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Update of Sound-based Creativity in Schools

In the summer of 2017 researchers at DMU developed a series of 4 workshops to be used in schools for introducing pupils to sound-based creativity.

These workshops were trialled in 2 different schools in the midlands, UK with Year 5, Year 6 and Year 10 pupils. As part of these workshops pupils participated in listening training, made recordings using digital recorders and then used this material to create their own compositions on computers.

The photo below shows Year 5 and 6 pupils taking part in a gong listening exercise designed to focus the pupil’s listening.


Following this the children took part in a soundwalk, which is where a group (or a single person) walk quietly through a chosen area listening closely to the sounds around them. As part of

this the pupils were given soundwalk instruction sheets (see below) to complete. These were designed to help draw their attention to different aspects of the soundscape and to also encourage them to consider their own responses to the sounds. This listening training provided a foundation for choosing which sounds to record in the following workshop as well as deciding how to arrange those sounds in compositions in the final 2 workshops.


In the second workshop the pupils were given digital recorders to collect sounds from around their schools. This was presented as a sonic treasure hunt where the pupils decided on types of sounds they wanted to find when recording.


In the final 2 workshops the pupils used these sounds to create their own sound-based compositions on computers. They arranged sounds in sequences and often created rhythmic loops out of the sounds. They also transformed the sounds using effects such as by slowing them down or speeding them up, which changes the pitch and length of the sound. Examples of their work are given here.

Dirty Electronics Workshop: Motor Music, 21 October 2017


Join @D_Electronics_ @#Creat17 @DMULeicester to experiment w/ Motor Music #STEM #Music

Jim Frize and John Richards of Dirty Electronics will be joining us at Creat-A-Con OCT 2017 with a drop-in workshop of Motor Music: hand-cranked synthesisers and noisemakers, powered by kinetic energy!
Learn about salvaging motors to generate power, build a distortion unit, and play with your new, homemade instrument!
All ages welcome.
Part of the Interfaces Project:
Sat 21 October 2017
11:00 – 16:00 BST
Queen’s Building
Mill Lane

Telematic Hacking: More Details Announced

Telematic Hacking: First Meeting + Exposition 1


DMU will contribute to the telematics arts initiative focusing on hacking, as a particularly appropriate means of telematic performance. Many sounds from hacked instruments have unique characteristics and behaviours and do not operate in the same manner as traditional instruments. Such issues as latency in networked performance will not be seen as a detriment, but instead as part of the material nature of the Net that offers unique possibilities for making music together. DMU will work with hackers, cyber security experts and artists facilitating international collaborative works and coordinate a number of telematics events and expositions which can be seen as a live stream or later on a YouTube channel. The basic concept here is to legally hack internet routers so that they are able to sonify the movement of data across the Internet. International partners in New Zealand, China and throughout Europe will work on this project alongside the other Interfaces partners such as OCC in Greece.

The impact of this initiative may not be primarily in the large number of users within a finite amount of time, but instead, enabling the creation of a new, technology-driven form of community-based music making crossing age groups, levels of ability and cultural background possible and most importantly bringing together people from all around Europe. The community of interest will grow well beyond the end of the project’s duration

What is Telematic Hacking?

A group of leading artists exploring the materiality of the Net meet in a telematic room. Over a series of meetings a new work emerges. Tools and hardware hacks to sound the network will be investigated. The devising will be ‘televised’ online and the telepresent audience will be invited to make their own ‘instrument’ for performance. The telematic meetings will coalesce in exposition events at a set time and physical location.

Keywords: telematics; hacking; workshop; network performance; telepresence; DIY; curated research

Location: the Net/UK

Project duration: November 2017 – March 2018

First meeting: 28 – 29 November 2017

Streaming and broadcast:


Exposition I:

29 November

PACE Building, Richmond Street, Leicester UK, LE2 7BQ

7pm GMT

Free entry

Electro-Cricket Workshop, Phoenix Square 26/07/2017

Electro-Cricket, 26 July 2017
Phoenix Square Art Centre, Leicester

A free event aimed at children and families, Electro-Cricket will allow participants to make complex beats, rhythms, pops, clicks and chirps with a DIY musical instrument. Working together, an orchestra of ‘relay-based oscillators’ will be created, using everyday objects to amplify and change the sound of the instrument.