Calling budding musicians
  • Saturday 23 June 2012

Sunshine Coast Council proudly presents free Sonic Explorers Workshops for budding young musicians and artists at Maroochy Regional Bushland Botanic Gardens from 23 to 28 June 2012.

Division 5 Councillor Jenny McKay said the Sonic Explorers Workshops are part of the innovative green art TreeLine program.

"We are extremely proud to welcome award winning composer and artist Leah Barclay who will guide participants through a series of workshops to build an environmental soundscape in the gardens," she said.

"The Sunshine Coast is very fortunate as the Sonic Explorers Workshops will be the only programs that Ms Barclay will facilitate in Australia this year.

"It is pleasing to learn these workshops have been selected for the official innovation in education strand at the

International Society for Electronic Arts 2012 in New Mexico and will also feature at Ear to the Earth in New York in October.

"The Sonic Explorers Workshops involve participants engaging in their sound environment and capturing sounds using Zoom digital recorders.

"The sounds then become tangible objects and participants sculpt their own immersive sound walk in response to the beautiful Maroochy Botanic Gardens.

"The workshop will encourage young people to experience the environment in new ways through experimental explorations in sound.

"Students are encouraged to bring their own musical instruments or sound making objects to experiment with improvisation techniques in the environment.

"The collaborative outcome from each workshop will form part of the final Tree Songs Transient Sound Installation at the Maroochy Botanic Gardens on 1 July 2012."

The workshops are suitable for 8 to 12 year olds from 11am to 1pm and 12 to 17 years old from 2pm to 5pm between Saturday 23 June and Thursday 28 June 2012. No musical experience is necessary and all equipment is provided. Bookings are essential by calling Caloundra Regional Gallery on 5420 8299 or by visiting or