Victoria University music and sound production students showcased their talents to the community last week at ‘Jam Jar’ – a week of live performances and recording sessions held at Metro West, VU’s pop-up space in the heart of Footscray.
About 40 students from VU’s music and sound courses spent the week recording original songs in live performances in the fishbowl environment of the shop-front window in Nicholson Street.
Education Manager of VU’s Music and Sound Production courses Adam Hutterer said the students enjoyed the experience of performing, editing and recording music while the public viewed the creative process from outside.
“The event gave us the opportunity to show the community the kind of things our students do at Kindred Studios in Yarraville, where we run our music production and performance courses,” he said.
“This was a unique project in that the public could see and hear the recording process, including discussions with the recording engineers, from outside the shop.”
The public could also get involved through social media by watching live streams, tweeting or visiting Facebook to make suggestions or offer words of encouragement. The project received 100 likes on Facebook a day, with one session receiving more than 700 likes.
Besides performing, the students also gained real-life skills in moving and setting up music and audio production equipment.
Victoria University offers a range music courses at both the higher education and vocational training (TAFE) levels.