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Welcome In its inaugural year, the Northern Territory government is very pleased to support Monsoon Sessions, a unique and much anticipated festival. Festival organisers have worked hard to deliver an event that provides the Territory’s vibrant arts sector with multiple opportunities for collaboration, professional development and networking with their national counterparts. In addition to many of the fascinating workshops, forums and discussions that will take place, a highlight for everyone will no doubt be Long Live Rock, a celebration of some of the greatest rock films ever made. I encourage the Territory’s arts sector to embrace this extraordinary 11 day event.

This is a festival for artists that will provide opportunities to enhance professionalism and expertise and to establish stronger connections with national and international arts practice. It will feature master classes, workshops, seminars, talks and demonstrations and will cover a range of art forms, including broadcasting, digital media, theatre, dance, music, film, and visual arts. The festival will also feature a number of events that are common to all participants, thereby creating greater awareness and understanding across art forms as well as creating opportunities for networking and future collaborations. I hope you enjoy the offerings.

The Hon. Gerry McCarthy Minister of Arts and Museums

Malcolm Blaylock Director

About Monsoon Sessions


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Monsoon Sessions is presented with the assistance of several partners. The contact for Information and Registration is sometimes directly with our partner organisations. This will be clearly indicated in the program. Places are strictly limited so registration is essential for all sessions except for Long Live Rock which is open to all. Email: Phone: 08 89419066

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Price: Most sessions are FREE but some are fee paying Register at unless specified otherwise

Contents Welcome About Monsoon Sessions

From Zero to Hero: Sound Design Crowdfunding

ABC Open The Hybrid Media Challenge

Studio Techniques: Home Studio Producing Beats Happy Yess Lecture Series

Musician’s Boot Camp Industry Hook Ups

Cinematography: HD DLSR Production ACF Information Session Woodside Better Business Seminar

Advanced Major Gift Funding Art and Community

Playwright’s Lab Acting

Producing Playwriting

Make your own rock n roll film Long Live Rock

Long Live Rock

Future Talk


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From Zero to Hero – Sound Design


Since the beginning of talking movies, sound design has played a crucial role in the presentation of film, video, theatre, animation and other performance based visuals. Take your knowledge of sound to the next level with this introduction to sound design. This workshop will discuss the basic elements and some technical aspects of working with sound for a visual medium.

Crowdfunding is playing an increasing role in getting creative projects off the ground. This relatively new funding model has given life to the creative aspirations of many of our much loved artists. Cofounder of Pozible, Rick Chen shares his insights and perspectives on how crowdfunding can work for your next creative project. Pozible is an online crowdfunding platform and community for creative projects and ideas. Developed for artists, musicians, filmmakers, journalists, designers, social change makers, entrepreneurs, inventors, event organisers, software developers and all creative minded people to raise funds, realise their aspirations and make great things possible.

Peter Houtmeyers, Lecturer in Interactive Digital Media, CDU

Attendees will be expected to have an understanding of audio recording software such as Pro Tools, Logic Pro, Cubase or Reason and a basic understanding of audio signal processing such as EQ and compression. Peter Houtmeyers is a Lecturer in Interactive Digital Media at Charles Darwin University. He has over 10 years experience in the multimedia industry and education sectors and has spent considerable time within the Middle Eastern and European audio industry, providing a global experience in multimedia. Date: Time: Venue:

Sun 17 June 9am – 4pm Room 11.2.07 Bldg Orange 11 Charles Darwin University, Ellengowan Dve Casuarina*

Free Register at

*Participants can enter Building Orange 11 and proceed up the first stair case on their right. At the top of the stairs is room 11.2.07.


Rick Chen, Pozible

Pozible provides project creators with a platform to present their ideas to a worldwide audience. If anyone likes the idea they can support it by pledging money to the creator’s project. In return for support, the project creators will offer rewards depending on the level of funding; essentially differentiating itself from the normal funding process. Rick Chen is an entrepreneur and social change maker with a strong focus on new media design. Rick co-founded Pozible, Australia’s first crowdfunding platform, after completing his Master’s degree in digital media design. Date: Sat 16 June Time: 2pm – 4pm Venue: Happy Yess, 12 Smith St Darwin Price: $10 or $25 as part of MusicNT Boot Camp (see page 6) Register at

ABC Open

Alex Smee, Producer ABC Open West Kimberley


In this short, but jam packed presentation, producer Alex Smee will talk about ABC Open, how it works and how you and your community can become involved. ABC Open provides a focal point for Australian regional communities who want to share their stories and experiences through the ABC. Date: Time: Venue:

Sat 16 June 12:30pm – 1:30pm Brown’s Mart Theatre, 12 Smith St Darwin

Free Register at

Timelapse Workshop Timelapse is a fast and effective technique for showing your creative process or event. It’s easy to do, and easy to share online. This workshop will teach participants how to film, edit and upload a simple timelapse video using their own camera and a computer. Alex Smee is an ABC producer based in Broome. She has wide experience as an editor, director, writer and graphic designer. She is currently ABC Open’s West Kimberley producer. Date: Sun 17 June Time: 9am – 12pm Venue: Brown’s Mart Theatre, 12 Smith St Darwin Free Register at Participants must bring their own still camera/smart phone/iphone and laptop plus appropriate cable connector or card reader.

The Hybrid Media Challenge: Approaching a perfect media storm Gary Hayes, Futurist and New Media Evangelist The media and storytelling landscape is constantly changing but in the last six years we have never seen such monumental change. Gary takes us on a journey from the old days of new media through to the very near future using current examples of the work in ABCs Multi Platform TV team through to other cutting edge examples of Augmented Reality, Transmedia, Social Media Storytelling and Games. Gary Hayes, an award winning multi platform producer, is currently executive producer at ABC Multi Platform TV and also directs transmedia training unit Throughout his extensive career he has worked across the UK music and multimedia industry including the development of the internet, interactive TV and cross platforms for the BBC. He is a regular keynote speaker, consultant producer in social & transmedia to the TV, Film and Arts industries. He has also been an International Interactive Emmy juror for the past three years. His media innovation blog personalizemedia. com has been in top 10 Media & Marketing for over 2 years and he runs 11 other sites linked from Date: Sat 16 June Time: 10am – 12pm Venue: Brown’s Mart Theatre, 12 Smith St Darwin Free Register at


Studio Techniques: Home Studio

Producing Beats James Mangohig

Tony Buchen

Producer Tony Buchen presents this practical session on getting the best out of your home studio using the gear you have. A range of topics including mic placement, gear advice and recording tips will be covered in this session. Tony has notched up an impressive back-catalogue of projects with artists such as Bluejuice, The Church and Blue King Brown. Tony Buchen’s experience as a musician and skills as a producer have continued to resonate with the broad spectrum of artists he has worked with, and his career has gone from strength to strength. Recent projects include mixing John Butler’s ‘Live At Red Rocks’ (2011 ARIA Nomination), producing an EP for NZ artist Gin Wigmore, scoring a spot in triple j’s Hottest 100 of 2010 with ‘Dog’ by Andy Bull (feat. Lisa Mitchell) and receiving critical acclaim for his work with Melbourne hip-hop artist Phrase, whose new album ‘Babylon’ eschews pre-fabricated beats and sampling for scratch-made live tracks with 60’s garage rock and 70’s soul stylings. Date: Sat 16 June Time: 10am – 11:30am Venue: Subsonic Studios 24 Gardens Hill Cres, The Gardens Price: $20 Register at


This workshop will cover the production of beats and utilizing them in the recording process. James Mangohig is one half of Darwin group Sietta who have achieved enormous success nationally and internationally over the past 12 months following the release of their debut album The Seventh Passenger. James’ production also features on his other project Damn Moroda. Date: Sat 16th June Time: 10am – 11:30am Venue: MusicNT Office, Level 1, 21 Cavenagh St, Darwin Price: $20 Register at

Happy Yess Lecture Series The Happy Yess continues the tradition of being a space for people to share their thoughts with the second in the 2012 lecture series. Nico Liengme and Tom Halliday present a night of words, music, passion and headbanging brilliance, sharing their expansive knowledge on the history of heavy metal and electronic media respectively. The talks will follow a screening of Global Metal as part of the Long Live Rock film screenings Date: Thurs 21 June Time: 7:30pm – 1am Venue: Happy Yess, 12 Smith St , Darwin Free More information at

Musician’s Boot Camp Get your band into shape with a one day boot camp open to all musicians. Three sessions will cover key areas that will provide you with insider knowledge from music industry experts.

The Songs: Publishing 101 Clive Hodson – Perfect Pitch Publishing Clive Hodson, co-director of Perfect Pitch and music industry veteran will take you through your paces of what music publishing is and how your band can get a publishing deal. Perfect Pitch, although a small independent music publisher, has developed a sizable local and international catalogue. Always evolving, reinventing and rejuvenating, they currently represent in excess of 10,000 copyrights. Time: 10am - 11.30am

The Support: Crowdfunding Rick Chen- Pozible Co-founder of Pozible, Rick Chen shares his insights and perspectives on how crowdfunding can work for your next creative project. For more info see page 4. Time: 2pm – 4pm

Date: Sat 16 June Time: 10am - 4pm Venue: Happy Yess, 12 Smith St, Darwin Price: $25 for the day Register at

The Message: Social Media and Marketing Sarah Price - iSpry digital marketing Sarah Price will join a panel of local music industry professionals discussing the best ways of connecting with and developing your audience using digital and traditional channels. Sarah Price is director of new digital marketing agency iSpry digital marketing with over 13 years experience in marketing and public relations. Time: 12pm – 1:30pm

Industry Hook Ups Get to know your local music industry. Need something done? Find out who does what in these free and informative sessions. Time: 4 – 6pm (all sessions) Venue: Happy Yess, 12 Smith St, Darwin Register at Promoters Sound Companies Music Studios Media Thu 14 June Wed 20 June Thu 21 June Fri 22 June


Cinematography: HD DLSR Production

Australia Cultural Fund (ACF) Information Session

Kym Rogers and Andrew Hyde

Meriel Corbett-Weir - Australian Business Arts Foundation (ABAF)

The introduction of DSLR cameras into the video production market has been described as a ‘game changer’ in the film, video and television production industry.

Learn about tax deductibility and how ABAF ACF can assist you with generating income for your projects.

Pro AV Solutions, in conjunction with the ACS NT Branch and Darwin Pro Video, presents an information session on the latest DSLRs and other large sensor cameras, and the impact they are having on the production industry. The session will be facilitated by Kym Rogers from Pro Av Solutions in Adelaide and ACS NT President Andrew Hyde. Kym Rogers has been operating Pro AV Solutions for over 25 years. They are a major supplier of pro video, audio, lighting, grips, and all production accessories. Kym will have on display the latest in Canon and Sony camera systems including the NEX-FS700. Andrew Hyde is a freelance cinematographer having worked in the broadcast television industry for over 20 years. His documentary credits include Supporting Roles, Dahkiya Vs the King and In a League of Their Own and his broadcast television credits include Grand Designs and numerous ABC projects. Date: Thu 14 June Time: 7pm Venue: Darwin Turf Club, Dick Ward Dve, Fannie Bay Free For further information contact 0411 288 005 or


Meriel Corbett-Weir’s career spans 25 years in executive leadership roles specialising in national and international strategic policy development, corporate governance and capacity building. Date: Sun 17 June Time: 1pm – 2pm Venue: Brown’s Mart Theatre Free Register at

Woodside Better Business Seminar: Making the most of Social Media This ABAF sponsored seminar is tailored to arts professionals wishing to optimise their social media strategy. The session will offer practical tips and the latest case studies to illustrate how best to use social media. Donald Young has worked in many IT roles for the NT Government for the last 10 years and was the President of the Board with the YMCA of the Top End between 2009 and 2011. Date: Sun 17 June Time: 2:30pm – 4:30pm Venue: Brown’s Mart Theatre Free Register at

Advanced Major Gifts Fundraising

Guy Mallabone - President, Global Philanthropic

International leader in major gifts fundraising Guy Mallabone returns to Darwin by popular demand to present a full day course designed for staff involved in fundraising and development. Find out how to maximise your major gift fundraising potential with this practical and interactive masterclass and breakfast talk. Guy Mallabone has over 30 years experience in major gift fundraising. Guy is internationally recognised as one of the most successful and inspiring leaders in fundraising across culture and the arts, education and welfare. The Advanced Major Gifts Fundraising Masterclass is a full-day course designed for all staff involved in fundraising and development. Date: Time: Venue: Price:

Thu 14 June 9am - 4:30pm Crowne Plaza, 32 Mitchell St, Darwin $250 (including lunch and refreshments)

The Advanced Major Gifts Fundraising Breakfast Talk is a condensed version of the masterclass. It focuses on the important role of the Board and executive staff in securing major gifts. Date: Fri 15 June Time: 7:45am to 9am Venue: Crowne Plaza, 32 Mitchell St, Darwin Price: $55 To Register contact Gillian Harrison (08) 8999 7451 or email

Art and Community: Challenges and Opportunities in the Community Arts and Cultural Development (CACD) Sector Christian (Bong) Ramilo Executive Officer, Darwin Community Arts

Artistic and cultural development practiceamong communities is a diverse field, subject to many conceptions and misconceptions. This forum will begin to discuss some of these, as well as talk about challenges and opportunities facing the sector. This is a good opportunity for (CACD) practitioners to discuss what it is that they do. It is also a good opportunity for those who don’t work in the sector to get an idea of what the making and sharing of art means in the context of community The Forum will be facilitated by Christian (Bong) Ramilo, Executive Officer of Darwin Community Arts. It will also include a panel of artists and other stakeholders. Bong has been Executive Officer of Darwin Community Arts (DCA) since 2006 and a community artist for over thirty years. He received an Australia Council Fellowship in 2000 to explore new technologies and community cultural development and continues this exploration through digital media projects at DCA, and beyond. Date: Sat 23 June Time: 2pm – 4pm Venue: Brown’s Mart Rehearsal Room, 12 Smith St Darwin Free Register at


Playwright’s Lab


Some of the country’s best dramaturgs and directors come to Darwin to view excerpts from plays by Top End playwrights, and provide valuable feedback.

Acclaimed director Eamon Flack will take actors through an exciting physical and thought provoking experience. Designed for actors with some experience, this is a class you won’t want to miss. Eamon graduated from the Western Australian Academy of Performing Arts and worked as an actor for a number of years. Since 2006 he has been the Artistic AssociateProgramming and Development at Company B Belvoir Theatre.

Presented in association with Brown’s Mart Productions

Attending directors and dramaturgs include: Rachael Maza Long - Artistic Director Ilbijerri Theatre Company A Yidinji (North Queensland) and Komet (Murray Island) woman, Rachael brings with her a wealth of acting, directing and dramaturgical experience including presenting on ABC TV’s Message Stick, and other film and television work. Eamon Flack – Belvoir Theatre A Waapa Graduate and experienced actor, Eamon is currently Associate Director of new Projects at Belvoir Theatre. Chris Mead - Artistic Director Playwriting Australia Chris has been directing for theatre since 1987 and is a highly experienced dramaturg. He has also been Literary Manager of both Company B Belvoir St Theatre the Sydney Theatre Company. Suellen Maunder - Artistic Director Jute Theatre Company Suellen is an actor, director producer and writer. In 1972 she co- founded Jute Theatre which is dedicated to developing and producing new works. Date: Fri 15 June 10am – 5pm Sat 16 June 10am – 1pm Venue: Browns Mart Theatre 12 Smith St, Darwin Free Places are limited and potential participants need to apply to


Eamon Flack - Associate Director New Projects, Belvoir

He has directed a number of works at Belvoir, including Beckett’s The End, As You Like It and Baby Teeth, with outstanding success. He was also dramaturg on the innovative and highly acclaimed production of The Wild Duck. Date: Sat 16 June Time: 2pm – 5pm Venue: Browns Mart Theatre, 12 Smith St Darwin Free Register at



This fascinating seminar will provide you with the information you need to put on a successful independent show. Ideal for first time producers, or if you just need some clarification around certain areas. Sam Hawker from Arts Radar, Sydney based supporter and producer of independent theatre and dance will take you through step by step what it means to produce, and some of the areas that are important for a production to be successful.

This full day workshop for both emerging and experienced playwrights is a must for anyone wishing to further hone their skills in this area. Participants should have had at least one play produced.

Sam Hawker, Arts Radar

Sam Hawker started her theatre career as a Stage Manager after studying at WAAPA. Her credits include Michael Kantor’s The Ham Funeral and Neil Armfield’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream. Over the years Sam has worked with hundreds of artists, directors and choreographers on a wide variety of productions from cabaret to Shakespeare, contemporary dance to comedy, outdoor spectaculars to intimate theatre and everything inbetween. Date: Fri 22 June Time: 12pm – 4pm Venue: Browns Mart Theatre, 12 Smith St Darwin Free Register at

Jane Bodie

Jane Bodie is Head of Playwriting at NIDA. She is a writer and director whose plays have been performed worldwide, from the UK to New York and Brazil. Jane won a Green Room Award for Outstanding Writing in 2003 and the prestigious Louis Esson Prize for Drama in 2006. In 2009 Jane also wrote a large scale community play Us, to celebrate Hampstead Theatre’s 50th Anniversary. Prior to her appointment at NIDA Jane worked for five years at the Royal Court Theatre in London. She has also written extensively for TV and radio, including The Secret Life of Us, No Angels, Moving Wallpaper, Echo Beach and Well, for Radio 4 in the UK. Date: Sat 23 June Time: 10am – 4pm Venue: Browns Mart Theatre, 12 Smith St, Darwin Free Register at


Make your own rock n roll film: Fist Full of Films Forum Cal and Todd Williams

In this entertaining forum learn all you need to know about making your own rock n roll film with rock legends Todd and Cal Williams. Discover the ins and outs of recording live music, filming on stage, the construction of a storyline and the pace of a good rockumentary - Todd and Cal will reveal all. Todd Williams is a Territory videographer, musician and movie-nut. He is a Fist Full of Films winner for Demons (2001), and has directed video clips for Shellie Morris, Jane Kitto and Iwantja Band. Cal Williams is a founding member of NT bands Swamp Jockeys, Yothu Yindi, PEKAS and Horse Trank. He is also winner of the inaugural Fist Full of Films video of the year and also winner of best sound track the following year.

Dave Chappelle’s Block Party Thu 14 June 6pm

Purple Rain - Prince Fri 15 June 7.30pm

Jimi Hendrix Sun 17 June 6pm

Date: Tue 19 June Time: 5:30pm - 6:30pm Venue: Browns Mart Theatre 12 Smith St, Darwin Free Register at


No Direction Home -Bob Dylan Wed 20 June 6pm – 9.3 0pm with interval

Global Metal Thu 21 June 6pm

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Saltwater Band, Live in Darwi & Yothu Yindi Tribal Voice n Mon 18 June 6pm


It Might Get Loud Sat 23 June 5pm

End of The Century: The Story of The Ramone s Tue 19 June 7pm

All throughout the F e Theatre will rock ou stival, Brown’s Mart t some of the greate to a celebration of st rock films past an d present. Heima – Sigur Rós Sat 23 June 7pm

Free Admission. All W elcome

Future Talk The Future of NT Dance - Burning Issues and Big Ideas Presented by Ausdance NT You are invited to contribute to a facilitated conversation about dance in the Northern Territory. This public forum will offer everyone who attends the chance to be heard, and to help shape the big ideas that will support the future of dance in the Northern Territory. Led by Julie Dyson AM, the National Director of Ausdance and four leaders from the Territory dance sector, the forum will address the future of dance in the Territory and answer the question: What is your most burning issue, and what is your biggest idea? Date: Sun 24 June Time: 1pm - 3pm Venue: Browns Mart Rehearsal Room, 12 Smith St darwin Free Register at

Theatre Sector Meeting In recent years, the theatre sector in the Northern Territory has undergone dramatic changes. In this forum the Sector Steering Committee will report on recent developments within the sector and discuss strategies for the future. It will also discuss crafting a vision for the sector, creating a sustainable future and how the Territory is currently linking with the Australian Theatre Network.


Date: Sun 24 June Time: 1pm - 3pm Venue: Browns Mart Theatre, 12 Smith St darwin Free Register at

Visual Artist Forum An afternoon of presentations by local visual artists. This forum will include short 5-10 minute presentations on projects, practices and opportunities in Darwin. This provides an opportunity to listen to artists share their stories about their practice, their collaborations and projects. As well as hearing the artists stories, you can hear about what’s happening in your local arts sector and how you can get involved. Date: Sun 17 June Time: 2pm – 4pm Venue: Woods Street Gallery DVAA Register at

Music MusicNT will be undertaking a sector wide consultation during the workshops in Monsoon sessions and through our online networks to identify the key issues facing musicians and the music industry in the Northern Territory. The results of this will be put forward as part of the Future Forum on Sunday 24th of June.

Future Forum This final forum brings together all sectors to look at some big ideas and possibilities for the future of the arts in the Territory. Discussions and ideas arising from the day’s forums will come together as participants share their thoughts and several speakers will present some visionary possibilities. This will be moderated by Richard Margetson.Everyone is invited to participate. Date: Sun 24 June Time: 4pm – 6pm Venue: Browns Mart Theatre, 12 Smith St darwin

Monsoon Sessions Closing Party kicks off from 6pm.



From Zero to Hero: Sound Design Musicians Boot Camp: Crowdfunding ABC Open Presentation Timelapse Workshop The Hybrid Media challenge Studio Techniques: Home Studio

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Producing Beats Happy Yess Lecture Series Musicians Boot Camp: The Songs

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Musicians Boot Camp: The Message Industry Hook Ups: Promoters Industry Hook Ups: Sound Companies Industry Hook Ups: Music Studios Industry Hook Ups: Media Cinematography: HD DLSR Production ACF Information Session Woodside Better Business Seminar: Social Media Advanced Major Gifts Funding Masterclass Advanced Major Gifts Funding Breakfast Art and Community Playwright’s lab Acting Producing

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Make your own rock and roll film


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2-4pm 12:30-1:30pm 9am-12pm 10pm-12pm 10am11:30am 10-11:30am 7:30pm-1am 10am11:30am 12pm-1:30pm 4-6pm 4pm-6pm 4pm-6pm 4-6pm 7pm

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Sun 17 9am-4pm

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7.45am-9am 2pm-4pm 10am-5pm

10am-1pm 2pm-5pm 12pm-4pm 10am-4pm 5:30pm 6:30pm

Dave Chapelle’s Block Party 6pm

Purple Rain Prince 7:30pm

Jimi Hendrix 6pm

Saltwater Band, Live in Darwin & Tribal Voice Yothu Yindi 6pm

End of the Century: the Story of The Ramones 7pm

No Direction Home -Bob Dylan 6pm

Global Metal 6pm

It Might Get Loud 5pm Heima – Sigur Rós 7pm

Long Live Rock


The Future of NT Dance Theatre sector meeting

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Visual Artist Forum


Future Forum



Monsoon Sessions Closing Party



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Thanks to the invaluable contribution of our partners and supporters

Christopher Smyth, Clancy Breasley, David Mc Micken, Donna Halicone, Janice Mc Ewen, Jansis O’Hanlon, Julie Blyth, Kerrin Schallmeiner, Leanne Waterhouse, Mark Smith Mary Anne Butler, Meriel Corbett – Weir, Sandra Thibodeaux, Susan Congreve, Therese Ritchie, Tim Newth

2012 Monsoon Sessions Program  

This unique event has been crafted especiallyfor the Territory’s dynamic arts sector and delivers a series of forums, workshops, seminarsand...

2012 Monsoon Sessions Program  

This unique event has been crafted especiallyfor the Territory’s dynamic arts sector and delivers a series of forums, workshops, seminarsand...