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

Sound Engineering at Footscray Community Arts Centre

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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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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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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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Sound School: Anne Lanzilotti, Gahlord Dewald, & Fia Fiell
Mar
14
6:00 PM18:00

Sound School: Anne Lanzilotti, Gahlord Dewald, & Fia Fiell

Sound School are excited to host a very special presentation from celebrated artists Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti and Gahlord Dewald at the Substation. A presentation on the inner workings of their practice of combined classical string instruments and experimental electronics and the philosophy of Deep Listening will be followed by a live performance on viola, contrabass, and modular synthesiser. Anne and Gahlord are joined by Melbourne experimental dance music artist Fia Fiell, who brings her classical training as a pianist to modern synthesis.

As a violist and electronic artist Anne Leilehua Lanzilotti has performed with ensembles such as A Far Cry, Alarm Will Sound, and Ensemble Signal, and collaborated with artists including Björk, DeVotchka, and She & Him. In her home of Hawai’i she co-founded Kalikolehua — El Sistema Hawai‘i, a free orchestra program for disadvantaged young people, and is currently the Assistant Professor of Viola and Director of the Contemporary Music Ensemble at University of Northern Colorado School of Music. Gahlord Dewald is an experimental double bass and modular synthesiser artist specializing in acoustic, electric, and synthetic low frequencies. Deeply embedded in the “unusual music” scene of Burlington, Vermont, he is music director for the Viva La Voce Puppet Opera, and bassist in groups including Charles, Dead or Alive?, the le duo, and Made by Robots. Together Anne and Gahlord form The Yes &, an experimental viola and modular synth duo. 

Supporting them is Melbourne artist Fia Fiell, aka Carolyn Schofield. Carolyn combines her profound practical and theoretical chops as a pianist and composer with a most modern and perceptive ear for stretching out the orbit of millennial electronic music constructs. Her acclaimed live performances, which have included sets at Freedom Time, Melbourne Fashion Week and Melbourne Music Week, involve multiple synthesizers played and processed in real time to create hauntingly ethereal, unsettling and other-worldly soundscapes. 

This event will take place on stolen lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nation. We pay our respects to elders past and present, and acknowledge that genocide is ongoing and sovereignty has never been ceded. 

Entry to all Sound School events is free of charge, but places are limited so please reserve your spot below. Substation is a wheelchair accessible venue. If you have any queries about accessibility please hit us up – melbournesoundschool@gmail.com. This event is presented by Sound School, a community school based in Melbourne’s west upskilling and celebrating folks making electronic music from the margins. 

http://annelanzilotti.com/
https://gahlorddewald.com/
https://soundcloud.com/fiafiell
www.melbournesoundschool.org

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Synth For All at Sydney Road Street Party
Mar
4
11:00 AM11:00

Synth For All at Sydney Road Street Party

Soma will be turned into an open music workshop and sound gallery for one day to celebrate Sydney Road Street Party. Synthesizers, drum machines, pedals, and all flavors of electronic sound gear you always wanted to get your hands on will be set up and ready for anyone and everyone to experiment with and learn about. Technicians will be on hand to help out if you get stuck - or play in your synthscape hassle free :)

Electronic music is amazing and intuitive, but sometimes pretty inaccessible. This event especially invites folks who may have not had the opportunity for one on one time with music hardware - priority will be given to non musicians, young people, people with disabilities and their carers, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander folk, people from asylum seeker and refugee communities, and LGBTIQA+ folk.

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Sound School Youth Series: DJ 101 at Signal (Ages 13-25)
Feb
10
11:00 AM11:00

Sound School Youth Series: DJ 101 at Signal (Ages 13-25)

Sound School kicks off its monthly series at Signal with a DJing 101 workshop. DJ Raving Private Ryan (Vapor NoirAdidoss) takes you through Virtual DJ, Serato, CDJs, and how to set up your own parties.

Sound School is a monthly sound laboratory that explores a different electronic music/sound tech skill, with an amazing line-up of facilitators. With a focus on skilling up queer, non-binary & women musicians, anti-musicians, musos-to-be, everyone’s welcome to come handle gear, do experiments and make a huge racket. Get all the answers to questions on everything you wanted to learn about electronic music.

Signal is a creative studio for young people 13 to 25 years located on Northbank in the heart of Melbourne. The program offers young people the opportunity to work alongside professional artists in a collaborative way, through multi-artform workshops and mentoring.

Places are limited - book your spot at the Signal page here. http://www.melbourne.vic.gov.au/arts-and-culture/signal/whats-on-at-signal/Pages/sound-school.aspx

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Sound School Fundraiser
Nov
18
to Nov 19

Sound School Fundraiser

♥ ♥ ♥ Winter is over /// time to shred ♥ ♥ ♥

The Sound School is saying thanks to everyone who made our winter semester a huge success - we're scheming for our next semester - bigger/better - & we're fundraising for it - so we can keep making free, inclusive, exciting workshops in electronic music available to everyone. We’re celebrating the huge talent from the margins we're surrounded by. We’re also celebrating our nomination for the “Best Experimental/Avante Garde” category in The Age Music Victoria Awards ♥ Thankyou so much to everyone who helped make this possible ♥

Pillow Pro
https://soundcloud.com/pillowpro

LAY the Mystic

CALLAN
https://soundcloud.com/eternallycallan

Muma Doesa
https://soundcloud.com/muma-doesa

Yumgod
https://soundcloud.com/yumg0d

Allison Walker
https://soundcloud.com/lasngngna

Mildew

Bachelorette Beauty Services will be running a nail bar ♥

$5-15 sliding scale – pay what you can, but nobody turned away for lack of funds. All proceeds raised go to the next semester of Sound School.

This event will take place on the lands of the Wurundjeri people of the Kulin nations. We pay our respects to elders past, present, & emerging & acknowledge that sovereignty was never ceded. 

Please note Night Heron’s accessibility specs: a 10cm step up into the venue, and a 17cm step down into the beer garden. Toilets are genderless, with grab rails. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.

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Winter Sound School: Techno (take 2)
Sep
20
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Sound School: Techno (take 2)

In the final week of the Winter Sound School, we enter the yummy dank world of hardware techno. Unravelling its histories, techniques & orthodoxies are Melbourne artists Nina Buchanan & Alex Cuffe (TTSKTLS). 

Techno captures the imagination like few other electronic genres: from its birth in the POC club scene of Detroit to Berlin minimalism to afrofuturism & queer dance floors the world round. Nina & Alex give us an insider's look at their set-ups (lucky us, eep!), explore different combinations of & approaches to gear, & how to harness the power of tekkerz as a jumping off point to other worlds of composition.

Participants are super welcome to bring along any gear they might want to try out, combine with others' or show & tell!

This workshop will take place on the ground floor of Hotshots. Please note that while it is relatively wheelchair accessible, & there are accessible toilets, access to the building is through a dirt carpark & there is a small step up of about two inches into the building. Please contact us if you have any queries about accessibility.

https://soundcloud.com/ninabuchanan
https://ttsktls.bandcamp.com/releases

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Winter Sound School: Pedals, effects & loops
Sep
12
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Sound School: Pedals, effects & loops

What's a loop pedal & why would I use one? Are they super complicated? What's the difference between distortion, fuzz, & overdrive? Are guitar pedals just for guitars? Can I take one apart & mess with it? Why are they so expensive? Can I make my own? What do you mean I have some in my computer already?

This week the Winter Sound School dives deep into the world of ~effects~ & ~loops~ - take simple sounds from anywhere, layer them, change them, bend them to yr will! There'll be a ton of hardware pedals for you to play with, we'll talk about how to build your own, & we'll show you how to use them in software as well - software you can download for free right now.

If you wanna bring any of your babies in for show & tell, or instruments to plug in & experiment with what we'll have set up, feel free! If you want to know how you can get started in the world of software effects, please download & install Reaper from the link below & bring along your laptop.
https://www.reaper.fm/download.php

This week's workshop will be facilitated by looper/pedal nerds Bridget ChappellDotothy Mengkins-Grimsinion, & Nick Carson. It will be held in the downstairs bandroom of Hotshots - please note that while this space is relatively wheelchair accessible, & there are accessible toilets, access to the building is through a dirt carpark & there is a small step up of about 2 inches into the building. Please contact us if you have any questions about accessibility.

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Winter Sound School: The Voice, with Astrid&
Aug
29
5:30 PM17:30

Winter Sound School: The Voice, with Astrid&

do you want find ‘your voice’ in the music you write?

do you want to learn about harmony & melody?

do you want to understand more about sound & instrumentation, what makes different instruments & sound sources distinct from one another, & how to find your own tones & textures to use in music?

do you want to know what any of these words mean & how you can use the concepts behind them as tools for experimentation, instead of rules that stifle your creative process? :

intervals
chords
timbre
counterpoint
overtones
scales
modulation

do you want to know how a libra writes music?

come along to “the voice, with astrid&"

this workshop will take place on the ground floor of Hotshots in the bandroom. there are accessible toilets here, the building is accessed via a dirt car park & there is a small step up of about 2 inches into the building.

please contact us (Winter Sound School) or me (Astrid Ampersand) if you have any queries about this event's accessibility or requirements for your access to this event.

this workshop will be held on the stolen lands of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation. sovereignty was never ceded. always was & always will be Aboriginal land.

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Winter Sound School: Ableton 101
Aug
23
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Sound School: Ableton 101

Ever wanted to make electronic music but don’t know where to start? Have you spent hours cracking the Ableton download but don’t know what to do next? Sick of watching YouTube videos of boring people who take 10 minutes to tell you anything at all?

This workshop will take you from looking puzzled at the Ableton screen to having the skills to start becoming the electronic producer that you have always dreamed of being.

Taking you through all the basics of Ableton Live 9, you will learn:

- How to navigate the set-up of Ableton
- How to use both audio and midi tracks
- How to create software drum and synth tracks
- How to use basic Ableton plug-ins like reverb and delay
- The basics of digital sampling in Ableton

What you will need:

- Please download and install the Ableton Live 9 Free Trial on your computer
- Bring Laptop + Headphone
- Pen + Paper (optional) 

If you don’t have some/any of these things, please feel free to come along and team up with someone who does or just watch and take notes 🙃

Some prior knowledge of music is helpful, but the material will be taught slowly and simply, with questions encouraged.

This workshop will be taught using a MacBook

Download links:

Ableton Live 9 Free Trial - https://www.ableton.com/en/trial/
Ableton Live 9 (full) crack - http://mac-torrent-download.net/application/music/ableton-live-suite-9-7-3/?fref=gc(remember to turn off your internet, after you have downloaded, before connecting to Ableton and then turn options in the ‘Licences and Maintenance’ sections to “off”) 

This workshop will be taught by Geryon 🙄 Geryon is an electronic music producer with a background in guitar and interactive composition. They have previously scored works for screen, dance and performance and perform electronic music using both hardware and Ableton live set ups.

** Please note that this workshop will cover some of the same things that were taught in Neil’s Cabatingan’s (YUMGOD) ‘Beatmaking in Ableton’ workshop (but probably taught in a different way)  

This workshop will be held on stolen land of the Wurundjeri and Bunurong people of the Kulin Nation.

Hotshots is partially wheelchair accessible. We are working on making the workshop space accessible but due to negotiations with the venue cannot yet confirm that it will take place on the ground floor. We take this seriously and are working with Hotshots on this issue. If the workshop cannot be held in the accessible part of Hotshots, Geryon is happy to provide a one-on-one tutorial in Ableton at the home of any folks who cannot attend due to accessibility.

Please note! This week's workshop will be held on Wednesday (not the regular Tuesday) so it doesn't clash with Undercurrent's workshop series (happening on Tuesday 22 August).

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Winter Sound School: DJ School
Aug
15
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Sound School: DJ School

Have you ever been to a club or a rave and seen a DJ so good they made the night special? What about one so bad that you just wanted to bail on the night right there? What are they actually doing? Are they doing anything at all? Can you do that?

You probably can, and if you want to, you should. Whether you want to play a set at a friend's party and share your musical obsessions with friends in new and interesting ways, play in clubs and put on your own nights and build your own vision of a better night out, put on raves in squats and warehouses where everybod's welcome, make mixes for yourself to recontextualise your favourite music, or use these easy-to-learn skills as an accessible jumping-off point to start remixing and producing your own electronic music, you probably can, and if you want to, you should.

Over two hours, you'll familiarise yourself with some of the technology used by contemporary DJs, learn basic skills to mix tracks, as well as talking about related skills like selection, and understanding how tracks pair well, and how to pair tracks that don't. We'll be focusing on techniques and skills that are broadly applicable, whether you've got the money for fancy gear or not. We'll also be talking about our personal histories as DJs, and where queerness fits into the history of DJing as a pratice.

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Winter Sound School: Circuit Bending
Aug
8
6:00 PM18:00

Winter Sound School: Circuit Bending

Winter Sound School gets bent with this special one off circuit bending tutorial run by video artist, musican and cynical melbounre trans babe Laura Davis, aka InfraGhosts.

She'll be demonstraiting her own collection of circuit bent audio and video devices, talking about the possibilities and limitations of this black art and teaching you everything you know to start bending your own equipment!

You'll learn plenty if you want to just come listen but we're aiming to get our hands dirty and put at least one bend in any single piece of equiment you bring through the door. Old casios, speak and spells, kids music toys and cheap noise makers are a great place to start. Basicaly anything that already makes noise, ideally has it's own speaker, has screws so you can get inside it, ideally uses batteries, is old enough that the circuit isn't integrated into a single microchip, costs less than $10 in an opshop and has no sentimental or monetary value so it won't be too heart breaking if we kill it cause this is potentially dangerous stuff! 

Any soldering or electronics experience is going to help you get it done faster but is totally unnessesary and we're here to help :)

So bring your gear and an open ear and let the bending begin!


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InfraGhosts is the audiovisual project of Melbourne trans new media artist Laura Davis. Her work combines new-wave inspired synthpop, dance-heavy drum machines and stirring vocals with live glitch aesthetic video art. 80's synth hardware met with a modern alternative dance dynamic.

This event takes place on the land of the Wurundjeri people. We pay our respects to their elders, past, present and future.

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