MusiCreation Station Presents Milwaukee Song at Summerfest

Have you ever wanted to live out a rock star fantasy or have a jam session with the rest of the city of Milwaukee? A new feature from the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music lets you do just that, with MusiCreation Station, a mobile recording studio that allows Milwaukeeans of all ages and backgrounds to access and record musical instruments .

As well as being open to the public at Summerfest for the duration of the festival, the mobile studio will be, well, mobile until October. With electronic drum kits, microphones, guitars and more, the Sound Lab is designed to encourage experimentation. Whether you are a virtuoso or have always wanted to emulate your musical heroes, you are welcome and encouraged to do so.

“We’re always looking for ways to make programs more accessible,” said Shalisa Kline Ugaz, executive vice president of the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music. “We have done so much in the last few years. Going to schools, providing help, starting instrument controls, but we’re always looking to push the boundaries of what it means to be accessible.

Inspired by the Beatles Bus in London, a project that allows fans to play music alongside the Fab Four, the project aims to inspire Milwaukeeans to choose instruments and grow rich through music. It also raises awareness of music education and the needs of fine arts programs. Plus, there is a lot of fun to be had along the way.

“Our goal is to be in all of Milwaukee’s zip codes eventually,” Kline Ugaz explained. “We just started a month ago. We were very lucky to have the opportunity to come to Summerfest as it is the perfect opportunity to reach people from all over Milwaukee. The goal is that you don’t need to know how to play an instrument, otherwise you could be a professional. We have the capacity to teach you and let you try things.

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In order to engage the city’s residents even more, the conservatory is creating a song “Milwaukee 414”, using mobile recording equipment and hundreds of tracks recorded in the MusiCreation station. The song is being edited for release on January 1 and is just the first of what could be many theme songs to be released by the Conservatory.

“We’ll see how many leads we can get,” Kline Ugaz said. “You can put the voices together to sound like a choir. Our hope is to use as many leads as possible.

You can add your vocals or instrumentation to the song Milwaukee 414 at the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music tent at the south end of Summerfest grounds throughout the festival. For more stops at the MusiCreation station through October, visit the Wisconsin Conservatory of Music website.

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