A Food Piano & Collaboration Video

This week we’ve gone all out and decided to add food to the mixture of STEM and music. We collaborated with booktuber, Stephen Alff of AlffBooks, to create a food piano.

We guided Stephen along the way to create a food based piano using a MakeyMakey and block programming using Scratch. Check out how we got on.

Alongside making our piano, Vanessa spoke to Stephen about STEM over on his channel.


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One Year On

January 3rd, 2015, Echoing STEM’s first YouTube video was posted. A year on, we’ve done a lot, but we can’t wait to do more!

We will have a 2016 video mash up this Sunday but until then we’d like to reflect on everything on and off camera.

Firstly, however, a major thank you is in order. Thank you to all who have watched the YouTube videos, read a blog post, interacted with us on or offline, believed in us and are following us. A special thank you goes to everyone who has given their time to be interviewed by us and to the events that have supported us.

2016 started with a bang for Echoing STEM as the initial branding along with the promo video was finalised in the early hours of new years day, ready for the first Sunday of the month. Within days of publishing (a rather terrible promo video) the response to Echoing STEM’s launch was phenomenal, including an entire Silicon Republic article discussing our launch.

Since then we’ve started a blog with wonderful authors across Ireland and the UK, interviewed an abundance of bands, covered events from BT Young Scientist and Dublin Maker to Junk Kouture and The Rose of Tralee, attempted to start a podcast once, tried our hand at vlogging, spoke about Echoing STEM at events and even reached 1K plus views on some videos.

In our first year, we’ve done a lot! And we’ve no intention of stopping now. 2017 is going to be bigger and brighter. This year we hope to get ever so much closer to a video upload a week alongside some more additional content on the channel mid week. We plan on extending this blog to have more writers and a lot more content.

A few months back we asked our twitter followers to vote on what they’d like to see more of (video wise), STEM content and vlogs won the vote. This year we do plan on producing a lot more STEM content including a short series. We’ll see about the vlogs….

We might even bring that podcast back…

We’ve got many plans up our sleeves for 2017 and can not wait to share them. Until then we’d like to wish you all a belated happy new year.

Thank You (again),

Vanessa, Christine, Aoife & Suzie

Watch Out 2017! Here Are 5 Irish Acts To Listen To This New Year

There’s no hiding the fact that the Irish music scene is blooming with fresh acts in a whirlpool of genres. There’s also little hiding from the statistics showing how little airplay these acts have been getting on our radio waves in the past year.

With that in mind, we beg for more attention to be given to Irish acts in 2017 and maybe less to the Billboard charts. We also cross our fingers that the Irish Recorded Music Association (IRMA)’s 5 year deal with Official Charts Company UK will make a difference for our artists.

To kick the year off, we have decided to give you five acts that we think will be big this 2017.

Áine Cahill

 

Hailing from County Cavan and with an array of impressive gigs behind her at 21, Cahill combines vivid imagery with classic jazz influences and it is simply beautiful. Her imagery is soul gripping, transporting you into each story told whilst craving a slow set dance in a jazz club.

Whilst we eagerly await an album from Cahill, we are are truly enjoying her current tracks such as ‘The 27 Club’ and ‘Black Dahlia’.

You can now preorder Áine’s upcoming single ‘Plastic‘ (Expected Release 27th Jan).

 

Barq

 

Fresh out of 2016’s Other Voices, Barq are bringing us some powerful melty rock and argosoul. The four piece have been gaining plenty of well deserved attention since their debut release last March and are penned for great things this year.

If you need a soundtrack to dust off your Christmas blues to this new year, Barq have the kick ass mood and the right chords to get you going. With lead vocals from the phenomenal Jess Kav, we can’t wait to hear what they do next (more agrosoul please).

 

The Klares

 

Straight out of their Leaving Cert. The Klares have already been making waves in the indie rock scene, receiving Hot Press’s Big Break School’s award back in 2015. Age is no barrier to their music, with a sound that certainly seems to have matured for a long time already.

We’ve been enjoying the upbeat vibes and the guitar riffs of this Dublin four piece for the past few months and think 2017 will be their year. With a new track due out in the coming months we can’t wait to see some headline gigs from these lads.

 

Wyvern Lingo

 

We can’t get enough of these ladies! This three piece from County Wicklow seem to be producing hit after hit. Their alternative/indie sound is incredibly moving. From tracks like ‘Letter To Willow’ and ‘Running’ to their cover of ‘Left Hand Free/ Don’t Let Go ‘ we inevitably need to sing along. With tranquil harmonies and a sound on par with the likes of Katzenjammer, we think you’re going to love Wyvern Lingo this year.

Although it’s not an apparent goal, these women are empowering the ‘women are in music too’ statement without feeling any need to sell themselves in anything other than musical talent and we love it!

 

Newcomer: Podge Lane

All the way from County Cork, our newcomer choice is folk singer/songwriter Podge Lane. With an EP due out in the next few months we believe that Podge will be one to keep your eyes and ears on.

Influenced by country music and musically moved towards folk and blues under the influence of his audience, Podge describes his passion for experimenting with music as ‘being like a cat with a ball of yarn’.

 


Article by Vanessa Greene.