Pulse was a unique and exciting action research music programme using music to engage vulnerable youth (14-18 years old). Pulse 1 began a series of ongoing music programmes.
pulse 1 used music as a means of engaging vulnerable youth and diverting them from risk based behaviour.
Young people were encouraged to record, mix and then present soundmaps to their peers and their community. Four groups of young people each worked over a number of weeks to record/sample their environment, layer and mix this in the studio, adding beats to the tracks. This music formed a map of their fears and frustrations, and then found positive ways of overcoming this to express their ‘sense of place’.
pulse identified issues around ownership of the social zones of East Oxford and helped break these boundaries. It was aimed at young people from a variety of at risk backgrounds – including via pupil exclusion/youth offending teams, from refugee/asylum seeking backgrounds as well as culturally diverse youth.
A cd of the soundmap tracks formed the centrepiece of a live event at the Zodiac in December 2002. Using club style promotion designed by participants the final event at the Zodiac with dj’s, rapping etc; provided peer education to their audience as well as bringing positive message to the wider community.
pulse empowered the participants creatively, allowed learning of new skills and improving others, gave respect for their work and contributed to self development.
Pulse also led to later programmes, Roots Up! and then Word Up!, seeing Fusion Arts offer music programmes for young people well in to 2012.