Lockdown Sound Challenge

Lockdown Sound Challenge

Calling all musicians, sound creators, and noise makers

No matter if you’re a classically trained pianist, you’ve just had your first online guitar lesson, or if you just love the strange sound that your washing machine makes, we want you to join us in a special Make Music Day challenge by recording your own audio samples.


We’re inviting people all over the country to share their short sound recordings. These samples will then be chopped up, spliced together, looped and manipulated into short musical pieces by the Lockdown Sound Challenge producers.


You can use anything you have to capture the sounds. Use your phone, laptop, or microphones (if you have them). Try to make your sounds as interesting as possible – this is your time to get creative!


Your audio sample should be no longer than 30 seconds. Please name the file of your audio submission in the below format:


ie. Aeroplane_Glasgow or ChoppingCarrots_Manchester

The deadline for sample submissions has now passed.


As part our Make Music Day activities, producers will then be given one hour to create a short track exclusively out of the samples that you send in, which will be live streamed in the evening as part of the official Make Music Day UK Live stream.


The Lockdown Sound Challenge is brought to you in partnership with Plugged. Musician, producer and manager of Plugged, Rob Parton, tells us what it’s all about.

Plugged is a community electronic music project in London bringing music makers from all backgrounds together. For the past year we’ve been running a series of live music events including open electronic music jams, performances, and workshops.

It’s been devastating seeing the impact that Coronavirus has had. For the music industry and particularly live events, who knows when we’ll be able to bounce back. In the meantime, like many others we have taken to running events online, hosting live streaming events and workshops through Facebook Live and Zoom.

We’re delighted to be participating in Make Music Day this year, presenting a series of online live performances from musicians in their own homes. We’re partnering with the Lockdown Sound Challenge – a team of music producers that invite you to contribute your own sound recordings that can be sampled and created into new music. We’ll also be hosting an open live jam on new innovative IOS music app Endlesss, open to anyone with a phone or iPad.

We look forward to sharing and making lots of music with you all on 21 June!

For more information on Plugged, visit www.plugged.org.uk and don’t forget to follow them on Instagram: @plugged.music & Twitter @plugged.music1.


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