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.
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.