This is a video of a performance by OmniMusic’s Song Forge group in Stockport, July 2019. OmniMusic is a registered charity which uses specialist technology to enable people with disabilities to create and perform music. Our website is at www.omnimusic.org.uk
Song Forge is a group of OmniMusic advanced musicians who write music inspired by the proud industrial heritage of Stockport. During the first half of 2019 the group worked very hard on creating six new pieces, which they performed at The Space – a wonderful small arts venue in Old Town, Stockport, run by Disability Stockport.
The piece featured in this video is called Smokey City and describes how Stockport must have been a pretty grimey place in which to live and work in the 19th and early 20th centuries, with hundreds of chimneys belching out smoke and soot. A far cry from Stockport today where, of course, the sun shines every day and it hardly ever rains!!
During the performance you will see and hear many innovative pieces of technology being used – some of it mainstream, some of it highly specialist. Broadly speaking we use the term ‘assistive music technology’ to describe this technology being used.
The percussion track in the piece is made up of pots and pans from the venue’s kitchen, as well as other bits and pieces we found lying around, with which we had great fun banging, hitting and recording during one particular workshop. The group also came up with the words to be projected and played out during the performance, with the projections and audio being triggered by Robert. The sounds of the words are the participants’ own voices recorded and then put through a vocoder.