Sound System Event and Workshop in Darwin, Australia

With SST researchers working in and with local scenes, it’s a pleasure to highlight some of the ongoing activities – namely the Knock-em Down Sound System programme. Part of the SST Australia’s work this offers a public programme as well as providing an opportunity for research. 

Andrew Belletty is leading the Knock-em Down Sound System project in Darwin from 6-14th April, collaborating with elders of the scene including Speargrass Sound System, DJ Charly T and James Mangohig. The workshops, masterclasses and public events are supported by Charles Darwin University, The Darwin City Council, Northern Territory Youth Week and the Bagot Community. The research focuses on intergenerational knowledge exchange and community activation with a documentary film and VR outputs to be completed by end May 2024.  

Situated in the Northern Territory of Australia, the small town of Darwin is distinguished by its isolation, harsh tropical climate, and closeness to Southeast Asia. These factors have uniquely shaped its music production, cultural landscape, and sound system technology, differentiating it from metropolitan areas. The town’s Indigenous custodians acknowledge a specific season in April, marked by the arrival of the Knock em Down winds, which flatten the spear grass heralding the onset of the dry season. 

The full program is available at

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