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Sound Life
25.03.2019
SOUND LIFE

Thanks to Lottery funding we’ve been able to extend our outreach with a new interactive sound project for 13-21 year olds! We’ve listened to our young people and they are now talking their music into schools, skateparks and local venues; creating exciting new music without needing to play a musical instrument.

Sound Life is a collaborative new project that engages hundreds of young people from a wide range of settings to contribute to a piece of music. The project works with groups of young people from all across Devon, gathering sounds and using them to make a piece of music. We explore sounds in a variety of ways including looking at the characteristics of different sounds and how they can be used musically.

Each group spends time, with guidance from our music leaders, gathering sounds from their own environments, identifying possible uses for them and exploring the possibilities of sound using computer software. These sounds (or stems) will be made available as a downloadable resource to inspire the creation of new music, forming a library of sounds that can be used as an online learning tool and resource by young music creators and aspiring producers.

We are currently visiting local youth settings and running workshops with young people exploring and gathering sounds that will form this 'sound library'. This project requires no previous musical knowledge and offers new skills and techniques for all music creators and aspiring producers.

Watch our young people interacting with the project here and follow us on facebook for upcoming events.

For more information or to host a free session get in touch at info@jammingstation.co.uk

The Sound Life project also sees us launch four new strands to Jamming Station – DJ Station, Base Station, Sub Station and InfeStation.

Currently hosted at KEVICC as a lunchtime session, DJ Station allows young people to interact with music electronically, without needing to play an instrument. Base Station offers 11-18 year-olds entry level music skills to increase their confidence and participation as a great stepping stone into the main Jamming Station group, and piloting at KEVICC on the 06, 13 and 20 June, Sub Station will reach 13-21 year olds through computer based, music-making workshops.

2018 saw the launch of our termly InfeStation DJ night. And this year it’s back by popular demand! Our Jambassador team has been working on making our termly InfeStation DJ events a safe space for local children and young people. We released a statement about our commitment back in December 2018 and we’re grateful to those members of the Totnes community who have responded to our invitation to get involved in making good things happen for young people. If you’re 13-21, join us at the Barrel House from 7-11pm on the 12 April, 23 May and 12 July 2019. DJ workshop / open deck session from 7-8pm. £2 entry on the door. No alcohol.

Please help us spread the word about the nature of these events and why we feel it’s relevant and timely for children to be seen, heard and represented.

Feet

31.12.2018
BRINGING YOUNG PEOPLE TO THE HEART OF TOWN

In October, we launched our first InfeStation DJ night made with and for young people aged 13-21 years old at the Barrel House Ballroom in Totnes. Volunteer mentor and former Jamming Station participant, Izzi Warburton was keen to find a safe space for people to share their love for electronic music in an exciting and welcoming environment with the right kind of vibe that appeals to others his age.

Local young DJs take to the decks and play their favourite music for others to dance to. We have a friendly approach at the door, there is adequate adult support inside and out of the building, and a non-alcoholic bar. Sarah Kidd, proprietor at the Barrel House, a legendary local music venue, recognises that young people need a space in which to enjoy music in a social setting and in partnership with Jamming Station is pleased to offer the InfeStation DJ night as a regular event, ‘We’re proud to support these youth nights, which are really needed in our community.'

Over 100 young people attended the launch night and we’re delighted to be working alongside Totnes Street Pastors to ensure that there is a support on the streets at future events. We are keen to involve more of the local community to help support young people to be safe at these events and in town in the evening.

The DJ night was made possible thanks to Big Lottery funding obtained with local community support earlier this year. The Sound Life project is now into its fourth month and alongside the DJ night launch Jamming Station have been delivering free mixed-ability music making workshops in song-writing, DJing and sampling for students at KEVICC and in local youth centres. Informal mix sessions are coming up at Totnes Skate park along with several live events over the next nine months. These events will be suitable for young people new to DJing, while experienced DJ crews are encouraged to bring along their vinyl. Workshops with Jamming Station provide opportunities to explore creative pathways, connect with others and develop personally on an emotional and social level with positive role models in a supportive environment. Funds have also allowed us to buy specialised equipment for young people to improve their technique.

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Jamming Station Winners
04.05.2018
JAMMING STATION IS FEELING BLESSED 

 Jamming Station and young musicians in Totnes are feeling blessed. At the end of a nail biting two weeks of gathering public votes to support their National Lottery funding bid, this grass roots local community scheme (set up by three local mothers Jacqui Perks, Beth Coombes and Lee Friese-Greene) which has been bringing 13-21 year olds together in a safe and supported space to create and play music for 5 years now, has just received the news that they have won £50K via the Peoples Project fund! This money will help Jamming Station develop a new programme, called Sound Life, which will deliver all kinds of music workshops in Totnes and throughout Torbay,  including in local schools and the Totnes skate park. Jamming Station will now be able to train volunteers and mentors to work in creative ways to empower young people.  

“There was some stiff competition and all participating organisations were great. It’s been such a privilege gathering votes in town talking to and getting to know our community,” says Director Jacqui Perks. “It feels like we’ve won the lottery, and we literally have, thanks to the votes of our local supporters. We have a very special thank you to give to local businesses who helped us spread the word, including the amazingly supportive Barrel House, and also The Totnes Brewery, The Hairy Barista, Ben’s Farm Shop, The Practice and Morrisons, and local music supporters such as Music Muso and Riviera FM. This was a community really pulling together, and we couldn’t have done it without you!”   

Sound Life will include exciting opportunities for young people who love music but don’t play an instrument, as well as those who are harder to reach. Workshops will be wide ranging, such as DJing, sound sampling, mixing and songwriting.

Director Beth Coombes says: “Thanks to all who voted we will increase our reach to more young people, opening up the possibility of amazing positive experiences with new friends, in groups, and in our community. Young people will be able to learn a new instrument, join a band and perform at local events. Sound Life is about bringing young people together, giving them valuable life skills and building confidence and self-esteem to support their well being.” 

Thank you so much Totnes!” says Jacqui.“This is a game changer for our youth music project and we’re really looking forward to putting our plans into action over the coming year!”.

If anyone is interested in volunteering at Jamming Station or if you’re 13-21 years old and want to join in, visit www.jammingstation.co.uk 

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Vote for Jamming Station
12.04.2018
VOTE FOR JAMMING STATION'S SOUND LIFE PROJECT
Posted by Jamming Station

We're asking for you to help us win some much needed funding so we can offer free music workshops for young people who are experiencing social or educational exclusion and anxiety in Torbay. The project is called SOUND LIFE and will include life skills mentoring and support, musical tutoring, and regular celebratory performances in order to build the young people’s confidence and provide them with new skills and interests.

Between 9am 16th April and midday 30th April you can vote for us HERE 

This is part of the National Lottery's People’s Project which is all about ensuring that funding goes right where it’s needed in each local community, so Jamming Station will be appealing to the SW community to vote for them. As well as weekly ‘jamming’ sessions, kids also benefit from workshops from Sound Sampling to DJ skills and get a chance to perform live at local gigs and festivals. 

Jamming Station is a community based scheme, providing safe spaces where young people  can meet regularly to play and create music together in a supported environment, allowing them to really explore their creativity as well as develop social skills and confidence. In just six years this grass roots organisation has grown from small weekly sessions in Totnes to regular and well mentored sessions and events for kids of all ages and backgrounds in and around the area including Torquay, Buckfastleigh and Exeter. We need your vote! 

Thank you 

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Be part of the Totnes music scene
12.02.2018
Be part of the Totnes youth music scene
Posted by Beth Coombes

Jamming Station is a great music resource for young people, to socialise, create music together and perform at great local venues. It is also a hub for members of the community to be part of, whether it is coming to our open mic gigs, taking part in community workshops or volunteering with us on the sound desk or behind the camera. We are involved with many projects throughout Totnes and the surrounding areas, working alongside other organisations, to create more opportunities for young people and the wider community. There are so many interesting stories to share, so we are always on the look out for people to film, take photos, record events, write articles, be part of our radio show, post our news on social media and just be part of our network. If you, or someone you know, loves listening to music, being part of the youth music scene or wants to get involved with Jamming Station in a creative way, then get in touch.