Last month, 2nd year students on our Foundation Degree in Creative Music Production and Business course were given the opportunity to collaborate with the Whitechapel Gallery to create music in response to their ‘Is This Tomorrow?’ exhibition. It culminated in an all day event where members of the public came and interacted and watched a viola player improvise live over the tracks that were made. 

It all started with an assignment set in the second year - the Music for Installation task - which takes a different focus from simple track creation and goes beyond this by composing something that fits or reflects an art installation. The theme this year was to create something that would suggest what the future would sound like, echoing the theme of the exhibition where a group of 10 artists created artworks with the same remit.

Also as part of the assignment, musicians from the Orchestra Of The Age of The Enlightenment were invited down to Community Music's studios to improvise and perform under the direction of the students with the theme of the exhibition in mind. On the day, there was double bass, clarinet and viola players. They were asked to get the musicians to perform something that would fit their remit and then also use this as an exercise to record the musicians’ sounds and performance in our professional level recording environment.

Students then composed a wide variety of interpretations which are all available to listen on Whitechapel Gallery’s’ Soundcloud. It’s a testament to the calibre of talent and how far these students have come.