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  • kvnmcl 9:56 am on February 6, 2010 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: inudge, music, sounds   

    iNudge – music creation made easy 

    Thanks to a blog post by Vanessa Cassie I have just discovered this gem – iNudge. It is a rather interesting sound creation tool with which you can create a looped pattern of melodies, beeps and percussion sounds. There are 8 sound patterns to choose from (small matrix icons on the right of the iNudge tool) and with a bit of trial and error you can create a rather pleasing or annoying musical loop. It’s very easy to use and I can imagine a class of children composing quick and interesting sound patterns to be used in Podcasts or short class films.

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  • kvnmcl 10:21 pm on July 31, 2009 Permalink | Reply
    Tags: composing, creating, filming, music,   

    Making music together 

    I love music. I love playing music too and I have been in a few bands over the years as either a drummer or singer/guitarist. I have even dabbled in writing my own songs. So earlier today, when I came across inbflat (a collaborative music/spoken word project), I was not only impressed at how simple an idea it was but inspired at the potential it could have for classroom use.

    What to do

    • Teach my class a pentatonic scale C D E G A C
    • Give the children xylophones with only these notes so they can experiment on musical arrangements
    • Video these performances for review and discussion
    • Provide further instruments such as a keyboard marked with the scale for the children to explore arrangements further
    • Children record these on PC and on video
    • Upload separate performances onto a blog post for the grand performance

    This is only an idea brewing but one which I intend to explore with my new class of Y3/4’s sometime this coming school year providing them a wonderfully creative musical experience.

    Darren Solomon is the musician behind inbflat. You can find out more here.

    edit

    Earlier today @mrslwalker posted a link to the following video. It shows Bobby McFerrin demonstrating the power of the Pentatonic scale. Amazing stuff.

     
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