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LCM student wins prestigious music award for second year running

A University of West London student has won an award for the second year running at Music Tech Fest, the prestigious festival of music ideas. Adam Williams, an undergraduate on the Music Technology Specialist course at the University’s London College of Music, created a new music instrument to win the award at the festival’s hack camp.

Competing in a challenge set by multinational technology company, Cisco Systems, Adam and his fellow competitors were asked to let their creativity flow to modify existing music technology and create new instruments. Adam produced a software synthesizer with a wireless iPad-based, guitar-style controller called the ‘Quirkuitar’ to snatch the grand prize for Best New Musical Instrument.

Adam’s reward for winning was an iPad mini, Cisco router and a second accolade to add to the one he received at the festival last year for creating a custom bass synth Bukkako 5000. His achievement is particularly impressive as Music Tech Fest attracts some of the most brilliant and creative hackers and music industry professionals.

Other leading music technology companies who set challenges as part of the hack camp were Spotify, SoundCloud, FXpansion, Levels Entertainment and RCA Records.

Sara Raybould, Director of the London College of Music, commented:‘We are incredibly proud of Adam’s success at Music Tech Fest. To win once is a fantastic achievement, but to win twice is truly commendable. The creativity and experimentation he displayed to win the competition is inspiring as the festival attracts key industry professionals, from the big music companies and music tech startups through to app creators, artists and developers.’

For more information about London College of Music at the University of West London, please visit www.uwl.ac.uk/LCM or follow Sara Raybould on Twitter via @sararaybould1.