Circle of Sound
Circle of Sound is an independent, non-profit making, community music organisation. It is a loose association of musicians, artists and support workers who believe that people who have disabilities can, and should, play an active part in the broader community. Because we are committed to integration we also work with people who do not have disabilities.
Our aims are to encourage enjoyment in the creation and performance of music and to positively value, and include, the contributions of individuals and groups who may be marginalised due to disability, personal circumstances and cultural or economic status.
We specialise in making music using both high-tech ( samplers, soundbeams, drum loops etc. ) and low-tech approaches ( such as voice, percussion and resonance boards ). We like to marry the two when appropriate and possible.
Circle of Sound encourages the use of modern technology. Music sessions often are digitally recorded. Participants and funders can keep a permanent record of the project either in video, cassette or CD format.
This has proved an excellent way of sharing the project with friends and family as well as raising the esteem and confidence of participants. It also extends the project beyond 'hands on' time and makes a good reference point for future projects.
We have recently bought a multiple user Soundbeam, an ultra-sound operated music, composing and sound effects tool, which can be independently operated by people with severe disabilities and thus enable greater personal expression in both workshops and live performances.
As well as running participatory arts workshops and community events we also have been instrumental in the formation of Time Spanner Projects. This is a community arts association run by people with disabilities. They run a Samba band called Time Spanners, a Soundbeam performance group and a Writer's Network