Youth Music Box – Southbank Centre, London

By on Wednesday, 5th August 2009 at 12:00 pm

Youth Music logoBored this summer? Fancy getting together with some friends and making some music? Oh, but you can’t play an instrument? Never fear, cos Youth Music Box is here to make musical connoisseurs of us all.

Set in the Southbank Centre, London, Youth Music Box is a four player audio-visual experience which will allow anybody, of any age, to create a musical track of their chosen genre in just six minutes. Each person is assigned an electric instrument – may it be a keyboard, drum or turntable – and then proceed to work together with their fellow players in order to create a song. A basic rhythm is provided, so don’t worry if have no idea how to construct a track. In fact, no musical expertise is required at all, since the sound samples which you will be triggering to make your hit song were all recorded by 15 professional musicians. Nice!

After two minutes of practice with your instruments, recording begins. To make it all the more exciting, as you rock out, explosions of pixalated colour shall surround you in the Box. The whole experience is filmed by cameras, so on top of your song, you’ll also have a spiffy music video come the end of it (…which will subsequently be uploaded to Youth Music’s website for you to share among friends).

A mixture between a game and music making, Youth Music hope the ‘Box’ shall inspire people of all ages and backgrounds to continue to appreciate the art of music – maybe even encourage some to pick up and learn an instrument of their own once they leave the Centre.

Youth Music Box runs at Royal Festival Hall, Southbank Centre, London, till the 31st of August. Opening times are 11am to 7pm, daily. Free entry. Check out Youth Music Box’s website to learn more.

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