The Pulse music project set out to encourage and offer musical activity to young people (14-18 years old) who might be considered ‘at risk’
Working with over 50 individuals over the year, Pulse 2 carried out 23 workshops focusing on djing and mcing amongst other musical activities to present three live performances, a live DVD and produce one studio based CD. The live performances were a crucial activity, which saw the young people build in self esteem, teamwork, professionalism and performance before an estimated audience of approximately 500.
The participants came from a variety of backgrounds and experiences. Pulse had links with a number of partner organisations such as Asylum Welcome, The Mish, Windmill House, Union Street Community Centre and Social Services all of whom work day to day with young people considered ‘at risk’ or excluded. Pulse set out to offer a professional approach to music making to a group of young people who were unable to access or had not received the opportunity to engage in musical activity before, and this key aim became a neutral creative hub for young people, independent of other organization or establishment the participants had relationships with. Pulse became their space for creativity and exploring new avenues in both music and social relationships. It was noted in the participant’s evaluations that ethnic social sub-divisions fused at Pulse workshops and culturally the young people built their collective identity through music whilst maintaining very strong individual identities and thoughts.