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We collaborate with AARNet to provide a highly effective and simple connection service for the education sector. Our members include Flinders University, University of Adelaide, University of South Australia and the South Australian State Government including TAFE colleges, research organisations and teaching hospitals.
Northern Sound System (Playford Creative Industries) – Pump up the volume
The original concept for Playford Creative Industries was a community music hub for the general public to be involved in music creation and generation. Northern Sound System is not only music oriented but also focused heavily on youth community development, the combination of which has driven a lot of its success. It provides training, support, school based activities and mentorship opportunities as well as offering lessons in song writing, digital media, visual effects and gaming.
“GigCity has decentralised all the content we have available for our users so that it’s all on tap for them at any time. We have started doing VR/AR collaborations, which has been very cool, and we have done some trial programs and game creation in collaboration with other precincts – so you can have everyone in the same virtual world working together in real-time and this has been amazing.
“Even just the day-to-day stuff where users will record a music track and put it straight into the web; these things weren’t practical or achievable before. One of our artists came through Northern Sound as a school kid, participated in the band programs, and she is now touring America and Europe full-time as a professional musician, not only because of high-speed internet but you can see how it forms part of the eco system that breeds success.”
“We attract anyone from skate park users and at-risk youth as young as 8-10 years old, right through to focused music industry participants who are not yet at commercial level but are looking for help and support to get there. We a run a program every Monday called “New to Country” for migrant students (and any students really!) that is more of a drop-in thing and is an opportunity for artists to get together in a casual, relaxed environment. We have a huge take up from African migrants – the art drives the majority of the evening and it happens vicariously because people are coming together on the basis of their similar interests.
“We tailor our activities to these genres where we can get like-minded people together doing the same activity, no matter what their level.