“Everyone loves music and wants to be creative, but many people don’t have an outlet to do it. We wanted to make it as easy and accessible and forgiving as possible, so that anyone could make music.”
Zack Sulsky ’13, a self-proclaimed “music theory nerd” and music major here at Wesleyan, has recently used his thorough understanding of music to create a song-making app, Sketch-a-Song. Last summer, Zack collaborated with a handful of high school buddies from his hometown of Denver, Colorado, to design the app. The app, available on both Android and iOS, is designed for amateur musicians. The user places notes on the screen, creating a looped song with the option of then sending their new tune to a friend for collaboration. With a number of instruments to choose from, the final product may even be good enough to download, which the app allows users to do.
Read past the jump for our interview with and photo of the handsome (and charitable) Zack Sulsky.
“An album of songs about meaningful things”—almost entirely Wes-specific.
Over the summer, homegrown musical personality Zack Sulsky ’13 put out a call for submissions. In particular, he requested “original songs about meaningful things.” Each songwriter, he explained, would choose an appropriate charity for their song to fund. In so doing, the project will “contribute not only money, but also serious thought and discourse to the issues that we, the songwriters, care about.
True to promise, Sulsky’s project, “Songs for Something,” has come to fruition. As of last week, the compilation is available on BandCamp for free streaming and $12 purchase. (Remember: those dollars are going to charity.) More than half of its 13 tracks are by Wesleyan artists, and if you’re sick to death of all the post-chillwave hogwash nonsense about unmeaningful things, consider this compilation a pleasantly eclectic ramble through the folksier, rootsier corner of Wesleyan’s student music scene. Particular highlights include “Mercury,” a majestic slow-burner from the recent Honey and the Sting release; “The Holder,” an impossibly soulful minimalist gem from the impossibly prolific Mel Hsu ’13; and “After the Heatwave,” a bittersweet solo cut by Bones Complex‘s Andrew Pfeiffer ’13. The album also contains original music by Julia Mark ’13, The Blooming Youth, Alma Sanchez-Eppler ’14, Sulsky himself, and the “Billionaire” remix we previously posted about. As Sulsky explains,
Zack Sulsky ’13 sends in a note about an intriguing songwriting project with a call for submissions. Protest singers, take note:
I am seeking submissions for a new album of original songs about meaningful things. Each songwriter who submits a recording will be asked to choose a charity that they would like their songs to fund. It is my hope that the songs themselves will relate to these charities, so we can contribute not only money, but also serious thought and discourse to the issues that we, the songwriters, care about.
The album will be released in early September, so songwriters have until the end of August to submit songs. Please contact me (zsulsky@wes) if you have any interest in participating. I am looking forward to hearing what this talented community of musicians comes up with.
Deadline: August 31, 2012