Sounds of the City

This is the page for a 5 week project with The Museum of Docklands London and Beatrice Tate special school,

 

Soundscape and song

 

Project song with makaton signs 

Sounds of the city. What will we hear?

Sounds of the city. Where will we go? 

Sounds of the city. What will we hear? 

Sounds of the city  Where will we go? 

Listening

Listening

Listening

Name and hello song

The children chant

Who is in the city?

Who is in the city?

Who is in the city today?

Janes in the city

Janes in the city

Janes in the city today.

Everybody says hello Jane how are you today

Session one. Mile End.

ARRIVAL

We have a track to play and interact with to signify the beginning of each session. It is layered in 3 sections that are flexible and can respond to the students needs in an improvisatory away.

Sections

  1. Abstract sounds to arrive, settle and evoke an atmosphere. Making any sounds, students and staff.
  2. City sounds begin to emerge and we begin to make sounds of cars, diggers, river thames, sirens; in a very improvisatory and sensitive way.
  3. The group start to sing the song and use makaton signs “Sounds of the city, what will we hear? sounds of the city where will we go? Listening, is listening listening”

NAME SONG

As a group we sing our name song and students tell us their favourite thing to do or favourite city sound. (this will be composed with the group)

SOUNDS AND SYMBOLS

Each week we will develop new symbols made from the children’s sounds so we can build a graphic score and a set of signs to make sounds with. I will use my iPad connected to the big screen to draw a sound and we will develop them together. How do we draw the sound of a car.

SOUNDS OF THE CITY (this weeks theme is the local area)

I play the group certain sounds to see if they can guess what they are. The group can tell us their favourite sounds. We will imagine the type of sound and then make our sound and then draw it.

 

Students making their sounds

  1. Xxxxxx  likes the London bus and trains. xxxxxx chooses the sound of the purple train district line doors opening.
  2. Xxxx likes to laugh and smile.
  3. Xxxx  like the ambulance sound saving people.
  4. xxx  likes the car vvvvvvvv.
  5. xxx likes the traffic lights stop, get ready, go.
  6. xxxxx likes the truck. Turn the key and the engine starts.
  7. xxxxxx (we need to find out what he likes)

IMAGES & FILM

I will project pictures and films of the local area for us to explore.

What can you see, what might it sounds like. Can we draw it?

I created a film of the local area for us to watch in class and develop our ideas about local city sounds. The first half of the film is the local area. The second half of the film is pictures with a soundscape and song I’ve created to help the group arrive and leave each workshop, explore ideas and use to help us when we visit the Docklands museum to feel safe and comfortable in a new environment.

 

 

 

SCENARIO

From our theme we will create a little scenario to act out and move around the room to with sounds. This will be very experimental. I will record any sounds the children make and take them away to add to our soundscape.

END

To close the session we will replay the project sounds scape and song to finish in a calm restful way. 

 

Examples of symbols for sound that we will create in our sessions

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Our graphic scores library for sounds this week: walking pedestrians, car, van, bicycle bell, traffic lights, ambulance & police siren.

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I have made our sounds symbols into single symbols so we can build a library of Sounds from the City over our 5 sessions. The symbols can be held up to create a soundscape improvisation each week and when we visit the Docklands Museum.

 

 

Session two.

The tube. DLR. building sites

ARRIVAL

Play abstract soundscape to settle group into the beginning of the session. Playing sounds explored and developed in last session. The soundscape starts in a very meditation style way and then develops into a city soundscape and then moves on into the song.

PROJECT SONG

Sounds of the city. What will we hear?

Sounds of the city. Where will we go?

Sounds of the city. What will we hear?

Sounds of the city  Where will we go?

Listening

Listening

Listening

NAME SONG

In the first session we developed a name chant. We perform the chant to help everybody arrive in the imaginary city and get ready to explore our theme for this week

The children chant

Who is in the city?

Who is in the city?

Who is in the city today?

Jada’s in the city

Jada’s in the city

Jada’s is in the city today.

Everybody says hello Jada’s how are you today

SOUNDS OF THE CITY

(this weeks theme is tubes, trains and cranes)

I play the group certain sounds to see if they can guess what they are. The group can tell us their favourite sounds. We will imagine the type of sound and then make our sound and then draw it. 

Last week we asked the group their favourite things to do and their favourite sounds. We then developed the sounds into practical performance sounds and graphic scores. This week we will play the children sounds and asked them how the sounds make them feel. The idea is that we begin to go into the imagination and the body through our feelings.Then we will play a film and see if they can find the sounds in the film.

IMAGES & FILM

We will watch a film I have made exploring the tube and DLR and local building sites including Canary Wharf in its building phase. The film will also include pictures and film from the DLR and London tube exhibits in the Docklands Museum. We will look at some historical knowledge about when things were developed and built.

SCENARIO

From our theme we will create a little scenario to act out and move around the room to with sounds. This will be very experimental. I will record any sounds the children make and take them away to add to our soundscape.

SOUNDSCAPE IMPROVISATION

Using the first weeks graphic symbols we will a improvise a soundscape. We will relax into the sounds and enjoy them with cued messages from me helping to go into our imagination  we will choose percussion to add to our soundscape.

SOUNDS AND SYMBOLS

Using pencils and paper we will take the sounds we have found and made, and possibly the movements, and begin to draw them to add to our library of sounds of the city.

END

To close the session we will replay the project sounds scape and song to finish in a calm restful way. We will use ambient sounding percussion: eggs and ocean drums etc.