Not going to lie, it’s been a bit of a struggle to consistently write blog posts but I’m back with a new Keppford Catch Up post for August. Honestly August was kind of a blur, time moves so fast that I barely have time to process what happens each day.
Free synthesizers workshop
The month started with me going to a free synthesizers course at Melbourne Sound School in Footscray. It’s a educational space offering free and inclusive electronic music courses covering everything from Ableton, DJing, live lighting, sound and more. I’ve always had a huge passion for music and remember the good old days of using Limewire to download every song under the sun.
More recently, I’ve been super interested in learning how to make music and just wanted to dip my foot in to see where one would start. I don’t really have an interest to ever perform music, but I think it would be fun to be able to put a song together if I ever get inspired.
Overall my first time using synthesizers was pretty fun. I learned that they are a ton of different ones and the basic functions that you would use are Attack, Decay, Sustain, and Release. The synthesizers with pre-loaded sounds were my favorite to use, because it was a lot easier to make it sound good and like I actually knew what I was doing.
If I do decide to start making music for myself, I would definitely want to dabble into using Ableton because it gives you a lot more freedom and control in every aspect of producing.
Shooting a beauty shoot
Moving along, I finally got to do another photo shoot and this time it was something that I had never shot before — a beauty shoot! Teaming up with one of my friends Rima, a Melbourne makeup artist, and we put our ideas together to come up with this concept. You can read all about it and see all the best photos from this shoot in my Photoset Friday post here.
Experiencing Rain Room
The infamous Rain Room finally came to Melbourne and I was one of the first groups of people to experience it. My sister and I booked our tickets weeks in advance and made a little afternoon around it. The idea of Rain Room is really interesting with the goal to have people walk through rain but not actually get wet. The trick is to walk really slow because you definitely will get wet if you try to run through it. Our guide didn’t say how the phenomenon happens but it was cool to witness. The session was around 45 minutes, so I ended up getting some nice images from the experience.
Lunch at Matcha Mylkbar
After going to the Rain Room, we went and got a wholesome lunch at Matcha Mylkbar in St. Kilda. The interior is bright and cute with a full plant based menu and awesome neon art on one of the walls. We both ended up ordering the Matcha Burger and it was soo good, I’m not even vegan but I would highly recommend it to anyone. The burger included fried chicken, avocado, chickpea and beetroot hummus, spinach and crispy chickpeas. YUM! I opted for curly fries and they were definitely some of the best fries I’ve ever had. I also ordered an Oreo milkshake that was made with coconut milk and it was also soo good. It had the perfect amount of sweetness and the flavors were on point.
Visiting Centre for Contemporary Photography
I’ve been trying to check out all the museum and art centers in Melbourne and found the perfect excuse to go to the Centre for Contemporary Photography in Fitzroy. Half way through the month, they had an opening night featuring 8 different photographers ranging from travel to makeup. Arriving towards the end of the event, I didn’t expect there to be so many people but there was. I made my way around the exhibit pretty fast because it was loud and there wasn’t a lot of space.
Another thing new that I checked out in August was Sneakercon at the Melbourne Convention Center in Southbank, but I will not be going back. I was housed in probably the smallest room in the convention center and was incredibly underwhelming. I was expecting there to be an amazing selection of sneakers to purchase but it was a bunch of teen boys with their old shoes lined up for sale. Some of them didn’t even have a table so everything was just on the floor. It was nice to say I went, but yeah wouldn’t recommend. At least not the one in Melbourne.
Lunch at The Merrywell
After a sad afternoon at Sneakercon, my friend and I grabbed lunch across the street at The Merrywell Burger Bar. It was a classic bar and restaurant serving burgers, hotdogs, fries and shakes. I ordered the K.I.S.S. burger that included a patty, pickles, cheddar, ketchup and mustard. As part of my hunt for the best burgers in Melbourne, it didn’t make the cut.
Experiencing White Night Reimagined
Before leaving on my trip to Byron Bay and the Gold Coast, the last thing that I got to experience was White Night Reimagined. It’s a weekend event here in Melbourne that turns the city into a giant art installation. There’s a ton of free visual art performances making it a huge family event, although it kind of confuses me because a lot of the art is really trippy. It was my first White Night and the whole idea really amazes me that a city would offer all these different experiences for free. I only went to the one at Carlton Gardens and my favorite was definitely the lion because there was really mystical music playing and the lion frequently changed color and even walked!
Lastly, one of the neighborhoods that I explored was Fitzroy and it’s easily one of my favorites in Melbourne. The vibe is so chill and you can tell everyone has their own style by the way they dress. There’s so many colorful street art murals and great street photography photo ops. I can’t wait until it’s warmer so I can aimlessly walk neighborhood streets for hours.
I left for my trip on August 28, so I’ll let you in on everything that I got up to in my Byron Bay and the Gold Coast in my snapshot posts. August was definitely a more eventful month than my previous but it’s still cold here in Melbourne so that’s still my excuse. Only 4 months left of the month and I’m determined to make them eventful as I must since it will be summer here soon.
How are you going to make the most of the last months of 2019? Let me know in the comments.
Thanks for reading and stay hungry to learn, create, and grow!