Students put best work in front of audience


Cold Flame at the Battle of the School Bands heat in Alice Springs.

Cold Flame at the Battle of the School Bands heat in Alice Springs.

A group of Central Australia's emerging student musicians and multimedia artists will present their best work at an end-of-year performance in Alice Springs tomorrow night.

Charles Darwin University Contemporary Music Lecturer Cain Gilmour said the annual Ape TV – Monkey Music concert would feature short videos, animations and easy-listening music that would vary in style from girl-pop and cruisy-acoustic to rock.

“It will be a good gig with good dynamics, featuring seven musical acts, including Cold Flame and Rachel Builder, both of whom participated in Battle of the School Bands this year,” Mr Gilmour said.

“Some acts will play covers, but most will be original compositions that in general reflect the concerns, attitudes and temperament of young Alice Springs musicians.”

Mr Gilmour said that while it was important to put on a good show for the audience, the behind-the-scenes activities were equally as important.

“The music students will be responsible for setting up, running the production and packing up the event,” he said.

“They will run all aspects of the performance including the mixing console at front-of-house, the lighting and the scheduling, all of which is critical for the show’s success, but also because it will form part of their assessment.”

Mr Gilmour said that for the first time, a CD featuring tracks from his Certificate III in Contemporary Music students, would be on sale at the door.

“We are proud that the songs were recorded and the CD produced in our state-of-the-art music studio on Alice Springs campus,” he said.

“All proceeds from the sale of the CDs ($5 each), as well as the gold-coin entry, will be donated to the Orangutan appeal through Roxy City Music.

The two-hour concert in the Centralian Senior College auditorium will start at 7pm. Entry by gold coin donation.

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