Digital South-West

Digital South-West is a collaboration between the Laboratory of Urban Culture (LUC) and the Société des arts libres et actuels (SALA) to offer a series of workshops in digital sound art. Thanks to support through Médiations culturelles MTL, we are able to offer workshops developing digital music capacity amongst children, youth and adults in Montreal’s South-West neighbourhoods free of charge. Participants bring different levels of experience and training to the sessions and are actively involved in shaping the program, creating content and directing the focus based on their needs and interests.

A number of the workshops have taken place in the LUC music room at Le Salon 1861. Thanks to generous collaborations with numerous community organizations, we have been able to reach more participants by offering workshops at Atelier 850, the Little Burgundy Sports Center, Maison des Jeunes l’Escampette, and Youth In Motion.

The Digital South-West program also brings in visiting musicians, in partnership with the Suoni per il popolo and Lux Magna festivals. Multiple day workshops with visiting musicians are followed by a concert open to the community. Workshop participants then have the opportunity to take in a show at La Sala Rossa featuring the musician they have just worked with for the week. Visiting musicians to date have included Lido Pimienta and Sydanie.

Workshop Descriptions

Digital Music Creation & Editing

Create your own music! Using our acoustic instruments, GarageBand and other digital programs, learn to compose your own music, play, record and mix it. Be musician and producer all in one. Explore and discover which parts of the music-making process you enjoy most.

Digital DJ-ing & Production

This DJing workshop will take participants through the fundamentals of DJ techniques from the “train wreck” to looping to beat-matching. A hands-on learning environment ensures participants will learn the basic skills necessary to create a compelling DJ set and know about the history of urban music (Hip Hop and Electronic music).

Digital Field Recording

Field recording is a practice that allows us to listen and record the sounds of our surroundings: urban soundscapes, engine noises, song of birds, footsteps on gravel, bridges vibrations, the humming of insects .... All the noises that surround us can become music when we give them proper attention and listen to them in new ways. Our surroundings, our neighbourhood, becomes our instrument. During the workshops, we will learn to use portable digital recorders (Zoom H2n and H6) and develop our sonic awareness by making an original soundtrack with our recordings.

Digital SoundWalk App Use & Design

Learn how to record the sounds of your neighborhood, add stories, music, interviews and embed it all in a custom app so that when you ​walk​ around these recorded sounds play at precise locations that you choose! Create your own guided walks, let folks know what you think is interesting about where you live!

Sound Record Song

Together we will isolate, create and record sounds in our environment which we will bring back to the studio to sample into beats and harmonic patterns. Using these beats and riffs as our blocks we will build songs and music. Participants will also be encouraged to write poetry and melody to accompany the music that we create.

"Step Your ₲ame Up" Logic Pro Production sessions w/ Butta Beats

Come through and link with Butta Beats to learn advanced production techniques, and mixing fundamentals. Make your beats bigger and badder to make your career go farther.

Creative Writing, zine-making and computer skills

Offered by a professional writer, these workshops will combine creative writing, poetry, performance and visual self-expression. Students will become aware of different ways to use the written and spoken word. There will be individual and group work aimed at exploring and enjoying language. Students will also have the opportunity to use computers, type up their work and post items to the new LUC blog.

Workshop Schedule

*Projet financé dans le cadre de l’Entente sur le développement culturel de Montréal conclue entre la Ville de Montréal et le gouvernement du Québec