This track was created by live sampling sounds from the construction of a bird box. The sanding, hammering, drilling and sawing noises were recorded into Logic and edited on the fly to create an evolving soundscape to accompany the DIY. After 45 minutes we ended up with a completed bird box and piece of music.
We are going to be visiting Farmopolis on the 1st October to perform and record a live soundtrack as we turn a plank of wood into a bird box. The sawing, hammering, sanding and many other sounds will be captured then sculpted to create a piece of music. This workshop aims to inspire fledgling musicians to explore the possibilities of using different sound sources as well as trying out recording and bird box building techniques.
We had a great weekend at the Festival of Imagination run by the Institute of Imagination at Chats Palace Arts Centre in Hackney. At our table you could come and observe Chladni patterns, create littleBits modular synthesisers, discover Foley sound and play music using fruit and vegetables.
This piece involved a group of five children who each had one glockenspiel note, a metronome and a dice.
1. Roll the dice to determine a number
2. Start the metronomes
3. Strike the glockenspiel note after the number of ticks determined by the dice roll.
(i.e if it landed on a 3 then on the third tick strike the note)
In this recording you can hear one of the notes being played on every beat, this is because one of the children rolled a 1.
At a recent workshop a group of children made a Dadaist poem using a cut-up technique. This involved cutting out words from newspaper headlines on the day after David Bowie passed away. The words were put into a bag and pulled out randomly one by one to form a poem. The children read the poem aloud and recorded it. Bowie had used this cut-up technique to create some of his lyrics and this is our homage to his life and works.