G SongLab - Learn. Create. Share.
Music brings us together, even when we can't physically be together. G SongLab hopes to serve as a support system, a place where young people can connect, learn, create and share their musical ideas with each other, wherever they may be located.
You can make music. Anywhere. Anytime.
G SongLab is a safe online community dedicated to helping young people develop their skills in songwriting and music creation. Genelec, working with the Tiuku Public Information Cultural Factory, the City of Helsinki, University of the Arts Helsinki and ArtsEqual, have teamed up with experienced songwriters and music educators led by Petter Korkman and Anna Kuoppamäki, to encourage and support young people making music – whatever their prior experience.
G SongLab allows young people aged between 13 and 29 to participate from the comfort of their own homes and share their songs with others, creating a sense of companionship even for those staying at home to help protect their community from the coronavirus. Also, we at Genelec will be teaching how young people can listen to sounds in a way that will help them get the most from their songs and recordings.
We will be delivering lots of tutorials over the coming months to help you express yourself musically, and through our upcoming Songwriting Challenge we’ll also be offering some fantastic home recording prizes.
G SongLab will be bringing you a series of interactive online webinars (in English) where you’ll get a chance to write songs and learn new things about music and production. At each session there will be plenty of opportunities to ask questions, so don’t be shy!
All you’ll need to join in is a computer, tablet or smartphone with a recording app (a digital audio workstation) already installed. We’ll be using Pro Tools and Reaper (www.reaper.fm) but feel free to use your own app. If your setup includes an audio interface and a microphone that’s great, but not essential. Bring an instrument if you play one, and don’t forget a pen and paper for writing down lyrics.
Over the next few months we’ll be sharing some songs via our G SongLab playlist, so we’d recommend that you open a Soundcloud account (it’s free) before the first webinar, if you don’t yet have one. Simply head to www.soundcloud.com.
If you’re under 18, then please ask for your parents’ permission before joining in.
Bedroom Producer Series (Webinar)
5th December 2020
Time: 13:00 to 17:00 EET (UTC+2)
Vocals in the mix. In this session, our main focus is on vocals all the way from planning to recording and on to post production. The session will be particularly useful to those who are more used to working in the box but interested in bringing singers into their home studio productions. We will follow a group of your singers and songwriters as they create and produce their new song and discuss various ways to solve practical problems in the process.
Songwriting Workshop (Hybrid)
11th to 12th December 2020
Time: Friday 16:00 to 19:00 EET (UTC+2)
Time: Saturday 14:00 to 18:00 EET (UTC+2)
During our December 2020 weekend session, we write new songs and produce demo recordings in small co-write groups. You can participate either on site in Helsinki (IHMO and Genelec house) or online. Because all participants get to interact and write songs, we can only accept a limited number of participants.
Online: Sign up here to be in the group on Friday 11.12. from 16 to 19 and on Saturday 12.12. from 14 to 18.
On site: Sign up here to be in the group on Friday 11.12. from 16 to 20 at Länsi-Helsingin musiikkiopisto (to be confirmed) and 12-18 at the Genelec house (Hämeentie 130).
Each month we’ll announce a monthly challenge – and provide four weekly online webinars to help you achieve your goals. Subjects will include writing music and lyrics, polishing your song arrangements, and home studio recording and production. Our aim is that everyone will have written and produced a new song each month – either on their own or part of a team – and we’ll get to share some of your songs with eachother and celebrate our month’s success.
And there’s more. At the end of the year, we’ll reward the three most creative songwriters with a fantastic home recording package with products from Genelec and other top brands.
So, we really look forward to meeting you and making music together!
Any questions? If so, just contact us here and we’ll be happy to help.