Computer music continues to infiltrate the unlikeliest of places.
Students at the saxaphone department of Posh conservatoire the Trinity
College of Music have started using free internet communications
software Skype to give interactive performances.
According to the high-brow school the department uses an Apple laptop
with a cardioid mic plugged into it via an audio interface to provide
better quality than the computer’s built-in microphone.
Project leader Melanie Henry says: "we're really excited about the
possibilities of this project. Many schools don't have the budget to
bring in quality performers and finding available performance space is
also often a problem, with the main school hall doubling up as the
canteen or gym. Using 'Skype' our students can perform from a
practice room in Trinity straight into a classroom, and the 'Skype'
technology is free - so it bypasses both of these problems. The
children often ask how old our students were when they started
playing. When they find out they started in year six - at the same
age as the children - it really inspires them. We've received great
feedback from the school and the students really enjoy the experience.
It's a great opportunity for them to interact with a young audience.
We're looking forward to developing this project further."
We’re sure the kids will be even more inspired once they realise you
can make dubstep on a computer too.