Hundreds flocked to see the New Orleans-style street parade in the heart of Mullum during the 2011 Mullumbimby Music Festival.
Hundreds flocked to see the New Orleans-style street parade in the heart of Mullum during the 2011 Mullumbimby Music Festival. Veda Dante

Mullum Music Fest offers new take on iTunes

THE Mullum Music Festival is touting some awesome attractions this year, one being their range of workshops on offer.

Dr Barry Hill, course coordinator of the contemporary music program at Southern Cross University and renowned bassist, will be presenting two workshops over the weekend, giving those in attendance a unique experience into the contemporary musical world.

Dr Hill's session 'What makes a good music jam sound and feel good?', an interactive music workshop on fun ways to make jamming with others sound great, he said spawned out of his work as a music lecturer.

Dr Hill said his session will teach musicians how to really enjoy jamming and playing their own style of music and learning how to be able to convey musical ideas to a listener.

"Playing together and listening to each other - that's what makes something special," he said.

Dr Hill's other session, 'Turning smart phones into musical instruments', looks at the new technology of music making, and even the new thought-controlled computing experimentations, which he also said reflects what he teaches at the uni.

"We're starting to incorporate a lot of what's happening in audio at the moment," he said, explaining about all the new technologies appearing in recording, including the use of smart phones and devices in music making across the world.

His session, he said, will touch on the "possibilities that technologies offer".

Workshops held at Byron Community College

What makes a good music jam sound and feel good: 12.15pm Saturday

Turning smart phones into musical instruments: 1.30pm Saturday



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