Session one, together with our Music teacher Miss Lynne. We enjoyed listening to our partner school’s bell, ‘De Regenboog’ in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, Belgium. We explored the colour that the sound could be, closing our eyes and listening. We wrote down what we thought without showing anyone else and amazingly came up with very similar colours.
Here’s what we thought; grey, grey, grey-green (lichen green) yellow, yellowy orange, dirty yellow, grey.
We were challenged by emotions that can be evoked by sound, with Lara noting how the sound of any school bell makes her feel anxious.
I wonder what colour you think our school bell is?
We discovered and inquired into the sonic qualities of our sound objects, recording firstly a group composition, conducted by one student and secondly capturing each sound object individually, directly into GarageBand (we are experimenting recording directly into GarageBand on iPad which may prove tricky working with Freesound. We have a couple of field recorders too. Miss Lynne then gave us a masterclass in composition, discussing layers of sound and how to edit between thin and thick layers of a ‘cake’. Using these ideas were produced a collaborative composition.
There are only six of us in class because we have just opened so we’ll add some more mySounds on Wednesday.
Here are our first recordings.
Hello City Ringers,
After searching our homes, drawers, kitchens, closets and classrooms we where very curious to hear which sounds could be discovered from our sound objects. We first started to explore our object for sonic possibilities, for example what is the loudest sound you can make with your sound object and what is the most quietest, or can you make a sweet sound with it, or maybe a sad, angry or funny sound. Then we chose our favorite sound and started recording. While everyone was very silent we listened to each others recording sessions. Some kids even didn’t dare to breath anymore which caused an outbreak of laughing at the end of course!
After we made the recordings we listened them back one by one and talked about the differences. What happens with the sounds when you listen carefully and forget about the sound source? They sound louder, more closer, you can hear more details and they start to trigger the imagination… So we started to make up some stories. The ticking sound of a ballpoint pen became an old typewriter with a woman typing on it with very long nails, the sparkling sound of dripping water from a plastic bottle became a large fountain and the shaking sound of fine sand in a crystal sand timer reminded of snow falling on Christmas eve. Down here you can listen to a selection of the 26 mySounds that we recorded. Enjoy!
Chaimae El Y