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Student musicians to release album this fall

Participants in the Organized Sound music collective are pictured at a campus event this past winter. (Photo by Peter Yung.)

by Denise Tse

Organized Sound, a student music collective at U of T Scarborough, will celebrate its first anniversary this fall with the release of an album.

The CD, called Dream Out Loud, will be launched at an album-release party set for early September on campus. Activities to promote the album will be scheduled during Frosh Week -- the annual student orientation event held on campus during the first week of September.

The audio unplugged album features live music performed by more than 30 student artists and musicians from U of T Scarborough. The performances took place at Organized Sound's sold-out concert in March, when the four-hour event at the Student Centre was professionally recorded by Fandango Recording. The Council on Student Services funded the recording costs.

The album showcases live music that spans various musical genres -- hip-hop, rhythm and blues, rap, heavy metal, and more classical instrumental elements. It also features aural art — which organizers describe as a combination of music, song, poetry and spoken word.

All of the student creations share the aim of "engaging the student body in meaningful dialogue," said Andre Vashist, the lead coordinator of Organized Sound and a fourth-year biology and cultural anthropology student.

Vashist said that the collective aims to facilitate meaningful dialogue among the student body, so its aural art comments on social issues as well as personal life experiences. It also means that music is not the only medium through which the collective expresses this dialogue — public speaking, for example, is also welcomed.

Although it employs other forms of creative expression, Organized Sound has its roots in music. After Vashist witnessed the popularity of regular student jam sessions that he and some friends had organized, he saw the need for a campus club that brings together students wishing to express themselves in an artistic and socially conscious manner. Music is generally more accessible than speech and can cross cultural boundaries better than the spoken word, said Vashist.

The success of the concert meant that Organized Sound took on a sometimes overwhelming "life of its own," he said. The collective performed at key campus events throughout 2006-2007, including orientation, Cultural Mosaic, and the student fashion show. Vashist describes the March concert and upcoming album as the culmination of Organized Sound's talent and hard work over the past year.

Vashist continues to have high hopes for Organized Sound, one of those being that the collective can create aural art with a greater multicultural edge in the future, including more songs of different languages and cultures. A second-annual Dream Out Loud concert is being planned for 2008.

As part of the promotional activities for the album release, copies of the CD will be given to Frosh attendees. Organized Sound will also be performing outdoors at orientation's annual Mini-Mosaic event, scheduled for Thursday, Sept. 6 from 6 to 8 p.m. under the tent by the S-Wing field. The CD will sell for $10, with proceeds from sales to benefit the U of T Scarborough community.

Here are some of the musicians and works showcased on the album:

"You Never Cared"  by Denese  --  A young woman contracts AIDS from her boyfriend. This song was also performed at the Know your Status event organized by the campus group Students against Global AIDS in the winter 2007 school term.

"One Day" by Chinx -- The story of an individual making changes in his life, one day at a time.

"Common Enemy" by Delusions of Grandeur -- Inspired by a psychology study conducted on neighbouring youth summer camps. Students who oppose one another later face a common enemy and use teamwork to overcome  obstacles. The band Delusions of Grandeur is led by U of T Scarborough psychology professor Steve Joordens.

"Violated" by Suzannah -- The story of a young woman who falls in love and is subsequently raped.

"Strugglin" -- A collaborative piece by Organized Sound members that describes the daily struggles of today's young adults.

"Different World, Same Problems"-- A collaborative piece in English and French by Organized Sound members. Although they are from different cultures/nations, the individuals here encounter similar dilemmas.

"Give Love" by Millz -- Appreciating the multiculturalism at U of T Scarborough and in our city.

"Bullseye" by 3-Card Draw-- Based on the artist's interviews, this piece retells the stories of child soldiers in Uganda.

For more information on Organized Sound, and to listen to some of the participants’ work, please visit: http://www.organizedsound.ca.

Denise Tse is a fourth-year arts student at the University of Toronto Scarborough.




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