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Each month Garth shines a spotlight on an artist (client or not), album, piece of gear, producer, engineer or RSS studio feature.


  • Making the Piano Room

  • The World's First Commercial Synthesizer (Jennings Univox)

  • Tuning the Yamaha C7 Grand Piano

  • The Most Revered Neumann Microphone... the U47




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"... a very special group,

and a true honour."

Garth Porter


GP with the band (sadly, minus Jim Moginie) in the control room at RSS, alongside Producer Warne Livesy. A treasured memory, especially so because they're also a reminder of moments with the now late bass player, Bones Hillman.

Garth paid a visit during the session to ensure the Oils had everything they needed while bunkered down at RSS in late 2019, where they were recording their first new projects in 17 years. The band were at RSS creating their now 5 times ARIA-nominated collaborative studio album, The Makaratta Project, as well as subsequent NEW studio album, Resist, released on 25 February 2022.

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LONG time friends of RSS, the Oils have brought their sound into the RSS walls and wires and history. Recording their last two albums here (their final studio albums) in Oct/Nov 2019, being The Makarrata Project and RESIST. These ARIA chart topping albums were released in 2021 and 2022 respectively.


Audio Technology interviewed Jim Moginie about the recording of the albums.




Article in The Australian newspaper.


Noise 11 feature on the albums.



Head to their website and online channels to hear music from both albums, as well as videos filmed at Rancom St, including their latest music video release from the new album, At the Time of Writing:


@midnightoil news:

“RESIST is Midnight Oil’s 15th studio release since they first exploded out of the post-punk scene back in 1978, blazing a singular trail of blistering gigs from Australia’s pubs and clubs to arenas and festivals around the world. It is a fitting, forward looking, statement for a band whose clarion call has always been “it’s better to die on your feet than live on your knees”. Featuring stellar production by Warne Livesey (DIESEL & DUST, BLUE SKY MINING, CAPRICORNIA) RESIST will be accompanied by some special live performances that will comprise the group’s final concert tour.


This new album was actually recorded in late 2019 and thus features long-time bass player, Bones Hillman, who sadly passed away 12 months later. Those sessions yielded 20 songs, but their release was delayed by the Covid pandemic. The first taste of this new work landed in late 2020 as THE MAKARRATA PROJECT – a mini-album featuring some of Australia’s finest First Nations musicians, and based on the themes of reconciliation, justice and truth-telling written in the Uluru Statement from the Heart. It debuted at #1 in the band’s homeland on the same weekend that Bones passed away and went on to be nominated for five ARIA Awards. Lead single ‘Gadigal Land’ (feat. Dan Sultan, Joel Davison, Kaleena Briggs and Bunna Lawrie) received the prestigious APRA Song Of The Year.


From the northern beaches of Sydney to the streets of Manhattan, Midnight Oil has stopped traffic, inflamed passions, inspired fans, challenged the concepts of “business as usual” and broken new ground. In 2017 the band returned from a 15-year hiatus for their Great Circle World Tour that encompassed 77 shows in 16 countries. The extraordinary audience and critical response to those shows lead to more European dates and an Australian outback gig in 2019 which then flowed into

the recording sessions where RESIST was created. The album’s much anticipated release will therefore literally close the circle on this chapter of a truly extraordinary career.


The band also announced that this will be their final concert tour while making it clear that this does not mean the end of the Oils. Each of the members will continue their own projects over the years ahead. They remain very open to recording new music together in future and supporting causes in which they believe, but this will be their last tour. It will see them performing classic Midnight Oil songs from across their repertoire while also showcasing some urgent new works.”




RESIST album cover (courtesy @elevenmusic)




MO @ RSS 📷 @roberthambling







Wednesday 23 February 2022

Newcastle Entertainment Centre, Newcastle, NSW

Guests: William Crighton


Saturday 26 February 2022

Heifer Station, Orange, NSW*

Guests: Busby Marou and Emily Wurramara


Wednesday 2 March 2022

WIN Entertainment Centre, Wollongong, NSW

Guests: William Crighton


Saturday 5 March 2022

Mt Duneed Estate, Geelong, VIC*

Guests: Goanna and All Our Exes Live In Texas


Wednesday 9 March 2022

Rod Laver Arena, Melbourne, VIC

Guests: Amyl & The Sniffers


Saturday 12 March 2022

All Saints Estate, Rutherglen, VIC*

Guests: Hoodoo Gurus and All Our Exes Live In Texas


Saturday 26 March 2022*

Nikola Estate, Swan Valley, WA

Guests: Goanna and Stephen Pigram


Wednesday 30 March 2022

Adelaide Entertainment Centre, Adelaide, SA

Guest: Jack River


Saturday 2 April 2022

Darwin Amphitheatre, Darwin, NT

Guests: Busby Marou and Emily Wurramara


Wednesday 6 April 2022

Convention Centre Arena, Cairns, QLD

Guest: King Stingray


Saturday 9 April 2022

Sunshine Coast Stadium, Sunshine Coast, QLD

Guests: Goanna and Jack River


Wednesday 13 April 2022

Riverstage, Brisbane, QLD

Guests: Busby Marou


FRI 15 April 2022

Bluesfest | Byron Bay NSW


Tuesday 19 April 2022

Stage 88, Canberra, ACT

Guests: Emily Wurramara and Jack River


Thursday 21 April 2022

Qudos Bank Arena, Sydney, NSW

Guests: King Stingray



#australianmusic #ausmusic

#midnightoil #tour

#GarthPorter #MidnightOil

#Recording #Music at #RancomStStudios

POSTED 19 March 2022

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