On a crisp, sunny Wednesday morning last week, 12 students came together to spend the day recording this year’s program song for Music: Count Us In.
The song was written back in March and it now passed into the hands of these young, talented instrumentalists to lay down the music that would eventually be sent across Australia to unite students, teachers and communities. This year’s recording day took place at Sony Music Australia, who kindly donated the use of their recording studio to MCUI.
11 students from The Arts Unit, (a project of the NSW State Government) and one student vocalist from the Talent Development Project spent the day under the careful mentorship of professional musicians. The mentors assisted the students with their parts and guided them through the recording process. Along with drums, bass, keyboards and guitars this year included a string quartet as well as a flautist who were lucky enough to work with two mentors from The Sydney Symphony Orchestra.
Program ambassador John Foreman led the day’s recording alongside ARIA award winning producer Adrian Breakspear who engineered and produced the track.
None of the students who participated had heard the song before they arrived. The day carried an energy and pace rarely seen in a recording studio. Having a space full of children learning and rehearsing their parts brings an incredible amount of life to a music studio. Drums and bass were the first elements to be recorded, followed by keyboards and guitar. After lunch the string quartet and flautist laid down their elements before finishing the day with the vocalists.
It was an amazing day to witness and we can’t wait for you to hear the finished song.
Head to the Music: Count Us In Facebook page to see photos of the day’s recording.