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Being part of a scheme like Finding Rhythms, where they’ve got to work hard, where they’ve had to apply themselves, where they’ve had to complete a task within a set period of time… priceless. - Grahame Hawkings, Governor at HMP & YOI Isis

What We Do

We believe that prisoners are capable of achieving great things during their time away, if only we raise our expectations of them and they of themselves. Through an innovative, intense period of intervention we trigger a process of long-term behaviour change.

 

There are three key stages to a Finding Rhythms course:

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1. Participants are EMPOWERED to create and to take responsibility for their contributions

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2. Participants are expected to ARTICULATE their goals within the project

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3. Participants are required to COMMIT to those goals

This proactive behaviour is the cornerstone of the transition to a crime-free life. It empowers an individual to find their feet again and ground themself in what is usually a chaotic life situation.

 

 

OUR METHOD

Using the latest recording technology, participants and musicians are able to build tracks of music in layers – using professional studio techniques within an organic, improvisational setting.

 

We capture all elements of the tracks on location in the prison, looping and editing the layers together in real-time so that energy levels remain high and results are immediate. Within minutes we can improvise, record and assemble all the elements of a song, from rhythm to melody, bass to vocals. These stems are then post-produced and mastered within a professional studio outside of the prison.

 

Each workshop is lead by a project leader, a support musician and a sound engineer. Rather than teaching, these facilitators are there to guide participants and inspire them to develop their own ideas – this means that the shape and contents of the albums are driven entirely by prisoners.

 

We have a wide pool of musicians that we call upon for this work, all of whom are recording artists in their own right rather than music teachers. This brings a professionalism to our workshops that stems from many collective years’ experience in the music industry. Our practitioners are not there to indulge participants; they have a job to do.