The City Rings

Month: October, 2010
2010
13/10
Wednesday

iSounds (2)

Second day of The City Rings project in Spain. At the beginning of the workshop we did a listening: We listened to the sounds we recorded last week, the compositions that Belgian students did with those sounds and the sounds they recorded which we were going to use. We also tried to guess the sound source of some of these sounds. Furthermore, the students will write comments on the blog at their English class.

Later, the students were split in small teams and each team made one composition. The results are here. We hope you enjoy them.

*There is one composition missing because the exported file is wrong, I expect we can recover it next week at school.

Grup2 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup3 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup4 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup5 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup6 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup7 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup8 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup9 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup10 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup11 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup12 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup13 by Serafin Alvarez

Grup14 by Serafin Alvarez

2010
13/10
Wednesday

The final mixes!

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Well here they are – 3 compositions made from sounds around Portlethen and a couple of ‘guest’ sounds from Belgium and Spain! Our computers were playing up a little bit but we still managed to work in 2 small groups and create a sonic postcard using Audacity.

Can you hear the ball being hit against our school fence? Can you hear the leaves – so perfect at this time of year? Can you hear the lego being played with? And of course the sea and rain….

We loved the overall experience and can’t wait to do some more at the end of October – hopefully Denmark will be with us by then! Pippa’s got lots planned for us on the 27th October – including recording some of our sound poems, more listening and discussion, and we’ll be performing our compositions and showing the website to the rest of the school at the end of the day!

Keep listening!

P7 Portlethen Primary School, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Here’s our composition made by the whole group. It’s followed by a screen grab of how the composition looked when we made it using Audacity:

We also divided into two groups and made a couple more compositions. Here they are:

2010
13/10
Wednesday

mobi 3

Today we made some exercices on recording sounds and we wrote our personal script about what fascinates us about our city Ghent. During this week we are going to record all the sounds we need for the script and next week we are going to make a composition with it of one minute. Hope you’ll like it!

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2010
11/10
Monday

Wispelberg2

Session 2 for us , the Ghent2 group is a really small group ( 8 students ) which allows us to work really focussed and concentrated. We first investigated the Spanish sounds . Some sounds were reallyreally beautiful and (almost) impossible to guess ( maybe that’s why they’re so beautiful ?) Afterwards we started brainstorming and working on the composition. The 2 boys almost got blown away by all the ideas the girls had. Auditive Girl Power . The group decided to work with ‘tension’ as a focus. Sounds were chosen , organised , moved , copied , erased and so on with the composition above as a result.

Afterwards the group was really happy with the composition although they din’t think it was really ‘tension’, but more like ‘scary’ or something. According to them ‘tension’ & ‘scary’ is not the same thing. Tension is postponing , waiting for something ( scary ) to happen ( without it’s actually happening ). Their composition is scary because it’s not waiting for something to happen , it’s happening right there ! ¬†And who are we to deny that ?

Let us know what you think !

2010
07/10
Thursday

Last day/Composition

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Feeling refreshed this morning after a good night sleep. Today we are making a composition with lots of different sounds. We’re hoping the computers will hold together because they’re acting a bit dodgy at the moment! We’re hoping that our composition will be fantastic!

Here are some photos of our graphic scores:

2010
07/10
Thursday

Slideshow!

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Take a look through all of the photos from our first two days of working on the project. Can you believe that the photos from the beach and the train station were taken on the same day? It was pouring with rain in the morning and then bright sunshine in the afternoon!

2010
06/10
Wednesday

Wet Wednesday recording on the beach!

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We had a great day today, going to the beach and exploring different sounds. We’re quite lucky that our equipment didn’t break because it was so rainy out on the beach: oh well, that’s Scottish weather! Because the beach is quite far away (about a mile) we are all quite exhausted this afternoon. We walked there and back.

Here are a couple of photos from the beach (there’ll be more in a few days – keep checking…)

We recorded the sounds of the waves lapping: when we listened back, it made us feel quite sleepy.

When we came back from the beach, we visited the station and listened to a train go by. The train went really fast. It took us a while to wait for the train to pass…as we were walking to the station, one went by…but we managed to record the next train! We had someone on watch at the top of the railway bridge to shout when the train was appearing.

Here’s a photo of the whole class, just before we walked to the train station:

2010
05/10
Tuesday

mobi2

We divided the mobi class in two groups and made a composition with the iSounds of the Oriol-Martorell school (Barcelona – Spain). We first listened to the sounds and we heard:
– turning with a neckless on a wooden table
– singing teakettle
– sharpening knives
The sounds were very nice and trilling, so we made two short compositions about “tension”.

This is how the first composition looks like on the computer.

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2010
05/10
Tuesday

End of Day 1…

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We had a great day making different sounds with different objects. We really enjoyed using the new equipment and look forward to continuing to use it. We enjoyed experimenting with our iSounds. Here are some photos from the day…

It was quite hard to think of our iSounds because we had to choose something that was associated with us but we were limited to objects we could find within our school. It was good to listen back to all the sounds afterwards. We learnt what other people like to listen to.

We talked about how you can hear sounds but not notice them. You can ‘zone them out’.

So, here are our iSounds, recorded today…

Tomorrow, when we go out recording, we are going to be more careful with handling the equipment, especially the microphones. We’re also going to make sure we don’t hit the microphone on the object we are recording.

Get back to us soon with lots of comments! Looking forward to tomorrow…

2010
05/10
Tuesday

First day – iSounds

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We’ve been thinking a lot about our iSounds. We’ve come up with some really good ideas and we think it might be quite hard for you to guess what they are…

We think it’s going to be a fun day going out and recording sounds around Portlethen.

We were really interested and loved listening to the iSounds from Ghent 1. We tried to guess a few of them: we think we heard a horse galloping, a car, ripping paper, velcro and flicking through pages in a book. Were we right? We had to guess because we couldn’t understand the language!

Here are some photos of the sonic maps of Portlethen: we are going to follow these routes tomorrow to collect our sounds…

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