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Twenty one young people complete Findhorn Bay Arts REMIX music production programme

By Garry McCartney

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Two of the REMIX participants getting lost in music.
Two of the REMIX participants getting lost in music.

A TOTAL of 21 people took part in a year-long music making programme from Findhorn Bay Arts (FBA).

REMIX, a Moray Council Youth Music Initiative-funded project for musician aged between 12 and 21, was adapted and moved online due to Covid-19 and FBA marketing manager, Alex Williamson, confirmed the course was carried out over 12 months.

He said: “REMIX offered a place for young people to connect with other like-minded people over a shared interest, develop skills and create music, as well as create a community of young music-makers. Over three phases, we led 24 online sessions, organised an in-person studio weekend, were part of an online music festival event, engaged six professional music-maker videos, offered a trainee programme, created nine original tracks, a music video, and a bank of sample tracks.”

FBA worked online with seven young music-makers, teaching techniques in music production, creating original music from found sounds, recording interviews, conducting field recordings, and using software samples and synths.

Alex said: “We created music and a music video from objects found around the houses of the participants. They learned finger drumming and discussed music. As well as creating music, we brought in industry professionals to run sessions on the music industry - funding, Music Plus, life in the music business, creating music videos, creativity, and educational pathways. We also teamed up with Eden Court for an online weekend event, with two evenings of music created and performed by the group.”

FBA also ran a trainee programme where a participant learned about facilitation, session design, child protection, event preparation, and working with children.

Alex said: “We also facilitated an opportunity for a trainee to work with a local business, Drum Fun.”

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