Creating a soundscape
Today at the Language School I created a graphic score with Middle Primary, of a soundscape of ‘scary sounds’. Last week we brainstormed different sounds that you might hear in the middle of the night, that might make you feel unsure or frightened, and experimented with ways to make the sounds, using the creaking doors, chairs and floorboards available in the room (ample choices!).
We started off by going through the list of sounds and deciding how many times each one would be heard in a 2-minute soundscape. Then we decided which sound should come at the end, which at the beginning, and what should happen in the middle. Once we had determined these, we could plan where all the others should go in relation to our beginning, middle and end.
Each child chose a sound to draw, and was given a coloured square of paper. I ruled up a large, broad sheet of paper into a grid. As the coloured cards were finished and passed to me, I stuck them on the grid in the order we had already discussed.
We didn’t have time to perform it today, but finished sticking up all the sounds (coloured cards with drawn images on them) onto the score, and talked through how we could perform it. The children seemed very pleased with themselves, and understood the process.
Here is the score we made: