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Global Sound Movement makes waves in sustainable fundraising

20 October 2015

UCLan students and staff travelled to Uganda to record rare instruments

The Global Sound Movement, made up of academics and students from the University of Central Lancashire (UCLan), has launched a revolutionary sustainable fundraising platform, enabling the western music industry to make use of sounds from extremely rare and exotic instruments.

Following a recent visit to Uganda in connection with London-based charity Sound Foundation, the group produced a sample library of Ugandan sounds, including rare hand-built instruments and environmental recordings. This sample library is made up of recordings that can be purchased and incorporated into modern music in the western world.

The aim is for these interesting and unusual sounds is to be used commercially by music producers, creating unique sounds which should appeal to the diverse nature of western music. The money generated by sample library will be donated back to the communities from which the sounds were recorded, helping to fund economic growth of these areas, creating a sustainable and mutually beneficial fundraising cycle.

The work carried out by the Global Sound Movement not only benefits remote communities and the music industry, but the trips also offer UCLan students on the BA (Hons) Music Production course practical experience in how to create a sample library and how to plan, manage and rollout a marketing campaign based on their music production skills.

Phil Holmes, Senior Lecturer in Music Production at UCLan, said: “The Global Sound Movement offers a unique and sustainable way of fundraising for areas of social and economic need across the world.

“The Global Sound Movement offers a unique and sustainable way of fundraising for areas of social and economic need across the world.”

“The aim is to connect communities through music, and it’s a win-win situation – the communities receive funding and the donators get something they can work with and benefit from commercially, in return for their contribution.”

The sample library is an ongoing project for the Global Sound Movement, and one that the group will continue to expand following trips to Cyprus and China next year.

Paresh Parmar, Senior Lecturer in Brand Management at UCLan, added: “The sample library we’ve created has massive potential for growth. There are so many unusual instruments across the globe that produce fantastic sounds, but some are so rare that they are only heard by a handful of people.

“The Global Sound Movement was created to share these sounds with the rest of the world and use them as a way to generate funds for communities at the same time. The library will expand as we discover more unique instruments and we look forward to hearing some of these new sounds being fused with western music.”

Find out more about the Global Sound Movement.