In June 2021, music makers and sound samplers from across the globe will come together virtually to create new and imaginative compositions.
This truly international project builds on Street Studio Cities (2015-2019), and the Lockdown Sound Challenge (2020). Presented by Found Sound Nation and Harman, Street Studio Cities set up outdoor mobile studios in cities all over the world, where producers invited passers-by to stop and sing, play an instrument, or record audio for the evolving Street Studio track. Last year the Lockdown Sound Challenge in partnership with Plugged saw producers working with samples submitted by the public from across the UK to create new and exciting music.
MixMash Studios takes both initiatives further, inviting more people around the world to participate through contributing their own samples, and more producers to take on the challenge of creating a new track with the samples for the global broadcast.
MixMash will connect music fans and producers together from the USA, UK, Australia, Nigeria, Pakistan, and more to create new music that celebrates a world of sound.
How it will work
From 6-20 June, musicians and non-musicians are invited to add short sound samples to the global collection – bass lines, barking dogs, vocals, machine noises, or anything else they find intriguing (return to this page at the beginning of June to find out how to submit your samples!).
Then, from 20-21 June, producers will have 24 hours to create an original piece of music using only the samples provided, and nothing more. Some producers will take on the additional challenge – and glory – of livestreaming their production process and creating a finished track in just one hour.
All participants are encouraged to share short videos on social media of them creating samples or work in progress on their tracks using the hashtags #mixmashstudios and #makemusicday.
And, unlike a typical music festival, anyone and everyone would be invited to join and play music, or host performances. The event would take place on the summer solstice, June 21, and would be called Fête De La Musique. (In French, the name means both “festival of music” and “make music!”)