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South West MESS – Trylon Mentor Program

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Applications now open

Applications close:
Applications Close: April 26 2023

Trilon program dates: 
Saturday, April 29 to Saturday, May 6 2023

Trilon program price: FREE
This is a free program for successful applicants

South West MESS is returning to Warrnambool in 2023!

Trylon is a new offering for South West MESS 2023. A select group of experienced young electronic sound artists will be able to build and refine their sonic creation skills. This multi-day mentorship program focuses on solidifying the creative and career skills every artist needs to take their work to the world. Open to ages 16 – 25 only.

The Trylon program will run alongside our Sphere Student Intensive. In a break-out studio space at the Fletcher Jones Factory in Warrnambool, Trylon participants will have access to a curated collection of MESS instruments in studio sessions led by mentor artists and creatives from Saturday April 29 – Saturday, May 6 2023.

Trylon is a free program aimed at participants who have some experience producing electronic sound and music using hardware and/or software. Spend every day immersed in electronic sound creation, collaborative and industry mentorship guided by professional artists. Throughout the week, you’ll develop a track to be shared at a listening session with your peers and program mentors. 

Trylon is suitable for young people who participated in the 2022 South West MESS Student program – this will be a great next step! Check out the video of the 2022 Student program below…

Trylon – Program Description

Trylon is a 7-day program led by MESS mentor artists. This program is aimed at people aged 16-25 and is limited to 8 participants.

Participants will have daily studio access to work individually or collaboratively to create a new track using a curated selection of instruments from the MESS collection. A mentor artist will be present in the studio each day to support and assist you as you gain a deeper understanding of electronic sound creation, meet other like-minded people from the region and develop your artistic and technical skills.

This program is aimed at people who have experience in creating electronic music and/or audio. You will need to demonstrate your interest in these areas as part of your application. Prior experience in electronic music or other forms of creative electronic audio creation is recommended for the Trylon program. This program is recommended for creators and artists; composers, performers, songwriters, beat-makers, DJ’s, producers, sound artists, etc. It is not suitable for those whose focus is more technical ie. audio operators/engineers, live audio mixing, etc.

Trylon is suitable for young people who participated in the 2022 South West MESS program.

If you’re new to electronic sound and are interested in getting involved, check out the Sphere Student Program here.

Program Details

This program is free and there is no cost to apply.

Participation is by application. Places are limited to 8 creatives.

Participants will need to be available for a week of face-to-face learning from April 29 to May 6 in Warrnambool. View the schedule here.

Accommodation and travel assistance is available if required.

Priority will be given to ensuring that students right across the region have an opportunity to participate in this program, but for those who are unsuccessful, there will also be a range of single public sessions for you to get involved in.

You do not need to own any instruments or equipment to participate. MESS will provide everything you need, right down to headphones. If you have instruments and/or equipment of your own, you are welcome to bring it to use as part of the program. This includes laptops, tablets, phones and other non-traditional tools.

Successful applicants under the age of 18 will need to have written and signed permission from their parent/guardian to attend.

Application Requirements

To apply you need to meet the following requirements:

  • Be aged between 16 and 25 years
  • Live in one of the following Local Government Areas:
    • Colac Otway
    • Corangamite
    • Glenelg
    • Moyne
    • Southern Grampians
    • Warrnambool
  • Be available for a week of face-to-face learning from April 29 to May 6 in Warrnambool. Accommodation and travel assistance is available if required – please note this on your application form. 
  • Have completed and submitted the online application form below. Applications close 11.59pm Wednesday, April 26th 2023.

If you have questions or would like assistance filling out the application form, please email us – we are happy to help!

View the Trylon scheduleApply to Trylon now

About South West MESS

South West MESS is a celebration of electronic music and instruments in Warrnambool, Victoria.