My friend, Tony Dias aka Cubricon, asked me to come by Cogswell College and meet the students of his Digital Music Production class. Six high school students participated in the Cogswell Summer Camp program to learn how to use Reason. Cogswell is a bit behind the times and only has Reason 3.0 installed on their systems, but that didn’t diminish the enthusiasm or inspiration of the students.
I dropped in on Tuesday and Thursday and gave the students a bit of a demo on using the Dr.REX loops and Combinators as well as look at Thor and shared with them a bit of Combi and Thor programming techniques. It was a lot of fun to see how quickly they picked up on things and especially how perceptive they were about the possibilities of Reason. I also had a chance to hear some of their tracks which were actually pretty good. Most of them they had some prior music experience and their tracks were developed with a good sense of composition.