The City Rings

Month: November, 2013
2013
30/11
Saturday

 

 

For this session we started by watching Wochende by Walter Ruttman, thanks Rennes for the tip! It seemed important to have a listen since it was possibly recorded in Berlin and also very good for hearing nice edited cuts between field recording sounds. We also worked more on finding more sounds with various textures around the school – students took it in turns of going around the school to record in a small groups of pairs guided by Vincent.
Here are some of the recordings from the session.
(Students made a series of small recordings from around the school in one track):

Recorded by Luisa and Joanna.

Recorded by Luay and Richard.

Recorded by Tara and Biayni.

Recorded by Ruby and Chloe.

Recorded by Alma and Sophia.
While the other students and l stayed in the class room listened to more sounds off the city rings site and played the youtube of  Ligeti’s Artikulationleg graphic scorefor an example of a graphic score and electronic textures (It has been great to see people doing the graphic scores this time in the city rings and extending the TCR methodology.) while students played the surrealist game Exquisite Corpus creating there own interpretations though drawing what they were hearing.

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We have had some IT glitches so our final postcard are still a work in progress, since l am their Art teacher we have the fortunate opportunity to keep exploring the sound medium and are also working on making an installation to show the rest of the school community next year.

2013
30/11
Saturday

Adeus and postcards from Portugal…

The last session was about listening. Listening to the sounds of Paris and letting work our imagination.
We wrote a short story about the sounds we heard and then we picked out some sounds that were the most intriguing for us.
We experimented with cutting the sounds in small parts and listening again.
The result was like in a laboratory, looking to sounds under a microscope and adding drops of other sounds in a search for the right chemical reaction.
To experiment was more important then the result, everything was allowed excpet the expected, how crazier how better!
Thank you Paris for the wonderful inspiration!

Goodbye or Adeus in Portuguese!

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2013
29/11
Friday

Postcards from Etoy, Switzerland

We thought we couldn’t do it, found time, borrowed time, and completed our SonicPostcards.
Here you go.
We are planning our sound installation for the coming weeks.
Our sound tell a story of a growing school, captured learning, sonic snapshots from our beginnings in Switzerland. We have only know each other for 3 months, through sound we’ve met other cities, lives and people. In our final session we discovered new perspectives towards art. The end of the project is just the beginning.

2013
29/11
Friday

Postcards from Paris ..

Despite a very busy school timetable we managed to finish our sonic postcards. The class was divided into six groups of four .. as we only had one computer that worked.. and each group came and worked individually with me. Excitement levels were high after our very successful morning of recording sounds in the local area. Most groups chose to mix sounds from the quartier with what we managed to capture from within the school grounds. Before listening to everyone’s cards we had a last final listen to the sonic snaps from Gualtar. The chestnuts roasting and the church bell gave us a lovely impression of what daily life is like there. By way of a reply I hope you enjoy these very urban Parisian postcards. Until the next time, happy listening to you all.

2013
29/11
Friday

Sonic Salute from Brussels

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Hello There,

Brussels is back with a whole bunch of sound adventures! We took our recorders with us and started exploring our homes and environments for sonic secrets. We recorded in kitchens, bedrooms and gardens, we listened in zoo’s, parks and in the streets, we played with sticks, stones, doors, gates, and carpets, we rumbled with metal, wood, paper, and plastic stuff, we secretly spied on our sisters, brothers, fathers and mothers conversations, we tried to catch the sound of wind, water and the falling autumn leaves and so many things more. They all can be heard in our Sonic Postcards. Enjoy listening!

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2013
29/11
Friday

Search & Snap!

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Hello All,

A swift sonic update from Brussels, since the 26 of us where very busy and eager searching all kinds of sounds from the neighborhood. Back in the classroom we mixed our first Sonic Snaps. On the pictures below you can see us checking out our recording gear at the schoolyard!

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2013
28/11
Thursday

Crafting our compositions

5th grades in Etoy began crafting their compositions. Using mixed media they began playing with ideas:

Structure: Make sure your piece has clear sections

Unity: Have  something that unites your piece so it feels whole, this could be through repetition or a continuous loop.

Variety: Make some small changes to keep similar sections

Contrast: Have sections with a big change to keep people interested

Texture: Use thick and thin textures. Texture refers to layers. The more layers the thicker the composition.

We begin transferring these ideas to our editing software; GarageBand soon.

2013
27/11
Wednesday

a door slamming, a shot, handcuffs, a jail…Shallow grave in Rennes !

That’s it, we got to final post of this edition of The City Rings.
It was two weeks fulled of surprises by discovering sounds from the others European schools, and more precisely, the sounds of Berlin Metropolitan School.

 

Last Monday, we first went through the blog TCR and we listened to the soundscapes from different countries. Then we started our postcards from sounds recorded at school.

 

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This morning, we were all a little bit sad because it was the last day of the exchange. Be carefull the murderers of our stories are still running!
Wednesday, we began the session by watching contemporary music scores which look like abstract paintings very colorfull.We imagined sounds that can be produced by this picture.

 

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We also watched some movies extracts: « A phantasy in color » by Norman Mclaren (1949) and “Yantra» by James Withney (1957).

These artists associate images and sounds by painting directly on the film.

 

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Finally we finished our sound editing and we listened Postcards from Berlin posted on the blog.
Friday will be a listening session of our postcards and yours too. We hope you’ll like our sound productions and they will send you into anguish.
Thank you for this experience and thank you all!

Happy listening!

 

“The Thunder”, Eliott, Okan, Galeno

 

“Murders in the toilets”, Mathieu, Kylian, Louen

 

“Going to school”, Arielle, sara, Marcel

 

“Civil war”, Lucien, Timothé, Oscar

 

“Sad music”, Alicia, Inès, Marion

 

“Condemned to die”, Elodie, Iris, Lindsay

 

“Reconstruction : the post-disaster”, Yuna and Imane

 

“Waleyt Swagg” Gorderzi, Michée and Mayola

 

“Boum the little boy” Hoël, Nelo and Ewan

2013
26/11
Tuesday

A door, a fire, sanding wood and twenty sharpened ears in Portugal…

Soundscapes from Gualtar.

Can you guess which sound belong to which picture?
Descriptions of the sounds on Freesound.

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More online!

2013
25/11
Monday

Sonic snapshots of the 20th arrondissement in Paris

We tried to record typical Parisian sounds. Here is a selection of images and recordings. See if you can match them !

baguette

bikebell

 

machine-a-cafe

metro-escalator

 

water-fountain

 

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