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One Education Event: Electronic Music & the National Curriculum

Taking place at John Rylands Library (part of University of Manchester) and where the Delia Derbyshire archive is housed; this event brought together teachers, Music Hub managers, Music Education organisations, pupils and Arts Council England to discuss the state of electronic music education on the English National Curriculum

National Plan for Music Eduation, findings…

“Although some schools make very effective use of music technology, it is underused… Technology can be used to support teaching, and to enable students to compose, make, record and perform music. It can also remove barriers for groups who might not otherwise be able to access music”

“Technology is used most effectively when it supports a clearly defined musical outcome and adds intrinsic value to teaching and the creative process”

Really interesting to listen to Caro C and her electronic music projects in schools that are inspired by the work of Delia Derbyshire where primary school children use Garageband, begin by deconstructing the DR Who theme tune and create their own TV theme tunes.

Table discussions were around the applications of the using electronic music approaches across the curriculum; and we heard from teachers as to attainment and observations of the participating pupils.

Zeroes and Ones: Music event

C6fwGkWWgAA_ZYZLed by the BIPC (Business and Intellectual Property Centre); this event focused on discussions around “Making and sharing music is easier than ever thanks to digital technology. But can you make money?” With a panel of music technology experts, including Sammy Andrews, digital consultant and previously Head of Digital at 19 Entertainment and the Cooking Vinyl Group. Simon Lyon, Producer & Trainer from Berlin-based music software company Ableton.



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Royal Northern College of Music: Talk


Thanks to Callum who invited us to do a talk about our work and demonstrate the machines with the contemporary music society students back in January. The Q&A was particularly interested as we discussed potential methods of improvisation with the machines and live instrumentation. The group were interested in how the sounds were produced through oscillators and digital logic chips.


Artful Innovation Programme, Pervasive Media Studios

We were successful in our application to be one of five selected new arts and tech start up companies for the first ever ‘Artful Innovation’ programme at Pervasive Media Studios, Watershed in Bristol. This week long course was an intensive business development course that looked at your value proposition, defining your target market and create a narrative/story for your business case, interrogate your values and explore your potential business model. The format was a series of seminars led by Stephen Gatfield with industry experts from branding, intellectual property, arts/tech funding and numerous guest speakers and case studies from PMS alumni. The programme culminated in a practice live pitching session in front of investors to gain feedback on our propositions.

Crucial to us was the idea of being sustainable artists whilst maintaining our artistic values and integrity; the programme was good for us to assess what we would potentially be comfortable with a mode of operating. We also heard from some really interesting case studies such as Sensible Objects on kickstarters and setting up as a business from the viewpoint of being an artist

You can read our final presentation here: Artful Innovation Pitchstill for blog