SoundFoundry is a CCA for people with a passion for music. Our members are exposed to a myriad of music-related activities, including but not limited to: instrument techniques, recording, production and band dynamic techniques. Members can form bands and perform through various channels, such as through internal recordings and productions, school-wide events, and even external gigs sourced by the CCA.
Our CCA provides both quality musical training for our members and the freedom and creativity to make their own music. Despite the pandemic, the EXCO frequently sources for performance and recording opportunities to allow SoundFoundry members to perform, as well as take ownership for their musical growth. Students eager to join can expect to be challenged musically and grow as a musician in a welcoming and open-minded community.
- Starry Nite An annual SoundFoundry campus-wide concert featuring our very own bands. As an end-of-semester celebration, Starry Nite has evolved to become an indispensable part of SMU student life.
- Annual Production: MicDrop! 2022 An annual concert featuring homegrown talents collaborating with mentors in the music industry, focusing mainly on originals.
- Amplify Camp A music-centric camp for freshmen held at the beginning of the school year aimed to act as a launching pad for students to explore their musical journey in SMU.
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SMU SoundFoundry has compulsory engagement sessions for all new members joining our club and this will last through one year (2 academic semesters). These sessions happen every Thursday night from 8-10pm in an SR, and they will be in the form of masterclasses touching on topics such as music theory and band dynamics. New members are expected to turn up for each class spanning a total of 8-10 sessions during the school term. Events such as Starry Nite or Christmas productions however, are on an ad-hoc basis, hence it is up to an individual’s discretion to sign up for our events.
- Numerous External and Internal Gigs SMU Soundfoundry's recent music concert "MicDrop! 2022" has garnered multiple performance invitations to Lazada One, SG Night Fest, SMU AYOC & NDOC, Intervarsity Jam, and the list goes on!
- Aphasia SG Soundfoundry's CSP Aphasia is a language disorder that affects a person's ability to communicate, usually caused by a stroke or head injury. Aiming to utilise music for a good cause, SMU Soundfoundry members assisted Aphasia SG in supporting music therapy sessions, choir practices, music videos, and other collaterals to increase Aphasia SG's exposure.
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DO I NEED TO AUDITION TO GET INTO THE CLUB?
Yes, as SoundFoundry does not provide beginner lessons, we expect our members to be well-versed with their vocal techniques and/or familiar with their instrument of choice.
"I was searching for a music club on VIVACE. I was trying to find club that allows me to write lyrics and make music. Although I have little experience with the DAW and my voice isn't great, I enjoy music. It is a way for me to de-stress and relax. So regardless of whether I getting in, I look forward to attending the performances =). Cheers!"
- Luke, Y1, Business
“SoundFoundry has provided me with great opportunities to perform with my bandmates. These memories are some of the best I’ve had in university and I will always hold them close to my heart. Strangers I met in my band became friends that I still meet with, and we have lots of fun making music together!”
- Cassandra Ng, VOIX & SF member, Y2
"I have been a classically trained musician all my life and I recently got into electric guitar right after A-levels since I have a huge love and passion for rock opera, punk rock, pop rock and pop punk music. I aspire to be a competent lead and rhythm guitarist (versatility and fun!) and one of my biggest dreams is to meet equally passionate and amazing musicians to play with and learn from! I feel like SF would be a great opportunity for me to explore that :)"
Lam Hin Yi SOE: Year 1
"SF seems like a safe space to meet people with the same love of music and performance, to enjoy music and learn about it/ grow our skills together."
Jynelle Ong Wun SOSS: Year 1
"I want to be a part of SF because I simply can't live without music. I've joined numerous music clubs from my kindergarten to my high school years, and I wish to continue pursuing my passion in university. Music has always been a way for me to express my feelings, and I believe SF is the perfect platform to accommodate this!"
Valerie Nathania Kosumo LKCSB: Year 1
"I want to join SF to help develop my voice, and to make new friends to perform with!"
Teo Anwen, Hannah SOSS: Year 1
"Performing music together means more than playing alone. By attuning and adjusting with others, we can fully taste the beauty of music. This is the reason why I want to join SF. SF encourages students to cooperate and provide opportunities to perform on the stage. Through SF, I thought I can improve my performing skills as well as cooperative skills. Also, a special thing about SF that fascinated me was the TnD program which I thought could spontaneously group people to make bands and encourage them to learn from each other."
Juhee Yang SOE: Year 1
"As someone who really enjoys music, but not blessed with instrumental talent, singing is my favourite hobby. Being in a band has been one of my bucket list goals since Hannah Montana started airing, and the thought of being able to make music with like-minded individuals excites me. I would also like to step out of my comfort zone and become more confident in myself, and I believe SF would provide an abundance of such opportunities :)"
Tan Er Faye Sammi LKCSB: Year 1
If you wish to fulfill your performing needs, SF has two big concerts, namely the Annual Production (AP) and Starry Nite Production, where we gather SF members to showcase their musical talent and skills. We also have various internal events that give members opportunities to perform/record, as well as external gigs available for our band registry. Additionally, to supplement our members’ musical growth, we conduct the Training and Development (TnD) programme, as well as various music workshops and events for our members to learn and interact with each other.
SF does not provide beginner instrument lessons, and thus we cannot teach you how to play an instrument from scratch. However, the SF community is a great place to get encouragement, feedback, resources, and advice from peers and seniors who play your instrument of interest. We also conduct instrument workshops that teach more advanced techniques and theory.
The Band Registry comprises SF's selected performance-ready musicians and bands, who will be offered and informed of curated (and sometimes paid!) gig opportunities as sourced by the EXCO. The Band Registry is open for all SF members to audition!
Your progression in SF is essentially OTOT. We do not assign any of our members into bands, nor are our members obligated to be part of one, the only time we assign bands is during our SMU Soundfoundry freshman orientation camp known as Amplify Camp.
Ultimately, whether the band stays in contact is up to the individual’s discretion. The onus lies upon the member in reaching out to other club members to form new bands (or you could go solo too!).
Nevertheless, our CCA events provide platforms and networking opportunities for members to forge friendships and understand more about each other’s music tastes and talents, so that they may form bands more organically.
There are two types of SF membership: Active and Normal. Active members are (1) entitled to use the studio, (2) entitled to ACF welfare, (3) priority for workshops, (4) entitled to attend and vote in General Meetings and Internal Elections, (5) qualified to run for EXCO positions. Normal members on the other hand are (1) entitled to use the studio, (2) entitled to attend General Meetings and Internal Elections, (3) Qualified to run for EXCO positions