INO used the Co-Creation Space in an open pilot for composition workshops. During these workshops, composer Finola Merivale worked with participants to explore a range of composition techniques, such as creating sounds with your body without singing or making instruments using household objects. This approach was designed to challenge participants’ ideas about what composition can entail and the ideas it leads to.
As part of the workshop, Finola prompted participants to create their own short piece or musical idea that they captured on their phones, a process that generated a huge amount of material. Rather than using tools like email or WhatsApp, workshop participants used the Traction developed Co-creation Space, not only to store and discuss recordings, but also to support one another’s work, through comments and emojis. Each workshop culminated in a co-created piece of digital music as well as providing creative stimulus for the final VR opera.