This website archives the work and creative practice of Jon Tjhia (that’s me).

I live and work in Narrm (Melbourne) as an uninvited settler on the unceded land of the Wurundjeri Woi Wurrung people of the Eastern Kulin nations, to whom I pay my respects and my rent (if you’re a settler of so-called Australia, you should too). The sovereignty of more than 500 First Nations of this continent has never been ceded.

The violence of colonisation, militarism and their entangled institutions is interconnected and ongoing. It’s very grim! My priority is in working with other people interested in untangling this mess and actively contributing to a world that has a future for more-than-human living.

I work as a radio maker, musician, artist and writer. I’m interested in complications of what’s ‘pop’ and ‘experimental’; what’s overt and what’s covert; and experiences of time and the body.

But truly, I don’t like artist bios. I’m interested in people, our lives, situations and voices, and the ways we encounter money, rules, language and relation. I’m also interested in types of prints and garments, pasta and talking shit with friends. Like you, I think about a lot of things and very often in contradiction.


My radio making is strongly influenced by popular music, narrative features, abstract sound work and communications technology. Since 2018, it has bled into installation, video and multimedia essays.

Work I’ve made has been heard on ABC Radio National, Radio Australia, WBEZ (USA), CBC (Canada), BBC Radio 3 and Radio 4 (UK) and WFMU (USA); at Manchester Literature Festival and the Barbican (UK); and on the podcasts Constellations and The Truth. I’ve performed it at Arts Centre Melbourne and Sydney Opera House. I devised and produced a radio karaoke night for Melbourne Writers’ Festival once, and in 2022 produced a 13-hour streaming radio event with Snack Syndicate as part of Open House Melbourne. I recently worked with a collective led by Fayen d’Evie on a work adopting multiple access layers to offer a polyphonically captioned, audiodescribed performance and radio season.

My collaborator Jessie Borrelle and I undertook an artist residency in 2008 in Wiluna, working with school-aged children to create audio stories. In 2010, we created Paper Radio – a podcast bringing high production values and ambitious sound design to stories (both tall and true) from Australia and New Zealand. You can read more about the podcast in The New Yorker, Overland and The Age

As part of my former job as the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor, I published and produced original podcasts including Better Off Dead (with Andrew Denton) and The Messenger (with Behind the Wire). You can read more about work I’ve made as an independent and freelance radiomaker below.

I’ve been a New York Festivals International Radio Awards Grand Jury member and a judge for the Walkley Awards, Australian Podcast Awards, Fringe Awards.


My stories, articles and essays have been published in LIMINAL, Un Magazine, the Big Issue, Performance Review, Guardian Australia, The Lifted Brow, Going Down Swinging, the IFJ blog and the Institute of Modern Art’s Making Art Work series

I’ve also contributed to books including Eavesdropping: A Reader, Soundhouse: The Listening Body and Making Art Work. ‘Present and accounted for’, long-listed for the 2021 LIMINAL Non-Fiction Essay Prize, will be published in Against Disappearance (LIMINAL/Pantera Press) in August 2022.

At the Wheeler Centre, I co-founded and co-edited (2016–2020) the Australian Audio Guide, in collaboration with Kate Montague. I also co-founded and co-edited Notes, a digital publication, with Sophie Quick. In 2013, I co-wrote the audio guide script for NGV’s Monet’s Garden exhibition with Jessie Borrelle and Toby Fehily.


My sound, video and installation work has been shown with Toronto Media Arts Centre (CA), Avantwhatever, Liquid Architecture, Darebin Arts, Next Wave, International Science and Art Symposium, This Is Not Art and so on.

I’m a member of the Manus Recording Project Collective, a collaboration producing recordings of time in Australia’s immigration detention system. The collective has produced two archives: how are you today and where are you today. In 2018, as part of Eavesdropping, I undertook the Te Whare Hēra International Artists’ Residency in Te Whanganui-a-Tara/Wellington with Michael Green. In 2023, I spent two weeks undertaking an artist residency at Bundanon. If I’m honest, I have complicated feelings about art seen separately from other things, so consider this subheading suspect and negotiable.


I’ve played and produced music with Speed Painters, Scissors for Sparrow, ii, Aleks and the Ramps and Tailor Made for a Small Room, touring several countries and festivals as well as at Judith Wright Centre, FELTspace, Serial Space, ACCA, NGV and a lot of backyards. 

Job to do? Maybe you’ll enjoy one of my mixes – I love making these. I also like recomposing other people’s themes. A while ago I was invited to remix the theme of my favourite podcast, Soundproof. I’ve often composed and produced music for the narrative audio projects I work on. Feel free to pay me to do that for you.

Learning and teaching

I love to learn and teach through publicly and privately through workshops, mentorships and courses. This semester, I’m teaching an access-focussed studio on intersensory digital publishing.

In 2022 and 2023, I taught RMIT University School of Design’s Composing Sound Spatially studio, in which students learned to work with ideas of ‘space’ as a dimension of meaning-making in audio works from mono to stereo, binaural, multi-channel and Ambisonics contexts (using the amazing Black Box studio).  In 2023, I also guest lectured in Monash University’s Audio Lab and at the University of Melbourne.

With Bethany Atkinson-Quinton, Sophie Black and Veronica Sullivan, I founded Signal Boost and developed its first two years of workshop programmes. I’ve previously held workshops, tutorials, presentations or listening sessions at Audiocraft, OzPod, Podcast Garage (USA), Victoria University (NZ), City Gallery (NZ), University of Melbourne, RMIT, CBAA, Institute of Modern Art, Monash University and Emerging Writers’ Festival. In 2021, I joined Lea Redfern to co-teach the Advanced Media Project unit at the University of Sydney

Service, etc.

You can hire me for short-term or long-term work involving writing and editing, visual/audio/digital post/production, podcast recording and editing, sound design, spatial audio composition and diffusion, streaming radio, music composition, concept and curatorial development, illustration, digital accessibility, mentorship, audio tours and a few other things.

I’ve been lucky enough to work with a lot of incredibly skilful people to make outstanding work – whether it’s to report news, enhance an experience or make culture more accessible. A lot of these projects have been recognised by awards, but that’s not why we do it, is it?

I’ve recently worked on projects with and for:

Right now,
I’m working with Access Lab & Library, Phoenix Central Park, the Centre for Advancing Journalism at UoM, and others. I’m a founding member of Podcast Workers Australia and Access Lab & Library.

I have extensive experience working in-house, primarily as a digital producer, writer-editor and radio/audio producer. From 2012–2020, I worked as the Wheeler Centre’s senior digital editor (before then, from 2010, I worked as the centre’s video editor).

If you’d like to talk, collaborate, commission or hire me, or you’d just like to recommend something to read or listen to … get in touch!