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Rewind: Our favourite community stories of 2021

2021 has been a transformative year and not without its challenges, but we're not ones to dwell on the negatives. Instead, we're celebrating some of the amazing stories to come out of the dBs Community in the last 12 months. 


Trying to choose our favourite community stories from this year was no easy task. Over the course of 2021, our community has continued to show that their creativity and positivity can overcome all barriers. Throughout the year, one thing that became abundantly clear was how many of our students and graduates used their expertise as a vehicle to affect positive change, so it only felt fitting to celebrate the stories that edified this ethos. 

1. Am I too old for university?

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The global pandemic hit each of us in a different way, but for a lot of people it presented an opportunity to expand their horizons. One of the most common ways this manifested was people returning to education; an exciting and terrifying prospect in equal measure. To address this, we spoke with four mature students at dBs who shared the positive experiences they've had since returning to education and why their age was never an issue.  

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2. Using marketing to amplify women in audio - Sacha Hodges

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For FdA Sound & Music Technology graduate Sacha Hodges, it was the business side of the music industry that really caught her attention. Now, as a marketing assistant for loudspeaker company Void Acoustics, Sacha joined us to talk about how marketing can play a positive role in promoting greater gender-inclusivity within the music and audio scene.

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Meet Sacha, the dBs graduate using marketing to amplify women in audio

3. Made in Migration: Helping displaced people tell their stories through music

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Moving away from the more familiar world of scoring for screen, a select group of our Music Composition for Film & TV students created music for 'Made in Migration'; a virtual exhibition that tells the stories of refugees and asylum seekers through objects and visual culture accrued during their journey. We sat down with Dr. Rachael Kiddey and students Louis and Ethan to learn more about the project. 

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Made in Migration: Helping displaced people tell their stories through music

4. Building a plugin to decolonise music production - Regina Balachanthiran

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There's a wealth of musical styles and approaches from across the world, yet it's western music that dominates the public consciousness. For Innovation in Sound graduate Regina Balachanthiran, it was time to scrutinise the status quo in the current music production landscape and proposing a better way. In our conversation, we discuss where modern technology is lacking and how her prototype plugin seeks to address this. 

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A dBs student is building a plugin to decolonise music production

5. Soundtracking struggle: How Yaz Kahveci is helping us hear the political legacy of London’s queer black pioneers

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Audio is the number one issue indie filmmakers run into when trying to get their projects off the ground. Luckily, when poor sound quality threatened to compromise an important new LGTBQ documentary, dBs student Yaz Kahveci stepped in to offer her skills.

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Soundtracking struggle: How Yaz Kahveci is helping us hear the political legacy of London’s queer black pioneers

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