The City Rings

Part: The postcards

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 :



The Swiss Mix

We have two postcards from this edition of The City Rings.
Built from sounds captured on the building site our our new swimming pool/ sports complex.
Can you imagine playing basketball, hitting a tennis ball or walking out into a crowded pool then diving in the water?

We’ve collaborated together to compose our soundscapes as part of two after school clubs.
There’s been creative coding, Minecraft, tinkering, podcast interviews and of course soundscape creation all in the same room.
A really cool, creative environment!

We look forward to imagining new story ideas from all the postcards.


Final sounds editing

Monday and tuesday, during two days, we listened the sounds that we created at home during the weekeend. We also listened the Swiss sounds before going to the BCD in order to conceive news sounds editing. This morning, we finished this work in groups of two or three and we are happy to present them to you.
















Postcards from Etoy, Switzerland

Postcards sent!
Can you connect the Postcard to the visual creation?

Kids from Athens and Gent- thank you so much for working with us with the City Rings project. This amazing collaboration has bound us all together through the medium of sound. We have tried our best to connect other member of our school community too and many students from other grades have wanted to use the recorders and created Soundscapes. Our teachers are thinking of new ways to embed these ideas into our curriculum. We shall definitely share all the Postcards with the whole school community via our Facebook page and hopefully create an interactive gallery using maybe QR codes.
We have had many discussions in school about how much access to mobile learning devices and screen time students should have. The City Rings project has highlighted how digital arts and technologies can help us cross borders and reconnect with our own environment. The mindset of our students throughout the project had been that of exploration, inquiry and wonder which they will take with them into other areas of learning and life.
Until next time!


Postcards from Sint-Laurens Belgium


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!













Sonic postcards from Athens!

Hello to you all!

We have been working on our sonic postcards for the last two days! It has been a bit difficult to organize it because we only had two laptops to work with. So, we decided to form groups and share activities. Here’s our plan: each day two groups worked with Audacity and the rest dedicated our time in visual scores!

About the sonic postcards:

We have made three of them! We did not want to work on a certain scenario. On the contrary, we wanted to listen many times to the sounds we had made and decide on our compositions more spontaneously, trying various combinations of sounds. Each group collaborated democratically on contents choosing sounds that the whole group liked. Little by little we decided on what would our final outcome sound like. During this process we concentrated on the title of each composition trying to find a title that would fit it best! Finally, on Tuesday we listened to our outcome realizing that each group had worked in a very special way: some were more rhythmical than others, others more literal, others more associative…

Let’s listen to them:

1. FrenoCar (by Flori, Kostis, Mateo): Φρένο (Freno) in Greek means brake. So this composition is about cars. Athens is full of cars and their sounds are very typical of our city! Us composers like beatboxing and pop music, too, so we thought of working with human voice and repetition as well.

2. The barba(by Ekramul, Muhammad, Leonardo): we thought that the sound of the word barba has something in common with the composition that follows, so we decided to name our postcard after it. We have used a variety of sounds to create it!

3. Three rains (by Joana, Marina, Erisha): Due to a technical problem we will only be able to upload this sound by next Tuesday. Until then, try to imagine various types of rain: heavy, light, dense… They all sound differently, don’t they? We have attempted to create a rainy atmosphere here without using any rain sound at all!

About the visual scores:

While the two laptops were fully working on Audacity projects in two continuous days, the rest of the class talked about pentagram scores and visual scores. We talked about Wassily Kandinsky’s connections between sound and painting, as well. In the city rings blog, we found and watched Artikulation: As the sounds of Gyorgy Ligeti’s piece are played, one can simultaneously see the visual score made by Rainer Wehinger.

After that, we were asked to stop and listen very carefully and try to create visual scores of the soundscape in the very moment it was being composed. Listening attentively, it was only but a matter of time that shapes and patterns emerged to describe the others’ voices, the sounds that came from their headphones, the sound of traffic, Linos’ (the bird!) chirps, Sofia’ s steps, our pencils on paper, our breaths, the murmur of the classroom, laughter and many many more! Here you can take a look of some of our scores (By Muhammad, Selena, Flori, Leonardo, Ekramul, Spyridoula, Mateo, Kostis -not in order of appearance!):

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Finally, this is an Origami T-Shirt by Selena with many of the symbols she has used in her scores on it:


Last, but not least, we would like to thank you very much for sharing sounds and ideas with us! Working with you has been a great pleasure and every time we had a session we were longing to listen to you on the blog!

Little by little, Summer is approaching, so we wish you have a great and sonorous Summer this year!

The kids from 49 primary School of Athens!



Doctor Puigvert’s Sonic Postcards

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And after quite some work we finished the postcards :)


For the compositions we used keywords as habitable, unforgettable, fire, intense, extroverted, or fantastic.


We worked in groups of two, and some took a naturalistic approach while others had quite a fun time with the effects menu. I am sure you will recognize each of them when you listen to the postcards.
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We had some problems with different versions of Audacity installed in the computers at the school; plus some really problematic pc’s who gave us battle. But we succeeded.
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Please take a listen and comment!

Visit the freesound pack for the rest of them.


Thank you very much for your work.


Sonicpostcards from Saint-Guinoux

Hello everyone,


For a week end, we took our recorders with us and started exploring our homes, we recorded in kitchens, bedrooms and gardens… We played with sticks, stones, doors, gates, and tapestry, 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…


Our last editing session this week went very well. We managed to finish our sonic postcards.
It was really cool to work with the editing program to experience how sounds can be shaped, cut and combined with each other.


We hope you’ll like our sound productions !
Thank you for this experience and thank you all!


Enjoy listening!





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.


Adeus and postcards from Portugal…

The last session was about listening. Listening to the sounds of Paris and letting work our imagination.
We wrote a short story about the sounds we heard and then we picked out some sounds that were the most intriguing for us.
We experimented with cutting the sounds in small parts and listening again.
The result was like in a laboratory, looking to sounds under a microscope and adding drops of other sounds in a search for the right chemical reaction.
To experiment was more important then the result, everything was allowed excpet the expected, how crazier how better!
Thank you Paris for the wonderful inspiration!

Goodbye or Adeus in Portuguese!