Molnar Daniel on Sun, 4 Jan 1998 02:56:08 +0100 (MET)

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Rroma Dub is an electronic musical workshop giving an exclusive
for these yougsters to express their musical identity based on their
traditional folk music mixing with contemporary pop music. The aim is not
less than to bridge the gap between traditional musical heritage and
contemporary youth, MTV and popular radio. The merge of these two
musical directions should help the youngsters to a full expression of
their individual and group identity with their own words, msuic and dance.

BIRTH: The idea of Rroma Dub has born at 'Live arts On-Line' organised by
Artec, where Suzanne Mřszöly met Bobby Demers and Steve Savale who has
been running such workshops with success at Community Music, London those
times. Ferenc Arató who has been responsible for Rroma affairs at Soros
Foundation was the contact to local youth, as he was teaching some of the
latter participating members of project.

First session has been held from December 6th to December 16th 1996.

Bobby Demers and Steve Savale started to involve the project members in
the use of digital sound technique (MIDI, keyboards and samplers),
provided a nice overview of these new upfront desktop applications
and they had been the 'know-how' people of these sessions. This meant
that they were mostly the realizers of the ideas of the Roma kids and
teens so they (the Roma participants) had much time and possibility
to creatively express themselves.

The first session works were presented at a party in C3 on December 15th

Bobby Demers (musician, Community Music, London)
Steve Savale (musician, Asian Dub Foundation, London)
Mike Stubbs (Hull Time Based Arts, Hull)
Péter Mátrai (trainer, Magyar Iparművészeti Főiskola, Budapest)
Suzanne Mészöly (coordinator, C3, Budapest)

The participants were Balogh Rudolf, Bogdán Erzsébet, Illés Ferenc,
Mohemed Fatima, Nyerges Mária, Orsós Gyula, Orsós Zoltán, Ponczók
Béla Rigó János, Szabó Attila, Szilvási István -- Roma kids
from Péc= s and Roma teens from Budapest.

Sponsored by British Council, Soros Foundation Roma Education Programme,
Magyar Iparművészeti Főiskola, Tölgyfa Galéria

The second session has been held on April 11st and April 12nd 1997.

The second session works were presented at a party in Almássy Téri
Művelődési Ház on April 12th 1997

As the first session with Community Music and Asian Dub Foundation
trainers were called 'Rroma Dub', we have decided to use 'Rroma DubB'
label to the only C3 hosted sessions.

Based on the experiences of instructors Bobby Demers and Steve Savale and
the similar technical circumstances plus the similar project group we
thought that MATT (Music and Technology Training Course) at Community
Music Centre would be a solid base for our training programme.

The core units of MATT are:
1 - Music Skills (basic music education, improvisation, composition,
basic keyboard training, music theory, performance -- live, using MIDI)
This programme includes show-case performance at Community Music House.
2 - MIDI Technology (programming, sampling, mixing, sequencing)
3 - Core Skills for Musicians/Music Industry Awareness (written and verbal
communication, lyrics, music industry inside, how does it work?,
work in music industry for demonstrational purposes)

Considering their native musical background Rroma DubB mainly focused step
2 and 3 in MATT programme. We should state that beyond this concept the
aim of the project was not to produce high-tech studio quality music,
but to teach the basic principles of the above mentioned techniques
and experiment with classic pop songwriting ways opposed to folk

During the first series of Rroma DubB lectures (from April till nowadays)
we worked with teens from Pest -- due to a lost link to Pécs we still have
no contact with them. They had learned Ze_Kitchin, the studio where they
have worked, then have come learning MIDI, General MIDI, synthesizers,
keyboards, samplers, effects, mixing console basics. During this process
we constructed some backing tracks and songs for they traditional folk

During the summer both trainer and students were unavailable for the
workshops -- simple causes: university examinations, moving, relocating.

Second phase comes up next that would point out mostly music industry
questions those should be interesting to a practising Gipsy folk band.
Keywords are cut'n'paste music, remixing works, collaborations with
other musicians from other music styles (planned and under construction
links to this part are Andor Gábor, jazz drummer and percussion player,
Oszkár Horváth, jazz pianist, Gangxta Zolee, rapper, pop performer)
and get to know 'working' composition methods (collaborator producer
Pierrot, sound engineer Sándor Kuty).

Trainer/coordinators were:
Dániel Molnár (trainer, JATE, Szeged)
Sándor Szabó (studio coordinator, Ze_Kitchin @ C3, Budapest)
Suzanne Mészöly (coordinator, C3, Budapest)

The Rroma Dub project would like to be a part, a station of Migrations
project, that was planned to take place in Budapest, Glasgow, London
and Hull in November 1997.


Rroma DubB Technical Equipment:
Steinberg Cubase Audio XT for Windows, Steinberg Recycle, Sonic Foundry
Sound Forge 4.0, Circle Elements, Fatehén Sample CD, Turtlebeach Tahiti
Soundcard, Yamaha CBX-K1XG Keyboard and General MIDI synthesizer,
Yamaha SU 10 Sampler Unit, Yamaha RY 8 Rhythm Machine, Midi TimePiece
Interface, Roland SE-70 Super Effects Processor, Alesis Nanoverb, Novation
BassStation, Pentium 133 MHz, 32 Mb RAM, 2 Gb HDD, 17" SVGA monitor,
8*CD ROM drive, cables

ParaRadio Technical Equipment (partly used): Spirit Folio SI RW-5068
Mixing Console, Technics RS-BX601 Tape Deck, Sony CDP-561 CD Player,
Tascam DA-20 DAT Recorder, Sony MZ-R3 Portable MiniDisc Recorder,
Behringer MDX2100 Compressor/Limiter, AKG D230 Microphone MAT-01
Preamplifier, Shure SM7 Microphone, Sennheiser MD-421 Microphone, AKG
AG-K141M Headphone, Fostex FX-6301BX Active Boxes, Gravis Plug and
Play card, Software Audio Workhop Plus, Pentium 133 MHz, 64 Mb RAM, 2
Gb HDD, 15" SVGA monitor, rack, cables


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