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 in April 2020, Demos from Binjareb in December 2020, and Sounds of The Mid West in May 2021. The next project, Demos from the Goldfields-Esperance Region is currently underway.

Sounds of the Midwest

Hands up if you love local music 🙋‍♀️🙋 This week West Australian Music (WAM) has been busy recording its Sounds of the Midwest album at the Queens Park theatre in Geraldton. The album features 10 local artists from across the Midwest region and a diversity of styles and ages. Take a sneak peek behind the scenes of the recording.

Posted by ABC Midwest and Wheatbelt on Wednesday, September 30, 2020

Previous and ongoing recording projects and releases include;