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Posted 7 Dec 2016 @ 1:45pm

Preston’s High Street Music have built their reputation on both selling a range of high quality products and through the strength of their knowledge about the instruments’ workings, both inside and out.

 

One of the things that really sets the store apart from their competitors is their custom shop. They’re able to take many of the electric guitars that come in and modify them,...

Posted 23 Nov 2016 @ 2:40pm

Having been established in 2009, High Street Music in Preston have carved out a niche for themselves through offering a range of quality products and services, but also through their relationship with Cole Clark.

 

As one of the leading guitar manufacturers in Australia, Cole Clark have been leading design innovation in the world of acoustic guitars since 2001. The Melbourne...

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:33pm

Fairy Floss, Byron Bay pioneers of alternative clothing, has just opened on Brunswick Street, Fitzroy. We sat down with designer Revital to chat about the brand’s philosophy and their Melbourne launch.

 

When was Fairy Floss launched? Fairy Floss was established in magical Byron Bay back in 1998 where creative, alternative lifestyles and fashion have more freedom to express....

Posted 16 Nov 2016 @ 2:24pm

 

Who are we talking to and what do you do at Pro Guitar Setups? My name is Mark Tonelli, I service electric, acoustic and bass guitars.
 
How long have you been in the industry? I’ve had a passion for guitars and have been servicing many different types accommodating people’s individual needs for over ten years. I’ve been a musician for 34 years and know how a well-playing...

Posted 9 Nov 2016 @ 1:17pm

As one of many guitar stores around Melbourne, High Street Music differentiate themselves from the pack with their extensive Cole Clark range, their in-store customisation and music lessons and their true interest in customer service. We spoke to store manager Thom Jackson and owner Peter to find out a bit more about their Preston store.

 

What are the main brands and musical...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 1:05pm

 

Expanding its potential, Salt Studios is far from just an artist production and engineering specialist. A recent refurbishment and broadening of operations sees the East Brighton studio a jack-of-all-trades and a master of each one.
 
The studio’s capacity extends beyond artist and band recording and production –like many businesses of the digital ilk, it’s supplying to...

Posted 2 Nov 2016 @ 1:02pm

The Narana Aboriginal Cultural Centre is well known for engaging the community, and welcomes the return of NaranaFest – a family friendly festival showcasing Indigenous culture, music and art happening in Geelong. Beat have put together a guide for those who want to see what it’s all about.

 

How to get there
 
Located on Torquay Road in Grovedale, there are a few...

Posted 26 Oct 2016 @ 2:11pm

 The 2016 Brewers Feast is stocking some great craft beer and food. What can we expect?
Supporting the local industry was important for us in year one so we're making Brewers Feast 2016 a showcase of some of the best Victorian craft beers. What's exciting in the festival is rare beers, like 7 Cent's Belly Button beer or Cavalier Brewing their Hefeweizen for the first time in over four...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 2:03pm

“Sisters and brothers, welcome to the Great Southern Land, welcome to Australia,”  so proclaim The Wiggles, just some of Welcome to Australia's group of high-profile ambassadors. 

 

Refugees and asylum seekers have surely got to be right up there with Johnny Depp and Amber Heard as the most contentious arrivals to Australia, at least since the days of the Tampa crisis in 2001. ...

Posted 19 Oct 2016 @ 2:01pm

Unlike many studios out there, Quasar Sound Studio doesn’t try and do everything under the sun. Instead, they’ve targeted a specific part of the market that perhaps wasn’t getting the attention it deserved.

 

Analogue recording isn’t a new or necessarily amazing technology, but it has stuck around for so many years for a reason: it sounds bloody good. Quasar focus on doing...

Posted 12 Oct 2016 @ 1:42pm

For every piece of guitar gear or equipment exists a manufacturer or a local dealer responsible for producing the benchmark. Not the designer of the most talked about model or the brand leading market turnover, but rather the maker who simply relies on the quality of their product to do the talking. For guitar cables, this is Divine Noise. Used by the likes of J Mascis, The White Stripes and...

Posted 5 Oct 2016 @ 12:46pm

The aura that Britpop and indie rock evokes is difficult to describe but instantly recognisable. How would you outline the atmosphere of Common People?
Britpop is instantly recognisable due to the fact many of the artists that were at the forefront of the scene started through indie labels and were able to achieve substantial mainstream success during the time.
Playing these tunes...

Posted 28 Sep 2016 @ 1:21pm

In a new musical era of genre-based labels, GuitarBaby HQ Records is a glowing advertisement for independence, and the importance of progressive creative pursuits. The prog rock and metal venture recently dropped international releases from their very own Dirty Wolves and Red Sea, with the assistance of major distributor MGM. It’s a wave of success that, as label owner Alex Hermes explains,...

Posted 21 Sep 2016 @ 1:04pm

At this year’s Melbourne International Guitar Festival, local classical guitarists will come face to face with some of the world’s best classical players. For the second year running, the Melbourne Guitar Foundation (MGF) will put on a vibrant and educationally rich program for players of all skill levels and experiences. From mouth-watering concerts, to actively engaging masterclasses, it’s...

Posted 14 Sep 2016 @ 12:47pm

In its inaugural year, the Melbourne Audio Trade Show will bring musicians, audio professionals and enthusiasts, face to face with the best software providers in the business. Held at the SAE Institute, the day will consist of product demos, workshops and networking opportunities. With the attendance of industry leaders such as Pro Tools, Ableton and Roland, it’s an invaluable opportunity for...

Posted 31 Aug 2016 @ 1:15pm

 

Introducing the Digital Hammond Leslie Pedal H02
Leslie is a name synonymous with organ speakers. Ever since Don Leslie designed his first cabinet with a rotating speaker, it’s been a stalwart in blues, jazz and rock organ sounds and continues today as a brand name that delivers nothing but quality and innovation in loudspeaker design. The last thing I would’ve thought about was...

Posted 10 Aug 2016 @ 1:08pm

Northern College of Arts and Technology is a training institution like no other. Sure, there are training colleges around Melbourne, but the expertise and commitment at NCAT is something you may not find elsewhere. Walking through the front doors, no matter what study course you are undertaking, the warm and friendly nature in which you are greeted makes NCAT feel like a second home.

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Posted 3 Aug 2016 @ 12:27pm

Maton holds a special place in the narrative of Australian music. It was there when The Easybeats penned Friday On My Mind, and graced the stage as The Seekers played to a record 200,000 people at Melbourne’s Sidney Myer Music Bowl. It’s the guitar of choice for songwriting great Paul Kelly. In 1946 Bill May founded the pioneering guitar manufacturer from his outer Melbourne garage, determined...

Posted 27 Jul 2016 @ 2:58pm

Like many industries, music education has undergone a number of changes over the past few years. Changing technologies, course delivery methods and content has prompted institutions to refocus their offerings to remain adaptable and cater to a broader demographic of potential students. Originating in Sydney, The Australian Institute of Music (AIM) has emerged as one of the country’s leading...

Posted 20 Jul 2016 @ 2:53pm

The AV industry is a big business, and like many other areas of technology, the thinking is always changing. As an annual meeting place and showcase for companies in the industry to network, learn and display their wares, Integrate has developed into Australia’s biggest AV Expo. Soren Norgaard is the man behind Integrate bringing together many companies and sectors that fall under the broad...

Posted 12 Jul 2016 @ 12:44pm

There’s a genuine love for niche and vintage guitars that fuels the direction of Melbourne’s newest music retailer, Echo Tone Guitars. Co-owners Matthew Liveriadis and Ash Blakeney dreamt up the idea of opening a second hand music store that championed unique vintage fare; one that puts guitars from bygone eras into the hands of guitarists from all musical backgrounds. With that dream being...

Posted 8 Jul 2016 @ 8:51pm

Following the rampant success of the 2015 Melbourne Guitar Show, the weekend long celebration of all things guitar is set to return in August this year. Buoyed by their previous success, Australian Music Association (AMA) CEO Rob Walker expects this edition to be even bigger than the inaugural event.

 

“I feel like with [major sponsor] Triple M coming on board, and with us being...

Posted 29 Jun 2016 @ 10:58pm

Recent years have seen loudspeakers become smaller and more ‘lifestyle’ by design. We’ve embraced living in a technology driven ‘connected’ world and we can be thankful to Apple for the creation of the iPod and creating a world of music lovers once more.
 
Younger readers have grown up with buds, designed and built to a target price rather than a focus on the actual quality of the...

Posted 25 Jun 2016 @ 5:53pm

Beyerdynamic encourages you to come along to the International HiFi Show, Melbourne, From Friday July 1 – Sunday July 3 and bring your own music collection. Over the course of the show Beyerdynamic will be exhibiting and displaying a wide range of their consumer headphones, along with both of their acclaimed headphone amplifiers.

 

Their stand will include a range of headphones,...

Posted 15 Jun 2016 @ 9:53pm

 

Taking place in Albert Park, Victoria over the first weekend of July, The International HiFi show is set to host more than 90 hi-fi and audio-visual brands, giving gear junkies exclusive access to the latest hi-fi technology. On top of exhibiting the latest and greatest in hi-fi and audio-visual technology, the event will also host the Australian Record Fair.
 
Set to...

Posted 8 Jun 2016 @ 11:02pm

The International HiFi Show occurs in Albert Park over the first weekend of July. There are more than 90 brands advertised as exhibiting, covering Australian and international hi-fi and audio-visual manufacturers and retailers. There’ll be a lot to take in between 2pm Friday and 3pm Sunday, so Beat spoke to event organiser Marc Rushton to get a clear idea of what to expect.

 

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Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 9:27pm

 

What was your initial impression of your course at Abbey Road, and what drew you to the institution? 
During the open day I met staff and music industry professionals that had a lot of knowledge and passion for music. That first meeting was special as it was a new creative and learning environment I have not seen anywhere before, and it was a huge opportunity to develop my...

Posted 1 Jun 2016 @ 9:24pm

Providing Victorian musicians an opportunity unlike any other, the Melbourne Prize For Music recognises outstanding artistry and tantalising skill across all genres. This year, each of the six recipients will receive a generous reward from a prize pool worth more than $130,000. Though, Melbourne Prize Trust executive director Simon Warrender reminds us that it’s all about encouraging Victoria’...

Posted 27 May 2016 @ 6:16pm

Headphone design and manufacturing company Audiofly launched in Perth in 2011. From the outset, Audiofly aimed to distinguish itself by virtue of the excellent sonic detail, clarity and warmth of its products. Audiofly CEO Dave Thompson has been engaged with music since a young age, and his founding principle was simple: to create products that would help musicians do better things.

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Posted 18 May 2016 @ 8:46pm

Built on the ethos that anyone can and should learn to play an instrument, the RalBar™ was created by guitar enthusiast (and former dentist) Brian Dyskin. The RalBar isn’t your conventional looking instrument. With a teardrop body and only three strings, the guitar is designed to make playing guitar a simpler task. Don’t be mistaken, Dyskin Guitars aren’t claiming this as the alternative to a...

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