Our popular WIRED music technology club for girls is back in online form this summer. We’re offering three free short courses to give ages 11-16 an inspiring and hands-on introduction to sound recording, editing using Audacity, and sound design.
Delivered via Zoom and led by professional musicians and audio experts, the courses are tailored to be accessible at home, with projects to try out on a computer, tablet or smartphone.
The sessions are open to all girls, young women and people of marginalised genders aged 11-16 years old living in Yorkshire. No prior experience with technology or musical instruments is necessary and any software used is free to download.
Each of the courses runs for three weeks:
1. Introduction to sound recording
with Caro C and Sophie Cooper
Thursdays 25 June, 2 July and 9 July, 6pm–7.15pm
These three fun sessions will explore sound recording. Playing with the sounds around us including household objects, the voice, your musical instrument and nature, you’ll learn how to capture the best sounds and get creative with the sounds you’ve chosen. During these sessions you’ll be mastering useful skills that can help all kinds of careers in music including being a sound engineer, performer or writing music for film.
2. Editing using Audacity
with Emily Johnson and Liina Turtonen
Wednesdays 15 July, 22 July and 29 July, 6pm–7.15pm
Learn how to generate ideas, develop a song, and edit samples in the free audio software Audacity. You will learn all the tools you need to make songs by yourself at home and have lots of fun along the way!
3. Introduction to Sound Design
with Aiwan Obinyan and Angel Lee
Wednesdays 5 August, 12 August and 19 August, 6pm – 7.15pm
Sound design is at the very heart of a film, theatre or TV show. This short course will immerse you in the world of sound design, giving an introduction to both the technical and creative skills required to enhance the drama on stage and on screen.
Please note: Participants registering for the sound design course should complete either the sound recording and/or Audacity course first.
Download the WIRED online flyer here (opens PDF)
Download the application form here:
WIRED online application form (opens Word doc)
Fill out the form and email it back to us at email@example.com – you can also contact us on that address if you have any questions.
The sessions will be held using Zoom; once we’ve accepted your application you’ll be sent a link and password for the sessions.
You don’t need access to specialist equipment to take part, but you will need either a phone, tablet or PC/laptop. Please make sure you are available to attend all the course sessions you have booked.
Caro C is an artist, engineer and facilitator in sound, music and words. Caro produces and performs her own brand of spacey electronic music with piano, voice and everyday objects such as a ping pong ball or oven shelves. She is currently making her fourth album, has written music for film and theatre and appeared on TV with Dick and Dom.
Sophie Cooper is a musician and educator who is very interested in experimental music in all its forms. She is a trombone and guitar player and uses a lot of electronics in her own music making.
Emily Johnson is a musician, DJ and performer who has played at festivals and clubs all over Europe. Her solo live show involves live flute, Electric Wind Instrument, LED lights and lots of surprises! Emily’s goal is to inspire others to shine, create, and express themselves.
Liina ‘LNA’ Turtonen is a music producer, sound engineer, performer, and the creator of the ‘LNA Does Audio Stuff’ YouTube channel. After getting an MA degree in Music Production from the University of York, she is now working as a music production lecturer at Leeds College of Music, freelance producer and live performer.
Aiwan Obinyan is a Nigerian-British filmmaker and composer, residing in London. She works in the film, theatre and music industry as a musician, audio engineer, composer and filmmaker. Her sound design work has featured on national and international television and stage productions with clients including the Young Vic Theatre, Adidas, ITV, Channel 4, Yorkshire Sound Women Network and gal-dem.
Angel Lee is a DJ / producer & composer from Leeds. Having been involved in the city’s nightlife scene for 20 years she has secured her spot as an established DJ.
During her masters degree in Music for the Moving Image, she undertook many sound design projects, and worked closely with the product teams at the Northern Film school.
Angel Lee is also the co-founder of the DJ agency Industry Music Services and has her own weekly radio show on Select Radio.
WIRED is supported by Youth Music using public funding by the National Lottery through Arts Council England; ISME (International Society for Music Education); Music for All; and Kirklees Council via the Leeds City Region Business Rates Pool.