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Virtual First Nations Suite April

Media Published Friday 23 April 2021

Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators are invited to:

  • Submit an Expression of Interest for one of two virtual '3-2-1' (3 hours, 2 writers, 1 song) co-writing sessions with songwriter/producer Joel Quartermain (closes 28 April)
  • RSVP to this month's Composer Masterclass with composer Dale Cornelius (29 April)
  • RSVP to this month's Production Masterclass with producer Becki Whitton (30 April)

The monthly Virtual First Nations Suite for April, presented by the National Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander Music Office (NATSIMO) will host two online masterclasses next week for Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander music creators who want to learn more about music composition or production. Expressions of Interest are also open for two songwriters to take part in a virtual 3-2-1 Session (3 hours, two songwriters, 1 song) with acclaimed songwriter and producer Joel Quartermain.

The Composer Masterclass series will present the third and final session in screen composer Dale Cornelius’ ‘Evolution of a Cue’ masterclass series, a step by step guide to the process of screen composition, Thursday 29 April covering cue sheets, recording and delivery of the work and more. Producer/engineer/songwriter Becki Whitton will lead this month's Production Masterclass, presenting The Final Stage: Breaking down mastering’ on Friday 30 April, unlocking the mysteries of mastering - from the basics to the more nuanced side of that final step in the recording process.

These opportunities are open to all APRA AMCOS Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander members, with Masterclass sessions aimed specifically at those with some experience in composition and/or music production. RSVPs and Expressions of Interests now being accepted.

Virtual First Nations Suite is accessible from anywhere - all that is required to attend is intermediate knowledge, a keen interest in the topic and a reasonable internet connection. New opportunities as part of the monthly Virtual First Nations Suite will be announced and offered in May.

3-2-1 Sessions with Joel Quartermain

Acclaimed songwriter and producer Joel Quartermain steps into the 3-2-1 Sessions curator role for May, following on from NATSIMO’s previous curators Mo'Ju and Candice Lorrae .

The ARIA and APRA Music Award-winner and founding member of Eskimo Joe has established himself as one of Australia's go-to collaborators, from working with Meg Mac on her debut EP to recent tracks with Dan Sultan, Budjerah, Benny Walker, G Flip, Client Liaison and more.

Expressions of Interest to collaborate with Joel are open now and will close 28 April 11:59pm AEST, with sessions to take place in May.

"The NATSIMO are thrilled to have songwriter and producer Joel Quartermain as our May 3-2-1 Sessions curator. We are very familiar with the incredible music he has produced and collaborated on with songwriters such as Budjerah, Benny Walker and Dan Sultan as well as, of course, his earlier work as a member of Eskimo Joe. We thank him greatly for supporting our First Nations Suite and are excited that two of our members will have an opportunity to work with him," said NATSIMO's Leah Flanagan and Donna Woods.

Congratulations to April's 3-2-1 Sessions applicants Blake Rhodes (Mr Rhodes) and Taryn Spurling (MissGenius) who were selected to collaborate with songwriter/producer/vocalist Candice Lorrae in the one-on-one sessions.

3-2-1 Expressions of Interest

Composer Masterclass with Dale Cornelius

Continuing on from our February and March Composer Masterclasses, Australian screen composer Dale Cornelius will lead aspiring Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander screen composers further into the world of music for the screen.

Using a feature film as a case study, Dale has been discussing key areas within the business of screen composition, from the start of the project to the end.

If you missed Session 1 or 2 in this series and would like to get caught up, please email us.


Production Masterclass with Becki Whitton

In our April Production Masterclass, the incredible Becki Whitton will be looking at what mastering is, including the when and why of its use on musical releases as well as investigating the key tools used by mastering engineers to put the final polish on a new track.

In this session, she will touch on: strategies to develop your ear for using EQ on a stereo mix; how to approach limiting and mid-side processing; and questions around the use of compression in the final stage of preparing a song for release.

Becki will also take a look at how these technical skills can be used in a creative sense as well as a simple technical one in the mastering stage.

If you're keen to learn more about the mysterious art of mastering, RSVP for this session!