The City Rings

Part: Belgium
2014
16/05
Friday

Postcards from Sint-Laurens Belgium

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Hello all!

We finished our postcards and are happy to send them over to you! We also made drawings to express the things we wanted to tell with our sounds and to have a clear view on our editing process. We hope you will enjoy our postcards and are looking forward to listen to yours! Many greets from us, Sint-Laurens kids from Sint-Kruis-Winkel, Ghent, Belgium!

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2014
12/05
Monday

Snap snap snap from Sonic Sint-Laurens

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Hello there,

Today we arrived back at school with a lot of recordings we made at home and in our neighbourhood. It was not always easy to capture the sound right. Because sometimes other sounds and peoples voices interfered while we where recording. Still it was very exciting to search for interesting sounds and to discover that our daily sonic environment is actually a composition on it’s own. Here are some sonic snaps that we managed to capture:

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2014
07/05
Wednesday

Young composers crossing sonic borders.

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Hello there,

Today we checked out the mySounds from the kids in Athens and Etoy. We had a lot of fun guessing, wondering and trying to figure out how their mySounds were made. But then we decided that telling a story about the sounds we listen to was much more interesting then cracking our brains on possible sound sources.

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So the sticky sound of a piece of tape became a plane crashing down, the scraping sound of a pencil sharp became an old truck trying to get it’s engine started and the soft sliding sound of a curtain reminded us of sad feelings and the silence of a funeral. But then the loud and high pitch sound of a flap which slowed down to the end in a more rumbling and rolling sound, made us think of a crazy ride in a roller coaster!

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In some of the recordings we also discovered voices and little percussive instruments. We experienced that listening to those sounds is different in a way, because you recognize the sound source more easily and then the magic is kind of broken. Still some of these where pretty cool recordings, so maybe you can discover them in the soundscapes that we made with the mySounds from Athens and Etoy!

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2014
06/05
Tuesday

Sint-Laurens is Ringing!

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Hello everyone,

Today we had our first City Rings session. We checked out the other schools on the City Rings website and listened to their recordings. The schoolbell from Athens sounded almost the same as the one we have in Sint-Kruis-Winkel and the recording of their schoolyard sounded like a big swimming pool.

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We also enjoyed listening to the recordings from Etoy. Listening to the footsteps made us wonder what is going to happen as you can hear them walk through the building. So that was exiting to listen to. Off course we made some recordings too! Check them out!

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We also made a first group composition with all our mySound recordings:

2013
29/11
Friday

Sonic Salute from Brussels

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Hello There,

Brussels is back with a whole bunch of sound adventures! We took our recorders with us and started exploring our homes and environments for sonic secrets. We recorded in kitchens, bedrooms and gardens, we listened in zoo’s, parks and in the streets, we played with sticks, stones, doors, gates, and carpets, we rumbled with metal, wood, paper, and plastic stuff, we secretly spied on our sisters, brothers, fathers and mothers conversations, we tried to catch the sound of wind, water and the falling autumn leaves and so many things more. They all can be heard in our Sonic Postcards. Enjoy listening!

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2013
29/11
Friday

Search & Snap!

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Hello All,

A swift sonic update from Brussels, since the 26 of us where very busy and eager searching all kinds of sounds from the neighborhood. Back in the classroom we mixed our first Sonic Snaps. On the pictures below you can see us checking out our recording gear at the schoolyard!

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2013
21/11
Thursday

Brrrrussels is Rrrrringing Mysounds in the Mix

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Hello there!

Time for some new ringing and rumbling adventures from Brussels. After listening to the mySounds from our sonic companions in Etoy Switzerland our imagination got really started. They send us a super fancy school bell sound and five nice mySound recordings. Their school bell is almost the opposite of the one we have in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek. Very smooth and well tuned against our old fashioned metal shaking bell. We agreed that our bell definitely would not fit into the Swiss landscape because it’s very loud sound would shake of the snow from the mountains and cause a dangerous avalanche!

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After a few listening rounds we picked up our headphones and opened our laptops to start composing. We had to work together to make an interesting story with all these sounds. By trying and improvising we found out how sounds can be shaped, copied, cut and combined. It was a challenge to develop a composition and at the same time think of a good story to tell. It was also amazing to find out that such simple sounds can be transformed into a much bigger story. Enjoy listening!

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Sharing headphones
Makes listening
even more fun!
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2013
19/11
Tuesday

Krrrrt Ssssizz Phlloph… Mysounds from Brussels!

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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!

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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!

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2013
17/11
Sunday

Regenboog is Ringing!

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Hello everyone!
We are the kids from the 5th grade from a school called ‘De Regenboog’ in Sint-Jans-Molenbeek, a town in the Western part of Brussels, Belgium. The neighbourhood where our school is located is a very lively and multicultural place, with lots of traffic, shops and a bit of industry. It really breaths the atmosphere of a big city suburb with also a lot of different languages vibrating through the streets. Most people speak French in this part of the country, but in our school the main language is Dutch. We don’t have an electrical school bell but a nice old fashioned one that you have to ring by hand. Actually we have two, the other one is used when we stay indoors and it rings with a fine bright ting!

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2013
26/04
Friday

Sonic Postcards De Piramide Ghent part II

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Hello everyone,

Can’t believe this is the final post for this edition of The City Rings already. Time flies when you’re having fun! Our last editing session this week went very well. Some great compositions have been made for the postcards. There was a lot of curiosity to listen to each others creations. Some of us really got into the editing details to refine their sounds, while others where fascinated by the rhythm they discovered in their recordings. It was really cool to work with the editing program to experience how sounds can be shaped, cut and combined with each other. It’s like drawing with different colors and textures until an interesting image pops up. We are looking forward to hear the postcards from Barcelona and Lamaçaes too. It was a great sonic trip to be part of. Enjoy our postcards!

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