame grew at an exceptional speed… But then disappeared just as quickly. This week on Uncurated, Nell Geraets and Mengjie Cai replace a missing note in Australia’s music scene, exploring the passions and perversions behind an enigma of a man.


Various pieces composed by Percy Grainger were used in this episode with explicit permission from Martin Wright from Move:

  1. Arrival Platform Humlet (Track 8 in “Tuneful Percussion”) / Percy Grainger / http://www.move.com.au/disc/woof-tuneful-percussion-of-percy-grainger 
  2. Molly on the Shore (Track 11 in “Worlds Apart”) / Percy Grainger / http://www.move.com.au/disc/worlds-apart  
  3. Country Gardens (Track 6 in “Hamilton”) / Percy Grainger / http://www.move.com.au/disc/team-of-pianists-hamilton
  4. Colonial Song (Track 5 in “Melbourne Sounds Grand”) / Percy Grainger / http://www.move.com.au/disc/melbourne-sounds-grand  
  5. Free Music 1 and 2 (Track 1 in “Full Spectrum”) / Percy Grainger / http://www.move.com.au/disc/full-spectrum
  6. The Lonely Desert Man sees the Tents of the Happy Tribes (Track 4 in “Tuneful Percussion”) / Percy Grainger / http://www.move.com.au/disc/woof-tuneful-percussion-of-percy-grainger  
  7. Blithe Bells (Track 10 in “Organ at the Opera” ) / Percy Grainger / http://www.move.com.au/disc/organ-at-the-opera-sydney-opera-house 

All other sound effects and music used were sourced from Freesound and the Living Instruments collection.

  1. Eternality / Nathan Zammit / https://soundcloud.com/user-839269279/nathan-zammit-eternality?in=user-839269279/sets/living-instruments-creative-sound-works  
  2. Grainger Things / Daniel Cropley / https://soundcloud.com/user-839269279/daniel-cropley-grainger-things?in=user-839269279/sets/living-instruments-creative-sound-works  
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