Machines: Better or Worse?

For us technology has enabled us to do what we love every day. Supporting young people with their development while working creatively with music.

But has the development of technology made things worse? Do we have shorter attention spans? Are we becoming more anxious? Is anybody truly bored anymore?

Our philosophy in 90 Minute Music comes from researching how humans utilise technology and exploring how we can add value in terms of sociability and building resilience.

There is often a perceived conflict between us and technology especially when it goes wrong.

When technology fails

In our experience some young people are more likely to be enthusiastic about engaging with technology than each other.

We use this to our advantage by using the technology to focus on the things that technology has begun to erode. We share our knowledge of music, production and the world of DJing to identify how we can synergise groups of individuals by learning about their primary needs.

We have supported thousands of young people with their development by identifying areas of support and quickly putting that support in place through our training and expertise.

Although our aims are to support health and development, the nature of our work is having fun and sharing each others qualities.

I didn’t like 90 Minute Music, I loved it.

C. B. Age 10 Doncaster

We will be at Myplace Bentley from 6.00pm on Wednesday 8th of June.

Norbreck Communal Hall Askern from 5.00pm on Thursday 9th of June.

Bullcroft Memorial Hall from 7.15pm on Thursday the 9th of June.

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Bentley Myplace, Askern Norbreck, Bullcroft Mem. And Eco Power Stadium.

Proud to support Eve’s Trust

Great to spend an afternoon with my own kids. We took some drums down to the Eve’s Trust legends charity game between Doncaster Rovers and Sheffield Wednesday. Rovers were schooled by the ex pro’s from the Wednesday team with tidy performances from Chris Brunt and Paolo Di Canio. An honourable mention goes out to our own James Coppinger and Colin Douglas who kindly gave my son an autograph. I spoke to Duggie after the game and he said that he may be aching in the morning but as everyone who gave their time he was happy to support such a positive cause.

Myplace Bentley

We bring everything to create Electroacoustic Music to your venue

Another busy week of delivery as we began our return to Bentley. As we had discussed with senior youth leaders and identified a need for our provision, it was good to get going. We were proud to have our new volunteers supporting, both did a great job of engaging and I’m sure will go on to do great things. Our vision is to nurture, build confidence and resilience and ultimately give young people the tools to be both cooperative and assertive. We began this work through volunteering 9 years ago, so we recognise the value to not only the community but the volunteer and their family.

Norbreck Communal Hall Askern

Week two at the Norbreck, a great vibe as our growing group shared humour and we learned of the growing number of events for local people. It is always rewarding to hear the young people reminding me of what we did the previous week. The simplicity of our approach gives a great framework for fast progress and cohesive group work. We got hands on with the digital equipment and created beats using the step sequencer, we also had the adults on hand to write a rap, which was excellently delivered.

Bullcroft Memorial Hall Carcroft

This venue is beginning to gain momentum and is a fantastic resource for the community. We had primary aged children, who engaged really well with the Digital gear. Big respect goes out to the parents who got involved whole heartedly. Massive thanks to my new colleague Tina for bringing her boys and spreading the word in the local area. We are in the early days at Bullcroft but already seeing a positive attitude and learning of essential skills.

We still have places available at all venues next week, but they are limited so get in touch.

  • Myplace Bentley 5.30pm Wednesday
  • Norbreck Communal Hall 5.00pm Thursday
  • Bullcroft Memorial Hall 7.15pm Thursday

Leaving, Breathing, and Roads to Achieving.

Our last week of delivery in Highfields this week. We have learnt about Djing, Production and have discussed many issues Including Identity, Diversity, Home and Family, War, Friendship and of course Sport. Many came from Outlying villages to join us as many do to receive the top class Boxing training and experience of John and Liz Loosemore. The young people have been wide ranging in age, but the culture of respect and communication added value to all. I can’t wait to come back and work with you again, it has been a pleasure.

Great Characters who provided plenty of laughs and support.

We began our long anticipated work in Askern this week. Norbreck Communal Hall is the venue and we’ll be there every Thursday from 5.00pm till 6.30pm. We had good attendance, but we still have capacity for more to join. We worked on aspects of communication and I spoke about how breathing can be useful when playing together in a group. The young people spoke about how music may fit in with tribal culture, which is the basis of all our cultural past. Well done to everyone from 17 all the way down to the youngest, who showed that music is valuable, as a mechanism of bringing us together. There is much more to it of course and I look forward to sharing it with you in the coming weeks.

Pleased to play a small part in the growing number of activities in Askern

Our 2nd new venue this week was Bullcroft Memorial Hall where we will be at 7.15pm every Thursday. We had a small group attending, but they had to leave early as they were aged 11 and an 8.45pm finish is late. There may be an idea of splitting into an older and younger group, we will see who joins us next week and decide. We have had further interest over the last few days, it would be great to see you join us next Thursday.

Industry Standard Equipment isn’t always available to young people.

I met a group of older lads who were passing outside, some were into Djing and knew one of the local MC’s I have been working with, so I told them to check the website because even though they were 17 and older than our usual participants I would not want them to miss the opportunities that we can offer through employment opportunities and further training through our partner organisations like Higher Rhythm.

Thanks to John and Liz at Highfields. Isiasha at Norbreck and Tracy at Bullcroft for Kindly proving the venues.

Massive thanks to Well Doncaster and DMBC for providing funding and sharing support through Doncaster Chamber and the Community Wealth Builder.

Free Music Sessions starting 28th of April!!!

ASKERN NORBRECK CENTRE EVERY WEEK FOR 6 WEEKS. Starts 28th of April
BULLCROFT Memorial Hall Limited places. Starts 28th of April 7.15pm

Book online via the Contact us page for Free Electroacoustic Music sessions.

We focus on health and development and how music can play a part in both. We are supported by Welldoncaster in partnership with DMBC.

We hold the UK Youth quality mark for working with young people.

R.U.F.C. & H.B.C.

All about creation this week. We start with nothing and work together to create something by focusing on goals and finding creative ways to get there.

Following on from our work of recognising the value of others and an introduction to the building blocks of Music, we created some beats and looked at how rap music uses syllables, and the relationship to phonics in school.

The facilities at the New York Stadium are great and provide a positive environment for young people to develop. It was rewarding to see young people gaining confidence, by finding their voice through our informal youth led approach.

We were also back at Highfields Boxing Club for our penultimate session. We took part in a challenge to create a full arrangement and song within the time frame of the session.

Incredible focus and team working. We produced an original song with 4 different sections, music and used audio effects to support the production. I’m really proud of the way this group have developed and also the way they have introduced new comers to the group.

As always thanks to Liz and John for allowing me to use the Boxing Club as a venue, also thanks to Jonny at Rotherham United for supporting grass roots providers such as 90minutemusic.

Active Fusion Easter Camps 2022

Awesome to be asked to return to support Active Fusion on their Easter camps across Doncaster. We delivered to over 350 young people and it was personally rewarding to hear some, who I had worked with last summer relaying information which they had retained from our previous session.

We gave the young people with previous experience a chance to pass on their knowledge, which empowers them and supports confidence building, it was also good to see the Active Fusion staff rewarding this supportive behaviour.

We worked on communication, discipline and explored music from India and South America. 100% engagement. Well done to all who took Part, special thanks to the staff and volunteers who got hands on to make this project successful.

Rotherham United Community Trust

Wonderful to be welcomed back to support the young people of Rotherham. We were not short on energy and enthusiasm today.

The facilities are in place at the New York Stadium to support development of the health and wellbeing of the local community for years to come.

We will be back on April the 20th. Thanks to Jonny for inviting us and Ant and Zoe for making sure we were looked after.

A busy couple of weeks!!!!

It was great to have 5 new faces to add to the growing group at Highfields this week. Word is getting round about the great work we are doing in our local communities and we will begin Work in Carcroft, Askern and Bentley soon.

We have been using Pro DJ equipment for the last couple of weeks, but last night we began working on music which we will be uploading to Soundcloud, which will give a platform for sharing our productions.

We hope to showcase the amazing work being presented by young people in our local area and hopefully one day bring all our participants together in one venue to celebrate what we have achieved.

DJ Session at Highfields Boxing Club

We got our hands on professional DJ equipment tonight. I am proud to say that every single one of the group where bang on with their timing and execution of DJ mixing, which comes from the uniquely simple way we look at music.

Rather than showing the group the way that I DJ, I took a leaf out of DJ Methodz book. He is a Hull based DJ who I had the pleasure of speaking with last week. He has recognised the importance of giving young people the room to find their own way to be creative, with a relevance to them. Check out my interview with him by copying the link here:-

We also took turns in speaking about our favourite artists in front of the group, as much to build confidence as to share our musical interests.

Thanks to Liz for once again providing a hub for community activities in Highfields, and thanks to DMBC in partnership with Well Doncaster for providing funding for the development of our young people, who will be the custodians of the borough when we are no longer here.

Astrea Atlas Primary Academy

Atlas has a feel of an inner city School and the children are descendants of over 20 different nationalities. The session really highlighted how levels of focus and pace of learning are individual to every person.

In a few weeks it has been good to see the pupils from different classes growing together socially and looking forward to sharing each others company.

Confidence is building within the group and there gave been great leaps forward in terms of respecting the value of others, and their contribution to the group.

Looking forward to our next session, see you on Thursday.