Archive for the ‘Music and Sound’ Category


February 11, 2013

A short film showing the ‘Weatherscope.’ The giant kaleidoscope was installed – and enjoyed – in school for two weeks. The students, proudly showed their creation off to their friends, other pupils, and staff. It got a great response – despite the infinite reflections making a few staff feel dizzy and sick, the overall response was one of a calm, mesmerised and captivated audience!


Putting it all together

January 24, 2013

Installing the kaleidoscope “Weatherscope” in school

In a darkened room this film can loop and play forever and ever, it’s projected into the back of the giant kaleidoscope, along with sound coming hidden speakers. The students we’ve been working with are inviting their friends, staff and other pupils in, to give tours and explain how it’s all been made.

Sound, Sequins and Storyboard

January 22, 2013

The penultimate session of our weather wonderings saw us thinking about the sounds that rain makes. The noises of wind in the treees, and snow falling. The crashing of thunder. We used instruments that we’d made oursevelves – simple rain stcks, tubes filled with nails and seeds and dried beans – as well as fabric, bells, pots and pans, cymbals, a xylophone, and whatever else we could lay hands on.

As a group we decided on a simple ‘story’ for our film too, laying out in a new order all the work we’d done so far.

Finally we photographed the ice lenses – frozen water mixed with glitter. Noticing that close up glitter is made of tiny hexagons, just like the reflections in our kaleidoscope.

Making Music

March 27, 2009

A loud and exciting day- little did we realise that Fountaindale was so full of musicians!

Last week pupils found and recorded sounds from around school – a buzzing machine in a cupboard, clinking cutlery, wheelchairs beeps and creaks, Tom beat-boxing, and much more.  This week they turned those everyday noises into something rather extraordinary!

We’ll be using some of this music to accompany the film that we’ve been making about school, but in the meantime you can have a listen to the unedited stuff here.  BEWARE – it’s quite spooky!

Karl, Jack, Halley – Crazy Sounds!

Alan, Barry and Matt

Tom and Lauren – Beatbox

Tom and Lauren – Blast Off

Tom and Lauren – Boat at Sea

James and Tom – Spooky

James and Tom

Karl, Jack, Halley – Spooky

For those of you who were interested in getting the software and hardware yourselves please have a look at these websites:

Energy XT is the software we use on our computers

We were also using the NanoKEY and Nano PAD from Korg’s Nano range.