KGV College Southport BTEC Showcase ‘Journey through the Mind’

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KGV College Southport BTEC Showcase ‘Journey through the Mind’

Wednesday 5th March 2014 could very well go down in history as the night that introduced the world, or at least Southport, to the skills and abilities of our fantastic BTEC students.

The evening contained performances from BTEC Extended Diploma Music Technology students, all of whom were being assessed as part of their course. During the first half, students were required to perform a range of cover songs as part of their Popular Music in Practice unit and the audience was not disappointed.

Songs ranged from Comfortably Numb (Pink Floyd) to This Love (Maroon 5), from Rock Around the Clock (Bill Haley and the Comets) to Supersonic (Oasis). There was something for everybody! The second half saw the students take on the challenge of using technology in live performance.

Electronically created tracks were performed using Ableton Live, Launch Pads and Launch Controls, the very same equipment used by acts such as Daft Punk and Deadmau5.

In addition the music, imagery was used such as still photographs and moving imagery. Some students even took wireless control of the lights in the Drama Hall and synced them to their songs, triggering different lights to different instruments and drums from the stage.

In addition to the performances, BTEC Music Technology students set up and operated the live sound system and Media students operated live camera equipment to project video footage on to screens, giving the evening the same feel as any professional gig.

Tom Forster, BTEC Music Technology Course Leader, commented “All the students involved demonstrated what BTEC is all about. The entire event was organised, set up and engineered by BTEC students and every aspect of the showcase far exceeded any expectations. I couldn’t be prouder of them.”

The students used the showcase to launch 2014’s charity album, ‘A Journey through the Mind’. The album contains 14 original songs, all written, engineered and produced by the BTEC Music Technology students. There is an eclectic range of styles on the album, from solo acoustic to death core to trip hop to drum and bass, demonstrating the song writing skills of the group of students.

The evening raised over £200 for Derian House and ‘A Journey though the Mind’ is on sale and available from KGV for £3.50. All proceeds are being donated to Derian House.

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