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Music Editing Lab Launch

22/10/2018

On Thursday September 27th, the Ruth E. Dickinson branch celebrated its new Music Editing Lab.

Richard Yin, winner of our Teen Art Contest for best musical composition was present to kick off the event.  He played several beautiful piano pieces on our keyboard including Beethoven’s “Piano Sonata No.23 in F minor, 'Appassionata’, Third Movement”.  Having taken piano lessons since he was 5 years old, he had no trouble impressing the crowd with his talent!

After the initial kick off, musicians Chris West and Jeff Watkins were on-site to demonstrate how to use Logic Pro X, a software on both of our music editing stations.  Did you know that one user can create a song resembling an entire orchestra piece?  You can choose among many different instruments, and notes played on the music keyboard go through a USB via a musical instrument digital interface (MIDI) so that users can edit their work after playing a piece.  We also have GarageBand, Ableton Live Lite, and Musescore, which work similarly.

We made a variety of children’s activities available during the launch and gave them the opportunity to create musical instruments, colour, try the new equipment, and even create their own songs using our iPads.  It was quite an entertaining evening filled with creativity, knowledge and music. 

We are very grateful to the Friends of the Ottawa Public Library (FOPLA) who purchased and donated these music editing stations to the Ruth E. Dickinson branch, enabling us to grow our innovative spaces. Book one of our music editing stations today to commence your musical journey!

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