A MAN who plays music using a bicycle is just one of a number of acts taking part in a showcase called Soundland, put together by Creative Sound and Music students from the University of South Wales today.

The installation is at 2pm at the university’s City of Newport campus in rooms A17 and A16 on Kingsway.

Alex Dobson’s project “Music In Motion” is a live extreme sports concert, where the bike is the instrument and the terrain is the music, he explained.

“The project was born from my love for trial riding and my passion to create music which has drawn me to try to bring the two closer together,” said Mr Dobson.

“I never thought in a million years that I could fuse my two greatest passions in life,” he said.

Other acts include La Espai, who like Mr Dobson, have built their own software and are exploring cutting edge ways of engaging the audience in their performance. There is also acts based on bringing academic research into music, a punk band, a classical musician, a “glitch” act and a folk band.

All graduates have taken part in extensive academic research on the background of music to place their act at the cutting edge of its genre, explained course leader Matthew Lovett.

“We’re incredibly proud of our students on the Creative Sound and Music BA programme here at the University of South Wales and of the work they produce,” he said.

“Our alumni have become central to new music in Wales, playing concerts anywhere from Le Pub in Newport to the O2 in London.They are an awe-inspiring bunch of creative people.”

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