The COVID-19 situation is certainly a unique scenario for us all to experience. I hope you are healthy and safe where ever you are.
I have been impressed with the amount of positive sharing of suitable activities for families and children. I also have noticed the generosity of many companies who have offered free or reduced price access to their products. Of particular interest to me is in the music arena, where Moog, Korg, Roland, Arturia and many others have provided an interesting selection of apps as an example.
As I have been learning the apps and enjoying the wide range of capabilities and sounds, I decided to create some 1.5 to 2 minute musical soundscapes that could serve as prompts for drawing or painting a picture, telling a story,video, creating movement/dance, or perhaps using it in a new creative musical context.
There are 3 samples currently available for listening/download and I will continue to add 1 or 2 more samples each week. [Click here] to access the files.
If you would like to share your creation with me, please leave a comment with a link to your creation.
As the calendar roles into August, my thoughts turn to CATC Camp, our Board’s annual summer 3 day, self directed, computer PD session for staff. This year I will be taking some time to explore music applications with the iPad. Some of the things on my explore list are:
iRig Guitar Adaptor
iPad music stand mount
MIDI Interface for iPad/iPhone/iPod
Band in a Box
What am I looking for? — apps and ideas suitable for classroom use, applications that are easily used in the student performance context and applications that can interact with OSAPAC licensed software (for Ontario publicly funded schools)
As always, I am looking forward to this learning opportunity.
A few years ago, I formed a music duo with a friend. We called ourselves Rosin and Reeds after our instrumentation – violin and clarinet, and had a lot of fun playing together. Much of the music we played, we arranged since there is not a wealth of original music for this combination of instruments. We had the good fortune of performing live at some interesting venues.
Tonight I had a real flashback to the ‘duo days’. One of the pieces we enjoyed performing, composed by Mozart, was written in a particular way. There was actually only one page of music for a single melody line. We had two copies of the original part. The duet part was created by taking the page of music and turning it upsidedown (top to bottom). In essence, one player played the original melody while the second player was playing the original melody retrograde (backwards) and inverted (upsidedown).
I came across a YouTube video tonight that demonstrated these same composing techniques (original solo, duet, retrograde, inversion) in a very effective visual format – pitch and rhythm punctuated with moving trackers, followed by all the variations and an interesting twist. A literal twist – a musical mobius strip.
I will be sharing this video resource with the music teachers I know. Have a look and listen – Crab Canon on a Möbius Strip by J. S. Bach on YouTube. Enjoy the music, enjoy the visuals.