The 2’s decided to explore sounds and recording last week, weaving in different musical cultures and styles. As we enter into Autumn, we decided to centre the activities around the season. We looked at carnival traditions from around the world and noticed many of them included headdresses. So, in our theme, we collected leaves, attaching them to our head pieces. We started the week by making rain sticks. Each child used junk modelling to create a closed tube, pouring rice and tin foil inside. They sounded great! Now to make some sounds!
Once we had our instruments, we sat in groups of 4 and explored instruments including kalimbas, singing bowls, rain sticks and our voices. Max had a special device which was able to capture the sound and loop it, as well add effects to make it sound as if we were in a cave! Max explained that the sounds travelled through the microphone into the device and out of the speaker.
The children were amazed exploring their own voices and how they could hear them back which turned out to be very humorous. After our fun and exploration, it was time to record. Every child had a turn recording their sounds of their choice into the loop, until lots our layers created a sonic landscape. We all listened back and tried to pick out and identify the sounds we had just recorded in.