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Focusing on musicians in remote and regional areas with limited or no access to professional recording facilities, the ‘Sounds of’ and ‘Demos from’ projects provide an avenue for the development of digital recording skills for emerging and skilled audio engineers, while also providing artists with song producing knowledge as well as professionally recorded singles. These are showcased on CD compilations and digital streaming, promoted to industry by WAM for possible outcomes including airplay, publishing opportunities (synchronisation in advertising/ film/ TV), or acquiring management or record label interest.
The process can be used for a range of development aspects for the participating artists’ careers, from improving their performance opportunities and entering song competitions, through to gaining airplay on community, digital, and commercial radio stations or licensing the song for a movie or documentary. The project is also specifically aimed to strengthen local community development and to create new partnerships and relationships between participants. The CD provides an impetus for flow-on activities, including a community launch. Songs remain the property of the bands, thus providing them with a profitable product.
In 2019, WAM announced nine new regional recording projects set to record an impressive 90 artists from across West Australia’s regions over three years. The first of the nine projects and 10th iteration of the ‘Demos from’ series was Demos from The Wheatbelt recorded and released in 2019, Sounds of The Kimberley released in April 2020 and Demos from Peel and Sounds of The Mid West currently underway.
Previous and ongoing recording projects and releases include;