The City Rings

Part: mySounds

Krrrrt Ssssizz Phlloph… Mysounds from Brussels!


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!


last sound

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!

kring luisteren


Chaimae El Y









My Sounds from Rennes !

Hello everybody from Rennes where Winter has arrived !


We are happy to start this first session of TCR with all these countries together and we are looking forward to share our sounds with our German penfriends.


We have started our session by playing a game called “Sound Kim” (“Kim sonore” in french) while waiting for internet to come back . The game has picture cards of objects (eg door, book, underground …) and an mp3 player with the sounds that correspond to each object. The purpose of the game is find the sound of each illustration.
This game has helped us to focus on the listening and given us ideas to produce sounds using everyday objects.






Then, we have listened to all the bells and thought about the descriptions of the schools,especially the Berlin Metropolitan school. The class was really looking forward to hear the sounds from Berlin and we were surprised to discover their ringtone!

After that, we have chosen an object in the classroom and in our schoolbag. Each pupil recorded the sound trying to avoid to get only drumming sounds.


On this pictures, you can see us during a recording session. We had : diapason, little car, pearls, scissors, rule, balloon, measuring tape…





It was nice to listen afteward the recorded sounds as they ‘look’ really different. We have understood the differences between the sound produce in front of us and sound recorded.




At the end of the session, participants showed us how to use Audacity to make an audio editing (cut, copy, paste audio tracks), and we experiemented stereo sound.

Wednesday, we’ll begin to construct a soundscape with the “mysounds” of German students from Berlin. Looking forward to it !




Now, you can listen the result of the day, enjoy !

Try to find the sources of the sounds and rendez-vous on Freesounds to listen our other “mysounds” !



How does Paris sound? First session in Gualtar, Portugal.

In our first session, this afternoon, we talked about traveling.
Every country has its own smells and colors, but also its own sounds.


We tried to imagine what are the typical smells, colors and sounds of Paris by becoming walkers with our imagination and by looking with our ears.


In Paris we found the smell of crepes, caramel and perfume, and the colors of yellow-gold-brown of autumn, but also grey clouds. How does Paris sound for us? As carousels, rain, birds around the Seine and the Eifel Tower, and a lot of people and cars.


The smells of Gualtar are on this moment roasted chestnuts. They are roasted by sellers on the corner of the streets in november, the color of Gualtar is the deep green of the hills around. Even in winter the trees have leaves and flowers keep growing. The most typical sound of Gualtar? A lot of bells. On top of the hill in front of Gualtar you find 2 of the biggest churches of Portugal, Bom Jesus and Sameiro, in and around the hills are dozens of others small churches.


After this imaginary trip we went to listen to the first real sound of Paris. The school bell of the Olivier Metra school, that didn´t seem te be so different of ours.
Next step was to explore how sound recording work and all pupils presented objects they brought from their homes.


We listened to the sounds that these personal objects can make and experimented with the different sounds of them. Time passed very fast, so there was no choice then to continue in another session.


Here you find some photographs of our afternoon.









And here you have a taste of our sounds (more then 20 others on Freesound):



A grey and misty Monday morning

Hello to all from us in Paris !


We didn’t waste anytime this morning. At 8h30 we were already in class and the pupils from Olivier Métra school presented and explained their choice for the objects brought from home. Here are a few photos :


We will let you discover which images goes with which sound.



We didn’t have very much time as there is an early morning break, so each pupil experimented with their object and tried to make as many different sounds as possible. Before recording we discussed the difference between how a microphone ‘hears’ and how humans hear. This was also done as a reminder  not to make extraneous noises during the recording session. The objects were then recorded  individually before we attempted short improvisations in small groups. Again, due to the time factor, we didn’t manage to make a class composition, or look at audacity, so we concentrated on making sounds instead. The three words which came out of impro sessions, were joyful, sad and funny.








Many felt that the quieter, softer impro session gave them a sense of sadness, whereas the louder and more boisterous one made everyone laugh.


Two people brought small music boxes to the session, so we tried to focus not on the music itself, but on the different surfaces that resonated when the box was played on it.


The class is really looking forward to hearing the sounds from Portugal.


We did have time to quickly look at the photos of your school, for which many thanks !


Here below are some of our recordings and impro sessions ( which are longer). The rest can be downloaded online.   Apologies for the hum of the videoprojector, we will be more attentive tomorrow !







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.


mysounds from Barcelona

It is always nice to see the kind of beloved objects that participants of TCR bring to the first session. They do not know we are going to use them as sound instruments!



And so, today all their little boxes covered by pictures and full of secrets, teddy bears, binoculars, books and glasses… were subjected to curious sonic exploration.




We started by collectively attempting to come up with possible ways of obtaining sounds from a single object. Then moved to individual exploration.  An attempt was made to avoid hitting and scratching as too obvious or easy.



Paying attention to irregular surfaces, materials and moving parts proved to be a good way of obtaining sound. We wrote down how to produce this sounds.




During the recording we exercised collective silence and listening… using the pauses between a recording and the next, to cough and move around a bit before … hush!… and again… until all sounds where ready. Please enjoy them below, and do not forget to visit our Freesound page for the rest of them :)


p.s. apologies for the phone-quality pictures, we promise not to forget our camera again , ouch! ;(



First sounds of Lamaçaes – Portugal

First sounds from Portugal.

Amelie with forks

For the first session in Portugal the pupils waited captivated on how the school bells of Barcelona and Ghent would sound. All children wanted a  school bell as in Barcelona! Several children visited already the Spanish city and there was even a girl that visited Ghent. Ingredients of the sound cooking today were talks about sounds of the sea, the woods and mountains and how various places in Europe and as well in Brasil sound.

After a vivid talk we came finally to the objects and their stories. First the children wrote down the sounds of their objects.

amelie fork

Explanation about recorders and listening to their objects via headphones was the following step. The children experiences how you can use the recorder as an “earoscope”.

Then the recording sessions followed in a complete silence.

Geert recording

Time flew so fast that no time was left for creating an own soundscape.
But tomorrow there is another session.


Enjoy listening!




New ringing and rumbling sounds from Ghent, Belgium


Hi there

Our first day at De Piramide school in Ghent was full of springlike sounds; birds all over the place (doves, blackbirds, sparrows), children having their gym class outside at the schoolyard (goodbye winter jackets!!!), and we had this amazing roof terrace to spend our first listening session. First we all listened for several minutes to the sonic environment with our “normal” ears and then we switched to the headphones connected to the recorders. The kids noticed they could hear much “further” then on ground level because of the “air” that surrounded us instead of walls and buildings. While we had to cover our mics from the wind they also started noticing very near and detailed sounds like a shoving shoe, a zipper carefully being zipped, breathing, movements and some mysterious whispering… but maybe that was the wind playing tricks with our ears!

00 solo buiten crop

01 oranje luisteren

After our “blowing-with-the-sounds-session” we went back inside the classroom to examine the chosen sound objects. We first tried out the loudest possible sounds we could make and then we concentrated on making a sound as quiet as possible. We discovered there were a lot of variations and expressions possible with only one object. Having recorded everyone’s personal sound we listened them back with our eyes closed and tried to “forget” the source of the sound. This first was a bit difficult but as soon as fantasy kicked in a whole new world of enthusiasm and storytelling emerged. We heard an animal with a big trunk spading the ground, an elephant maybe? Oh no more like a giant anteater! Then we heard the ocean with it’s big waves crashing on the beach. After that we heard footsteps in the Sahara and then suddenly someone was shaking his spray can to paint some graffiti.

03 drummer matchbox new

04 lovely bracelet red

A few sounds that we have recorded that day are at the bottom of our post here. The rest you can find in the freesound pack called: mySounds_Ghent_April2013. We are looking forward to hear the mySounds from the other kids too. Enjoy listening!


Mysounds from Paris

Hello from Paris where Winter has arrived.

We started our session by listening to all the bells and thinking about the descriptions of the schools. The general thought was that our bell ( Henriette )seemed the loudest and oldest.. whilst many of the others sounded more ‘electronic’ and impersonal.  This was not intended to be a competition !

Unfortunately the person who was taking photos of our session has technical problems with her camera, so sorry, no photos today.

Each pupil revealed their object to the rest of the class. It was also a  chance for the pupils to listen through their ears and through the headphones, what difference does this make ? We re-familiarised ourselves with recording techniques and tried to make several different sounds with the same object, and not only tap with our hands. For instance one pupil breathed deeply in and out of a plastic bottle, another shook her whole body which ‘rung’ her many gold bracelets, someone else dropped a small tin on the floor.   Some objects were more personal than others.

Here are some examples :


The ‘cricket’ is an interesting object. It is a signalling device used by French soldiers in the Second World War. What could be a modern day sonic signalling device?

And lastly our class composition, entitled ‘Symphonie de Bruits Quotidiens’ ( Symphonie of Everyday Sounds) – we are French you know !


Looking forward to hearing your work. A demain.


their sounds ; Palau Solità i Plegamans (Barcelona)

And so we started January’s 2013 edition of TCR :)


First of all I want to say this school, Can Cladellas, is at our hometown! both Laura and I, Jaume grew up in this town called Palau Solità i Plegamans. This makes the whole situation a bit more special for us.


And we started by presenting the project to the participants, in particular the pictures and bell-sounds of the other schools. The bell sound is always a very interesting way to perceive differences and similarities between schools, their locations, history and way of doing.


Since we did not have a lot of time we went straight into checking our objects -beloved objects that the participants were asked to bring from home- and here you can see an example of the variety, a horse named “xocolata” (catalan for chocolate) and a fork that was engraved with the name of its owner, right when she was born.



We started the sonic exploration of our objects collectively as an attempt to help each other go further the hit/scratch basic sounds that we usually come up when we confront the sonic exploration of an object for the first time.




Then we moved to individual exploration of the object, where each participant was asked to come up with at least 5 or 6 sounds (our strategy to, again, attempt for them to avoice hit/scratch sounds… this works sometimes ). And then we went onto recording the sounds one by one.


Listen to some of them below and to the rest visiting our January 2013 Mysounds pack at Freesound, also below. Thanks for stopping by!