We started the third school year of “The sounds of the rural school” taking up the map we had made the previous year and investigating its sound dimension. We drew sounds that could be placed on the map, wondering who or what had produced them, their location and the conditions in which they sounded. In this way, we continued investigating the graphic representation of sound.
We realized two problems that had arisen during the previous years: the low participation of the students in the pre-school section and the difficulty of focusing attention when playing in a group without direction or score, and the problems that this meant for collective listening.
We have thus become transmitters of knowledge, teaching the youngest classmates some of the games and activities that we had discovered during previous years. “Machines”, “zombie-chairs” or “blind and guide” are some of them.
On the other hand, we have begun to investigate free improvisation without direction. We use premises of playing / not playing, trying to get the group to regulate the rest of the parameters (intensity, textures, speed…) After two months improvising, musicians from Musical Youth Association have joined to participate in these dynamics regularly, setting a line to follow in the creative process that we will share with them in the coming months. A process in which we have already begun to investigate how we can sound in different places of our villages: not only does our environment sound, but now we also sound as part of it.
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