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London, 19 October/GNN/ --

DEPARTMENT FOR CULTURE, MEDIA AND SPORT News Release (138/05) issued by the
Government News Network on 19 October 2005
More than a hundred top musicians, teachers, students and music professionals,
have contributed to SoundJunction, a pioneering new website that gives young
people the opportunity to explore, discover and create music.

Commissioned by Culture Online, SoundJunction has been developed by the
Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music. The website aims to inspire
learning by providing a mix of information, interactive tools and know-how
so that anyone can use it to delve deeper into the world of music.

SoundJunction.org.uk draws on real music made by real musicians and embraces
a diverse range of traditions and styles. It is available to users both as
a free website and as a CD-ROM 'taster', which will be distributed free of
charge to all UK secondary schools this October.

Richard Morris, Chief Executive of the Associated Board, remarks:

"The Associated Board has long recognised the potential of online technology
to enrich musical skills, understanding, exploration and creativity. We are
delighted that, in collaboration with Culture Online, we have now been able
to realise these ideas in fashioning a practical and interactive resource
for the widest possible audience of young people."

David Lammy, Culture Minister, said:

"A love of music transcends all social and cultural barriers. Whether
it's hip hop or classical, music is the most powerful medium for sharing
emotional expression. The joy of SoundJunction lies in its ability to enable
users to delve deeper into this world of music, whatever their interests and
irrespective of their technical musical experience. Like all good interactive
resources, this project, commissioned by Culture Online, puts the user in
the driving seat, so they can define their own learning experience according
to their own personal choices."

Featuring newly commissioned music and remixes, more than 1,000 pages of
content and over 50 hours of audio and video footage, SoundJunction includes
contributions from Britten Sinfonia, Mercury Prize-nominated band Polar
Bear's drummer, Seb Rochford, Jamelia's famed producer Colin Emmanuel aka
"C-Swing" and many more. Aimed particularly at young people who would not
normally have opportunities to learn about making music, SoundJunction is
easy to use and requires no prior knowledge or experience of music.

Mike Greenwood, Commissioning Executive at Culture Online, said:

"We wanted to commission a project that would enable anyone to take their
love of music one step further. Many music-learning sites assume a certain
knowledge of musical notation but that can act as a massive barrier for those
people who don't have that experience. SoundJunction allows music lovers to
create their own learning journey, which is purely motivated by fun and a
sense of discovery."

The SoundJunction website and CD-ROM are based around three inspiring
new pieces by composers from different musical traditions and a series of
specially commissioned remixes.

Using pioneering new tools and technologies, SoundJunction allows music
lovers to:

* Listen to music specially written and recorded by over 40 top musicians,
remix artists and composers;
* Explore music, take it apart, listen to different instruments and voices
and find out how music works;
* Discover music and instruments from different traditions and continents. Find
out about composing, performing, recording and producing music;
* Create their own music by remixing elements of the three SoundJunction
pieces with other 'sound bites' from the comprehensive SoundJunction library.

Notes to Editors

The Associated Board of the Royal Schools of Music is the world's leading
provider of music exams and assessments. Each year over 630,000 candidates take
their exams in more than 90 countries around the world. A total commitment
to music education lies at the heart of their work. www.abrsm.org

Culture Online projects are designed to inspire people to learn and participate
in new ways. Through editorial leadership and a creative use of technology,
Culture Online enables learning and participation where it's previously been
difficult to do so. By creating compelling interactive experiences, Culture
Online aims to help people to learn new skills and to gain confidence and
experience along the way.

FOR FURTHER PRESS INFORMATION: please contact Pete Flatt @ PPR on 020 8746
4600 peteflatt@pprpublicity.com or Graham Thomas, at Culture Online press
office on 020 7487 7215 graham.thomas@culture.gsi.gov.uk.


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