Interested in making electronic music and beats? Led by two members of LISTEN music collective, Geryon and Ripley Kavara, participants will learn skills to begin playing electronic music with ready-to-use apps on iPads. The workshop will also include a discussion on learning electronic music production. This workshop is now open to all ages over 13 years.
Geryon is a multi-instrumentalist performer and composer. In 2016 they released their debut EP ‘We Don’t Talk About the Ghost’. They have since supported artists such as Nite Jewel and Dai Burger and played at Melbourne Music Week, Gaytimes Festival and Brunswick Music Festival. Geryon has composed music for a number of short films, promotional videos, dance pieces and works as an electronic music producer. Previously, their work as a guitarist in various projects has seen them tour interstate and internationally, supporting artists such as How to Dress Well, Bonobo, TZU and Amanda Palmer.
Ripley Kavara is a DJ, musician, artist and event producer based in Naarm Melbourne. They believe in the power of music as a conduit for black queer spirituality and dedicate their time to coaxing the spirits to dance. They are currently brewing up several releases including an EP with their newly formed duo Kandere. They have performed at several festivals around Australia alongside international acts such as Nozinja, Asmara and Lotic and Lady Saw.
LISTEN exists to initiate and foster change, using a feminist perspective to promote the visibility and experiences of women, gender non-conforming and LGBTQIA+ people, people of colour, Aboriginal and Torres Strait Islander people, people with disabilities and other marginalised folk in Australian music. A grassroots and entirely volunteer-run organisation, LISTEN is here to spark conversation, initiate change, and celebrate equal participation in the music industry. LISTEN presents live music showcase events, community discussions, and a bi-annual conference and runs an offshoot record label, Listen Records.