Sound#Hack Creative Music Tech Event Saturday 27 JUNE!


The School of Music and Fine Art are hosting a fantastic event as part of the Ideas Test Digital Learning events programme created in partnership with Royal Opera House Bridge to bring music tech and performance to young people from Swale and Medway, with students and teachers discovering new skills and composing and performing with feedback from an industry panel.

“This is going to be about discovering new talents and inspiring new career pathways, and also helping educators and parents recognise creative technology career pathways. We wanted to develop an event culture that always has performance, exhibition and a dynamic learning culture at the core,” comments Kevin Grist, one of the event producers at Ideas Test.


This small-scale pilot event, from 10.30am-5pm, will see students and teachers learning together, working with professional digital musicians, discovering new skills and uncovering some different approaches to taste and excellence in performance. Participants will compose and perform music, with artistic feedback from an industry panel from AudioActive’s In the Lab team.

The event will start with a digital music performance including live coded pieces made with Sonic Pi.

This will be followed by sessions where participants, educators and live coders work with Audio Active and University of Kent’s music team and music students to develop their own pieces, either on their own or in groups. The afternoon session will enable people to present their ideas, showing rough code or snatches of ideas.

Look out for an online webinar after the event with ROH Bridge, to talk more about the event itself and how it touches on issues and opportunities that digital music tech bring to the classroom.

Workshops will include:

  • AudioActive, featuring DJ Skitz and other artists including live vocal looping and beat production
  • Sonic Pi, exploring the use of live coding to compose music
  • University of Kent, exploring mixing for 5.1 surround sound
  • AudioActive’s In the Lab will feature an expert panel giving artistic and technical advice on music created throughout the day

Places are limited to 15 spaces for teachers and 25 spaces for young people. To confirm your space please register via EventBrite before Saturday 13th June 2015, at 5pm.