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The Creative Cup Sings Again


25 May 2021

The dulcet tones of our music students hard at work creating original tunes glittered the hallways of Nelson recently as the Creative Cup was in full swing. The four day cross-discipline collaborative competition engages music, music business, design, photography and fashion students to work together and use their skill sets.

The Creative Cup has become a cornerstone of the curriculum at Box Hill Institute, with past collaborative efforts featured on Tremorverse, Box Hill Institute’s music label, compilation albums.

This year, our students had three mentors – Lisa Mitchell, Tom Iansek, Audrey Powne – available at their fingertips for guidance and inspiration.

Lisa Mitchell is a singer/songwriter renowned for her beguiling melodies and hushed tones, and notable for popular tune “Coin Laundry”. Finishing sixth in Australian Idol in 2006, Lisa has toured the UK and Europe countless times gaining a very loyal following in UK, France and Germany; has supported living-legend artists such as Neil Finn and Paul Kelly; and has played every major festival Australia has to offer.

Tom Iansek is a songwriter, performer and producer. He’s one half of the musical duos Big Scary and No Mono, and #1 Dads is his beloved solo project. A co-founder of artist-run label Pieater, he’s also worked behind the scenes for many Australian artists, producing albums for Hockey Dad, Airling, The Paper Kites, and many more.

Audrey Powne is a prolific vocalist, trumpeter and songwriter. A stalwart of Melbourne’s flourishing jazz and soul scene, she is known for fronting soul band Leisure Centre and electro funk project AuDré.  Just relocated to New York, Audrey has spent the last 12 months working on her debut solo EP “Bed I Made” and keeping her busy schedule as a session musician touring the US and Europe with Grammy nominated country soul band, The Teskey Brothers.

With this calibre of experience and knowledge from the mentors, students were treated to a unique learning experience over a week of producing their original music.

Winners of this year’s Creative Cup was //möTh. Born from a journey of self-exploration, //möTh came together to bring a rule-breaking, mind-bending experience. As aficionados of film, philosophy and empowerment //möTh crafted sweeping soundscapes and jarring glitchy drum lines to take listeners on a musical journey. Coming from different backgrounds, //möTh has been able to harness the strengths of each member.

The Creative Cup brings collaboration to the forefront and shines the spotlight on students, highlighting their skills and presents opportunities to be guided by world class mentors. Just another reason why Box Hill Institute leads the way in music curriculum.