On the spot

10th June 2005 at 01:00
I thought that the museum's offer of two contrasting elements in a single visit was an attractive proposition. Being in the building where Handel wrote his music was a huge bonus. It opened pupils' minds to his music and may have provided inspiration. Our guide tied Handel and Hendrix together very well. We could see how essentially the music industry hadn't changed, how both composers had to market themselves all the time. And the students were intrigued by the idea that if Jimmy and George Frederic been alive at the same time they would have found each other very noisy neighbours. The electronic mixing session demonstrating sampling, audio manipulation and composition was enjoyable. The visit had a double benefit - a wonderful introduction to two different but surprisingly similar musicians and a glimpse of the potential offered by software that can combine rock and baroque music and which allows students to contribute something of their own.

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