Now It's the Turn for Young People to Create New Music; What Do You Get When You Mix International Exponents of Avant Garde Music with 12 Young Turntablists in the North East? Well, Quite a Bit of Noise. CHARLOTTE KROL Finds out What Mariam Rezaei''s Ambitious Project Noisestra Is All About

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IFEEL very strongly about young people having a say in what they take part in. Music really is an identity for them and they can drive it forward in such a huge way."

Twenty seven-year-old professional composer, improviser, performer and DJ Mariam Rezaei speaks with an old head on young shoulders.

"Turntablism is dying a death in this economy and I want to preserve it as an art form.

"The only way for it to survive is through collaboration and it is young people who are most willing to learn the skills."

With the growing trend of DJs using laptops to create music by "simply pressing play on iTunes", Mariam has been on a mission to keep vinyl turntablism alive by teaching DJ skills to young people based in the North East.

But rather than falling into a regressive trap of teaching DJing for the sake of tradition, Mariam has devised ways to be progressive when learning a skill that is becoming more and more outdated.

Since January, alongside weekly DJ workshops, the participants have been creating graphic scores to interpret music from.

The design work is in advance of the group's collaborative performance with Anton Lukoszevieze's award-winning experimental ensemble, Apartment House, at The Sage Gateshead on Friday. "There has never been an ensemble of instrumentalists with an ensemble of turntablists before," says Mariam. "This is groundbreaking. It will make history in music."

The graphic scores were created from distorted photographs of Newcastle taken by the participants, including images of the Sage, the Quayside and Grey's Monument.

"Noisestra has really allowed people to have their own voice and to develop themselves professionally.

"Some participants have used the project to not only learn a new skill, but to help them with their art work, for instance, or on their journalism by writing Noisestra blog posts for The Sage's website."

Local graphic and web design company, El Roboto, has guided Noisestra with the graphic scores, but it has also provided the group with vital work space in their studio. …