Wednesday, 20 Sep 2017

Update from Play It Strange

With Songwriting now an achievement standard at level 3, NCEA, there has been a flurry of activity. Play It Strange has received around 17% more songs entered in its Lion Foundation and Peace Song competitions and feedback from secondary school songwriters is positive about the buoyant activities going on within the school walls.

Some schools are putting in recording studios; others focusing on lyric writing including taking the Berklee College courses on the free Coursera Online University.

Play It Strange has also noticed more and more schools running and hosting songwriting competitions and performance events for their students. All this bodes well for Songwriting to move Levels 1 and 2 in due course.

Play It Strange this year has managed to secure funding for 65 of the songs in their competitions to be professionally recorded. These are well under way and the photos here give a good indication as to what is going on.

Once all 65 tracks are secure and mastered, the full album will be posted to the ever-increasing Bandcamp page, which you can find here:

May Zeng (Westlake Girls High; Ak) with co- producers Maude Morris and Jacob E Rush recording her song 'Different' - winner of the Lion Foundation Songwriting Competition - at Bigpop Studios.

Ishell-Kathleen Runga and Abigail Wanoa (Gisborne Girls High School) with engineer/producer Jolyon Mulholland recording their song 'Who Cares About The Haters' at The Lab studios in Auckland. This song was chosen by Jordan Luck to win the David Richwhite Lyric Award.

'Chillin the SOUTHSIDE’ written by Lazarus Tanaki, Tanielu Vaisagote, Troy Agnew Manu, Storm Tanaki (mic) and recorded at Bigpop Studios. Music teacher Louise O'Neill and engineer/producer Luke Berryman on the desk. The lads attend Papatoetoe High School in Auckland.

Mouse Varcoe (Waikato Diocesan School) with Matthew Beardsworth - string arranger - and Laura (violin) recording her song 'Jack’s Song' at Roundhead Studios in Auckland with Paddy Hill (engineer/producer).

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