Let Your Freak Flag Fly

Saturday 5:30pm to 7:00pm
A local independent, alternative, noise / rock / pop / electronic / soundscape / soundart / improvised music show, including bands / artists / performers playing live in the studio.

Nat Grant


Latest episode

4 December
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About Let Your Freak Flag Fly

This show has been produced by Nat Grant from the Make It Up Club Collective since August 2019. The Make It Up Club is committed to nurturing, presenting and promoting avant-garde improvised music and sound performance of the highest conceptual and performative standards, regardless of idiom, genre, or instrumentation. 



4 December

Intro: Serene Ailment Incantation Praxis from cold_storage  


Flash Forward is a forthcoming arts program brought to you by The City of Melbourne and Heavy Machinery Records. Flash Forward will see new work by 40 visual artists and 40 live music premieres presented in 40 of Melbourne's iconic CBD laneways in 2021. The full set of these commissioned original music works will be released on 12” vinyl by Heavy Machinery Records over the coming months.


Since 2017, Heavy Machinery Records has commissioned and overseen the LP release of various original works by unique, outstanding Melbourne artists. This year, Heavy Machinery Records will be releasing vinyl from the full set of musical artists handpicked to take part in Melbourne's massive Flash Forward laneways program.


Diimpa Bergamot pre release

Playing a mix of analogue synths and acoustic instruments, Diimpa draws inspiration from fast-paced minimalism to healing ambient music, all from a queer autistic Murri perspective. 


Vacuum: I’ll Call You pre release Andrea Blake (ASPS/CHROME DOME) and Jenny Branagan’s (NUN) second single

Heartswin - Tammuz 

Gatherer - Extension 

Emily Grantham - Coconut Flesh 

Peon - Slinky 

Motion - Three 


Paula Garcia Stone A Long Wait (Flaming Pines 2021)

A Long Wait explores vulnerability and isolation during 2020 to 2021. Placed in the “clinically extremely vulnerable” category, Paula García Stone was not able to leave her house at all during the lockdowns of 2020. She was also unable to walk for most of the year due to fractured bones in one of her feet. A Long Wait is the product of this period of grief, loneliness and frustration. Turning to her domestic and local soundscape for inspiration, she composes here with lawn mowers, medical equipment, insects and her own breath. “I found that generally my neighbourhood all had their lawn mowers out and were doing DIY, unlike the new found silence people seemed to be describing at the time. Somehow I managed, and I found domestic sounds and my own medical paraphernalia interesting and useful in the bigger context of my environment. I hoped to amplify grief and at times frustration, as well as the rhythm of time passing by,” she explains.




Make It Up Club

Avant garde improvised music and sound performance, every Tuesday night at 8:30pm at Bar Open https://baropen.com.au/make-it-up-club/ or online https://www.youtube.com/user/makeitupclub/videos
Interview with Let Your Freak Flag Fly initiator Mike Smith.
In English.
Mike Smith is well-known around the 3CR community, not only for his eclectic avant-garde music program Let Your Freak Flag Fly, but also in his capacity as a trainer, outside broadcaster, and for his rugged good looks. We caught up with Mike setting up his ubiquitous badge stall during 3CR’s recent musical extravaganza at The Tote in Collingwood.
Nice collection of badges…
“I bought the badge machine from America, and it’s pretty easy to knock out a few hundred one inch badges. Kids especially love them. But it’s a pretty cheap and easy way to generate a few extra bucks for 3CR. I’ve also set up the badge stall at events like the Harvest Festival, which is organised by Marcus Mulcahy. Marcus presents the show right after mine on Saturday evenings (Blue Green Footprints).”
How long have you been presenting your show?
“Well, in its current form, Let Your Freak Flag Fly has been going to air on Saturdays between 5.30 and 7.00 for the most part of a decade, but I’ve been presenting shows like this for years now. I remember doing graveyards from two in the morning until dawn. They were pretty fun, really.”
But now your settled into the Saturday afternoon drive slot?
“Yep. Freak Flag follows on from the jazz show, and then Marcus plays alt-country afterwards. It’s a great slab of quality community radio, and plus its heaps of fun.”
You do the show with Lotti Stein?
“I wouldn’t be able to do it with out the amazing Miss Lotti. Lotti does an incredible job as sound technician, which involves recording live bands each week in Studio 3. Some of the bands we’ve had on are pretty left of centre too, and Lotti makes them sound fantastic. We make a fine team. Actually, Lotti makes a fine team on her own and I try not to get too much in the way…”
Lotti often presents the show as well?
“Yes, Lotti is also an excellent presenter. Freak Flag Fly has a segment called Lotti’s Corner where Lotti mixes it up with music and other things she has been discovering. Also, she has her own program on 3CR – Wayward Girl Wicked Woman on Monday afternoons.”
And what can people expect to hear on Let Your Freak Flag Fly?
“Well, music that you won’t hear on other stations frequently if at all. Experimental noise, which I think Melbourne is a world leader in producing, such as recordings of no-input devices, field recordings of cars and fences, home-made and found instruments, plus individuals and bands who are in some way or another really pushing the envelope as to what is accepted by society as music. Experimental and noise orientated music is vastly under-represented outside of community radio, and its another thing which I think 3CR really excels in.”