Gallery: Suffolk New College students create album using electronic toys

TOY project at Suffolk New College. Year 2 extended diploma music technology student create music fr

TOY project at Suffolk New College. Year 2 extended diploma music technology student create music from old toys. Harry Jackson and Tom Castle are pictured.

What do you get when you take a collection of second-hand children’s toys, cutting edge audio editing software and a group of talented teenagers?

The answer is ‘Toy’ – an electronic album created by Suffolk New College students using only the sounds recorded from old playthings.

The six-week project, run by Music Technology course leader Craig Shimmon, was designed to encourage students to think differently about music and composition.

The toys were taken apart, rewired, short-circuited and then sampled to create original pieces of music.

Every track on the 14-song album – which is now available as a free download – was produced by Year 2 Music Technology students using only recycled materials. Mr Shimmon said the project’s aim was to take students out of their “comfort zone”.

The album is available from http://sncmusictech.bandcamp.com