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Carlin McLellan


Address: Suite 3, 111 Hunter St, Newcastle
Hours:  by appointment
Property Donor:  Iris Capital
Launched: 25 August 2017

Carlin McLellan
e: [email protected]

Who are you?
Hello! I’m Carlin, a Registered Music Therapist and director of Play Anything Music Therapy.

What do you do?
I use music as a tool to help people from all walks of life. I hold a post-graduate degree in Creative Music Therapy (MmusThy) as well as Grade 8 AMEB for piano. I love working as a Music Therapist because it allows me to use the skills and knowledge I developed working as a Disability Support Worker for seven years with my experience as a music teacher, composer, producer and songwriter.

I am passionate about utilising new and emerging technology to facillitate active music-making for anyone, regardless of ability or musical experience. For instance, this could involve the use of video tracking technology to allow someone with limited movement to create sounds through eye movement. The possibilities of using technology to facillitate accessible music making are virtually endless!

What inspired you to get involved with Renew Newcastle?
I grew up in Newcastle and have spent most of my adult life here. Renew provides an amazing platform for me to connect with other artists and creatives  and develop mutually supportive networks. Renew made it possible for me to start up my business Play Anything Music Therapy. I am excited to continue adding to the cultural lifeworld of Newcastle by hosting a range of interesting, accessible events and workshops in my studio.

What are you doing in your new space?
Providing Music Therapy and supported music lessons, establishing connections with community and disability organisations as well as working on Collaboratory, an interactive, accessible music-making installation which will feature at This is Not Art in September 2018.

I’m also using the space to finish recording new albums for my musical projects Moonsign (electro-pop) and Hidden Sky (ambient). 

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Tell us about the space – what was its previous use? Anything unique about it? Your response to the space?
This space used to be a beauty salon, so there is a superabundance of sinks! If you require a sink in your life, I’m your guy.   This studio is the perfect space for me to work on my various projects and collaborations. I need more plants though. I’m willing to trade sinks for plants.