The City Rings

Month: April, 2012

Hello from melting Hailuoto


Hailuoto, 26th of April 2012


Hi there, we met today for the first round to realize the City Rings project. We looked at the Sound Of Europe website and we were so proud to have Hailuoto on the map! :)


Then we studied the City Rings website and looked at our entry and that of the other schools so far. Also 2 new audio recorders arrived, we unpacked them and learned quick how to use and start them up. Then we discussed audio recording in general, what to consider. We listened quietly to the room and the noises of school and realized the AC (air conditioning) is very loud and will be on most of the recordings made in the school, we checked the sound of our clothes and how loud all tiny noises can appear on a recording. We worked on awareness of sound.


Then we recorded the sound objects of all the children. We had mostly carry on items and school items, which made us realize we could look more careful at sounds to bring in and maybe we repeat this exercise. But even those little objects created marvelous sounds to work with.


All the sounds we made are quite beautiful and percussive! We immediately thought to compose beats with it.










Hello from London

Today was the first day of the project for the children of class 5w at Galliard Primary School. The class is big and has 30 pupils so it took quiet a long time and required lots of patience in listening, recording and describing all the sounds they had to share.


We were very intrigued to read about the other schools and compare them to Galliard which has around the same population as the whole of Hailuoto island, Finland!


Here is the link to the mySounds pack including all the sounds the children recorded.

and here is a few selected to quickly listen to…

We didn’t have enough time to make a soundscape with all 28 sounds we recorded but here is a short but sweet composition entitled “The Extraordinary Tunnel”……..

more next Tuesday, May 1st



Hello from Braga

Hello world!

Braga has just started its participation in the City Rings project. We are working with 5th grade and 6th grade pupils from Colégio João Paulo II. As this school doesn’t have a bell, we recorded the church bells right next to it.

Before starting to record “mySounds”, we saw a video about foley recording and discussed how some sounds create the illusion of coming from a totally different object than its real source. After this discussion, every pupil recorded a sound they loved. Here are some examples:

You can hear and download the whole “mySounds” pack here.

Then, we listened to all the sounds and tried to associate each one with different objects and meanings.
To end the session, we did a small SoundScape with the sounds they have recorded. The students decided the order of the sounds and whether to include them or not.



Ready for action in London!

Next week we begin a new City Rings project in London. We will be working with class 5W at Galliard Primary School, Enfield, London. Said hello briefly to the class today and also recorded the school bells. Yes, they have an ‘old-school’ school bell and a modern systematic version.