GSM Year in Review: 2016

Over the past year, the Global Sound Movement has come extraordinarily far, with two more destinations visited, many more student participants involved in our production processes, and strong links established with non-government organisations, communities and creative individuals across the globe.

Cyprus

Our first destination of the year was Cyprus, where we were able to study the diversity of the island’s people, capturing the musical identity of two divided communities, whilst also discovering and documenting the variety of beautiful and natural locations scattered throughout the landscape. Our GSM Cyprus sample package contains some of our most detailed digital instruments to date, featuring our largest ever instrument in terms of key range, the Bouzouki, and our very own original lithophone style instrument; The Rockenspiel, crafted out of stones and pebbles sourced from Aphrodite’s Rock.

You can read more about our time in Cyprus by taking a look at our blog posts

And you can download our brand new Cypriot sample package here, for just £2.99

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Bali

We’re constantly committed to making sure all of our proceeds return to the wonderful people who have helped us to generate our sample packages and have graciously allowed us to sample their instruments so that they can be used and cherished by a worldwide audience of creative and talented individuals. In June of 2016 we travelled to Bali, where we established links with charities and communities in Ubud, with teams of students working together to discover the exotic sounds that are currently being compiled into our Bali package, which we will be releasing early next year!

Artist Series

This year, we endeavoured to explore how artists, producers and musicians utilise our sample packages and instruments within their own original work. To do this, we established the GSM ‘Artist Series’, with the aim of providing an artist with our sample packages, giving them two weeks to create multiple pieces of new music, and culminating the process in an interview that investigates how their working processes were influenced by our materials. We’re fascinated by this study, and we look forward to continuing this series in the new year, with a host of new artists already lined up to work with us towards new original releases. If you’re interested by our Artist Series and would like to get involved, please don’t hesitate to contact us at support@globalsoundmovement.com

Read more about our first Artist Series episode, featuring UK producer Saint Diskette, and download the new EP here

Times Higher Education Award

To top off our year, we were also lucky enough to receive a Times Higher Education Award for Excellence and Innovation in the Arts in November. We are all incredibly proud of this achievement, and to have been selected alongside the prestigious universities and incredible projects in our category is a true honour. We could not have made so much progress in such a short time without being supported by dedicated and talented individuals across the globe, and by so many bright, creative and innovative students and staff at the University of Central Lancashire.

Read more about our win here

We’re currently planning where we will be travelling to next, with a number of available options now open to us, thanks to the continued support of the producers and musicians who purchase our materials. We look forward to keeping you updated as we embark on new adventures – so make sure you’re following us on all of our social media platforms!

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We can’t thank everyone enough for the support we have received throughout 2016, and we are more determined than ever to continue our work next year, inspiring creative individuals, engaging with richly diverse cultures, and benefitting communities in need across the globe.

In the spirit of Christmas, you can revisit our GSM Christmas EP from last year, which features our Ugandan sample package, and is back by popular demand!

Merry Christmas, and a Happy New Year,

From the Global Sound Movement team

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