Field recording with Tiglyfuzz Kokiri @ Coburg Library
Aug
31
11:00 AM11:00

Field recording with Tiglyfuzz Kokiri @ Coburg Library

Venture into the urban field of Coburg with Tigyfuzz Kokiri and collect the sounds around you. Learn how to use field recorders, hydrophones, coil inductor microphones and other tech tools to collect environmental soundscapes.

No prior musical or technical knowledge required. If you can, bring your own laptop & usb. Sign up for this workshop via Eventbrite here.

For accessibility information please email readmore@moreland.vic.gov.au or call 9353 4023 to discuss your needs. The space may not be accessible to all types of wheelchairs.

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Make everything an instrument @ Coburg Library
Jul
27
11:00 AM11:00

Make everything an instrument @ Coburg Library

Join us at Coburg Library and turn everyday objects like fruits and plants into instruments!

No prior musical or technical knowledge required. If you can, bring your own laptop. Signing up is required for this workshop. Sign up here.

For accessibility information please email readmore@moreland.vic.gov.au or call 9353 4023 to discuss your needs. The space may not be accessible to all types of wheelchairs.

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Sound School @ Coburg Library / Hardware Techno with Nina Buchanan
Jun
29
11:00 AM11:00

Sound School @ Coburg Library / Hardware Techno with Nina Buchanan

Join us for the first of our 4-part series in partnership with Moreland City Libraries. Bookings essential, sign up via the Eventbrite page.

This workshop takes us into the world of hardware techno with local Moreland artist Nina Buchanan. No prior experience required, all equipment provided.

Melbourne’s Nina Buchanan operates at the precision nexus of brutalist techno and a truly uplifting style of ecstatic melodic synth riffage. Conjuring thick atmospheres and tonalities with almost blu-ray levels of vibrancy is perhaps in essence attributable to the simplicity of her chosen elements; 1 synth, 1 drum machine – the rest is purely incendiary sparks, resonating brightly in the spaces in between.

Buchanan has released two acclaimed EPs on diverse Melbourne electronic label Nice Music and has had varied work commissioned by Hobart’s heralded Dark Mofo and Mona Foma festivals. Her work offers a fissure in its techno paradigm, resonating well beyond the dancefloor.

For accessibility information please email readmore@moreland.vic.gov.au or call 9353 4023 to discuss your needs. The space may not be accessible to all types of wheelchairs.

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Ableton beatmaking and DIY MIDI controllers
May
25
11:00 AM11:00

Ableton beatmaking and DIY MIDI controllers

Learn the basics of software beat making using Ableton Live, and make a simple DIY MIDI controller for triggering beats, sounds and samples using Makey Makey.

This workshop is aimed at complete beginners – just bring your own set of headphones and you can use our laptops.

Register on the Eventbrite here.

If you have accessibility questions or requirements, please contact Sarah Ernst, Library Development & Projects Officer, at yarralibraries@yarracity.vic.gov.au or on 1300 695 427.

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Hardware Techno workshop with Nina Buchanan
May
23
4:00 PM16:00

Hardware Techno workshop with Nina Buchanan

This workshop takes us into the world of hardware techno with local favourite Nina Buchanan.

Melbourne’s Nina Buchanan operates at the precision nexus of brutalist techno and a truly uplifting style of ecstatic melodic synth riffage. Conjuring thick atmospheres and tonalities with almost blu-ray levels of vibrancy is perhaps in essence attributable to the simplicity of her chosen elements; 1 synth, 1 drum machine – the rest is purely incendiary sparks, resonating brightly in the spaces in between.

Buchanan has released two acclaimed EPs on diverse Melbourne electronic label Nice Music and has had varied work commissioned by Hobart’s heralded Dark Mofo and Mona Foma festivals. Her work offers a fissure in its techno paradigm, resonating well beyond the dancefloor.

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Looping Pedals
May
19
2:00 PM14:00

Looping Pedals

Do you want to learn how to create songs and soundscapes using a looping pedal? In this session, Yorta Yorta musician and composer Allara Briggs Pattison, and violinist, songwriter and live looper Xani Kolac will show us the creative possibilities of looping pedals. Let it inspire you for new creative ways of making and writing music.

Allara Briggs Pattison is a Yorta Yorta musician, composer, film maker, Wayapa Wuurrk-er and climate justice activist. Equipped with a loop station, electric bass, double bass and bright spirit, she pulls bow across strings to resonate dark frequencies forming emotive compositions. With orchestral harmonies mixed with electronic beats and traditional clap sticks, her sound is unique. Inspired by hip hop, soul, blues and reggae Allara is developing a storytelling nature taking the listener on a journey reflected by her passion's while encouraging cultural, spiritual and environmental empowerment.
Check our her single Wala is Life: https://youtu.be/1XACgej9L80

Xani Kolac has spent the last decade exploring ways to amplify and effect the violin using electronic effects and live looping. She has a Masters degree in Improvisation from the VCA and has played with the likes of Jens Lekman, Paul Grabowsky, Kate Ceberano, Clare Bowditch and many others. Xani’s own projects include drums/violin live looping duo The Twoks, her solo project XANI and Melbourne Amplified Strings (MAS_). Passionate about creating more on-stage opportunities for female instrumentalists, she is also founder and Artistic Director of SPIRE ensemble

This is a free workshop for all ages, no background in music required. Bring your musical instruments if you want to experiment using them with a looping pedal, but this is not necessary.

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Algorave workshop at Signal
May
18
11:00 AM11:00

Algorave workshop at Signal

earn the coding languages of Atom and Supercollider to generate beat driven music.

Artist: Allison Walker

Allison Walker introduces us to the world of the algorave, using code to generate beat driven music. Using the coding languages of Atom and Supercollider, you will learn how to use algorithms to create melody and beats, and to manipulate them. The workshop will give you the tools to take live coding to the rave outside the computer lab, navigate various programs, and apply production principles to this new field of music-making.

You don’t need any prior experience or knowledge of coding, programming, or music to participate. Everyone is welcome. We especially encourage all women and trans people, people of colour, and people with disabilities to join us for this workshop.

Age: 13 to 25 years

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Sound School @ Phoenix: May - Hardware Electronics School
May
2
to May 30

Sound School @ Phoenix: May - Hardware Electronics School

This month Sound School delves into the world of hardware electronics: synthesizers, drum machines, vocal processing; noise, techno, and industrial music. Heavy hitters coming in to school us up >:)

MAY 2: Vocal processing / harsh vocals with industrial two piece Deader
MAY 9: Open gear session with Hextape
MAY 16: Sampling with Yumgod
MAY 23: Hardware techno with Nina Buchanan
MAY 30: Noise with Romy Fox

4-6PM every Thursday of May 2019. Free, wheelchair accessible, no background in music required. Snacks provided! Sound School is an award-winning community school providing free workshops upskilling and celebrating marginalised voices in electronic music. Special shout out to people of colour, women and girls, LGBTIQA+ folk, and people with disabilities to attend.

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Sound School: Ableton beatmaking and DIY MIDI controllers
Apr
27
11:00 AM11:00

Sound School: Ableton beatmaking and DIY MIDI controllers

Learn the basics of software beat making using Ableton Live, and make a simple DIY MIDI controller for triggering beats, sounds and samples using Makey Makey.

This workshop is aimed at complete beginners – headphones provided, and you can use our laptops :)

Free, wheelchair accessible, and all ages. If you have accessibility questions or requirements, please contact Sarah Ernst, Library Development & Projects Officer, at yarralibraries@yarracity.vic.gov.au or on 1300 695 427

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Sound School: Mixing & Mastering
Mar
24
2:00 PM14:00

Sound School: Mixing & Mastering

Sound school is coming to Coburg! Join the very first session on Sunday the 24th of March to learn the basics of mixing and mastering with free software Reaper. BYO laptop if possible - if you can't bring one, get in touch & we can organise one for you.

If you can, download and install Reaper before coming - it's a free software that works on all operating systems:
https://www.reaper.fm/download.php

This is a free workshop, all ages welcome, level is complete beginner to intermediate. The venue is wheelchair accessible, please contact marteydema@live.nl for accessibility inquiries.

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Beatmaking at Signal
Mar
16
11:00 AM11:00

Beatmaking at Signal

Producer Neil Cabatingan (Yumgod, Fanau Spa, TSV) introduces us to the world of hardware and software beat making. Meet drum machines, samplers, MPCs, Ableton Live and MIDI controllers, and use them to build your own tracks.

You don’t need any prior experience or knowledge of music to participate. Everyone aged 13-25 years is welcome. Book your spot here.

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Summer Sounds with Sound School: Synthesiser Workshop
Mar
13
6:00 PM18:00

Summer Sounds with Sound School: Synthesiser Workshop

Bridget Chappell (Sound School / Hextape) takes you through her family zoo of synthesisers, welcoming you to try every single one, learn how to make them go, find strange noises and most of all have fun!

No prior knowledge of music or electronics required.

Bookings essential. Sign up here.

If you have accessibility questions or requirements, please contact Sarah Ernst, Library Development & Projects Officer, at yarralibraries@yarracity.vic.gov.au or on 1300 695 427.

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Sound School @ Phoenix: March DJ School
Mar
7
to Mar 28

Sound School @ Phoenix: March DJ School

In March we’re going to DJ School with some of Melbourne’s finest; learn the rich histories of hip hop & techno DJing with Paul Gorrie, Gunai/Yorta Yorta DJ, producer and playwright; club theory and approaches to club DJing with DJ and curator Sezzo, and different approaches to software DJing with DJ Abyss of the long running Hip Sista Hop radio show.

Every Thursday at Phoenix Youth Hub, 4-6PM. Free and wheelchair accessible: for ages 12-25. This program is made possible with the support of Creative Victoria and Maribyrnong City Council.

7 March: History and practice of hip hop DJing with Paul Gorrie
14 March: History and practice of techno DJing with Paul Gorrie

21 March: DJing for the club with DJ Sezzo

28 March: DJing with DJ Abyss of Hip Sista Hop

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Field Recording at SIGNAL
Feb
16
11:00 AM11:00

Field Recording at SIGNAL

Venture into the field with Bridget Chappell and collect the sounds around you. Learn how to use field recorders, hyrdrophones and other tech tools to collect environmental soundscapes. Then return to the lab to shape them into original musical pieces.

For young people 13 to 25.

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Sound School @ Phoenix: FEBRUARY
Feb
7
to Feb 28

Sound School @ Phoenix: FEBRUARY

Learn electronic music for free from Melbourne's most exciting artists – DJ’ing, production, sound engineering, synths + beatmaking, Ableton Live, soldering + electronics, and more!

Including opportunities to collaborate and perform live.

This year long program will take place every Thursday 4-6pm in 2019 during school terms.

FEB WORKSHOPS: INTRO TO SOUND
7/2: DIY MIDI controllers with Bridget Mary Chappell
14/2: Pedals & effects with Jonnine Nokes
21/2: Beatmaking with Neil Cabatingan
28/2: Vinyl DJing with Katie Pearson

No previous knowledge of music or electronics necessary! :)

No need to sign up, just turn up :)

This event is part of a FReeZA Training program by Maribyrnong Youth Services. For people aged 12 – 25 in the West. All welcome with special encouragement to young people of colour, women and girls, LGBTIQA+ young people, and young people with disabilities.
Free!
Food will be provided at all workshops

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Sound School 2018 Showcase at Melbourne Music Week
Nov
17
4:00 PM16:00

Sound School 2018 Showcase at Melbourne Music Week

For Melbourne Music Week, Sound School presents a live, all ages showcase of participants and facilitating artists from its 2018 program of free workshops in inner Melbourne! Witness the wealth of diverse talent that have come through our programs aimed at celebrating diversity and accessibility in electronic music.

With support from veteran MzRizk (DJ) and noise artist Romy Seven we'll be presenting first time DJ sets from our Phoenix Youth Hub and Footscray Community Arts Centre programs, live synthesizers and electronics from our programs at SIGNAL and Footscray Arts and some up and coming beatmakers and producers from our Ableton workshops at Footscray Arts and Fitzroy Clubhouse.

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DJ Intensive Workshops + Performance Opportunities
Nov
1
to Nov 15

DJ Intensive Workshops + Performance Opportunities

Come join our 3 workshop intensive DJ workshop, a crash course in the art and science of DJ’ing! We'll be teaching track selection, mixing and tips and tricks to have you ready for your first gig.

Open to all people aged 12-25 years of age in the West. We encourage and welcome people of colour, women and the LGBTIQA+ community.

Workshops: Thursdays, 1, 8, 15 November 2018, 4-6pm at Phoenix Youth Hub.
Register for all 3 workshops.

Opportunities to DJ in public:
1# Saturday, 17 November, 12pm – 1.30pm @ Learning on the Edge – Skills Street
2# Saturday, 17 November, 4-8pm @ Signal for Melbourne Music Week
3# Friday, 23 November, 5.30-6.30pm @ Maddern Square One Night In Footscray (ONIF)

Free!
Food will be provided @ workshops.

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Sound Engineering at Footscray Community Arts Centre
Oct
10
to Nov 28

Sound Engineering at Footscray Community Arts Centre

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  • Google Calendar ICS

Free 8-week course in sound engineering to skill up budding engineers and address inequalities in the field. Applications have closed for full places but please contact us to register for a casual spot for individual workshops.

10 Oct: Introduction to signal flow
17 Oct: Microphones
24 Oct: Analogue mixers
31 Oct: Field recording
7 Nov: Audio software
14 Nov: Editing & mixing
21 Nov: Live mixing 1
28 Nov: Live mixing 2

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Breakcore Masterclass with Toecutter
Oct
1
6:30 PM18:30

Breakcore Masterclass with Toecutter

TOecUTTER has been making horrible electronic music for 20 years now and it's not getting any better. Now he invites you to look inside the genre at the end of a confusing, flat earth - breakcore.

This workshop is part of Sound School's monthly genre series at IRL Infoshop. Free entry/snacks provided/no musical or tech background required (in this case it may set you back). Kids and teens welcome! We'll take a closer look at the loose-knit collection of styles under the breakcore umbrella, get our hands on some of the gear behind it, and together will build a track with the power to end a nice party.

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Raving at 200BPM: Gabber workshop at Sound School
Sep
10
6:30 PM18:30

Raving at 200BPM: Gabber workshop at Sound School

What is gabber? Where tf is Thunderdome? How can you get your kicks more distorted? What nice songs should I ruin with a terrorcore remix? How do you beatmatch at 200BPM?

From Rotterdam to Poland to....Melbourne?? Come to this workshop and learn a lil about the history of hardcore, how to make the heavy shit, how to mix a set, and how to set up a PA and throw your own raves. All skill levels are welcome, no background in music or shuffling required..

BYO laptop - if you can't, don't worry - get in touch and we can work out one you can borrow.

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Synth School at Footscray Community Arts Centre
Aug
1
to Sep 18

Synth School at Footscray Community Arts Centre

What's the difference between Moog and Buchla? Why is analog vs digital such a big deal (or is it?)? What does this button even do? Learn all about synthesizers and other electronic music hardware in Sound School's free 8 week course. Learn about analog and digital synthesis, controlled voltage, MIDI, drum machines, sequencing, sampling, circuit bending, effects pedals, how to build your own synthesizer, and take a field trip to MESS Ltd, Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio. Guiding us through the course will be guest facilitators including Emah Fox, InfraGhosts, Yumgod, and Scumwitch.

No musical background necessary! This course aims to demystify synthesizers and music hardware, with an emphasis on collective learning, and learning through play

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DJ School at Footscray Community Arts Centre
Jul
31
to Sep 18

DJ School at Footscray Community Arts Centre

Master the art and science of DJing in Sound School's free 8-week program. Learn the practices of track selection, CDJs, Serato, vinyl, turntableism, software DJing, club DJing, recording a live mix, and more, as well as the queer, feminist, and POC histories and DJ techniques of electronic genres including techno, house, hip hop, trap, drum & bass, and more. The program features an all-star cast of guest facilitators including SEZZO SNOT, MzRizk (DJ), and Brooke Powers

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Make Everything a Synthesizer
Jun
23
11:00 AM11:00

Make Everything a Synthesizer

This month at Signal we’re turning a plant into a synthesizer… and cutlery into a sampler… and making musical watercolour paintings?! Using Makey Makeys, the award-winning tech toy that let’s you hack “a bacon sandwich, a pencil, or your cat”, participants will learn about electrical conductivity to turn just about anything into a MIDI controller. Choose from a wide range of “instruments” (flowers, fruit, power tools) to compose a certified banger in one afternoon that’s both electronic and very, very organic.

Guiding us will be Melbourne electronic artist Allison Walker, video game sound designer and composer, and house anthem live coder.

For folks aged 13-25. Bookings essential!

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Build Your Own Synth
May
19
11:00 AM11:00

Build Your Own Synth

This month at Sound School at Signal we'll learn how to build an Atari Punk Console from scratch - a single-oscillator synthesizer that requires no soldering.

This session is free for young people 13 to 25, bookings are essential.

Guiding us will be audio-visual artist Laura Davis (InfraGhosts), who will teach us how to fit parts onto a breadboard (no-solder circuit board) to create an Atari Punk Console, a tiny synth that mimics the sound of old Atari games - complete with its own speaker to start playing and annoying your friends or parents straight away. No knowledge of electronics or music required :) All parts are provided free of charge and you can take home your build at the end!

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Sound School electronic music workshops! Time to shred!
May
10
4:00 PM16:00

Sound School electronic music workshops! Time to shred!

Join us for this 4 workshop electronic music crash course, presented by Melbourne Sound School. Learn to make beats, spin records, remix your favourite song and play synthesizers! 
Open to all people aged 12-25 years of age. 
We encourage and welcome people of colour, women and members of the LGBTIQA community to join us and make some noise! No prior music knowledge necessary.

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Sound School: Klein (UK)
May
8
6:00 PM18:00

Sound School: Klein (UK)

Sound School and Liquid Architecture present KLEIN, in discussion with MAKEDA and SEZZO SNOT. 

This event prioritises entry to people of colour and Aboriginal & Torres Strait Islander people. Non POC and Indigenous folk please wait for general release tickets.

South London based musician Klein, currently signed to celebrated label Hyperdub, is an artist whose neoteric vision has seen her quickly become one of the UK’s most intriguing and unpinnable producers and performers. With themes of vulnerability, sisterhood and death, her often playful and restive approach to composition is instantly alluring. Distant piano loops lurk in the haze whilst beguiling vocals fade in and out of the sensory world of her own creation. Using open source software Audacity, her live voice and piano playing is filtered through hyper glitchy and looped production; cutting from angular atonality to pockets of skewered harmony. 

Sound School is a community organisation delivering electronic music workshops that celebrate and upskill emerging artists on the margins. Sound School is proud to collaborate with Liquid Architecture to present the ideas and techniques of artists from international communities in our inclusive and experimental workshop series. 

Klein's Q&A hosted by SEZZO SNOT and Makeda will follow her performance at PRECOG, co-commissioned by Liquid Architecture and Next Wave.

Siteworks is a wheelchair accessible venue. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility. We acknowledge that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nations and pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. We acknowledge that genocide is ongoing and that sovereignty was never ceded.

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Sound School: Rashad Becker (DE)
May
7
6:00 PM18:00

Sound School: Rashad Becker (DE)

Sound School and Liquid Architecture present a lecture-workshop with Rashad Becker.

Rashad is considered one of the world’s foremost mastering engineers at the Berlin-based Dubplates & Mastering studio, with technical credits on hundreds of the most renowned underground electronic releases of the last decade.

More recently Becker has been fetishised as an avant-garde composer and solo electronic musician in his own right, with a practice wrapped up in precision and radical listening. His recent release on Berlin label PAN is hailed as ‘redolent of Smithsonian Folkways’ field recordings, with nods to early musique concrète and intercepted extraterrestrial transmissions’. Becker’s compositions are multilayered narratives populated by an ensemble of sonic entities. Often there’s a tragic-comical touch, like a cartoon version of what could be a requiem from a dream (or just as much a fertility dance from another dimension).

“Becker’s deft manipulation of the oddball sounds he creates allows him to elevate what could have been hazy sketches into the realm of high art” —The Quietus

Siteworks is a wheelchair accessible venue. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility. We acknowledge that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nations and pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. We acknowledge that genocide is ongoing and that sovereignty was never ceded.

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Sound School electronic music workshops! Time to shred!
May
3
4:00 PM16:00

Sound School electronic music workshops! Time to shred!

Join us for this 4 workshop electronic music crash course, presented by Melbourne Sound School. Learn to make beats, spin records, remix your favourite song and play synthesizers! 
Open to all people aged 12-25 years of age. 
We encourage and welcome people of colour, women and members of the LGBTIQA community to join us and make some noise! No prior music knowledge necessary.

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Circuit Bending at Signal
Apr
28
11:00 AM11:00

Circuit Bending at Signal

Circuit-bending: the liberating art of physically re-routing electrical instruments' signals, taking their sounds to strange new places. Traditionally done on cheap keyboards, kids musical toys, noise machines, and any instrument not expensive or sentimental enough to worry about breaking, this practice lets you take complete control of your gear. 

Guiding us through a world of circuits will be audio-visual artist Laura Davis (InfraGhosts), who will teach us how to open a keyboard up, make bends, and solder the coolest ones into place.

This workshop is for participants aged 13-25. All Sound School events are free but bookings essential - book at Signal here: http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/arts-and-culture/signal/whats-on-at-signal/Pages/Sound-School-Circuit-bending.aspx

Sound School is a community organisation delivering electronic music workshops that celebrate and upskill emerging artists on the margins, with a focus on people of colour, LGBTIQA+ folk, women, and people with disabilities. 

Signal is a wheelchair accessible venue. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility. We acknowledge that this event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nations and pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging. We acknowledge that genocide is ongoing and that sovereignty was never ceded.

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