Interactive Digital Media & Design

Alongside partners Digital Union and Digital City Business, Generator’s business support programme has grown to meet the needs of the wider commercial creative digital industries. If you’re a new or established digital business, get in touch to find out how we can help.

  • AVA FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE

    30 May

  • FFWD Production Course

    2 Jun

  • Business Start Up Workshop

    19 Jun

  • FFWD Production Course

    4 Aug

  • FFWD Production Course

    13 Oct

  • FFWD Production Course

    19 Jan

AVA FESTIVAL AND CONFERENCE

30-05-2015
11:00
T13 Titanic Quarter

AVA Festival in association with Generator NI announce additional talent for the AVA Conference programme and ‘Howard Street Food’ debut.

AVA Festival have announced today that Romain Tardy, ‘PatchblocksAKA Sebastian Heinz, Jesse Abayomi and Dave Lievense have been added to the free daytime conference, along with the ‘Howard Street Food’ debut at AVA Festival at T13 in the Titanic Quarter on Saturday 30th May.

To book tickets go here

Festival organisers are pleased to add the additional names to an already stellar line-up at the free conference, which runs from 10:30 – 15:45 as part of the overall AVA Festival. This year’s festival also offers an eclectic line-up of electronic artists performing, the NI debut of Boiler Room, an inspiring Street Food Market, Record Fair, Skatepark Expose and much much more!

Romain Tardy, ‘One of the worlds best audio visual mappers’ (CNN), will host a talk and exhibit his work during the AVA Conference. Romain Tardy, born originally in Paris, is a visual artists focusing primarily in digital arts. His extensive experience led him to create the now highly established and accomplished visual label ‘AntiVJ’ in 2008 that formed the base of his research and work on projected light. His work has been exhibited in more that 15 countries across the world. AVA is incredibly excited to host his first visit to Northern Ireland and host an exciting presentation and talk about his work to date.

‘Patchblocks’ AKA Sebastian Heinz will host an interactive live demo of his programmable sound machines as a table full of mini synthesisers, allowing visitors to explore the world of sound synthesis. He developed this as part of his research at SARC in Belfast, focusing on the development of technology that blends the border between physical and digital worlds. Since Patchblocks’ first appeared on the crowdfunding platform Kickstarter, the product has gained interest from musicians, educators and sound geeks across the globe.

Jesse Abayomi AKA Abayomi is a DJ/producer who uprooted his London residence and settled down in Berlin to be an integral part of the avant-garde of the electronic music scene. Being an Ableton consultant, DJ and producer, his deep knowledge and understanding of sounds and rhythms are strongly reflected in his music. Abayomi will join Gavin Timlin & Ben Breslin (Ableton User Group Belfast) to host two demonstration sessions exploring Ableton’s newest and most versatile music creation tool – Push. Each session will start with some practical fundamentals followed by a creative demonstration along with a QA session to close. This will run alongside the Ableton Push Playground – a drop-in music lab where you can get hands-on with Ableton Live 9 and Push.

Dave Lievense, owner of Mass Motion Studios, will be joining his Psycatron partner Paul Hamil (Inflyte) along with Bicep and Timmy Stewart at the AVA Conference to host a talk specifically focusing on the Next generation of electronic music production. This heavy-weight panel of electronic producers will delve into the production, approach, the process and techniques along with the hardware and software that they use.

DJ Nu-Mark of Jurassic 5 will kick things off at AVA with a keynote and Q&A and the visionary Adam Smith, long-term AV collaborator with The Chemical Brothers will conclude the conference.

Joining the headline talents will be industry leaders and key partners including Ashley Howard of Hospital Records, the Vice President of Beatport Terry Weerasinghe, the CEO of The Association of Electronic Music – Mark Lawrence, along with local established talent, Bicep, Dave Lievense and Paul Hamil from Pyscatron, Timmy Stewart of Extended Play, Joe Dougan of Shine and Mark Gordon of Generator NI.

AVA Street Food Market and AVA Record Fair will run alongside the free daytime conference and the evening festival on Saturday 30th May 2015 at T13 from 10:30am-10pm. It is open to the general public from 10.30am until 3:30pm (ticket holders from 4pm.)

‘Howard Street’, recently listed as one of the top 40 restaurants in Britain (Observer Food Monthly, 26/04/15), will launch their highly anticipated Thai inspired ‘Howard Street Food’ venture at the festival. Chef Marty Murphy has spent time in Thailand and is confident with Thai spices – fragrant curry and salted chilli squid will be on the menu.

Find out more at www.facebook.com/howardstreetfood. They will be joined by Pizza Vantastica, Café Livanto and Windrush Island Café.

To book tickets go here

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FFWD Production Course

02-06-2015
17:30

 

FFWDlogo

FREE COURSES & MASTERCLASSES FOR ASPIRING PRODUCERS 

Start date: Next course begins 2nd June 2015
Session Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm
Location : Our custom space inside Gateshead Old Town Hall
Cost: FREE
Who’s it for: Young People (16-24)
How to apply to take part: Please fill in the short form at the bottom of this page

FFWD is looking for dedicated young people (16-24) with an existing interest in produced electronic music and a passion to learn. A basic experience of music production software would be beneficial but not absolutely essential. All stylistic preferences will be considered from HipHop , Electronica and Drum n Bass, to House , Techno and Dubstep, and the skills you develop can be applied to your preferred style while working alongside Pop, Urban and Electronic music experts.

“This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone wanting to develop their interest in producing music on a professional level.”
-Smoove (Smoove & Turrell)

Led by Mark Lowry (Shindig) and Smoove (Smoove and Turrell), FFWD will provide entry points to aspiring electronic music producers and vocalists who will get the opportunity to build, mix and record new tracks, set-up new collaborations, receive mentorship, secure performance opportunities and identify industry pathways.

You will get the opportunity receive support and advice on:

  • Equipment
  • Effects
  • Sampling
  • Groove
  • Working with Room Acoustics
  • Synthesis
  • Arrangment
  • Music Theory
  • Preparing Tracks to be Release Ready

Production courses lasting 6 weeks, will run throughout 2015 and while there will be no cost to participate, spaces will be extremely limited. Also, as part of Generator’s search for individuals who show commitment, ability and potential, there will be an extension to these 6-week courses where exceptional participants will be selected to receive shorter, more intense support. This will include one-on-one tuition alongside full campaign and release support.

FFWD will be linked intrinsically to the industry with high profile producers and songwriters delivering 12 masterclasses throughout the year where they will offer insights into their own work, and creative processes but most importantly, offer information on their individual routes into the industry.  Producer and Course leader Mark Lowry (Shindig) agrees, adding:

“If you’re serious about your music and production then this course is a must”

APPLY NOW by filling in the following DETAILS:

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Business Start Up Workshop

19-06-2015
09:30
Dance City

Generator in association with Secret Sauce are proud to present a special Business Start Up Workshop for new and pre-start creative businesses in the North East. The region is home to the second largest number of tech start-ups in the UK outside of London. Unfortunately these companies don’t always survive though. The reason for failure is the lack of commercial knowledge, local support available and contacts.

This one day workshop, aimed at new businesses or anyone thinking about setting up a business in the creative or digital sector, will address the vital areas a new business needs to give them survival and growth skills.

We have assembled a number of deeply relevant and current digital and legal professionals who work in or with the digital and tech sectors to share their knowledge and experiences across a day of insight and interaction.

Sessions will include:

Keynote from Ross Linnett (Recite Me)

  • Opportunity to hear from a local entrepreneur in the digital sector that has successfully navigated his way through the ups and downs of starting his own business.

What type of business do you need to be? with Stephen Slater (RMT)

  • A look at the variety of setups available i.e. sole trader, partnership, ltd etc. and the pros and cons associated with each.
  • VAT – how to register at Companies House and what this means.
  • Business bank accounts – find out what you need to run a business financially.

Legal matters with Alex Shiel (WardHadaway)

  • An overview of contracts, do you need them, what to look out for?
  • Do you have intellectual property, or something to potentially patent in your new business?
  • A general overview of IP and the issues surrounding it.

Running a successful business with Nevil Tynemouth (New Results Training)

  • Now you know the basics you need to understand what makes a business succeed.
  • Understanding the price and value of your offering to win first contracts/sales.
  • Positioning value to connect with clients.

Funding – what’s available and where to find it with Damian Baetens (Transmit Start Ups)

  • Not every start up needs funding, however at some point a cash injection may be required to meet key milestones or simply expand due to demand.
  • Understanding when to take on funding and what type, depending on your business.

Spaces at this event are priced at £149 per place, or FREE OF CHARGE for pre-starts or new creative/digital businesses from the North East of England*, thanks to our ERDF funding.

To register your place click the ‘Register’ button above and complete the webform.

*County Durham, Northumberland, Tees Valley or Tyne & Wear

Generator – Business Start Up Workshop.pdf

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FFWD Production Course

04-08-2015
17:30

FFWDlogo FREE COURSES & MASTERCLASSES FOR ASPIRING PRODUCERS  Start date: 4th August 2015 Session Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm Location : Our custom space inside Gateshead Old Town Hall Cost: FREE Who’s it for: Young People (16-24) How to apply to take part: Please fill in the short form at the bottom of this page FFWD is looking for dedicated young people (16-24) with an existing interest in produced electronic music and a passion to learn. A basic experience of music production software would be beneficial but not absolutely essential. All stylistic preferences will be considered from HipHop , Electronica and Drum n Bass, to House , Techno and Dubstep, and the skills you develop can be applied to your preferred style while working alongside Pop, Urban and Electronic music experts. “This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone wanting to develop their interest in producing music on a professional level.” -Smoove (Smoove & Turrell) Led by Mark Lowry (Shindig) and Smoove (Smoove and Turrell), FFWD will provide entry points to aspiring electronic music producers and vocalists who will get the opportunity to build, mix and record new tracks, set-up new collaborations, receive mentorship, secure performance opportunities and identify industry pathways. You will get the opportunity receive support and advice on:

  • Equipment
  • Effects
  • Sampling
  • Groove
  • Working with Room Acoustics
  • Synthesis
  • Arrangment
  • Music Theory
  • Preparing Tracks to be Release Ready

Production courses lasting 6 weeks, will run throughout 2015 and while there will be no cost to participate, spaces will be extremely limited. Also, as part of Generator’s search for individuals who show commitment, ability and potential, there will be an extension to these 6-week courses where exceptional participants will be selected to receive shorter, more intense support. This will include one-on-one tuition alongside full campaign and release support. FFWD will be linked intrinsically to the industry with high profile producers and songwriters delivering 12 masterclasses throughout the year where they will offer insights into their own work, and creative processes but most importantly, offer information on their individual routes into the industry.  Producer and Course leader Mark Lowry (Shindig) agrees, adding: “If you’re serious about your music and production then this course is a must” APPLY NOW by filling in the following DETAILS:

Your Name (required)

Your Email (required)

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Subject

Please briefly explain why you'd like to take part in the course

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FFWD Production Course

13-10-2015
17:30

FFWDlogo FREE COURSES & MASTERCLASSES FOR ASPIRING PRODUCERS  Start date: 13th October 2015 Session Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm Location : Our custom space inside Gateshead Old Town Hall Cost: FREE Who’s it for: Young People (16-24) How to apply to take part: Please fill in the short form at the bottom of this page FFWD is looking for dedicated young people (16-24) with an existing interest in produced electronic music and a passion to learn. A basic experience of music production software would be beneficial but not absolutely essential. All stylistic preferences will be considered from HipHop , Electronica and Drum n Bass, to House , Techno and Dubstep, and the skills you develop can be applied to your preferred style while working alongside Pop, Urban and Electronic music experts. “This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone wanting to develop their interest in producing music on a professional level.” -Smoove (Smoove & Turrell) Led by Mark Lowry (Shindig) and Smoove (Smoove and Turrell), FFWD will provide entry points to aspiring electronic music producers and vocalists who will get the opportunity to build, mix and record new tracks, set-up new collaborations, receive mentorship, secure performance opportunities and identify industry pathways. You will get the opportunity receive support and advice on:

  • Equipment
  • Effects
  • Sampling
  • Groove
  • Working with Room Acoustics
  • Synthesis
  • Arrangment
  • Music Theory
  • Preparing Tracks to be Release Ready

Production courses lasting 6 weeks, will run throughout 2015 and while there will be no cost to participate, spaces will be extremely limited. Also, as part of Generator’s search for individuals who show commitment, ability and potential, there will be an extension to these 6-week courses where exceptional participants will be selected to receive shorter, more intense support. This will include one-on-one tuition alongside full campaign and release support. FFWD will be linked intrinsically to the industry with high profile producers and songwriters delivering 12 masterclasses throughout the year where they will offer insights into their own work, and creative processes but most importantly, offer information on their individual routes into the industry.  Producer and Course leader Mark Lowry (Shindig) agrees, adding: “If you’re serious about your music and production then this course is a must” APPLY NOW by filling in the following DETAILS:

Your Name (required)

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FFWD Production Course

19-01-2016
17:30

FFWDlogo FREE COURSES & MASTERCLASSES FOR ASPIRING PRODUCERS  Start date: 19th Jan 2016 Session Times: Tuesdays and Thursdays 5:30pm-9:30pm Location : Our custom space inside Gateshead Old Town Hall Cost: FREE Who’s it for: Young People (16-24) How to apply to take part: Please fill in the short form at the bottom of this page FFWD is looking for dedicated young people (16-24) with an existing interest in produced electronic music and a passion to learn. A basic experience of music production software would be beneficial but not absolutely essential. All stylistic preferences will be considered from HipHop , Electronica and Drum n Bass, to House , Techno and Dubstep, and the skills you develop can be applied to your preferred style while working alongside Pop, Urban and Electronic music experts. “This is a brilliant opportunity for anyone wanting to develop their interest in producing music on a professional level.” -Smoove (Smoove & Turrell) Led by Mark Lowry (Shindig) and Smoove (Smoove and Turrell), FFWD will provide entry points to aspiring electronic music producers and vocalists who will get the opportunity to build, mix and record new tracks, set-up new collaborations, receive mentorship, secure performance opportunities and identify industry pathways. You will get the opportunity receive support and advice on:

  • Equipment
  • Effects
  • Sampling
  • Groove
  • Working with Room Acoustics
  • Synthesis
  • Arrangment
  • Music Theory
  • Preparing Tracks to be Release Ready

Production courses lasting 6 weeks, will run throughout 2015 and while there will be no cost to participate, spaces will be extremely limited. Also, as part of Generator’s search for individuals who show commitment, ability and potential, there will be an extension to these 6-week courses where exceptional participants will be selected to receive shorter, more intense support. This will include one-on-one tuition alongside full campaign and release support. FFWD will be linked intrinsically to the industry with high profile producers and songwriters delivering 12 masterclasses throughout the year where they will offer insights into their own work, and creative processes but most importantly, offer information on their individual routes into the industry.  Producer and Course leader Mark Lowry (Shindig) agrees, adding: “If you’re serious about your music and production then this course is a must” APPLY NOW by filling in the following DETAILS:

Your Name (required)

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Please briefly explain why you'd like to take part in the course

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Interim Director Scheme

Our interim director scheme is FREE of charge, and places first class, experienced directors into small to medium growing digital businesses for a period of time. Whether you are an SME that can’t yet afford to employ a finance director, but need help to locate and implement financial systems or efficiency drives, or are growing into a new sector and need specialised direction, our innovative ID Scheme will prove a great intervention for your business.

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Agile Management

As Agile Project Management is becoming more and more relevant for growing digital businesses, we have a rolling programme of FREE Masterclasses, delivered by leading experts ProAgile and aimed at helping businesses adopt a professional Agile consciousness. For more information, please get in touch.

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Networking and Masterclasses

We have teamed up with leading North East digital network, Digital Union, to provide a series of exciting and useful business networking events and Masterclasses. From the Summer Net Together, to the highly successful UX Day with head of BBC UX, Paul Sissons, we are proud to be bringing first class support to the region. If you have any suggestions for future one off events or masterclasses, please get in touch.

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Business Coaching

As part of our business coaching programme we’ve recruited experts in the fields of film, digital media and music who have all faced the challenges of setting up new businesses within a competitive sector. Their experiences will inform and help you to overcome obstacles and launch your business successfully. Our business coaching programme is bespoke for each beneficiary, providing the support you require, when you need it.

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