Wednesday, 5 May 2010
we have finally come to the end of our project culminating in our presentation to staff pupils and parents as part of the school's arts week. having just re-read tom's post below I can happily state the we exceeded out expectations by being able to include performances of 'jackaroos' involving all of the participants and 'john's diet' featuring John Roper and Connor Wilson. Sadly we didn't video the performance! however as part of the show we did, as planned, produce a brief profile of each of the pupils work during the project. This ensured that, if there were any glitches on the day, the audience would be left with a good impression of the pupils progress throughout the project. I have to admit that in some cases these were completed late at night by me and I am currently no whizz at video editing. I have improved slightly in recent days, so next time..
anyway here are the slightly ramshackle profiles and I will put up the video of the trip to DW stadium back in November shortly when the sound track is sorted.
The sound is slightly random in places (apols) but you get the picture as to what we got up to with each pupil.
On the day, they all did brilliantly and it went smoothly through the program:
Hello everyone and then each pupil individually - great singing from both connors
jackaroos - martin on vox, sean and robbie on keys, John Roper and Connor wilson on switches , sophie on flute via midicreator sensor, connor young on sound beam
space launch - featuring connor W on countdown switch, sophie on launcher (soundbeam). JR on rumble drums, sean and robbie on spacey sounds (keys)
space oddity - martin on lead vox with an amazing bowie impression, sean on keys, connor young on space dust (SB) sophie on flute and bass (MC sensors)
Talk and videos - featuring me talking too much
John's Diet - Fish and chips, sausage and chips, 12345 bananas, I like spaghetti I don't like cabbage.
Frerer Jaques - featuring robbie on keys and vox!
..............until we got to the grand finale womanizer which was to be with both martin and sean and vocals accompanied by the video.. unfortunately owing to a technical fault - a dodgy lead- the mic didn't work which was disasterous... lesson learn't.
anyway, have a look and MAKE A COMMENT!
merlyn (drake northwest)
Wednesday, 24 March 2010
Monday, 1 March 2010
'All Things Must Pass' was the title of a solo album by George Harrison. He was right of course, and in light of that, Digital Beginnings at Penrose School concluded just before February half term. Since I last wrote, we completed the last few music sessions and went out with an appropriate bang - a performance in the hall on the last day of term, to which we invited the rest of the school as well as parents and carers of our musicians. It was a good turnout, and I can safely say that a good time was had by all. Many of our musicians really shone in the limelight - 2 students didn't quite feel like being on stage and one wasn't well, but out of 19 that wasn't bad!
Tuesday, 9 February 2010
Collectively, last term we worked on a visual/audio piece based around a space launch and the David Bowie song 'Space Oddity'. Each student has a role to play in the journey of a space shuttle taking off, some musical and some visual - for example Sophie uses a sound beam with her wheelchair to provide the sound of shuttle taking off, Martin sings 'Space Oddity' and John Roper changes the lights to give the effect of the changing atmospheres.
We've planned a week by week schedule to ensure each student is able to achieve their maximum potential. We are now working towards a performance at Hope Arts Week in May. Each student will make a profile showcasing their talents to be shown to members of the school, teachers and parents. We are also hoping to include some live performances and maybe the collective 'Space Oddity' piece.
Friday, 22 January 2010
Hello again from Digital Beginnings South West. Time for a slightly overdue update!
We have now completed 7 of our 10 music days at Penrose School in Bridgwater. This week’s session was the first since December due to the snow, which caused the school to close on the previous two Wednesdays. After the first 2 or 3 weeks which we spent working with pairs of students, we put together a timetable which features 4 groups of 4 or 5 children. The needs of the children at Penrose vary a lot, and school staff were keen for us to work with all the students from 3 classes in keystages 1 & 2. This has meant that our groups are quite mixed, with students with physical disabilities working alongside students who are more physically able. In every group the line-up includes players using Assistive Music Technology as well as some who are accessing mainstream instruments – mainly percussion. A distinct theme has emerged in each of the groups over the sessions, and they have all been ideas that came from the students. We have a counting song based around the number 7, which happens to be Victoria’s favourite number. We have a song about some rowdy farm animals (working title is “Moo! Baa!”), a seaside song and a ghostly tune where the students are the ghosts and they have come along to scare the adults. We have 3 music days left and are working towards recording each song and building to a performance in assembly on the final day of Term 3 (Friday 12th Feb.) We will endeavour to film the performance and put some clips up here for you to see.
The following video clip features footage from early sessions. The musicians are Aysha, who plays Soundbeam with her feet (the sensor is above her legs, and is just out of shot), Daniel, who is apparently not usually as communicative and extroverted as he is in our sessions (especially when he has a mic and a nice delay effect on it!), and Lewis who is playing electric guitar using MIDI Creator. All of these musicians will feature in our performance in February.
Wednesday, 4 November 2009
This is Sean's first go at vocals and he was quite nervous but he did a fantastic job. Its worth noting that martin used to be happiest learning songs with a backing track and plenty of practice.. this is the second time through straight off the page. apologies for excessively loud keyboard - we have a better recording which I will try and put up...
Sean has let on that he has written a couple of songs himself.. hopefully we'll get to hear some of them next week and get his input for a song for the project.
on Nov 17th we're due to visit the wigan stadium with pupils from both schools we're gonna video our trip and then get a sound track together to accompany the visuals hopefully for performance next year...
see you soon
Wednesday, 28 October 2009
Lead musicians (left to right) Andy Banfield -East Mids, Alex Ivanovich - South West, and Merlyn Sturt - North West, met with Lead Co-ordinator Doug Bott at Bluewater Studios in Ollerton on 28th October to reflect on the Digital Beginnings work so far; reflections which will inform the ongoing work.