The City Rings

Month: May, 2012

Sonic Postcard from Greater London

We had such a great time contributing to the City Rings project and we literally recorded 100’s of sounds between a class of 30.
Because there were so many of us Patrick created a postcard using a selection of the sounds from our 10 sound recorders:

We also created 1 postcard each so in total we have 30 mini postcards for you to listen to! Here are a couple of examples, enjoy!

You can listen to and download the rest of the Sonic Postcards HERE
We had a little bit of time left at the end of our last session, so Serin, Taja and Deniz recorded each other talking about The City Rings project:


The Young Ears of Edmonton

This week our sound recorders made their inaugural exploration into the depths of North London….!!!!


What came back was astonishing; splashes, splurges, rattles, rustles, bangs, bumps, beeps, sizzles, machines, babies, alarms, meows, cock-a-doodle-doos, trains, cars and serendipities


But what was most interesting of all was hearing the overall sound of exploration…..!




Sonic Postcards – Hailuoto

Listening the recordings, sonic snaps and post cards from the other schools of the City Rings Project.



Glenn Boulter from Octopus Collective Cumbria, UK joined us this time as he is visiting the island, So we had 3 working teams this time to make our sonic postcards.



Wonderful field recordings !!! The ice cream van and what else can you possibly hear what makes our world not silent?



This piece is made of field recordings recorded by students individually and then cut and edited in Amadeus Sound Editor and then used for composing in Cycling 74 software Radial.



Composition worked with Garage Band with field recordings combining fragile and violent sounds.




Time for sonic postcards!

The fourth session in Braga was very short, so we decided to do a collective postcard. It tries to give the idea of what a day at our school sounds like. We hope you can feel the different environments as you were here. Enjoy!


Sonic Snaps from Braga

The third session was really fun. We listened again to the mySounds from Uk and Finland and used words to describe them. We also thought of their possible use in a film, for example, where most sounds are not real. Then Bruno told us how to use the recorders and we split up in groups. We walked around the school gathering sounds in the corridors, kitchen, playground…

Next session: postcard!


Sonic Snaps from Galliard Primary School, London

Interviewing some unusual looking pupils at Galliard Primary School


We had enormous fun collecting sounds from all around the school. Because we are such a large group I think we managed to record over 100 sounds, so we decided to put our favourite on the blog for you all to hear.



We are taking the Tascam recorders home with us this week to collect and explore even more London sounds, there will be a lot of editing to do when we get them back to the classroom but it will be exciting to share them with you next week.



London Experimental Sounds

This week we created some very experimental soundscapes using sounds from classrooms all over Europe and then creating compositions in Audacity.



We also had a listen to the sounds from Braga and Hailuoto.


We thought one of the Braga recordings sounded like a gun going off!!!!! The class really enjoyed the composition too, comparing it to the sound of a factory.


We also had fun guessing the sounds from Hailuoto of scissors, pegs, cutting paper…? Were we right?




Sonic Snaps from Hailuoto


We had the City Rings session 3 today, it was fun. First we listened again the mySound section (the cat-clock sound from England was so funny) and then the compositions that the other schools had made and we discussed those compositions. We were so curious how the single sounds were used by other schools! Portuguese kids had made interesting compositions and we liked the both a lot. Then we tried to describe the compositions with different words. Busy, distinctive, strange, modern and “musical-like” were the words that were used by kids. The compositions were so creative, well done you guys!


Antye had showed us before how to use the recorders. In Hailuoto it is often windy like today so the cap for microphones is needed when recording outside. We went to hunt for sounds around the school and recorded them. Then we listened the sounds together. All our recordings weren’t so good: sometimes sounds were too loud, sometimes too silent. We need to learn more about the sensitivity and be more careful when we are recording. For example it is important how close we are to the sound source. Birds were singing like crazy but they were so far away and the recordings turned out to be very silent. Sometimes there are so many unwanted sounds around who disturb the recordings. In Hailuoto they are demolishing our secondary school building and the crashing sounds are everywhere! But those sounds are also really interesting!! Crash, boom, bang!!


You can listen to some of our Sonic Snaps here soon:






Dealing with silence!



Some of the kids have already used the recorders at home and now the new ones got them. We need to concentrate more about the recording so that we get better clips. But it was a fun session overall, we loved to run around with recorders and hunt for different sounds.
So kids got some material for the sonic postcards which is our next week’s exercise. We already discussed about the themes of the sonic postcards (urban Hailuoto and natural Hailuoto) and we are looking forward to do it. Next week we start to compose the postcards with help of Antye! So fun!


Finland: composing with all the sounds, EU pencil step !

We had such a blast composing with the sounds you made!



We hooked up 2 laptops one with radial/ max/msp and one with logic and a midi controller and we created sample instruments with all your sounds and played this piece:



Let us know what you think!


We also recorded us shouting things, Finnish words and one: Haha. Then we threw all our sounds and the “haha” in the radial composer and made a crazy mix ! We hope you enjoy ! Its us going mad.




Portuguese SoundScapes

The second session at Colégio João Paulo II allowed the pupils to show their creativity, producing some soundscapes with the sounds received from UK and Finland. The 5th grade played with UK sounds, while the 6th grade composed with the Finnish ones.

What do you think about the results?