Have you always felt like you might have a hidden talent for synthesis? Scratching and scrubbing? Or maybe you just want to drop a really phat beat? It’s time to evolve into your final form, an electronic superstar! These 4 music collectives and institutions provide classes and workshops that will send you off with all the skills you need to level up in the world of synthesis, DJing and beat-making…
School of Synthesis
Located in the Prahran Market VIC, School of Synthesis was established in 2012 to provide high-quality short courses in music production on technology platforms such as Native Instruments, Ableton and Logic. Since then, School of Synthesis has become an official certified Ableton and Native Instruments training centre and continues to excite new students with it’s calibre of staff that includes world renowned sound designers, producers and DJs. Students can choose from short courses focused on Ableton Live, synthesis, and sampling; or they can decide to enrol in the Complete Program which aims to give a comprehensive overview of all electronic fields. Prospective students can find out more about classes HERE
With workshops that teach you how to ‘turn plants into musical instruments, turn light waves into sound waves, make music from code (and) make a synthesiser think it’s Mariah Carey’, it in undeniable that Sound School approaches electronic music through a fun and unique lens. The community-run collective is facilitated by local artists, and intends to upskill and platform artists that are not often given space within the world of electronic music; those that are queer, people of colour, women or femme, or on low incomes. The free workshops cover a wide range of topics including (but not limited to…): ‘Ableton and DJing, live coding, circuit bending, synth building, DIY MIDI controllers (and) sampling’. In addition to this, Sound School have monthly showcases that aim to give participants the inside scoop on the creative processes of electronic artists such as Klein (UK), Rashad Becker (DE), Various Asses (AU) and more. Find out more HERE.
PushIt! Lab is an initiative started by The Push that gets young people aged 12-25 with an interest in electronic music together to learn more about the craft. This year the program has gone regional with the PushIt! Lab: Road Trip, focussed on engaging youth from the Wellington Shire and Gippsland area. Throughout the two-week long program participants will learn the basics of electronic music production using Ableton, ending the fortnight with their own original song. PushIt! Lab features industry mentors Memphis LK (SAATSUMA), Kyso and Defron who will guide participants through their journey of electronic discovery. More info on PushIt! Lab and The Push HERE
Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS Ltd)
Not strictly a place of formal learning, MESS ltd is a not-for-profit collective that encourages self-discovery in the world of synthesis through ‘coincidence, chance and curiosity’. Within the MESS studio, synth enthusiasts can book themselves in for 4-hour slots to get to know an extensive range of synthesisers, expanding their skill base through self-guided sessions of experimentation. For more information and the complete collection of synthesisers available to explore at MESS go HERE.