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See Jamming in a Jar at VU

The music recording process will be on show in the window of Victoria University’s Pop-up Shop, MetroWest Footscray, when VU’s budding artists take part in the Jam Jar Project from 6 May to10 May.

The musicians will perform, record, and edit each day and they want the public to have their say.

Passers-by will witness the entire music production process and become involved themselves by tweeting their suggestions using #vujamjar.

Education Manager of Music and Sound Production in VU’s College of Arts, Adam Hutterer said, “You can come down and see and hear what goes on in a working studio and interact with the musicians through Twitter.

“We thought it would be interesting for people to be able to see the kind of things that our students do in classes; understand what our music sound production courses have to offer; see the technology involved; and witness the creative production process.

“Onlookers can actually influence what goes on in the process by sending messages to the musicians inside the ‘jam jar’ and making suggestions about the recordings -  or they can simply offer words of encouragement,” he said.

Around 150 students are enrolled in music and sound production courses at VU which are delivered from Kindred Studios in Yarraville however they will move their instruments and equipment to the MetroWest building on Nicholson Street for this one-off event.

Mr Hutterer said, “The students are gaining real life skills in performance and in audio production and there will be some original music that the students have written that will be recorded during the week.”

The VU Jam Jar is one of the many events taking place at the exciting new Pop-up Shop at MetroWest on Nicholson Street which opened its doors to the public on 14 April and will run until the end of June.

The space is a showcase of the best VU has to offer and this includes getting active with Xbox and Wii fit sports challenges; taking in some culture; meeting artist in residence Benjamin Cittadini; having a free health and nutrition check; or participating in workshops on how to save money on electricity and other bills.

VU Vice-President Government Relations, Dr Rob Brown said, “The Shop will act as a central point between Victoria University’s two campuses at either end of Nicholson Street - Footscray Park and Footscray Nicholson – and will further link VU’s vibrant and diverse community with the multicultural melting pot that is Footscray.

“The MetroWest Pop-up Shop is just the beginning of the much larger and longer-term Footscray University Town project which we hope will create rapid urban, economic and social rejuvenation.”


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Christine White,

Public Affairs Unit, Victoria University

9919 4322; 0434 602884; [email protected]

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