The City Rings


A grey and misty Monday morning

Hello to all from us in Paris !


We didn’t waste anytime this morning. At 8h30 we were already in class and the pupils from Olivier Métra school presented and explained their choice for the objects brought from home. Here are a few photos :


We will let you discover which images goes with which sound.



We didn’t have very much time as there is an early morning break, so each pupil experimented with their object and tried to make as many different sounds as possible. Before recording we discussed the difference between how a microphone ‘hears’ and how humans hear. This was also done as a reminder  not to make extraneous noises during the recording session. The objects were then recorded  individually before we attempted short improvisations in small groups. Again, due to the time factor, we didn’t manage to make a class composition, or look at audacity, so we concentrated on making sounds instead. The three words which came out of impro sessions, were joyful, sad and funny.








Many felt that the quieter, softer impro session gave them a sense of sadness, whereas the louder and more boisterous one made everyone laugh.


Two people brought small music boxes to the session, so we tried to focus not on the music itself, but on the different surfaces that resonated when the box was played on it.


The class is really looking forward to hearing the sounds from Portugal.


We did have time to quickly look at the photos of your school, for which many thanks !


Here below are some of our recordings and impro sessions ( which are longer). The rest can be downloaded online.   Apologies for the hum of the videoprojector, we will be more attentive tomorrow !






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