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’It was never supposed to make that noise’

MAC Makes Music: Switch 2

August 14th, 2018


We return for a catch up with MAC's resident band Switch as they prepare for their 'Switch Sunset' Gig at in the MAC Arena. There's interviews with the band, back stage recordings and exclusive live performances.

With thanks to:
Switch, The Warriors, Dan Whitehouse, Holly Radford, Youth Music and all at MAC Birmingham.

Switch and the 'MAC Makes Music' project are supported by Youth Music and are part of the Alliance for a Musically Inclusive England. The work has been made possible by funding from the National Lottery via Arts Council England. For more information go to

'Switch 2' was written and presented by James Sandy and is a King of the Buttons Production 2018 for Midlands Arts Centre.

Made at MAC: Life of a Song

July 16th, 2016

In this podcast we explore the 'Life of A Song' through some unique performances from the opening night of MAC Songwriting Circle's innovative exhibition. 

The interactive exhibition looks at how songs grow from an embryonic idea, passing phrase or whistled melody, to fully formed musical productions, crystallised on magnetic tape or vinyl.

We catch up with Songwriting Circle students Danielle Cawdell, Elena Thomas, Chris Cleverley and John Meehan and course leader Dan Whitehouse to discuss the songs in depth and how they emerged from the project.

This podcast was written and presented by James Sandy and is A King of the Buttons Production 2016 for Made at MAC.

All music content appears courtesy of the respective artists and individual copyrights are observed. 

'Made at Mac: Life of a Song' runs until Sunday 28th August 2016. 

MAC Makes Music: Macondo Sessions with Sid Peacock

May 14th, 2016

In this podcast we talk to Sid Peacock as he revives the Macondo Village Band to explore experimental composition with local Congolese artists, jazz musicians, young refugees and Mac Makes Music folk.


This project was funded by the Arts and Humanities Research Council (AHRC) Cultural Engagement Fund in association with Birmingham City University and developed in association with mac makes music and the Children’s Society’s MY Place project.

Thanks to Sid Peacock and the artists who feature in this podcast who have agreed to the use of their material under license and assert their respective copyright.

This podcast was written and presented by James Sandy and is A King of the Buttons Production 2016 for MAC Makes Music.

MAC Makes Music: Switch

April 10th, 2016
James Sandy, follows the members of SWITCH, to discover the inner workings of mac Birmingham’s resident young people’s band.


The Switch Podcast is A King of the Buttons Production for MAC Makes Music 2016.

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