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A six-week creative learning program for female, trans and gender non-conforming musicians, focusing on electronic music production using Ableton Live.

In 2015, as a response to the need for greater female participation in electronic music, The Channel launched Operator.

The program specifically supports the enhanced presence of females, trans and gender non-conforming individuals in electronic music production (EMP), with a focus on strengthening networks, creating new connections, and offering a space for open questioning and discussion around EMP.

The workshop series, incorporating beginner-level learning of Ableton Live, electronic music production basics and an introduction to preparing for live performance, is an brilliant opportunity for female/trans/gender non-conforming musicians to work with established producers and mentors, developing their skills in using music production software.

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Doing this workshop has allowed me to gain a lot more confidence, and I really feel like it’s opened all these doors… I feel really confident now that I can take away the building blocks to produce something that I’m really proud of.

Participant, Operator

This has absolutely been a valuable experience for me as an artist, partially just in terms of me thinking of myself as an artist, and this course has really enabled me to zero in on some skills that previously were not even attainable.

Frequently Asked Questions

Operator is a targeted program for women/trans/gender non-binary individuals aged 16 years and over. All participants should have some musical experience in song writing and performing.
Ableton Live is a software music sequencer and digital audio workstation designed to be an instrument for live performances as well as a tool for composing, recording, arranging, mixing and mastering. It’s used by music producers, DJs and others in the music industry. The Ableton Live User Group Melbourne is a community of producers, musicians and like-minded creatives who gather to share ideas, discuss production techniques and present works-in-progress to their peers. They meet, monthly, at The Channel. For more information check out the Ableton Live Facebook page

The Channel is Arts Centre Melbourne's learning and participation venue. This exciting, spacious venue boasts high tech learning labs, a world class recording studio and vocal booth, and a flexible multi-use space.

For information on how to get here please download & print our visitor's map prior to your visit.

The Channel

Location Address

St Kilda Road Terrace, Southbank VIC 3006

Postal Address

PO Box 7585, Melbourne VIC 8004

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