ARTS & ENTERTAINMENT

Composer helps kids turn claps and stomps into audio masterpieces

BY Raven Santana, Correspondent |

Award-winning composer, producer and sound designer Brent Daniels showed about 400 Camden campers ages 5-14 how music is created in the digital age. Then, the campers created their own music from what they’ve learned, and danced along to the finished product.

“I’m using a digital sampler and I sample random things from them — vocal phrases, percussive sounds. They can pick up stuff that they hear on the radio, they can make their own beats. They have the tools to do this stuff too which is amazing. Nowadays the technology is more affordable, more available, than it’s ever been. They actually have the same technology that I do for making music for movies and TV shows. I don’t think they even really know that and I like showing them how it’s done,” said Daniels, whose music has been featured in movies including “Black Panther” and “A Wrinkle in Time”

The camp is just one part of a larger summer series at Rutgers-Camden Center for the Arts. The arts program servers over 4,000 Camden children ages 3-18 each summer and runs through Aug. 16.