57 North Presents: Virtues

​Aberdeen rock band join Alan in the 57NP studio on Monday 2nd March

57 North Presents: Karma for Vandals

Instrumental post-rockers are 57NP studio guests on Monday 24th February

57 North Presents: Watchfires

Aberdeen indie-rockers visit the 57NP studio on Monday 17th February ahead of their farewell gig

What is shmuSOUND?

shmuSOUND is our dedicated music and sound strand. We support people (predominantly those in Regeneration Areas) to explore and experience the world of music and sound. Underpinning all of our work is the recognition of the importance of both process and output. We understand that musical experiences can be useful to different people in different ways and therefore aim to offer a broad range of music-making opportunities to all interested parties. 

 
Our work can be broadly separated into two parts; though often the two do overlap. Part of our work focuses mainly on output (CDs, high-quality performances, polished artists etc), where we support the local contemporary music scene and focus on supporting artists and bands to record, promote and broadcast new music.
 
The rest of our work focuses more heavily on the process of music-making with less emphasis on the output. This includes, the delivery of sessions to young people through Shmu's employability strand where we use music and sound to help develop confidence, self-efficacy and other lifeskills; the delivery of music and sound workshops to people in recovery to help them in their journey; the design and delivery of a program of music sessions to offenders both inside and outside the prison aim the aim of positively impacting on the lives of prisoners and thus contributing to overall crime desistance.
 
In order to carry out our projects effectively we work with a range of skilled and experienced tutors who share our understanding of the myriad positive roles music can play in enhancing well-being and creating a richer cultural landscape for all.

Latest News

57 North Presents: Virtues

Aberdeen rock band Virtues played their first gig in November 2019.

They’ve since released an EP ‘You're Alive’ and are due to support Pleasure Heads at The Cellar in Aberdeen on Friday 20th March.

Date added: 26/02/2020

57 North Presents: Karma for Vandals

Aberdeen-based instrumental post-rockers Karma for Vandals formed in 2017.

They celebrate the release of their forthcoming EP ‘Voa’ with a gig at Aberdeen’s Blue Lamp on Sunday 8th March, with support from Seas, Starry and Bonnie Mutt.

Date added: 19/02/2020

57 North Presents: Watchfires

Aberdeen indie-rockers Watchfires have decided to call it a day after seven years, an EP, two albums and multiple gigs.

They released their final song 'Another Us' in January and play a farewell show at The Lemon Tree on Saturday 29th February with support from Ghostwriter and Forest Fires.

Date added: 12/02/2020

Supporting Local Music

One of the main activities of this strand of SHMU work is to support local music.  Here’s what we’ve been doing recently to provide a platform for emerging local talent.

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Commercial arm/shmuTRADE

Do you want to record in our state-of-the-art studio? Are you a community choir, school band, poet, playwright or musician? We can offer very competitive rates for recording promotional CDs that your organisation can then sell for fundraising or use to promote your work. We can link everything to shmuFM so you can also find out how you can secure radio play or appearances on shows running on our community radio station. To find out more about rates and services click here.