Electronic beats turn up in western Sydney

All Girl Electronic Pilot (2016) - Documentation Video

Calling all girls! The All Girl Electronic (AGE) project will return in August to deliver a free program of workshops, mentorships and special events in electronic music production for young women from western Sydney.

Designed to bring new Australian music to our airwaves, the program targets the low representation of women in the Australian music industry by offering training and professional development from some of the states best electronic music producers.

Produced by Parramatta-based Information and Cultural Exchange (I.C.E.), the program brings together a unique group of partners including MusicNSW, the state’s peak body for contemporary music; FBi Radio, Sydney’s largest independent youth broadcaster; and the University of New England, who recently launched their state of the art, mobile Music Technology Lab at their FutureCampus in Parramatta.

Julia Mendel, producer, digital communication and engagement at ICE said AGE isn’t just about developing skills, but also about connecting participants with the music industry.

“We run these events to make participants aware about resources and opportunities beyond the program,” she said.

“All Girl Electronic also acts as network for emerging and established female music producers. Participants will become part of this network, emerging from the program connected to their peers as well as some of Sydney’s most exciting producers.”

The 28-year-old said AGE is for young women, aged 15-25, from western Sydney who have an interest in electronic music production.

“No prior experience is necessary however, it’s great if participants have a background in music such as playing an instrument or singing,” she added.

Laura Murdoch, executive producer of MusicNSW, said the organisation is thrilled to partner for the second year with AGE.

“This project is essential to provide young women interested in making electronic music the tools and insights to produce and showcase their craft,” she said.

“AGE features a mentoring cast of all female pioneers in Australian electronic music placing participants in direct contact with industry leaders and we’re really excited about the possibilities and opportunities this creates for up-and-coming talent.”

Managed and delivered by an all female crew, this unique training program will be offered to 30 young women between the ages of 15-25.

Weekly workshops will cover a range of topics including experimenting with software and synthesisers, composition and arrangement, production, recording and performance.

“AGE will act as a talent incubator for local western Sydney musicians, and targets barriers to inclusion such as gender, economic disadvantage and disengagement with formal learning, by being free, female led and industry focused,” Ms Mendel said.

“With All Girl Electronic I constantly found myself growing as a technical producer and musician as I discovered new sounds and techniques with song writing,” Lili Occhiuto, 2016 AGE graduate said.

“On account of this program I found myself networking with an endless amount of musical talent.”

AGE will also offer a series of special performances and broadcast opportunities including listening parties, showcases and industry networking events that will create new audiences and networks for the next generation of Australian electronic musicians and producers.

PROGRAM DETAILS:

WORKSHOP 1 – MUSIC SOFTWARE AND EXPERIMENTATION

Choose between two streams:

Thursdays, August 17 – October 5 (8 weeks) 6pm – 9.30pm.

Saturdays, August 19 – October 7 (8 weeks) 11am – 2.30pm.

Where: Information and Cultural Exchange, 8 Victoria Road, Parramatta.

Applications for Workshop 1 close midnight, August 7.

JAMMING: All Girl Electronic (AGE) project facilitator Nicola Morton with 2016 AGE participants Jade Diaz, Kelly Lam and Lili Occhiuto. Picture: Katrina James

JAMMING: All Girl Electronic (AGE) project facilitator Nicola Morton with 2016 AGE participants Jade Diaz, Kelly Lam and Lili Occhiuto. Picture: Katrina James