Seeking the voices of the sleepless in #Melbourne


Credit: Sarah Walker

Melburnians are invited to rant, rave, ramble and reflect under the cover of darkness, in The Nightline project. Designed to capture the late-night thoughts and stories of this time, organisers are excited by the project's potential.


Roslyn Oades from The Nightline project explains that people can leave as many late-night messages as they like, “We’re keen to hear from anyone during the early hours of the morning – insomniacs, dreamers or shift workers across many industries: healthcare, emergency services, carers, gamers, cleaners, taxi drivers as well as people in logistics, hospitality or security.”


Photos: Sarah Walker


“We want to hear the voices from all night owls – it can be a quick rant, secret confession, discreet experience, simple reflection or beautiful memory. Some of our recordings have featured parents singing a lullaby to their waking child or people sharing their dreams and desires,” said Oades.


An audio portrait inspired by the voices of the sleepless, The Nightline is a creative project that will weave the late-night voice recordings into an evocative audio installation experience. Next year, the work will appear across Australia with unique and site specific content created for each city, including Melbourne’s new RISING festival in May 2021.


Leave a message at:

  • Audio messages are received between midnight to 6am

  • Voice message by calling 0457 910 843

  • Record a voice memo (or use WhatsApp) and text audio to 0457 910 843

For more info, be sure to check out their website at Nightline Project Website!

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