Teens create music at library tech centers

This fall, teens at the Best Buy Teen Tech Center at Minneapolis Central Library and the Brooklyn Park Library Tech Center collaborated on creating original music, thanks to a challenge issued by library staff.

Brooklyn Park Library staff member Richelieu Morris created beat tracks and placed them in an online file share for teens at both centers to access and enhance with their own vocal or instrument tracks.

Morris and Best Buy Teen Tech Center coordinator Amelia Hansa organized a listening party for teens to vote for their favorite among the seven completed tracks, and two tied for best.

Listen to the winning tracks here.

At the Best Buy Teen Tech Center, participant Ajoko Gaye said he valued the feedback from his peers. “It gave me the chance to try different sounds and make my rap sound better,” Gaye said. His song, “Cold,” did not win, but Gaye plans to participate in the next round.

The Best Buy Teen Tech Center is a space for teens to use new technologies with help from other teens and adult mentors, and then share their work with other teens across the globe through the Clubhouse Network. Technology and multimedia tools are available for music and video production, interactive programming, digital photography, graphic design and more.

The Brooklyn Park Library Tech Center is an afterschool space for teens to work together using new technologies, and also display their work. The center is intended for self-directed use, but library staff, including the Teen Tech Squad and adult volunteers, are available to introduce teens to the technology. The Tech Center is open to the public until afterschool hours, when it is for teens only.