For a few years now, I have designed and been delivering an introduction to electronic music and music technology in partnership with One Education Music. For academic years 2015-2017 the course has been subsidised by Manchester Music Hub as a New Initiative, making it more accessible for schools to inspire and educate pupils about electronic music and music in general as the course covers the key musical skills and inter-related dimensions of music outlined in the National Plan for Music.

Apparently I have now worked in 24 schools in Greater Manchester!

And amazingly, there has been 100% rate of participation and learning – not one pupil has said they haven’t enjoyed the course nor have I had one who has not wanted to do it.

The course is inspired by the work and working methods of Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001), with her most famous work being the realisation of the original Dr Who theme in 1963 – an iconic piece of electronic music that still lives on in popular culture today.

Thank you Jeff Downs for filming and compiling this short film and thank you to all the kids who have jumped on board my electronic music education endeavours and inspired me too!

We recently presented a seminar event at John Rylands Library to highlight and review our work with key music education people in Manchester and Derbyshire. The highlight of the session was of course the confident pupils from Abbey Hey Primary (who had completed the 5 week course) teaching the adults how to get started making electronic music with the Garageband app.

More info about my electronic music education work on the creative facilitator page and I was also invited to write this “Electronic Equality” article in International Arts Manager magazine.

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Amidst the crazy wonderful of it all, I am pleased to announce our Delia Derbyshire 80th birthday electronic music heritage project thanks for being awarded Heritage Lottery Fund support. To celebrate what would have been Delia’s 80th birthday on 5 May 2017, we will be animating the DD archive and increasing awareness of and engagement with what we think is a bit of a gem of electronic music heritage here in Manchester, UK.

DD Day image by Andrea Pazos

We want to provide ways to be inspired by Delia’s wonderful work and technically astute and creative working methods. There’ll be public arts events – DD Day 2017 at Band on the Wall in MCR and a DD Day event hosted by Full of Noises Festival in Barrow – as well as developing our education work with an 8 week project which will include a short film about Delia and her archive by the kids. Lots more Delia-n delights in store!

I instigated an initiative responding to the fascinating archive of electronic music pioneer Delia Derbyshire (1937-2001) after I heard it had been donated to the University of Manchester back in 2007. DD Day is now a registered charity with trustees including the Delia Derbyshire Estate and I work as the project and programme manager. More info at Delia Derbyshire Day.

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My electronic music projects 2016 round-up

January 25, 2017 Everything Gives to Something Else album

What to say..Here’s to a year of evolution in terms of emotional intelligence on the political stage – please, please, please..!
In the mean/kind time, here are a few highlights from wonderful projects I was involved in in 2016:
AGENTS OF CHANGE – Transition Festival commission
The outcome of a audio/visual commission I carried out with Andrea Pazos [...]

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Solstice Solidarity Session event in Manchester

November 23, 2016 collaborations

POST EVENT UPDATE:
Mammoth thanks to all who helped make this event a lovely heartwarming evening, a definite glow in the dark (nights). Magic performances by all, wonderful cakes and cuppa’s by Thyme for a Caper, excellent raffle prizes and so many helpful helpers on the night. And we raised just over £800 for Survivors of [...]

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Nature, Skin and Bones – music and sound design for sculpture

September 25, 2016 collaborations

After performing Mammoth Mountain live at a friend’s birthday party, sculptor Sarah Smith invited me to bring my sound(s) to a new scultpure exhibition Nature, skin and bones which will show at The Dales Countryside Museum in Hawes, Yorkshire Dales from 3 October – end December 2016.
This wonderful and unique opportunity to respond [...]

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Off the Wall at the newly restored Bramall Hall

August 10, 2016 Uncategorized

It’s been a busy and thoroughly fun summer working with some amazing community groups and wonderful residents of Stockport.
Commissioned by passionate creative producers Let’s Go, myself and the awesome Louise Wallwein (poet, writer, playwright) have been working as resident artists for the project which culminates in a community takeover event at the newly restored [...]

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‘Crazy Wonderful’ video from new album “Everything Gives to Something Else”

June 30, 2016 Uncategorized

Feels particularly fitting at the moment..

Crazy Wonderful from caro c on Vimeo.
Video by the wonderful digital artist/creative technologist Andrea Pazos with an excerpt from “Persona” by Ingmar Bergman.
The story behind this one is that after living nearly 20 years in pretty full on physical pain, I was given the gift of an operation which [...]

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My new creative electronic music album is go!

May 23, 2016 Everything Gives to Something Else album
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Welcome to my third album Everything Gives to Something Else!
Everything Gives to Something Else by Caro C
Please absorb with decent ear/headphones or speakers to really appreciate the full picture of this lovingly crafted music.

Heartmind Preylude from caro c on Vimeo.
More info about the album on the new album page.

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Everything Gives to Something Else – new album is take off on 21 May!

April 21, 2016 Uncategorized

Well my third album, entitled Everything Gives to Something Else, is very nearly completed and then ready to fly.
Official release date is Friday 20 May. Cherished crowdfunders should have received their copy by then.

This new 8 track collection upon the themes of inter-connection and compassion will be launched on
21 MAY 2016 as part of a [...]

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New album “Everything Gives to Something Else” currently in construction

January 26, 2016 Uncategorized

I am now getting stuck into making my third album and first release as Caro C. Lucky me!
Everything Gives to Something Else has a theme, an array of wonderful guest voices & musicians and my usual unusual palette of electronic music, found sounds, my voice and piano.
With very much appreciated backing via crowdfunding, I can [...]

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