Ototo             Field_recording

We have ran workshops in a wide variety of locations including primary schools, music festivals (WOMAD, End Of The Road, Green Man, Latitude, Shuffle), arts centres (Southbank Centre, Chats Palace, Hoxton Hall), museums (Museum of London, National Media Museum) and charities (Institute of Imagination, The National Autistic Society, KEEN London). The activities provided are tailored so that anyone can participate in them and have fun exploring and being creative with sound.

We use the Musicians’ Union teaching rates as a guide for workshops. Rates do vary though depending on the number of people, length of workshop and location, so please get in touch if you are interested in having us for an event to discuss costs.


Synthesis – creating, controlling and sculpting sounds using small analogue synthesisers

Science of Sound – Chladni plate standing wave patterns, Doppler effect and tuning fork demonstrations

Foley sound design – showing how sound effects for film, TV, computer games etc. are created

Acoustic Ecology & Field Recording – listening to and recording the environment around us

Coding & Programming – learning how to program and code music

Effects – exploring how effects alter sound

Recording – learning recording techniques

Sampling – creating drum beats out of balloons and other sound sources

Connecting – discovering how MIDI and CV can link different devices together

Composition – creating unique and original pieces of music

Performance – combining the equipment to create pieces of music

Sonic Illusions – discovering synchronising metronomes and the McGurk effect

School workshop information

We have worked with a number of primary schools running 1hr workshops for groups of 15 or 30 children at a time.  Our workshops are tailored to accompany the National Curriculum for Key Stages 1 and 2 in Music and Science.



  • Mu1/1.4 – Experiment with, create, select and combine sounds.
  • Mu1/1.2 – Play tuned and untuned instruments musically.
  • Mu1/1.3 – Listen with concentration and understanding to a range of high-quality live and recorded music.
  • Mu2/1.2 – Improvise and compose music for a range of purposes using the inter-related dimensions of music.
  • Mu2/1.3 – Listen with attention to detail.
  • Mu2/1.4 – Use and understand other musical notations (graphic scores).



  • Sc4/4.1a – Identify how sounds are made, associating some of them with something vibrating.
  • Sc4/4.1b – Recognise that vibrations from sounds travel through a medium to the ear.
  • Sc4/4.1c – Find patterns between the pitch of a sound and features of the object that produced it.
  • Sc4/4.1d – Find patterns between the volume of a sound and the strength of the vibrations that produced it.
  • Sc4/4.1e – Recognise that sounds get fainter as the distance from the sound source increases.


  • Sc4/4.2b – Construct a simple series electrical circuit.
  • Sc4/4.2e – Recognise some common conductors and insulators.

Science Key Stage 3

Sound waves

  • Frequencies of sound waves, measured in hertz (Hz); echoes, reflection and absorption of sound.
  • Sound needs a medium to travel, the speed of sound in air, in water, in solids.
  • Sound produced by vibrations of objects, in loudspeakers, detected by their effects on microphone diaphragm and the ear drum; sound waves are longitudinal.
  • The auditory range of humans and animals.