Record producer Steve Levine and singer Steve Smith of Dirty Vegas (right) gave an inspirational live demonstration of the capabilities of GarageBand software for the finalists of the RMX'05 awards and their families at the Apple Store in London. They worked together on a new song, adding live vocals and guitar. It was a bravura performance, but so were the entries from the students who had remixed GarageBand "loops" (elements of actual hit recordings) by artistes like Kasabian and Natasha Bedingfield which had been made available by sponsor Sony BMG (others included Youth Music, dbass and The TES). Some had added their own vocals and instruments.
"It's something they really enjoyed," said Apple UK managing director Mark Rogers. "The competition was about giving young people access to technology to help them work together to really achieve. I would like to see it expand, with more schools involved."
* The RMX'05 winners, who won Apple hardware (including iPod nano), software and vouchers for themselves and their schools, are: 15 and under Germaine Rolle (14) from Walthamstow; Joshua De Ath (15) from Horsham, Sussex; Samuel David Williams (12) from Ripley, Derbyshire. 16-18 Sam Darington-Eves (16) from Southampton; Emma-Louise Travers (18) from Birmingham; Ahmed Hassan (16) from Lytham.
The dbass.org listeners' choice award went to Alex Shore (15), from Barnsley. You can hear the competition entries at dbass.org. The winners can be heard at SoundStation, part of the Youth Music online presence: www.thesoundstation.org.ukjspjukeboxjukebox1.php