Drake Music blog

Starting out at Drake Music

23. October 2014 - 14:45

It's been four weeks since I started here at Drake Music London and it has been a wonderfully varied and jam packed time. I have met a number of musicians, read a number of reports about past projects, met all of the wonderful team based in the office and been lucky enough to observe a Ramp it Up Project, in action in a school in Southwark. It was an amazing experience for me and really stood to highlight how powerful a tool music can be when used well.

'inGrid' - A unique and collaboratively designed accessible musical instrument.

16. October 2014 - 16:38

We are delighted that Dr Brendan McCloskey (University of Ulster's School of Creative Technologies) will be visiting our London offices on December 5th to introduce a unique and collaboratively designed accessible musical instrument called 'inGrid'.

#DM20 Commission - Roots

10. October 2014 - 22:01
Image: Brass Tibetan singing bowl with wooden beater resting inside it

The seed of the idea for my #DM20 commission came during a conversation in a music workshop with a girl who used cochlear implants. We were working on a project with Create and Sense UK, and she was expressing her displeasure at the sound her sister was making with a Tibetan singing bowl: "I like all music, but I don't like that!" was her basic message.

“Challenging the way we work to grow what we do”

17. September 2014 - 14:09

this image shows the Drake Music logo, with D and M in bold, black capital letters I’ve recently been having meetings to look at Drake Music’s strategy for the next three years and beyond. In some senses this blog post is me thinking aloud, and it might sound like that, but I think it is important to share my thinking about the evolution of this wonderful organisation.

Connect and Collaborate London: 3rd Commission

19. August 2014 - 15:09

Following the success of Drake Music Connect and Collaborate London's music and video commissions In Motion and Ethnomusicality, we recently commissioned DM Associate Musician Gary Day to direct a reinterpretion/re-imagination of an existing song/piece of music, working with a small group of disabled musicians using assistive music technology (AMT).

Chinatown My Chinatown

8. August 2014 - 8:43

I was recently commissioned by Drake Music's 'Connect and Collaborate' strand (C&C) to reinterpret an existing piece of music, working with 3 experienced disabled musicians to compose and record the new piece over 3 sessions, using assistive music technology (AMT).

Connecting colleagues and amplifying our work - experiment analysis

31. July 2014 - 14:52
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For the past 18 months, I have been working with Drake Music on its use of social media tools to help market what the organisation does and also to help colleagues stay connected.

Drake Music, like every organisation, has a unique context. It is a small organisation with a dispersed workforce, many of whom work on a per-project basis - it has minimal central support staff.

When I first met CEO Carien Meijer I presented my thinking in terms of using social tools to help sow seeds, nurture relationships and build connections.

Change The Music: Kevin Beardall sings 'Stand By Me'

29. July 2014 - 10:50

Kevin Beardall sings 'Stand By Me' with the rest of Nice Touch, a band formed from Music Unlimited's 'Change the Music' project. 'Change The Music' is creative music project running in Bolton and Stockport for young people aged 16-25 with SEN/D. The project has been evaluated by Drake Music.

What Drake Music shared in June 2014

16. July 2014 - 9:14

Our Storify of what we shared in June 2014

I've just compiled a Storify of what Drake Music shared in June 2014. I really should rename the Storifies 'A month in the life of Drake Music' as that is what they are. You can see the Storify here.

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