The ‘Sounds of the Globe’ project is a global initiative for learners in G4-12 to explore, create and share musical ideas with a diverse range of audiences using technology as a tool for artistic expression. The project is designed to have two phases with an optional third phase. During the first phase, learners are encouraged to explore the sounds of their own cities, then record and share them via cloud-based platforms such as Soundcloud.com. In the second phase, learners will have the opportunity to listen to and work with sound samples submitted from other places of the world, and create a composition focusing on musical context, form/structure, timbre, and texture. Lastly, participating classrooms will have the option to connect via the internet share the creative process and story behind their compositions.

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Project outline

1. Synthesize and relate [Deadline: November 30th, 2016]

The first step of this project starts locally in the learner’s own communities. Learners will be asked to notice the sounds of their own cities, and create 15-20 seconds sound recordings with their mobile devices. They will then email their samples to soundsoftheglobe(at)gmail(dot)com with a short description of the sounds. Try to be specific of where the sample was recorded, also, be creative!

For example:  

The sounds of traffic and pedestrians near Washington Square Park, New York City on Sept. 25, 2016.

Name and Grade: David, Grade 5

2. Gain perspective of different places and cultures

Once a sample is submitted, it will be uploaded to the project Soundcloud, https://soundcloud.com/soundsoftheglobe. Then, learners will be able to listen to and download different samples from various places and cultures.

3. Use technology as an artistic tool

In small groups, learners are prompted to remix and compose with the various samples using Digital Audio Workstations (DAWS) such as Soundtrap.com, with focus on musical contexts such as form/structure, timbre, texture, and expression.

4. Communicate and Share 

Participating classrooms will have the option to communicate with others via Google Hangout or Soundtrap,  where learners share and discuss about each other’s works. Students are also encouraged to share their final works with their communities.

Register for the project here: https://goo.gl/forms/gPrrkAAr3Y3G8VGy2