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How often do you take a second to consider the course of our technological world? Since the very first iPhone was unveiled in 2007, civilisation has been skirting a wild rollercoaster to the top.

Music has followed a similar passage with previously seldom arrangements now capable of transforming an artist’s sound into something more intense, more vivid, more supernatural — the evolution of computers they call it.

Tracking the world’s constant technological epidemic with a straightened eye on the music industry, Melbourne’s newest music summit, CHANGES, is electrifying ACU’s Fitzroy campus with two days of talks, workshops and live performances in July.

From a Gameboy music workshop to an Ableton Push tutorial or a Q&A with Cub Sport, we break down the most exciting events in store for this new, exciting event.

Touring America isn’t just a pipedream

It’s proven. America has a thirst for Australian music. Omnipresent at SXSW each and every year, our bands continue to draw rave reviews. There’s no anomalies here; the market is there, you just need to explore it. SXSW programmer, Stacey Wilhelm, will be joined by Bowery Presents’ talent buyer Michelle Landry, Our Golden Friend’s Lorrae McKenna and a bunch more for this enlightening chat.

Music Passport: Syncing AmericaLearning Space, 1:45pm – 2:30pm, Thursday July 5

How do data, marketing and music connect?  

The kick off proceedings, Alex Zaccaria, Co-Director of digital marketing agency Bolster, uncaps the processes behind putting on some of Australia’s biggest music events. Bolster manipulates data to ensure the likes of Splendour In The Grass, Laneway Festival, Groovin The Moo, Future Classic and Remote Control Records, can extend their brand further and wider. Don’t miss this interactive talk.

Data, Marketing And Music – The Holy Trinity, Phillipa Brazil Lecture Theatre, 9:45am – 10:30am, Wednesday July 4

Network with the radio talent at PBS 106.7FM

From 6pm on both days, PBS 106.7FM will open the doors of its Collingwood institution. Punters will have the opportunity to look around the community radio station and have a chat with the figures who make it run.

Changes Networking DrinksPBS 106.7FM studios, 6pm – 7:30pm, Both days

Cub Sport, in conversation

Brisbane alt pop outfit, Cub Sport, have enjoyed a fantastic rise given their independence. Their 2017 LP, BATS, was met with critical acclaim and in the wake of the successful YES vote, the inspirational duo at the front of the band, Tim Nelson and Sam Netterfield, got engaged. Noisey editor, Shaad D’Souza, presents a special CHANGES Q&A event with Nelson and Netterfield on the Thursday.

Phillipa Brazil Lecture Theatre, 9:45am – 10:30am, Thursday July 5

Discover Ableton Live, electronic music’s crown jewel

Ableton Live has revolutionised the way artists can elevate their sound. It was a technological masterstroke when the program arose in 2001 and music wizards have been voyaging deeper and deeper ever since, extending its potential. ACU opens up its Ableton Push Creative Stations to punters of all abilities as program certified trainer, Dave “Dizz1” Norris, lays down all the hot tips on how to get your sound off the ground.

Ableton Push Creation Stations, Modular Building Room 08, 10am – 2:45pm, Thursday July 5

Learn how to throw a proper party

CHANGES collaborator and CEO of youth music organisation The Push, Kate Duncan, will combine with Abby Gee from Yarra City Council as well as Heaps Gay founder Kat Dopper, to educate you on how to throw a real party. Keen to throw a backyard gig or a DIY event around the city? This discussion will give you all the tools.

DIY Party And Event Projects, Modular Building Room 11, 10:45am – 11:45am, Thursday July 5

Can’t get that Gameboy jingle out of your head?

Well, there’s a reason for that. It’s one of the simplest, most infectious sounds to have graced your ears and continues to be sampled ubiquitously throughout the music industry. Artists, Warwick McLean, Chris Mylrae and Square Sounds Festival event producer, Alex Yabsley, will have you for this one, educating you on how to bring your cherished silver brick to life.

Gameboy Music Workshop, Modular Building Room 03, 10:45am – 11:45am, Thursday July 5

Getting the most out of your release

It can be daunting presenting your music to the world. How will it go? Will people hear it? Will people like it? Comes With Fries present this discussion — a digital marketing tutorial on how to cut through the clutter so your release can reach the masses.

Modular Building Room 10, 10:45am – 11:45am, Thursday July 5