Production & Recording
We use laptops with programs that allow us to build/write a piece of music.
We usually start with drums, building the song by placing ‘blocks’ (visual representation of recorded sounds) of single drum hits BOOM, CLICK, CLAP etc until we have created a good rhythm.
The Defcon Team will do most of the technical stuff while participants choose the style of music and tempo they want. Then they choose what sounds/samples they like and where they want them positioned in the song.
You just have to use your ears to decide whether something sounds good/fits with the other sounds.
We can add live instruments and percussion as well as sound effects and synthesizers played in through a midi keyboard.
Finally we record vocals via the microphone.
The main aim is to create an original piece of music by the end of a production/recording workshop. This will have been written, recorded and performed by the young people and be available for them to take home/download.