Beat Making Lab

Arts & Culture
3:10 pm
Sun July 13, 2014

Teens 'Remix' The News: World Cup, Controversial Shooting Range And More

Sadie Zimet working at the Chapel Hill Beat Making Lab
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Area teens have been listening to radio news stories and remixing them with original hip hop beats. Remixing the News is a partnership between WUNC and the Beat Making Lab

The teens are  from area high schools including Chapel Hill High, East Chapel Hill High, and Research Triangle High. They met regularly after school throughout the spring and then completed a week-long summer workshop.

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Arts & Culture
3:08 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Beat Making Lab: Behind-The-Scenes Blog

Two of the teen participants in the chapel Hill Beat Making Lab
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Beat Making Lab is a project where where music artists (producers and emcees)  travel around the world teaching young people to make hip hop and electronic beats. It's run by Pierce Freelon and Stephen Levitin aka The Apple Juice Kid.

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Arts & Culture
3:04 pm
Mon July 7, 2014

Listen: Teen DJ Remembers Gabriel Garcia Marquez

Jennah Jones is also known as DJ Twice
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Chapel Hill, NC teenager Jennah Jones is also known as DJ Twice. She's part of a project in which teens listen to NPR news stories and and create alternate versions, with original hip hop soundtracks.

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Re-Mixing The News
3:08 pm
Tue June 17, 2014

WUNC News Stories Get A Hip-Hop Beat At Summer Camp

DJ A-Khan and DJ Bounce kicking it in the studio.
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This week WUNC is partnering with The Beat Making Lab in Chapel Hill on a free summer camp for high schoolers where students take existing WUNC news stories, remix them, and set them to a hip-hop beat.  Called Re-Mixing The News, the camp runs through June 20.

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Re-Mixing The News
4:28 pm
Wed January 15, 2014

Re-Mixing The News With Fresh Beats

Re-mixing the news with Pierce Freelon (front left) and Stephen Levitin (aka Apple Juice Kid) and a group of students

Q: What would happen if you put WUNC News stories in the hands of youth armed with laptops and infectious hip hop beats?  

A: You'd get Re-Mixing the News -- it's a new project WUNC launched in 2014 as a part of its American Graduate Project.  
 
WUNC is teaming up with renowned beatmakers and educators Pierce Freelon and Stephen Levitin (aka Apple Juice Kid) for this special project that will engage young people in Chapel Hill over the next several months. 

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The State of Things
11:51 am
Wed December 4, 2013

Beat Making Lab Mixes Health And Music In Ethiopia

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The Beat Making lab started as a class at the University of North Carolina at Chapel Hill. But its creators, Stephen Levitin – aka, Apple Juice Kid – and Pierce Freelon, quickly took it to a new level.

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