Winanjjikari Music Centre

Music 2020-05-29T12:10:57+09:30

The vision of WMC is to use contemporary and traditional forms of cultural expression through music to address ongoing challenges and barriers experienced by Indigenous communities.

Background

The Winanjjikari Music Centre was an initiative of Indigenous male musicians from the Barkly region and established with Australian Government funding as a Shared Responsibility Agreement in 2006.

The centre has developed quality music industry training and a wide range of music services reaching across the Barkly and beyond. It is now nationally acclaimed as a best practice model. WMC is widely respected for its extensive outreach capacity, high quality services and its engagement with the community.

Over the last 15 years employees have received high calibre accredited and non-accredited training in music industry skills and access to state-of-the-art recording equipment, a range of professional musicians and music technicians. The employment of Indigenous staff is highly successful not only through participation in a range of music activities, but also in the creation of opportunities to promote cultural exchange, to reconnect with culture, and to foster cultural engagement and pride. Performing and recording songs in language are powerful ways WMC publicises Indigenous culture to the wider community.

Passing on technical and musical skills, performing, recording, song writing and mentoring are key ways in which cultural knowledge is passed from one generation to the next. Performances support Indigenous local traditional and contemporary artists and the high standards of production professionalise presentations, providing for audiences a better quality of experience. Feedback from indigenous community members has emphasised cultural safety, well-being, mental health and cultural knowledge transference resulting from these performances.

WMC’s activities promote the unique musical styles of the Barkly region and exploration of new genres and musical forms. The influence of traditional music on contemporary styles has also contributed significantly to stylistic uniqueness.

WMC helps create a better quality of life for people across the Barkly. Community perception is that the centre belongs to the whole town and region. Public performances foster social and cultural interaction between different language groups, local communities and Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. To see a family member perform in public engenders pride and well-being which spreads beyond the immediate family to the extended family and across language groups into the wider community. Other activities, for example recording traditional music, similarly promote cultural pride and have positive effects on remote communities.

WMC’s goals relate to supporting the maintenance and development of indigenous culture and languages through music and the delivery of high quality music services; facilitating Indigenous peoples’ engagement in music activities; and promoting well-being by strengthening pride in identity and culture.

Background

The Winanjjikari Music Centre was an initiative of Indigenous male musicians from the Barkly region and established with Australian Government funding as a Shared Responsibility Agreement in 2006.

The centre has developed quality music industry training and a wide range of music services reaching across the Barkly and beyond. It is now nationally acclaimed as a best practice model. WMC is widely respected for its extensive outreach capacity, high quality services and its engagement with the community.

Over the last 15 years employees have received high calibre accredited and non-accredited training in music industry skills and access to state-of-the-art recording equipment, a range of professional musicians and music technicians. The employment of Indigenous staff is highly successful not only through participation in a range of music activities, but also in the creation of opportunities to promote cultural exchange, to reconnect with culture, and to foster cultural engagement and pride. Performing and recording songs in language are powerful ways WMC publicises Indigenous culture to the wider community.

Passing on technical and musical skills, performing, recording, song writing and mentoring are key ways in which cultural knowledge is passed from one generation to the next. Performances support Indigenous local traditional and contemporary artists and the high standards of production professionalise presentations, providing for audiences a better quality of experience. Feedback from indigenous community members has emphasised cultural safety, well-being, mental health and cultural knowledge transference resulting from these performances.

WMC’s activities promote the unique musical styles of the Barkly region and exploration of new genres and musical forms. The influence of traditional music on contemporary styles has also contributed significantly to stylistic uniqueness.

WMC helps create a better quality of life for people across the Barkly. Community perception is that the centre belongs to the whole town and region. Public performances foster social and cultural interaction between different language groups, local communities and Indigenous and non-Indigenous people. To see a family member perform in public engenders pride and well-being which spreads beyond the immediate family to the extended family and across language groups into the wider community. Other activities, for example recording traditional music, similarly promote cultural pride and have positive effects on remote communities.

WMC’s goals relate to supporting the maintenance and development of indigenous culture and languages through music and the delivery of high quality music services; facilitating Indigenous peoples’ engagement in music activities; and promoting well-being by strengthening pride in identity and culture.

Winanjjikari Studios

Winanjjikari Studios is one of Australia’s premier remote recording studios.

There are three different studios located in the centre:  Studio A – “The Big Room”, Studio B – “The Little Room’ and the “Mixing and Mastering Lab”. The music centre also has a mobile recording studio that travels to the most remote locations in Australia – from the Pit Lands of South Australia to the Western desert regions to the Top End and Gulf Country.

Winanjjikari Studios, located in Tennant Creek, is so much more than a recording studio, run by local Indigenous staff Dirk Dickenson, Reggie O’Riley and Waylon Ward and long time in-house producer Jeff McLaughlin.

From song writing, rehearsal and demo sessions to recording, mixing and mastering sessions and even tour production sessions, we have the spaces for you to work in, in the most comfortable conditions and in a remote and inspirational setting. The studio is comprised of state of the art digital and analogue equipment.

Over the last 15 years the studio has recorded some of Australia’s premier Indigenous and non-Indigenous artists including Oz Opera Chamber Orchestra, Warren H Williams, Shellie Morris, Warumpi Band, Sammy Butcher and Neil Murray, Jim Mogine from Midnight Oil, Nova Youth Orchestra, international superstars The IMF’s, Stevie Salas and Bernard Fowler, and Triple J Unearthed winners, The Tjupi Band. Local artists recorded at Winanjjikari include Reyella, The Sandridge Band, The Tableland Drifters, Brian Murphy and Band Nomadic. Other entities include The Jimmy Little Foundation, Kasey Chambers, Coloured Stone, Patsy Coleman, Declan Kelly, Melbourne Football Club and projects with other numerous non-government and government organisations.

Our remote recording services really are the cutting edge of the modern recording era. This allows clients in remote communities to record On Country and in real-time, in collaboration with our Winanjjikari Cloud Hub. You may have your own engineer or producer who can’t make the recording sessions or require us to mix your record with our high-end digital and analogue outboard gear. If you are not in the country, you can still attend the sessions in real-time.

If you want to send us a demo of your work for us to listen to and are interested in recording your band in one of the most amazing locations in Australia click our link below.

Enquire about recording or collaborating with Winannjikari Music here Let’s do it

Barkly Voices Project

Barkly Voices is an online singing program for people living in the Barkly region of the Northern Territory. It will give all people in Tennant Creek and remote communities across the Barkly an opportunity to sing together using today’s technology.

Barkly Voices is an exciting opportunity for self-expression online (solo or as a group) and for unifying the Barkly community. It will also be a powerful vehicle for promoting the Barkly region itself to the outside world.

Find out more or get involved with with this project Barkly Voices Project

Winanjjikari Guitars

Winanjjikari Guitars are built in our custom shop. Guitars and basses are hand crafted in-house. Models range from Budget Beginners, to our Artist of the Barkly range, to our Pro Series range.

Participating in a Winanjjikari Guitar Building program is a great way to connect with local artists across visual art and music mediums – and you will be sure to depart with new knowledge about a special instrument.

Budget Student Range

These guitars are professionally set up for beginners to advanced players. Assembled and set up in our custom shop. These guitars are made with attention to detail and finished with perfect intonation and playability. Prices start from $320 for Guitars and $340 for Bass Guitars. All guitars receive a free of charge service within 3 months of service

Artist of the Barkly Series

We make anything from 4 string ukuleles to 12 string electric guitars and basses. We make all our instruments with the highest quality components and parts. You can design your own paint job or commission one of our favourite Artist of the Barkly to make a one-off individual piece. All guitars come with a custom SKB case and shipping. Prices start from $1200 and upwards depending on your options.

Rock with the Doc

Rock with the Doc is a guitar building coarse aimed for group bookings only. We specialise in running youth workshops to adult classes. You can learn skills to build your own instrument and paint your own instrument.

Be sure to check out our award-winning documentary Rock with the Doc.

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