My current involvement in the YMI Demo and Rehearsal Project that I am a part of (read about it here), is working with a trio of young disabled musicians from Drake Music Scotland. Just as with all the other bands that we have worked with, my role is to mentor the musicians in the process of composing and producing their own original music. As I noted in the last post in which I described this project, the project is funded by the Youth Music Initiative, through Creative Scotland and affords young musicians (aged up to 25 years old) an opportunity to work with music industry mentors (professional musicians, composers and audio engineers), in order to write, record, produce, publicise and sell their own music. Creative Scotland state that the programme intends to:
(1) Create access to high quality music making opportunities for young people aged 0 – 25, particularly for those that would not normally have the chance to participate.
(2) Enable young people to achieve their potential in or through music making.
(3) Support the development of the youth music sector for the benefit of young people.
(Creative Scotland, 2013)
For this project, the main concerns are clearly points 1 and 2, above. I believe that it would be fair to say that the young musicians who form the core of this ensemble may not normally have the opportunity to participate in this type of project. However their involvement with Drake Music Scotland means that they do have the opportunity to be involved in practical, group music making. As such, the musicians that I will be working with are used to playing music and accustomed to playing with with each other – the composition and recording elements will be an exciting development. So, over the course of the next couple of months, we will be working to write and produce a 3-movement composition, each movement composed by one of the 3 core members reflecting their personal tastes and personalities. This will be achieved through various creative uses of technology and potentially novel approaches to arrangement and production.
I am particularly excited by this project and will post quick updates here when there are developments! More soon…