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Music students from the college’s Denmark campus were treated to an intensive one-day workshop with technicians from West Australian Music (WAM) recently. The event was organised as part of the Sounds of the Great Southern project, for which a CD will be released, allowing the students’ music to be heard beyond the region.
Having recorded tracks in a pop-up studio based in Albany, the students moved onto a computer, on which they used the music editing program ProTools to mix and refine their production.
Music student Tanya Garvin – who plays the piano, ukulele and drums and writes her own music – said the session had been fascinating and valuable. She explained how the music appeared digitally on the screen, allowing the user to manipulate the sound by adding layers. “It’s a good opportunity for us, working in a professional environment and learning from industry,” Tanya said. “The TAFE music courses give you the skills and make you more confident to perform in front of an audience, and this refines those skills,” Tanya said.
Award-winning acoustics engineer Sean Lillico demonstrated the various techniques to the students of the Certificates II and IV in Music, who were eager to learn from the experts. Dylan Dimmock and Alec Baxter-Holland were engrossed in Sean’s demonstrations and then worked on their own tracks.
Producer and project coordinator Nigel Bird said the studio was equipped with an array of instruments including vintage guitars and amps, drums, keyboards and percussion, as well as recording equipment. He said this was the ninth ‘Sounds of the …’ regional project for WA, for which the WAM acoustics engineers travelled around with the equipment in a three-tonne van. Nigel said he expected the Sounds of the Great Southern CD to be released in late May.
Photograph -WAM sound engineer Sean Lillico shows students Alex Baxter-Holland and Dylan Dimmock the finer points of the music editing program.
Page last updated March 17, 2017