The City Rings

Month: March, 2015

Sonic snaps in Messac, in the forest, at the seaside…

We again visited the website. After reviewing the operation of recorders, we split into groups of 2 or 3 people and we left record sounds around the school. We also used objects such as a soccer ball or basket, photocopier, chalk, chairs creaking , cafeteria cutlery… So we recorded sounds to the nursery, in the garden, in the computer room in the copy room, in the street in front of the school…The ideas of sounds were noted on a sheet.




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All sounds are not posted, we made five recordings by group.
Here are some of our audio recordings :



In the projection room, we saw a film clip Sound of Noised, the short film is the story of six percussionists who enter an apartment break. But they do not steal anything, They go into every room and create musical rhythms from objects. Before leaving, Julie has lent a digital recorder to students to record sound at home on the weekends.


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Now, here are the sounds recorded at home :


Sonic postcards in Messac

Monday morning, in the computer room, we discovered some sounds recorded on the weekend by the class. We explained again the opetation of Audacity software. We found another video by (“Wochenende”) German film maker Walter Ruttmann from 1930.




Then, we realized a first audio editing. We have learned to move, copy / paste, clean the parasites sounds, to vary the volume of the sound, separate stereo tracks and make a first mix with the sounds recorded on Wednesday at school.





We spent the session in the computer room, for a final audio editing. We added sounds recorded last weekend.

We have improved our knowledge of Audacity and found other software features. Some of us have imagined a story with our sounds.

We finally found a title for our sonic postcards.



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On Friday to listen to our audio editing !


Here soundscapes that we have achieved for two days at school :



First soundscapes in Messac !

Today, we again visited the website The City Rings.
We listened to some sounds we had recorded.
Listening to sounds, we realized graphic scores. We have designed the sounds with different geometric shapes. The forms represented the rhythm or sound intensity.
Then, we watched a movie of the 1920s. The author expressed motions with colors and shapes associated with music.







In the computer room, we finally found the Audacity software. It’s a sound editing software. So we started to manipulate sounds.



what objects do we use in Messac ?

When Julie arrived,  she presented the project and website The city rings with the various stages of the project.  We read the text that we wrote and Julie translated it into English. We tried to read it and recognize it in French. We made two groups of students, one is left with Erwan and the other stayed with Julie.


We brought a sound object from home and we recorded the sound generated by the object.

We listened to different kinds of ringtones European schools that participated in the project. There was a soft ring, some a little stronger and more unbearable.

She explained the operation of digital recorders. We recorded the sounds produced by us with these objects. The two groups are then grouped together and we listened to our own sounds.

We noted that sounds recording were different than what we perceive without the digital recorder.

There were other sounds that the recorder had been captured. Finally, we tried to guess what objects we used and how we manipulated the object to get the sound.





The group with Erwan :

The group with Julie :