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Game Audio Intensive 2024

A fully subsidised 8-week program to carve out your path in game audio creation.

Are you a practising Australian composer or sound designer looking to dive into the world of game audio? Immerse yourself in interactive creation, learn game audio workflow and tools, and engage with industry professionals in MESS’s Game Audio Intensive.

Developed by the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio (MESS) with support from the Australian Music Centre (AMC), this program is tailored to the needs of independent game development. Immerse yourself in interactive creation, learn game audio workflow and tools, and engage with industry professionals. Gain invaluable experience, expand your portfolio, and forge connections at a national level. With a focus on hands-on experience, networking, and capacity building, you’ll gain skills and essential understanding. 

Apply now for this fully subsidised 8-week course to carve out your path in game audio creation. This exciting opportunity has been made possible by support from Creative Australia.

Program Highlights

  • Open to applicants nationwide
  • Free attendance for all aspects of the online course
  • $2,500 bursary for each successful applicant
  • A full day at the MESS Studio in Melbourne/Naarm
  • Attendance at the 2-day APRA High Score conference in October
  • Additional travel support available to people in remote or regional locations.

Application Process

Course attendance is by application only. Applications close at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2024. All applicants will be contacted with their application results by Wednesday, July 31, 2024.

Please note: Due to the number of applications we anticipate, we cannot offer feedback on unsuccessful applications.

Applications are open to individuals only. Applications will be assessed based on the assessment criteria, which can be found in the course overview.

Course Facilitators

Byron J Scullin is one of Australia’s most experienced sound artists and designers. His works, including ‘Bass Bath’, ‘Siren Song’ and ‘The Rivers Sing’, have been presented at art festivals both locally and internationally. He is the co-founder and artistic co-director of MESS, the Melbourne Electronic Sound Studio, a not-for-profit organisation that makes available one of the largest synthesiser collections in the world for use by the general public. He's contributed sound to feature films such as ‘Wolf Creek’ and the documentary ‘Freeman’, as well as various contemporary dance and theatre productions by artists such as Lucy Guerin and Gideon Obarzanek. He has created numerous works for museums, galleries and public spaces, including the internationally renowned ‘Meet Graham’ road safety awareness campaign, Creation Cinema as part of First Peoples at the Melbourne Museum, ‘Wonderland’ at ACMI, and ‘Jem’ for Southbank Brisbane.

Mark Mitchell has been making music and sound professionally for over twenty years. As a performing and recording artist, he's released music under the name Clue to Kalo on labels including Mush Records in the US and The Leaf Label in the UK, as well as locally on Australian labels Popfrenzy and Spunk. Mark has made commissioned dance and performance soundtracks for Hobart’s Dark Mofo Festival, including for their inaugural ‘Ogoh-ogoh’ burning, scored the Discordia performance at the Arts Centre in Melbourne, and co-composed and produced the music for Christian Thompson's ACMI-commissioned VR work 'Bayi Gardiya (Singing Desert)', winner of the Best Use of Sound & Music and Australian VR Film of the Year at the 2020 Real World XR Awards. In 2021 he contributed music for NGV’s 'Salon et Lumière' as part of their Triennial exhibition, as well as co-composed the large-scale site soundtrack for Rising Festival's 'The Wilds' with Pascal Babare. Since 2010 Mark has been a senior composer, producer and engineer at Electric Dreams Studio in Melbourne, where he has worked on music and sound for hundreds of television, film, and art projects.

Class Schedule and Delivery Mode

Course delivery:
Online and In-Person

Dates:
Online Classes (7-9PM AEST)

  • August 13 – Landscape
  • August 20 – Artistry
  • August 27 – Workflow
  • September 3 – Process
  • September 10 – Tools & Techniques, pt 1
  • September 17 – Tools & Techniques, pt. 2
  • September 24 – Business
  • October 1 – Career
  • October 22 – Presentation Class 1
  • October 23 – Presentation Class 2

In-Person Sessions (Melbourne/Naarm, VIC)

  • October 4 – MESS Workshop
  • October 5  & 6 – APRA High Score Conference

Location

The majority of classes will be held online via the Zoom teleconferencing platform. The course will utilise Google Classroom to share notes and resources where available and to communicate with the class. 

The workshop on Friday, October 4 will be held at the MESS Studio, 15 Dowling Place, North Melbourne, VIC 3041. Information on accessibility and getting to MESS can be found below.

The APRA High Score Conference on Saturday/Sunday, October 5-6 will be at LCI Melbourne, 150 Oxford St, Collingwood VIC 3066.

Course Places & Fee

This is a fully subsidised course limited to 10 places in total. Attendance is by application only. Priority will be given to MESS and AMC Members.

Course Dates

August 13 until October 23

Course Overview

Learn more about the course, prerequisites, requirements and class schedule.

Applications are now closed.

This course is by application only.

Applications close at 5:00 pm on Tuesday, July 16, 2024.

All applicants will be contacted with their application results by end of day on Tuesday, July 30, 2024.