STUDENT VOICE Student Voice SPRING SUMMER 2017 - Page 44

MUSIC T S E T S T N E STUD NEW DRUMSTICKS designed by Rebecca Kirkwood Music students have helped a start-up company put its prototype drumsticks to the test. HNC and HND Music students helped Fraser Stone of Stone Drumsticks test out their new products. Stone Drumsticks aim to create exciting products for drummers across a variety of musical genres. Fraser Stone has worked in the industry for 17 years and feels he has what it takes to address a gap in the market. His drumstick company designs drumsticks for the modern drummer that combine the desired feel and response of traditional timber sticks with the precision and durability of carbon fibre. 44 The music students spent the morning testing out the latest drumsticks on kits at their Ayr Campus studio, before scoring each new product and providing feedback to Fraser. David Henderson, HNC Music student, said “The morning workshop was really productive. I think Fraser got some great feedback from a diverse group of drummers with different abilities. I found some of the products really surprising but overall it was a great experience.” Beta testing products before they are released for general sale is an invaluable step in the process, and Fraser’s start-up company is also embracing the support of the Commercial Music course at the University of the West of Scotland. THE STUDENT VOICE SPRING/SUMMER 2017