Exeter-based Community Equality Disability Action (CEDA) have just been awarded £100 as runners up in the recent Sound Beam 25 competition.
CEDA have been promoting arts and creative learning with disabled people for the past 25 years, funded by Arts Council England. The Sound Beam – described as ‘The Invisible Expanding Keyboard in Space’ - is a touch-free device which uses sensor technology to translate body movement into sound. It is great way for disabled people with mobility or dexterity impairments to write, make and produce music as they have been doing at CEDA. Having already linked up with a disabled rapper in Brazil during April, the CEDA musicians chose to create a somewhat surreal take on old favourite ‘Teddy Bear’s Picnic’.
Sound Beam25 had some famous judges. Here are two comments about the CEDA production:
“The video and sound composition was imaginative and fun” (John Paul Jones of Led Zeppelin)
“...it is a bit mad and rather beautiful. Musically and visually arresting. The video is a little surreal, but the soundscape was extraordinary, a rich mix of moods and spatial landscape; great to hear such a famous ditty being give a slightly impressionistic counterpoint” (World renowned conductor Charles Hazelwood)
CEDA musicians are putting the prize money towards buying more instruments.
Links to the video and music can be viewed online at http://www.soundbeam.co.uk/competition/.
For further information about CEDA see www.cedaonline.org.uk