The National Film and Sound Archive Connects Program, worked with ELECTROBOARD and Questacon to provide students from Victoria, NSW and Queensland schools with an amazing musical opportunity to engage with Grammy Award Winning Gotye. Students from Balwyn High (VIC), Campbelltown Performing Arts (NSW), Hunter School of Performing Arts (NSW), Kelvin Grove State College (QLD), Somerville House(QLD) and Surf Coast Secondary College (VIC) participated in the videoconference which was opened by Minister, Simon Crean.
Fresh from having received his award in LA Gotye generously shared with these avid young musicians his expertise. Demonstrating via his laptop screen how he composes his music, he played for the students the samples that he had layered to create new music. He also played the cover he had made using samples from the 300 covers which had been made of him on Youtube http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=opg4VGvyi3M.
It was an inspirational piece made possible by the digital world.
The students via the videoconference and through Bridgit software asked him questions about his many musical works, his creative processes and drivers .
Over a hundred students watched him perform, create and innovate with newly acquired instruments. They were deeply inspired and learned from a master.
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