The City Rings

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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.


5b sonic cold snaps walk


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5B inside headphones..

Hello again from Berlin! In today’s session we started by listening to the sounds from Rennes while students discussed a little what they thought they heard. Then the 18 Students present took headphones pairing up or working solo with either MacBooks with sound editing software while other students taught each other sound Apps on I-pads that can capture and modify sounds to be played back. It was great to see how students were engaged in working with sound being it through the TCR method or students sharing ideas and ways of playing with sound through their devices!!
After the session l still haven’t heard everything that was going on inside the headphones but here is a mix by Julian –

We also looked at Music For One Apartment And Six Drummers which is always great!
Tomorrow we will go on the streets for sound snaps!! and l promise photos!


Art room sounds BMS

Hello old and new TCR, students, parents and friends – for our first session 5b and I were in the Art room where I introduced the students to the TCR project and we looked at how the sound recorder worked. I showed the students the foley artist clip on youtube that was shown to me by another TCR participant last year, which is great to give students an idea of how sounds can create illusions and imitate actions and other sounds with sound. Students then found objects in the Art room to make sounds with to record them with the recorder and also listen to the sounds through the head phones while they are recording to able to hear the qualities and details of the sounds as if the sounds are magnified through the high quality recorders.

Here are the short sound samples of recorded objects from the Art room:

We also made one long continuous recording while everyone was playing their object that they found. Students made quiet sounds while the sound recorder moved from student to student sitting at their tables making sounds with their object.


Berlin Metropolitan School

Hello again! I will be doing TCR at Berlin Metropolitan school again (where I am also one of the Art teachers) I will be working with the students of grade 5B and also with the help of Co Curricula Educational Educator Vincent Heller who is 5B’s Class assistant. Berlin Metropolitan school is situated in Mitte. BMS is a growing international school with 48 different nationalities. There are 760 student in the whole school from Kindergarden to grade 10. The Primary school in an international baccalaureate accredited school that allows students to learn through a transdisciplinary and student lead inquiry based learning situation.
I am looking forward to hearing what sounds 5B’s ears catch and swopping some sounds with our partner school!!
The school Bell
bms bell photo

The sound of the bell


Postcards from BMS


Found wondering the building at BMS, Berlin


For Sonic snaps students explored the school build for sounds with the recorder in hands.

I was unable to follow them with a camera for taking photos.

Here are some sounds they found …


Soundscapes – BMS mixes Rennes sounds


For this session we discussed using garage band. The students were already savy with the software from their personal experience and music class, as the students are doing a Unit Of Inquire into ‘sound and light’ though all subjects they have also been working with and thinking about the recording and editing of field recordings.

Since they needed no further instruction we had a look at some graphic scores, we look at the graphic scores of John Cage and Mortan Feldman.  Students then draw these while listening to the sounds.

This is one of the soundscape that the students created from the sound for Rennes, France


My Sounds from BMS Berlin


For the first session I introduced the students to the recording device and spoke about the levels for avoiding distortion and we talked about ‘closing miking’ putting the recorder close to things to use the recording device to hear the sounds like you would use a magnify glass to see more details.

After the discussion I ask students to find objects in the classroom that they through they could make an interesting sound with.  The students found pencil sharpers, zips on pencil case, paint squiring out of the tube, chairs to bang, pencils to hit together, water taps to run… while students were at their tables l walked around each table recording each sound (recording each sound at a time, pressing stop and recorded at each table to edit the sounds in the recorder directly)