Melbourne: Music, Memory, Place

This course examines Melbourne’s music culture with a particular focus on the way music works to generate memories. We welcome some of the city’s finest songwriters, musicians, radio presenters, venue owners, and academics to the MFU to discuss their involvement in Melbourne music and to explore the relationship between music, memory and place. This course attempts to address both the intellectual and visceral qualities that song can communicate, and we hope that you will join us in sharing your memories and stories that are connected with Melbourne and music.

Starts: Feb. 27, 2014, 6:30 p.m.
Where: The Alderman (upstairs) 134 Lygon St, East Brunswick
Format: Presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Recollections from near and far: Music in a political and global context

Feb. 27, 2014 Lecturer: Hugo Race (musician, performer, writer, and producer)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Since 1988, Hugo Race has lived in Italy, Germany and Australia touring internationally. Originally from the 1980's Melbourne post-punk music scene, Hugo’s various collaborations and bands spread over several continents. Join us as we begin our exploration of music, memory and place by presenting some reflections and recollections of a distinguished musician, performer, writer, and producer.

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Trying to make sense of it all: lI've music and conclusions on music, memory, place'

March 4, 2014 Lecturer: Dr Stuart Grant (Monash University; Primitive Calculators)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Stuart Grant specialises in Performance Philosophy, particularly Phenomenology. Stuart believes that phenomenology gives an immediacy of access to the materiality of performance, to the bodies, voices, props, sets, audiences, places, times and meanings of which performances are made. His primary practice research specialisation is site-specific performance, particularly in urban contexts. Stuart has worked as a performer and musician all his life, and he plays in a legendary punk/noise band called The Primitive Calculators. Stuart will discuss the performance of Melbourne music and speak to some of the themes raised throughout the course.

A special music, memory, place panel

March 13, 2014 Lecturer: David Bridie (Writer, Musician, Producer, Composer), Mick Thomas (Writer, Performer, Producer, Raconteur), Fee B-Squared (Broadcaster, Producer, Anchor, DJ and Writer)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

David Bridie is a uniquely Australian songwriter and musician. David is a founding member of Not Drowning, Waving and My Friend the Chocolate Cake’; as well as being an acclaimed solo artist and composer. David’s songs have provided a ruthlessly honest musical mirror to Australia’s complex national character, geography, and wry personal insights into the state of being human. He also runs a label called Wantok dedicated to releasing Pacific Island and Indigenous music which releases music by artists such as Frank Yamma, Ngaiire, Airileke, Telek and Radical Son. For more than four decades, Mick Thomas has offered audiences an insight into the people, places and culture of Melbourne. From the football, to Fitzroy, to Flinders Street, Mick has vividly rendered our city and its stories in song. Fee B-Squared is a Melbourne based broadcaster, producer, anchor, DJ and writer. For more than 13 years Fee was an in studio producer and presenter of RRR’s flagship show ‘Breakfasters’. As a feature album writer for MadfaMusic; a member of the Rockwiz brains trust; and an in-demand music consultant, DJ and MC, Fee continues to influence Melburnians with her extensive knowledge and passion for music.

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The Birth of Uncool: How TISM gatecrashed Melbourne music.

March 20, 2014 Lecturer: Damian Cowell (writer, performer, impostor)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Sticky Carpets: On Music Venues

March 27, 2014 Lecturer: Jon Perring (Co-owner Bar Open, Pony, Yah Yah’s, The Tote Hotel; Music Victoria; Fair Go 4 Live Music; Musician), Dolores San Miguel (Author; Founder of The Ballroom), Dr Shane Homan (Monash University; Musician)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes

Dolores San Miguel founded the seminal Melbourne venue, "The Ballroom", in punk's heyday; Thirty years later, she told that story in her first book: The Ballroom: The Melbourne Punk & Post Punk Scene

Rock ‘n’ Roll is where I hide

June 3, 2014 Lecturer: Dave Graney (Writer; Musician) & Clare Moore (Writer; Musician)
presentation - 45 minutes, open discussion - 45 minutes
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