State-of-the-art mobile recording studio visits LHS

by Becky GINOS

LAYTON—It’s big, blue and makes beautiful music. The John Lennon Educational Tour Bus made a stop at Layton High School last Friday as it makes its way across the country giving budding musicians a chance to create.

“It’s a nonprofit mobile recording studio,” said onboard engineer Luke Huisman. “We’re on the road 10 months out of the year. We help the students create a digital project. They come onboard and give an example of the songs they listen to. We throw instruments at them and make noise for about 30 minutes until it sounds like a song.”

The bus is presented by OWC (Other World Computing) and sponsored by companies like Apple and Cannon, among others. “They keep us on the road,” he said. “Yoko Ono (Lennon) made it possible. It began 21 years ago.”

They work with the students throughout the day writing music and lyrics. “Typically by lunch we have a song written and recorded,” said Huisman. “After lunch we jump into vocals, etc. It’s a collaborative process. It’s crazy by the end of eight hours we have a music video.”

Sophomore Cade McMains was one of eight students onboard and has done mostly vocals. “I want to learn more about how to make music,” he said. “I’ve only been exposed to a certain type of music and these people are really talented.”

“This is something I’ve never done before,” added Livy Alvey, a junior. “They’re teaching me what to do, what to say and how to create something.”

Junior Brady Marx plays the drums and has composed about 200 songs. “All I have planned is music for a career.”

The engineers who live and work on the bus are all musicians themselves and are experts in audio and video, said Huisman. “For students who don’t have the skill sets we help them create a project like this from the ground up. They’re rock stars.”


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