Issue date: 05 June 2001

Students from UWE's Digital Sound Production course have produced a CD which showcases some of the best work produced during the year. It includes a collaborative audio Portrait of Edgar Allan Poe, radio demo tapes, and music and sound for films, all produced using UWE's state of the art facilities. "The equipment we have at UWE is as good as any to be found in a commercial studio," said course leader, Dominic Grant.

Some of the first students to graduate from the Certificate in Digital sound Production based in the Faculty of Art, Media and Design at Bower Ashton have gone on to further study and others have found jobs in the music industry.

The CD features a radio feature by Caroline Gill, a mature student, entitled 'Voices" which investigates the question, "Why do people sing?" Her work ties in well with her professional life as a singer and voice coach. Caroline said the project enabled her to combine her love of music with experience of producing a demo tape for radio. "I love singing and I believe that we now live in a culture where singing is not as integral as I believe it should be", she says "I made the tape by interviewing friends who are singers and people who I have worked with on music therapy projects. I asked them to tell me why they sing and what singing has brought to their lives. The response ranged from people who said they could not live without singing to others who said it had helped them to deal with problems in their lives." Caroline wants to continue working in sound production when she completes her course at the end of this academic year.

Phil Cass has worked with Gorky's Zygotic Mynci - a nationally renowned rock band and has also been involved with other sound installations and musical collaborations in the city. He recently performed an improvised film score with course tutor

Duncan Speakman at this year's Bath Fringe Festival using lap top computers and a mixing desk He is also scheduled to perform at this years Ashton Court Festival. Phil says after 25 years out of formal education he appreciated the opportunity the course offered, "The course has been very valuable for me - I have learned new skills and disciplines and it has offered me new creative opportunities to develop my work."

Another student, Luke Woodbury, is currently involved in a variety of sound production jobs, particularly creating backing tracks. He is working with an artist who is taking part in the NME 'Battle of the Bands'.

Award Leader, Dominic Grant, said, "The music industry needs people who can combine technical expertise with a flair and enthusiasm for music. The Certificate in Digital Sound Production gives a grounding in a variety of sound production theories and techniques. This includes digital sound production and exploring how sound is used on film, TV, theatre and 'sound' installations. The students develop personal and creative skills through project work which is designed to link these to the practical skills taught in the workshops."


Editors notes

The Certificate in Digital Sound Production is part of the Widening Participation Initiative which encourages those who wouldn't normally consider it to undertake Higher Education.

For further information on the Certificate in Digital Sound Production contact Dominic Grant on:- 0117 344 4842, email Dominic.Grant@uwe.ac.uk

CD Rom available upon request from the Press Office (see below).

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