Today, July 16th, Roland UK, Edirol Europe and RSS (Roland’s pro audio division) will be unveiling a sound and vision installation, built to celebrate the tenth anniversary of Youth Music, the UK’s largest children’s music charity. The Youth Music Box, an interactive musical experience that will tour venues across the country, features instruments and professional video and audio technology from across the group of Roland companies, the first pan-corporation sponsorship of its kind in the UK.
The Youth Music Box will be unveiled at a press launch at the Royal Festival Hall on London’s South Bank from 6pm to 9pm.
The Youth Music Box has been designed by Silent Studios in partnership with artist and designer, Chris O’Shea, utilising video mixing facilities from Edirol and digital audio control via the RSS V-Mixing system.
Users of the Music Box will use a range of Edirol keyboards, Roland drums and sequencers to create and record their musical projects.
The aim of the Youth Music Box is to allow people of any musical ability to have a hands-on music making experience using cutting-edge digital equipment and, in particular, to inspire more children and young people to get involved in music-making.
As well as being an innovative way to encourage children and families to ‘have a go’ at music, the Box will also help more experienced musicians to learn about song writing and composition. A programme of seminars and workshops is being developed, with established artists sharing their knowledge with young people.
The Youth Music Box will be installed at the Royal Festival Hall until the end of August. It will then visit Colston Hall in Bristol and the Sage in Gateshead before returning to London for Youth Music Week in November.