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

  • Footscray Community Arts Centre (map)
  • 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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Sound School electronic music workshops! Time to shred!
Apr
26
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 DJ Intensive Workshops
Apr
12
4:00 PM16:00

Sound School DJ Intensive Workshops

Save the world from bad playlists! 
Join in this 4-workshop DJ intensive with Melbourne Sound School. This is open to people aged 12-25 years of age and is an all-inclusive event

4-6pm on 4, 5, 11 + 12 April. 12 spaces only.

4th April - Introduction to DJing with Raving Private Ryan (Adidoss
5th April - CDJs with SEZZO SNOT (Liquid Architecture)
11th April - CDJs with SEZZO SNOT (Liquid Architecture)
12th April - Vinyl with Brooke Powers (Spank)

Presented by Sound School
www.melbournesoundschool.org

Visit phoenixyouth.com.au to find out about other events and activities taking place in the Maribyrnong area for people aged between 12-25 years.

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Sound School DJ Intensive Workshops
Apr
11
4:00 PM16:00

Sound School DJ Intensive Workshops

Save the world from bad playlists! 
Join in this 4-workshop DJ intensive with Melbourne Sound School. This is open to people aged 12-25 years of age and is an all-inclusive event

4-6pm on 4, 5, 11 + 12 April. 12 spaces only.

4th April - Introduction to DJing with Raving Private Ryan (Adidoss
5th April - CDJs with SEZZO SNOT (Liquid Architecture)
11th April - CDJs with SEZZO SNOT (Liquid Architecture)
12th April - Vinyl with Brooke Powers (Spank)

Presented by Sound School
www.melbournesoundschool.org

Visit phoenixyouth.com.au to find out about other events and activities taking place in the Maribyrnong area for people aged between 12-25 years.

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Sound School DJ Intensive Workshops
Apr
5
4:00 PM16:00

Sound School DJ Intensive Workshops

Save the world from bad playlists! 
Join in this 4-workshop DJ intensive with Melbourne Sound School. This is open to people aged 12-25 years of age and is an all-inclusive event

4-6pm on 4, 5, 11 + 12 April. 12 spaces only.

4th April - Introduction to DJing with Raving Private Ryan (Adidoss
5th April - CDJs with SEZZO SNOT (Liquid Architecture)
11th April - CDJs with SEZZO SNOT (Liquid Architecture)
12th April - Vinyl with Brooke Powers (Spank)

Presented by Sound School
www.melbournesoundschool.org

Visit phoenixyouth.com.au to find out about other events and activities taking place in the Maribyrnong area for people aged between 12-25 years.

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Sound School DJ Intensive Workshops
Apr
4
4:00 PM16:00

Sound School DJ Intensive Workshops

Save the world from bad playlists! 
Join in this 4-workshop DJ intensive with Melbourne Sound School. This is open to people aged 12-25 years of age and is an all-inclusive event

4-6pm on 4, 5, 11 + 12 April. 12 spaces only.

4th April - Introduction to DJing with Raving Private Ryan (Adidoss
5th April - CDJs with SEZZO SNOT (Liquid Architecture)
11th April - CDJs with SEZZO SNOT (Liquid Architecture)
12th April - Vinyl with Brooke Powers (Spank)

Presented by Sound School
www.melbournesoundschool.org

Visit phoenixyouth.com.au to find out about other events and activities taking place in the Maribyrnong area for people aged between 12-25 years.

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Freak Yr Sound w/ Various Asses (FL Studio)
Apr
2
6:00 PM18:00

Freak Yr Sound w/ Various Asses (FL Studio)

Sound School is honoured to present VARIOUS ASSES, the ambitious project from Melbourne electronic producer and drummer Raquel Solier, previously known under the guise Fatti Frances. Various Asses fuses bent trap, frantic house and fractured vocal samples designed to make you move and scare the living shit out of you.

The third event in Sound School’s 2018 artist showcase series, will have Raquel breaking down her practice - exploring her unique approach to sound design, drum programming and sampling. This will be followed by a tutorial for producing in FL Studio (as used by Jlin, Metro Boomin, Mike Q)

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to take part in this production tutorial. Download and install the demo version of Image Line FL Studio 12 - watch this page for the sample pack we’ll have available for download for use in the tutorial. 
http://www.image-line.com/downloads/flstudiodownload.html

(note: FL Studio is a Windows software, however a BETA build is available for Mac OS - https://forum.image-line.com/viewtopic.php?t=177123)

All Sound School events are free of charge. Collingwood Arts Precinct is a wheelchair accessible venue - please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility. This event will take place on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nations. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge that genocide is ongoing and sovereignty was never ceded.

Sound School is a community project upskilling and celebrating queer, women, people of colour, and people with disabilities making electronic music. We are funded by the Australia Council for the Arts. 
www.melbournesoundschool.org
www.facebook.com/melbournesoundschool
@sound_school

Stream Various Asses - "Locion"
https://nicemusiclabel.bandcamp.com/album/010-loci-n
https://www.facebook.com/various.asses

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Sound School at Signal: Synthesizers!
Mar
24
11:00 AM11:00

Sound School at Signal: Synthesizers!

This workshop assumes everybody wants to play with synthesizers but never gets the chance to do it. Bridget Chappell (Hextape) and Jonnine Nokes (Horse Pills / Activities of Daily Living) guide you through their family zoo of synthesizers and invite you to try every single one, learn how to make them go, write a banger, and find the strangest noises possible. No prior knowledge of music or electronics is necessary - maybe it's even a bonus.

Sound School is a community project providing free workshops on electronic music upskilling and celebrating queer, women, people of colour, and people with disabilities. Sound School aims to make 100% of its events accessible; Signal is wheelchair accessible - please hit us up if you have any questions about accessibility. This workshop will be held on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nations. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge that genocide is ongoing and sovereignty was never ceded.

Signal is a creative studio for young people 13 to 25 years located on Northbank in the heart of Melbourne. This workshop is open to everyone in this age range - if you're outside this bracket stay tuned for the ton of all ages events we have coming up this year. ♥

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Sound School: SLIM SET
Mar
22
6:00 PM18:00

Sound School: SLIM SET

Sound School presents Slim set, the duo redefining Australian rap. Dev and Atro combine the sounds of UK grime and their home of western Sydney, in the process destroying everything we think we know about Aussie hip hop. With two razor sharp EPs under their belt, Slim Set’s sound is unmistakable: piercing syncopated percussion, heavy sub bass, hyperactive flow, and a sense of humour that keeps you hitting the replay button.

This event, the first in Sound School’s 2018 artist showcase series, will explore Slim Set’s production and songwriting process and give an insight into what shapes their practice. Producer Atro will give us a practical look inside his production techniques, software choices, and lead participants through how to build a grime beat. 

Participants are encouraged to bring their own laptop to take part in the beat-making tutorial. Download and install the demo version of Ableton Live 10 before you come - watch this page for the sample pack we’ll have available for download for use in the tutorial. https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/

All Sound School events are free of charge. Collingwood Arts Precinct is a wheelchair accessible venue - please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility. This event will take place on the unceded lands of the Wurundjeri peoples of the Kulin nations. We pay our respects to elders past, present, and emerging, and acknowledge that genocide is ongoing and sovereignty was never ceded.

Sound School is a community project upskilling and celebrating queer, women, people of colour, and people with disabilities making electronic music. We are funded by the Australia Council for the Arts. 
www.melbournesoundschool.org
www.facebook.com/melbournesoundschool
@sound_school

https://soundcloud.com/slimset
https://slimset.bandcamp.com/

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