Issue 19
Monday, 24 October 2016
Charles Darwin University
Lead singer Geremy Pedrezuela and the band Not Them perform “Why did you call me?”
Lead singer Geremy Pedrezuela and the band Not Them perform “Why did you call me?”

Students show off musical and media skills

By Patrick Nelson

Thirty vocational arts students have demonstrated their creative talents and technical expertise at the curiously named “2 Wise Monkeys” end-of-year concert in Alice Springs.

Music students, who are enrolled in Vocational Education and Training for Secondary Schools courses, presented renditions of 11 songs, ranging in style from classical and soul to punk and modern rock. 

Contemporary music lecturer Cain Gilmour said that students were involved in all aspects of the production as a necessary part of their studies.

“While it’s important to be able to perform to a live audience, as these students did, it’s just as important that they develop industry competencies about how to produce an event.

“This involves how to set up and pack down sound-reinforcement equipment properly.”

Each act was supported with a visual backdrop created by media students.

Multi-media and screen lecturer Mikey Boyce said the visuals were well composed and reflected some strong emerging screen talent.

“Students produced looping two-dimensional animations for each act,” Mr Boyce said.

“They also made two corporate-style promotional videos and two short films, which were aired on the night.”

Mr Gilmour said the gold coin entry donations would be given to the Orang-utan Appeal supported by the local Rock City Music Shop.

He said the title “2 Wise Monkeys” had evolved out of the old Ape TV concept business model.

The concert was staged in the Centralian Senior College auditorium.