First Campus organised for fourteen young people from across South Wales to attend the University of South Wales First Campus Music Summer School at the ATRiuM to compose and record their own songs with professional musicians from the Cardiff Jazz and Rock music scene.
The Summer School, which took place during the first fortnight of the Summer holidays, introduced the young musicians to a variety of techniques and ideas to help them create and write their own musical arrangements. Over the fortnight, the participants worked as a large group to create a soundscape using the blues form and in small groups to create musical interludes around feelings and emotion using modes, writing two original rock songs. The work was recorded in the University of South Wales, ATRiuM recording studios where participants were given the opportunity to engineer and edit their music. The Summer School culminated in a live performance of the work produced to the participants friends and family.
Gethin Viner said: “The recording session went great and I think the whole project has given me some great ideas. Julian, Steve and Greta have been fantastic to work with and have really helped us grow as musicians. They could see how much we are capable of and knew how to give us the drive we needed. It’s been a big confidence boost.”
Daniel Hearn added: “Coming to the University of South Wales to write my own music has been really enjoyable. I’ve also really enjoyed working with Julian, Steve and Greta as they’ve gone through everything so thoroughly with us. I’ve developed a lot more confidence on my ukulele and I’ve learned lots of ways to write my own music and come up with ideas. I’ve had great fun and learned a lot about creating music.”