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Sam WillisJun 9, 2023 10:02:13 AM2 min read

The Sowenna Unit and dBs Pro release new album: Sowenna Sounds

Sowenna Sounds - an album written and performed by the young people at the Sowenna adolescent mental health and produced by dBs Pro - has now been released!

We’re really proud to announce the release of Sowenna Sounds, an album of remarkable new music which has been written and performed by the young people at the Sowenna adolescent mental health unit in Bodmin, and produced by students at dBs Institute via our in-house creative studio dBs Pro!

The album has 17 new tracks and was created by young people during their inpatient admission at Sowenna. The work was enabled by visiting music producers working with many new music forms including Hip Hop, IDM, folk, indie pop, d&b, sound art and dubstep.

Jonathan King, Head of Education at Sowenna said, "For some of our young people, the opportunity to create music and experiment with sounds has been a small ray of light and hope during a very dark period in their mental health.”

"We are incredibly supportive of this project, our school and our charity and their work to improve young people’s mental health and well-being," added Debbie Richards, Chief Executive of Cornwall Partnership NHS Foundation Trust.

The young people and the staff team at Sowenna worked with creative partners, dBs Pro at the dBs Institute in Bristol and dBs-i, a non-profit sound and music company, for 2 years.

Jay Auborn, Creative Producer at dbs Pro said, “We all know that music can be powerful and in some cases change people's lives, but having access to instruments and the confidence to pick one up isn't always within reach. During the making of this album, we worked with young people who, in some cases, had no previous experience with music and sound creation. Using simple-to-operate and affordable technology, we helped remove the entry barriers for engaging with a creative practice, in this case, music and sound art. It was a privilege to have been involved with the project and see first-hand the enormous benefits playing with sound and music can have for young people dealing with so much in their lives.”

Sowenna Sounds Album ArtworkDr John Matthias, Head of Research at dbs-i added, "The new tracks are both imaginatively creative and thought-provoking and it would be great to hear them on the radio.”

The Sowenna Appeal Charity funded the project and provided crucial and easy-to-use music technology equipment and visiting music producers which enabled the young people to create hip-hop and pop music song forms. The tracks were mixed in Bristol at dBs Pro at The dBs Institute by Jay Auborn and a number of Bristol-based producers, dBs Institute students and alumni including, Gemsski, Tugkan Mutlu, Louis Marcell, Pauls Lux, Dr P, Gutnose, Jamie Bird, Matt Smith and Elise Livingston.

A parent of one of the young music creators said, "The work that Sowenna does is amazing. There is nothing else like it in Cornwall and it is so needed for our young people.”

To work on similar projects to Sowenna Sound via dBs Pro, check out the courses at dBs Institute here.