This year All Girl Electronic has seen over 30 emerging music producers and artists come together to be trained and mentored in music software, composition and arrangement, recording, production and performance by some of Sydney’s best producers.
Performances throughout the year have included the AGE Listening Party, Parramatta Lanes and the 2150 stage at The Plot in Parramatta Park.
End of an AGE celebrates the work of these young producers alongside performances from All Girl Electronic facilitators Del Lumanta, Nicola Morton and Hannah Lockwood.
You can read a recap of End of an AGE over on the I.C.E Blog
Are you a bedroom music producer? Do you want to experiment with synths, MIDI controllers and Ableton Live? Be trained and mentored in music software, composition and arrangement, recording, production and performance by some of Sydney’s best producers. Following on from the success of the 2016 pilot, All Girl Electronic is back in 2017 with a fresh line-up of free workshops and special events for young women starting out in electronic music production.
WHO CAN APPLY
All Girl Electronic is for:
* female youth (trans and non-binary included)
* aged 15-25
* from/based in Western Sydney
* those interested in electronic music production
No prior experience is necessary however if you do have a background in music we encourage you to detail this in your application.
Del Lumanta is a visual artist and musician from Sydney. She has exhibited in Sydney and Melbourne, with recent shows at 55 Sydenham Rd, Knulp and MOP Projects. She plays in experimental synthesizer duo Video Ezy and currently coordinates Double Vision, a series of free-form gigs showcasing the practice of DIY, sound and ‘other’ musicians at Verge Gallery.
Nicola Morton is an electronic music artist who uses DIY experimental processes in composition/performance. She holds a Bachelor of Music Technology from Queensland Conservatorium of Music. She has composed for gamelan and classical ensembles in Australia and Indonesia, and has spent the last 7 years focusing on analogue synthesizers and free improvisation touring throughout Europe, China and the USA with various performers, ensembles and groups. National Film and Sound Archive has collected her solo experimental electronic recordings released on Australian DIY labels: Breakdance the Dawn, Alberts Basement; and European labels Musica Dispersa and LF Records.
SoundCloud (Experimental Electronics)
SoundCloud (Improvised Group)
Hannah Lockwood is an audio engineer/electronic music producer from Sydney. Her live sets are a collision of noise and harmony centred on modular synthesizer exploitations. Through her solo projects, and as one half of Phile, Hannah has performed in support of artists including Dopplereffekt, Kangding Ray, Rdhd, Paula Temple, Efdemin, Dasha Rush, Rabih Beaini, Container, Xosar, Samuel Kerridge, Dino Sabatini, Imaginary Softwoods and Tin Man. Hannah co-founded the Deep Seeded collective in 2015, with the aim of showcasing the local live electronic artists and DJ’s who are actively breaking the boundaries of contemporary music.
Dr. Donna Hewitt
Donna Hewitt is an academic, vocalist, electronic music composer and instrument designer. Donna’s research has been primarily exploring mediatized performance environments and new ways of interfacing the voice with electronic media. She is the inventor of the eMic, a sensor enhanced microphone stand for electronic music performance and more recently has been creating wearable electronics for controlling both sound and lighting in performance. She is a founding member of Macrophonics, a mediatised performance collective. Her work has attracted funding from the Australia Council for the Arts, recently with all female collective Lady Electronica. Donna has held academic positions at the Sydney Conservatorium of Music and Queensland University of Technology and is currently the Convenor of Music and Bachelor of Music Co-ordinator at the University of New England.
This round of workshops concentrates on composing with Ableton Live including an introduction into producing your own tracks covering sampling, mixing, recording and beat making. The second in a series of 8-week workshops, Music Composition and Arrangement delves further into composing, arrangement, synthesisers and production. The workshops also include mentoring from a selection of Sydney’s most exciting producers, artists and industry representatives. All Girl Electronic isn’t just a chance to meet likeminded peers but a way to connect to Sydney’s music communities and industry.
DATES, TIMES, VENUE
Choose between two streams:
Thursdays | 12 October – 30 November 2017 (8 weeks) | 6pm – 9.30pm
Saturdays | 14 October – 2 December 2017 (8 weeks) | 11am – 2.30pm
Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta
Applications close midnight 2 October 2017.
We’ll be in touch by Friday 6 October 2017 to let you know the outcome of your application. Participants are expected to be available to attend all workshops.
Jikuroux is a Sydney based producer and DJ forging emotionally complex sonic landscapes within her productions. Having released two EPs over the past two years – Ruptured Pulse (2016) and Cradle Bay (2017) – on Australian-based label Decisions, Jikuroux’s precise, icy club monuments have garnered the attention of Fact Magazine, ID, Mixmag and The Fader.
Renowned for potent content, Kween G delivers dynamic style as an MC, performer and Hip Hop artist. Often described as “consciousness-raising”, Kween G’s music excites, entertains and enlightens her listeners. Radio has been the perfect vehicle for honing Kween G’s presenting skills and she has been actively involved as both a broadcast presenter and producer. Her over 15 years’ experience includes stints on Radio SkidRow and national broadcaster SBS Radio.
Community work is another area that Kween is passionate about. Her efforts were rewarded by Marrickville Council voting her Young Citizen of the Year in 2010 – a prestigious award that honoured the essential community work that she frequently undertakes. Kween G regularly facilitates Hip Hop workshops across Australia including “Lady Beats” – a music program for girls in Tennant Creek, NT, whereby participants learnt a range of music industry skills including recording, editing, performing and promotions. One of many such projects, Kween is often called upon to use arts genres to build relationships between inter-generationally disadvantaged young people.
In strong demand as a MC, performer and event host, Kween G is a community icon.
In music scenes dominated by testosterone and bravado, Anomie (aka Sofie Loizou) has worked hard to become a serious force to be reckoned with. Bringing together beautifully nuanced electronics with forward-thinking dancefloor sensibilities, this Red Bull Music Academy Alumni has played alongside the seminal greats including Gaslamp Killer, Flying Lotus, Daedelus, Kode 9, Teebs, and many more.
A classically trained musician, composer, producer and media artist, Anomie’s many talents are complimented by a tireless studio work ethic and a finely tuned political sensibility. With a background as an events organiser and as the long-time presenter of 2SER’s Shadows Of Tomorrow radio show, the Sydneysider’s unique vision has already earned her a place in the Red Bull Music Academy.
Bass music pulses through Anomie’s veins, with a slew of releases including Forward Backward EP in 2012, and Permanent Revelation in 2014 distributed through Cargo Records UK, and placed in the top one hundred listing as Most Played Artist in 2012 on FBi Radio.
Anomie takes every dancefloor by storm with her live performances, having played all over the world including Sonar Festival, Barcelona, and Outlook Festival, Croatia and Low End Theory in Los Angeles, USA, plus key slots at Australia’s finest festivals including Stereosonic, St Jerome’s Laneway, Sub Sonic and Peats Ridge.
Released on February 3rd 2017, Sarah Belkner’s empathetic world of a debut album ‘But You Are, But It Has’ is already finding it’s way into the ears and hearts of delighted fans and critics. Scoring Double J album of the week the video for accompanying single ‘Cellophane’ was premiered by Rolling Stone. It’s a dreamscape indie pop record that ferries catchy, emotional vocal hooks to a rich world of complex, subtle and layered arrangements.
Drawing attention for her enigmatic live performances Belkner recently supported OLYMPIA on her national Australian album tour and toured the UK & Europe opening for Sarah Blasko. The album is a true body of work, that has a new level of majestic production and ingenuity. A refreshing alternative somewhere between pop, baroque and electronic in a body of classic songwriting.
BYABIH was Produced by Sarah Belkner and her husband, highly renowned engineer Richard Belkner, at their studio Free Energy Device in Camperdown, Sydney, Australia. Since releasing the ‘Humans’ EP in 2015, and alongside finishing of her album, Belkner has also become a revered musician and arranger touring and performing with artists including Sarah Blasko, OLYMPIA, Chet Faker, NGAIIRE, Lanie Lane and Alex Lloyd. She has also been in the producers seat for other artists including Jack Colwell, Rosie Catalano and Julia Johnson.
Lupa J’s fresh sound immediately attracted the attention of international music tastemakers when at the age of 15 she posted her first three songs on Soundcloud. DIY wrote “there’s something in the way she makes predominantly electronic, gadgety things seem like they’ve come straight out of some pagan cave of organic sounds.” At home Triple J nominated her as finalist for an unprecedented two years running in their Unearthed High competitions of 2014 and 2015. Lupa J is an outstanding and prolific songwriter and producer. In her short career she has released two EP’s, ‘The Seed’ (2014) and ‘My Right Name’ (2016) and curated the Remix EP for ‘My Right Name’ (2016). In 2015, whilst completing her final year of school she put out four cult singles which saw her championed internationally by the likes of Stereogum, I-D Magazine and Rookie.
A musician’s musican, in 2016 she scored some huge support spots; Grimes’s Sydney show, Sarah Blasko’s national tour, and Tegan and Sara’s shows in Melbourne and Sydney, and launched her EP with her first headline shows at the Brightonup Bar and the Fitzroy Workers Club. Since then Lupa J has been exploring and developing her production skills most notably remixing Woodes’ song ‘The Thaw, described by OWLSA blog ‘Nest HQ’ as ‘brilliant and outlandish’. 2017 has delivered a national tour opening for K Flay, and seen the release of the singles ‘Put Me Back Together’ and ‘Keep Back’ both of which premiered on Triple J with spot plays and went onto full rotation at FBi Radio. Both music video’s, which are edited by Lupa J, were playlisted by Rage, with Put Me Back Together scoring “The Wild One” spot. Lupa J’s showcases generated a lot of excitement at this year’s Bigsound, peaking at #8 on the Bigsound Buzz charts, with Keep Back featuring as one of The Music Network’s ‘Nine Aussie Singles that Killed At Bigsound’. Lupa J is currently putting the finishing touches on “A House I Don’t Remember’ a stunning new EP which will be released in October 2017.
More announced soon…
Delve into Ableton Live and learn how to produce your own tracks including sampling, mixing, recording and beat making. The first of a series of 8-week workshops, Music Software and Experimentation covers composing, an intro into synthesisers and production basics. The perfect foundation for those starting out and an excellent chance for solo producers to begin collaborating.
DATES, TIMES, VENUE
Choose between two streams:
Thursdays | 17 August – 5 October 2017 | 6pm – 9.30pm
Saturdays | 19 August – 7 October 2017 | 11am – 2.30pm
Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta
Annie Bass’ etheral and intoxicating music seems to hang in the air when you hear it – a perfect marriage between her heady voice and swoon-worthy lyrics. This accomplished vocalist, songwriter and producer is on the cusp of big things after receiving wide critical acclaim for her releases ‘While I’m Waiting’ and ‘Don’t Want’. Adelaide-born and now Sydney-based, Annie’s musical interest from a young age could probably be more accurately described as ‘obsession’. From 5 years old she was composing music and writing songs for her family. As that obsession developed, Annie earned her chops performing in Jazz bands, an influence that still clearly comes through in her music today. After meeting Adelaide producer Oisima, she delved into electronic music, continuously working with him and other producers to develop her sound and own original tracks, resulting in an inspired fusion of garage-tinged electronica.
With a genre-transcendent list of musical influences, from Nina Simone and John Coltrane to James Blake as well as contemporaries BUOY, Kllo, Christopher Port and Dro Carey, Annie is drawing inspiration from through the ages and her sophisticated lyricism is testament to that. She has already performed at Secret Garden, Splendour in the Grass, Groovin’ The Moo and Falls Festival, played supports for Nicole Millar, Elizabeth Rose, Banoffee and Kilo Kish, and with her track ‘Don’t Want’ being added to full rotation on triple j, this already impressive resume is only set to grow. Music is all about finding that ‘goosebumps’ moment, a moment that is precious in its rarity, and a moment that Annie Bass delivers. Such emotion-filled music is cathartic for both the artist and the consumer, or as Annie sums it up – “As Erykah Badu said “music is my therapy”.
Rainbow Chan is a singer, producer and multi-disciplinary artist. Since winning FBi Radio’s Northern Lights Competition (2011), Chan has built a reputation as one of the most innovative artists in Australia with her idiosyncratic brand of pop and vibrant aesthetics. She often draws on nostalgia, diaspora and her Chinese heritage—the result is a collage of seemingly disparate sounds and cultures. Her debut album Spacings (Silo Arts) was chosen as feature album on FBi, Radio Adelaide, RTRFM, and received 4 stars from Rolling Stone. She scored FBi’s most played artist and song of 2016, and received two SMAC Award nominations for Best Live Act and Record of the Year.
Rainbow has toured extensively including performances at the Sydney Opera House, Iceland Airwaves, Vivid, Mona Foma and Melbourne Music Week. In October 2016, she was invited to perform at Longli International New Media Arts Festival, China. She has worked with MusicNSW as a mentor for Women in Electronic Music, and was a recipient of an Opportunity Development Grant. Rainbow teaches the Bachelor of Contemporary Music Practice at the University of Sydney and has facilitated production workshops at Girls Rock! Canberra and Bunga Barrabugu Summer/Winter Program, Sydney Conservatorium of Music. Rainbow is currently writing an EP.
Antonia is a multi-talented engineer on the rise, currently crafting a unique sound as a writer and producer to be reckoned with. Her style explores a wide range of music, moving from the worlds of glittery pop to alternative and punk, while still experimenting with all the beautiful, weird things that happen in-between.
Most recently her work has gained kudos from industry members such as Richard Kingsmill (Triple J), Dave Ruby Howe (Triple J Unearther) and Amelia Jenner (FBi Radio) as she’s been busy in the studio co-writing, producing and engineering with an array of local artists – some being Japanese Wallpaper, Jack Grace, Jack Colwell, All Our Exes Live in Texas, Las Vagueness, Jay Ways, Kimchi Princi and Anatole. Topping off 2016, Antonia launched a 3 piece Italo Disco trio “GAUCI” and her solo project “Leftenent”, both receiving rave reviews.
Add that to an already impressive working resume which includes Macklemore & Ryan Lewis, Will.I.Am, Lil Yachty, Cold Chisel, Savage, Vallis Alps, DMA’s, Mansionair, Kučka, Middle Kids, MOVEMENT, Felix Lush and Body Type, Antonia has fit a lot into her fledgling career.
Emma Ramsay (Holy Balm)
Emma Ramsay is vocalist & songwriter for three-piece Sydney band Holy Balm. From experimental beginnings to becoming a fully fledged electronic dance music outfit, they are a key player in the Australian pop avant-garde music community. The trio have been nominated for a FBi Radio SMAC award, are recipients of two Australia Council for the Arts music grants and have toured internationally including SXSW Festival (USA). Their recent album ‘Activity’ was released on Chapter Music in 2016, one of Australia’s longest-running independent record labels and has enjoyed continued play listing on community & ABC national radio.
Casey van Reyk (Fifty Records, The Jazz Diaries)
It is of little doubt that we are now living in the age of the narcissist, where self esteem and self worth is validated by likes and shares. With so much attention placed on the spotlight, it’s important to take a step back and appreciate the work that goes on behind the scenes, those that tirelessly pour their heart and soul to ensure that the artists we love are given the shine that their music deserves. Casey van Reyk is one such soul who lovingly spends her time making sure that the behind the scenes happens.
As label owner of the Jazz Diaries and Fifty Records, she has shined a light on some of Australia’s most talented unheard artists (jitwam, Captain Earwax, Bree Tranter), ensuring their music gets all the way from the bedroom into the hands of celebrated taste-makers such as Gilles Peterson, written about in your favourite magazines and websites, and played on your favourite radio stations (Triple J, BBC, NTS etc). Her all new music radio show ‘Fresh Meat’ on 2ser brought a wealth of undiscovered talent to discerning listeners, and her new monthly show, ‘Thinking Crowns’ on Frission Radio continues in this fine tradition.
Having earned her industry stripes working as a content manager, touring assistant and marketing manager for Pulse Radio, Finely Tuned and Subsonic respectively, she also devotes her time as social media co-ordinator for the Animal Activists Forum. Always following her heart, and staying true to what is good, Casey is a class act for young women to follow, and a true testament to the fact that the art of giving is not lost for generations to come.
Sign up for this free, half day workshop to get an introduction into electronic music production at the University of New England FutureCampus, Parramatta. It’s perfect for those just starting out and an excellent bridge for anyone thinking of applying for the 8-week All Girl Electronic Workshops.
If you would like more information about All Girl Electronic (2017), you can get in contact with Julia Mendel at ICE for more details
A project of Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.). in partnership with MusicNSW, University of New England and FBi Radio.
This project is funded by the Ian Potter Foundation.
I.C.E. is assisted by the Australian Government through the Australia Council, its arts funding and advisory body.
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