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2010
08/11
Monday

More from Scotland…

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It’s taken me a little while to upload the last compositions and a few photos from the project at Portlethen Primary School. At the end of October, Pippa went back to visit Class P7 and they did some more excellent work.

The whole group made a composition using the iSounds from Denmark. Have a listen below: I like how the meow sound keeps repeating and but sometime it has an echo or the pitch has changed! What do you like about this composition?

The class had also been working on some poems inspired by the project. Using the iRivers, they recorded a few of these. The descriptions of the sounds and sights of Portlethen show how unique this location is.

Finally, at the end of the day, Class P7 presented an assembly to the rest of the school. They described the project, showed everybody the recording equipment and played some of their compositions. You can see a photo below with one of the pupils holding up an iRiver!

2010
27/10
Wednesday

Final countdown to…. the presentation

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Today we are so excited as we are going to show the whole school what we have been doing.  We’ll miss the project when it’s over but we’ll be staying in touch via the website, as there will be more to look at and listen to on the website.  Watch this space for our sound poems.

Today we are making one more composition with the Danish iSounds.  Keep the comments flowing!

2010
13/10
Wednesday

The final mixes!

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Well here they are – 3 compositions made from sounds around Portlethen and a couple of ‘guest’ sounds from Belgium and Spain! Our computers were playing up a little bit but we still managed to work in 2 small groups and create a sonic postcard using Audacity.

Can you hear the ball being hit against our school fence? Can you hear the leaves – so perfect at this time of year? Can you hear the lego being played with? And of course the sea and rain….

We loved the overall experience and can’t wait to do some more at the end of October – hopefully Denmark will be with us by then! Pippa’s got lots planned for us on the 27th October – including recording some of our sound poems, more listening and discussion, and we’ll be performing our compositions and showing the website to the rest of the school at the end of the day!

Keep listening!

P7 Portlethen Primary School, Aberdeenshire, Scotland

Here’s our composition made by the whole group. It’s followed by a screen grab of how the composition looked when we made it using Audacity:

We also divided into two groups and made a couple more compositions. Here they are:

2010
07/10
Thursday

Last day/Composition

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Feeling refreshed this morning after a good night sleep. Today we are making a composition with lots of different sounds. We’re hoping the computers will hold together because they’re acting a bit dodgy at the moment! We’re hoping that our composition will be fantastic!

Here are some photos of our graphic scores:

2010
07/10
Thursday

Slideshow!

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Take a look through all of the photos from our first two days of working on the project. Can you believe that the photos from the beach and the train station were taken on the same day? It was pouring with rain in the morning and then bright sunshine in the afternoon!

2010
06/10
Wednesday

Wet Wednesday recording on the beach!

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We had a great day today, going to the beach and exploring different sounds. We’re quite lucky that our equipment didn’t break because it was so rainy out on the beach: oh well, that’s Scottish weather! Because the beach is quite far away (about a mile) we are all quite exhausted this afternoon. We walked there and back.

Here are a couple of photos from the beach (there’ll be more in a few days – keep checking…)

We recorded the sounds of the waves lapping: when we listened back, it made us feel quite sleepy.

When we came back from the beach, we visited the station and listened to a train go by. The train went really fast. It took us a while to wait for the train to pass…as we were walking to the station, one went by…but we managed to record the next train! We had someone on watch at the top of the railway bridge to shout when the train was appearing.

Here’s a photo of the whole class, just before we walked to the train station:

2010
05/10
Tuesday

End of Day 1…

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We had a great day making different sounds with different objects. We really enjoyed using the new equipment and look forward to continuing to use it. We enjoyed experimenting with our iSounds. Here are some photos from the day…

It was quite hard to think of our iSounds because we had to choose something that was associated with us but we were limited to objects we could find within our school. It was good to listen back to all the sounds afterwards. We learnt what other people like to listen to.

We talked about how you can hear sounds but not notice them. You can ‘zone them out’.

So, here are our iSounds, recorded today…

Tomorrow, when we go out recording, we are going to be more careful with handling the equipment, especially the microphones. We’re also going to make sure we don’t hit the microphone on the object we are recording.

Get back to us soon with lots of comments! Looking forward to tomorrow…

2010
05/10
Tuesday

First day – iSounds

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We’ve been thinking a lot about our iSounds. We’ve come up with some really good ideas and we think it might be quite hard for you to guess what they are…

We think it’s going to be a fun day going out and recording sounds around Portlethen.

We were really interested and loved listening to the iSounds from Ghent 1. We tried to guess a few of them: we think we heard a horse galloping, a car, ripping paper, velcro and flicking through pages in a book. Were we right? We had to guess because we couldn’t understand the language!

Here are some photos of the sonic maps of Portlethen: we are going to follow these routes tomorrow to collect our sounds…

2010
04/10
Monday

One day to go…

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My name is Jana Phillips and I’m the Learning Producer at Sound and Music. Later on today, I’m going to be travelling up to Scotland, to a small town called Portlethen. I’ll be working alongside workshop leader, Pippa Murphy, with a group of P7 students at Portlethen Primary School. We’re going to be recording sounds from the local area and composing soundscapes. We’ll also be listening to the compositions from the other countries… I’m looking forward to hearing the differences and similarities between the sounds.

We’ll try to post some more information tomorrow, when we are at the school!

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