This project forms a new regional network between three independent creatives whose diverse output and contribution in electronic music spans decades of composition, software design, workshops, education, consultation, international touring, music production, synthesis, computer music and project management encompassing worldwide, commercial accomplishments and driving grassroots, emerging culture.

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Louise Terry has cultivated a vibrant and multifaceted career encompassing electronic music producer, songwriter and performer, tertiary educator, festival programmer and community cultural development artist. As a longstanding figure of the Australian independent music scene, Louise has a prolific history of performances and releases with iconic Melbourne outfits Sugar Fed Leopards, Sawtooth, Brite Fight and Flying Scribble.

Since 2016 Louise has been practicing solo as her near-namesake moniker Louise Terra, most notably releasing a VR video for her single ‘Nature Calling’ in 2019. Louise participated in the highly coveted Electric Dreams Professional Development Program for female composers (2019), scored original music for installations at Melbourne White Night (2019) and composed for projects with the Sydney Museum of Contemporary Art (2015). Louise is a sought after academic, holding a lecturer position in the Bachelor of Songwriting and Music Production at Melbourne Polytechnic. She is currently developing a live VR music video supported by the VR Music Backers Grant and resides in Central Victoria where she is pursuing pathways to support electronic music makers within her local community.

A prolific career spanning over three decades has seen the award-winning and genre defining technical excellence of audio engineer and producer Casey Rice, retain a unique demand within the music industry. As head of Classix Studio in Chicago during the 1990s Casey recorded and engineered major label artists Liz Phair and Tortoise, garnering 3 RIAA Gold Awards for 'Exile in Guyville' (Liz Phair, 1998); 'Whip-Smart' (Liz Phair, 1998); 'American Thighs' (Veruca Salt, 1995). A move to Australia in 2002 has seen Casey work with Australian artists Ben Lee, Pikelet, Grand Salvo, Dirty Three, Anthony Pateras, Jess Ribeiro, The Orbweavers, Grace Cummings, live mixing tours for Four Tet, Caribou, The Avalanches, Stereolab, Sigur Ros, Ben Frost and more. Casey resides in Central Victoria/Dja Dja Wurrung land and continues to balance an album roster, alongside installation work, collaborations and residencies at Lucy Guerin, Melbourne Fringe and MESS. Casey is also a significant mentor to emerging practitioners in the region and has established platforms such as Castlemaine Sound, supporting marginalised artists.

Aimee Chapman straddles a rare nexus between performing artist and music industry executive. As electronic producer, vocalist, musician and sound artist Aimee has toured extensively through Australia, Japan, Canada, Denmark and France, releasing multiple solo albums and film, tv, musical theatre collaborations. Aimee has participated in Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS) Professional Development 2019 and 2021, mentored at Red Earth Arts Precinct Karratha, Save the Children programs Kununurra and facilitated at Kansai Music Conference Osaka, Japan. She is also the organiser of the Ableton approved user group for Central Victoria, serves on the board of Boonderu Music Academy and as a member of MAINfm, her local radio station in Castlemaine, Central Victoria. As a project and event producer, Aimee has overseen iconic venues Palais Theatre, Margaret Court, Rod Laver and Hisense Arenas, successfully managing events including Internationals Bob Dylan, Leonard Cohen, Ed Sheeran, Joe Cocker, Florence & the Machine, Eddie Vedder and more and currently develops and project manages a live entertainment portfolio across major concert venues and green spaces in Australia and New Zealand.

What activities will the Creators Fund support you to undertake?

Central Victorian electronic music artists Louise Terry, Casey Rise and Aimee Chapman will embark on a 5 month creative enquiry exploring the nexus in their diverse electronic music practices. This project investigates how critical concepts of intersectionality and practice-sharing can underpin innovation in music technology, sustain new methodologies for collaboration and generate notably original materials and techniques for electronic composing and recording. The artists involved primarily work in isolation and seek through ardent group collaboration, to challenge and disrupt how they may limit their creative expression; to existing notions of self, chosen tools and processes. By forming a new regional collective who share expertise as a common resource, this project proposes new ways of working collectively to produce outcomes of intrinsic cultural value in the regions and beyond.

Can you talk us through what your work routine will look like with the help of a creator's fund grant?

From an experienced jumping off point, the artists will deeply engage with an 18 week program of individual and collective research and experimentation inside a wholehearted, risk-engaged, collaborative environment. Working in a dedicated recording space for our creative inquiries, the construction of interactive software instruments, audio processing systems, hybrid electronic devices of synthesised sounds and field recordings will be investigated alongside weekly collective reflection to reframe, expand and document our findings. The group will experiment and innovate in their craft, finish unreleased material, devise resources for collective use as well as produce original bodies of work that might otherwise be stifled by a real or perceived need for commercial viability in the industry.

Where would you like to see yourself and your career at the end of this process?

Through this period of collaborative development we hope to expand our individual practices and forge innovative pathways into new community opportunities in ways that would not be possible without such intersection and knowledge sharing. We hope to document and distribute our findings amongst the sector and embed them in the next generation of electronic music makers. This project also aims to make visible the extraordinary expertise of the trans and female music artists involved, ensuring that people who have a similar identity get the opportunity to participate in and benefit from our creative sector. We hope to develop an ongoing collaborative practice, and to create a culture through action where sharing knowledge, ideas and expertise are the norm and build the diverse needs of our community - those of nuanced individuals.

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