57 North Presents: Oliver Richard

"Loner rock" singer-songwriter joins Alan in the studio on Monday 21st October

57 North Presents: The Ghost Tape

Aberdeen rock duo join Alan in the 57NP studio on Monday 7th October

57 North Presents: The Kymatiks

Eclectic Aberdeen band are 57NP studio guests on Monday 30th September

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: Oliver Richard

Self-described “loner rock” singer-songwriter Oliver Richard from Aberdeen had his song ‘Approach Me Like A Lion’ chosen by David Bowie producer Tony Visconti as the winner of the global Stylophone 50 songwriting competition in 2018.

Date added: 16/10/2019

57 North Presents: The Ghost Tape

Chris Simpson and Jeff Bruce make up Aberdeen rock duo The Ghost Tape.

Regulars on the local scene, they currently have three tracks available online (with more to follow early next year) and play the semi-finals of Krakatoa’s Eruption battle of the bands competition in January.

Date added: 03/10/2019

57 North Presents: The Kymatiks

Eclectic Aberdeen band The Kymatiks formed in November of last year.

Since then, they’ve played headline shows at Aberdeen’s Blue Lamp and Banchory Beer Festival and headline the Inverurie Beer Festival in October.

Date added: 25/09/2019

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.