As school continues to develop and expand provision for virtual schooling, as well as the development of the recording facilities at Brabyns, we have been able to invest in a new piece of software called Sountrap, through which children can compose music collaboratively, and discover a whole world of musical sound effects, loops, and instruments. Children can work with all those sounds in a variety of ways, whether it be creating a podcast with their own jingle; delving into the world of broadcasting and radio, to learning about texture and structure, building many layers of sounds up to create something unique to them.
There is much to discover within Soundtrap, but for those who use any Apple product, you may well be familiar with Garageband; a simple DIY recording studio which is free on most Apple devices. It’s brilliant to think you can even plug an electric guitar or piano straight into an iPad and get amazing recording results via Garageband. Whilst Soundtrap is different, it has many great features. Just the fact that your voice or instrument can be recorded in real time and stored in the cloud, not taking up space on your computer is super. The wonderful world of this technology allows a child to create a track using the loop bank, or something played live on a guitar for instance, and then their friend to login from elsewhere across the country and lay down the vocals!
We’re excited to see how this works and developing everyone’s skills in this field as a school.