The City Rings

Day: May 4th, 2014
2014
04/05
Sunday

Gems World Academy-Etoy, Switzerland

Hello to Gent and Athens. We are an new international school located between Lausanne and Geneva with some beautiful views of Lake Geneva and the high mountains of the alps.
We opened in September last year and are steadily growing our communities. It’s our second time collaborating on TCR project. We are mixing things up a little here as we have students heading to the mountains on camp over the next two weeks. Compositions will be created by second grade students working with our digital photography club and radio club. They have been challenged with taking photographs with sound. To support them we are crowd sourcing sounds and field recordings from all members of our community. Introducing the project last week, students were asked the following questions: Can you watch a film without sound? Can you watch a film without images? Can you have music without music?
As a provocation we watched the City Rings Trailer without sound. Using sound objects around the school, students were encouraged to play a live accompaniment to TCR film trailer.

The two soundscapes capture the students playing sound objects ranging from an electric pencil sharpener, water from a tap, coins and blinds. We found the film focused our attention in locating a arrange of sounds and qualities of sounds.
We are located between a railway line and highway and have already noticed how difficult it is to hear let alone capture sounds of nature, so we will take a sound walk this week.

We journey into the basement to locate the source of the school bell tomorrow and record the playground.


We will listen to your bell tomorrow!

2014
04/05
Sunday

49th primary school of Athens, Greece

Hello Etoy, hello Ghent!!!
We are the children of the 49th primary school of Athens.

Athens is a big city with many inhabitants. It is the capital of Greece. Greece is a small country with a large history and lots of sun. It is situated in the south of Europe. Our school is close to the city centre, in the neighborhood of Keramikos. Our neighborhood is called this way because of the ancient potteries that produced ceramics a long long time ago in the area.

This is our school:

school

Below you can see our yard. It is small but colourful!
yard
Now listen to how we sound like when we take our break at the yard:

This is our classroom’s door decorated with paper flowers:
classroomdoor
We are in the fifth grade. Take a closer look at our door… “Fifth grade” is written on it, in Greek. As you can see, the Greek alphabet is different from yours. Which letters do we have in common?
doorclose
We are a multicultural class!!! Eight of us are from Albania, three from Afghanistan, one from China and one from Greece. Let’s see if you can spot the countries we come from on the world map!
Finally, take a look at our bell:
schoolbell
Listen to it. Does it sound like yours?

We are very curious to learn things about you and to listen to your sounds!
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