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Call out: Dreaming with Machines

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Are you interested in algorithmic technologies, music production and sampling within your music? 

Join Manchester sound artist Vicky Clarke for four days of making music with machine learning to create a series of audiovisual dreamscapes ready for transmission on the internet.

Machine learning is a branch of Artificial Intelligence (AI), where neural networks detect patterns in sets of data and use them to make predictions. As an emerging field in music making, sonic AI has great potential for how we compose, generate material and collaborate with machines. 

Open to people of marginalised genders aged 18-30*, on this project you’ll get the opportunity to explore a range of accessible tools to generate sound, text and images using a variety of open source training models. 

Together you’ll look at the work of groundbreaking artists and technologists working in the field and consider artistic, ethical and conceptual issues around bias, autonomy and creativity. 

There is no need to be able to code, the project is aimed at beginners! 

Dates and Location

5, 6, 9 and 10 May 2022
9.30am – 4.30pm
SeeSaw, Manchester, M1 6NG

We can cover travel costs for those who need it, plus a £25 daily allowance.

What’s Involved

On this project you will:

Learn about machine learning (a branch of AI) and how it can be used creatively for music making

Gain practical skills using a range of accessible tools and interfaces covering sound, text and image generation

Discuss our relationship to these emerging creative technologies and consider issues of bias, ethics and artistic autonomy

Create artworks; a series of dreamscapes and human-machine collaborations to share online


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Call out: Manchester Experimental Orchestra

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We’re looking for musicians aged 14-18 to take part in a project that explores the musical identity of Manchester.

Over two weekends in May and July you’ll make new music together that responds to the question:

What does Manchester sound like to you?

If you live and breathe this city and want to represent its musical identity, the Manchester Experimental Orchestra is perfect for you.

And don’t worry, it’s not that type of orchestra. 

We’re looking for musicians who play any instrument or genre of music. You could be a gospel singer, a producer, a guitarist, a rapper, a spoken word artist, a drummer, a violist or anything else!

To take part you just need to be:

A musician playing any instrument or genre of music

From or living in Manchester (with an M postcode)

Aged 14-18

Available for all the project dates below

Project dates

You’ll need to attend:

One weekend of making music and improvising on 7-8 May (10am-4pm) at The Bridgewater Hall

Two online Zoom workshops on 24th of May (6pm to 8pm) and 14th of June (6pm to 8pm)

One weekend rehearsing on 16-17 July (10am-4pm) at the Royal Northern College of Music (RNCM)

An evening performance on 17 July (5-8pm) at the RNCM

The team

The kind of music you create will be entirely up to you, with guidance from:

DJ Balraj Samrai

Composer Steve Berry

Producer and vocalist Pops Roberts

Jazz trumpeter Byron Wallen

Oud player Rihab Azar

The project has been planned and developed with a team of young leaders who are also taking part as musicians. And you’ll also be supported by other artists including percussionists, gospel singers, violinists, ghaychak players and rappers!



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Call out: Surround Sound with Fulu Miziki Kolektiv

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Musicians from across the North of England – discover new ways to make music with eco-friendly, afrofuturist punks Fulu Miziki Kolektiv.

Explore the sound and aesthetic of afrofuturism and DIY music, and how musicians can rebuild and re-purpose their surroundings to create new music.

Across five days in May you’ll work with Fulu Miziki Kolektiv to:

Collaborate and create new music with other musicians

Experiment with rhythm and arrangement, moving between rehearsal space and recording studios to develop and record ideas

Learn about Fulu Miziki Kolektiv’s unique relationship between live performance and ‘in-the-box’ production

Use found materials to create music

Discover new techniques, recording ideas and song arrangements in the studio

This project is open to people who are:

Aged 18+

Based in the North of England

Producers, singers, rappers or instrumentalists from any background, discipline or genre. You’ll have a strong track record of writing, producing and performing, and a growing online presence

Available for all the project dates below

Project Dates

Monday 16-Friday 20 May (10am-6pm) at District and GoPlay Studio in Liverpool.

We can cover travel and accommodation costs for those who need it, plus a £25 daily allowance.


About Fulu Miziki Kolektiv

Fulu Miziki Kolektiv is an Eco-Friendly-Afro-futuristic-Punk-Assemble collective of artists who come straight from a future where humans have reconciled with mother earth and with themselves. This multidisciplinary collective of artists are based in the heart of Africa, in the Congolese capital city Kinshasa. For several years now, its members have conceptualised an orchestra made from objects found in the trash, constantly changing instruments, always in search of new sounds.Making their own instruments, performance costumes, and masks is essential to the approach of the collective’s core musical ideology. Their unique sound supports a pan-African message of artistic liberation, peace and a severe look at the ecological situation of the Democratic Republic of Congo and the whole world. For Fulu everything can be recovered and re-enchanted.




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