Taking photographs of sound…

For this edition of The City Rings we are inspired by the recent Mozilla festival and the words of sound artist Klasien van de Zandschulp, “All around us people take photographs and we don’t even notice, but when we make field recordings of sounds, some people think it odd?”
Our digital photography club exchanged their cameras and smartphones for sound recorders, capturing moments through audio. Following the recording they took a photograph that represented that moment. Can you match some of the sounds to the images?

Can you match some of the sounds to the images?


Find the whole collection <a href=”http://www.freesound.org/people/thecityrings/packs/15642/”>here</a&gt;

Our school is building a new swimming and sports complex

Here’s a selection of captures.

We had the opportunity to visit the site and capture the sounds of construction. Our final soundscapes will try to capture the feeling of the building site, where currently it is being transformed from an idea of an architect to reality. Hopefully our compositions will preserve this transition.

We are pretty excited about creating these memory compositions. Imagining the sports and activity that will take place in the future. Like a time machine!

Students in Grade 3 have just been working with the poem ‘<a href=”http://www.poetryline.org.uk/poems/the-sound-collector-530″>The Sound Collector</a>’ by Roger McGough.

This was an excellent opportunity to share ‘The City Rings’ with the class and use soundscapes from Pacè as provocations for shape poems.

We began by listening to one soundscape example and then used an improv. technique to build ideas and create a story. The idea works as follows:
<strong>Yes, and… </strong>
Stand with a talking partner.
Play the soundscape then begin the game and it goes something like this:

“I’m wondering how the rain drips down”
“Yes, and…I can hear it being collected in large pool”
“Yes, and…I think there are some electric cables leading into the pool”
“Yes, and…there are crack of sound and sparks flying like lightning…”

You get the idea!
From hear we sketched out ideas and compared these with the sound waves of each soundscape.
Thanks to students from Pacé you are excellent sound collectors and have given us many ideas for our shape poems.

Here’s one poem written by Prokop
The sound collector
By Prokop H.
A stranger called this morning,
Dressed all in black and grey,
Put every sound in a bag,
And carried it away,

The tapping of the cups,
The printing of the receipt,
The blowing of the aggregator,
The unwrapping of the sweet,

The clattering of the knives,
The beeping of the cars,
The thudding of the chairs,
The lighting of cigars,

The ticking of the clock,
The ringing of the bell,
The thundering of thunder,
The humming of the laptop DELL

A stranger called this morning,
He didn’t leave his name,
Only left us silence,
Life will never be the same.

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.


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