The final Echo Location workshop for Fermynwoods’ Sounding Out project was delivered with Year 2 students from Kettering Science Academy.
Students began with a listening exercise to help start to consider sound and place. Students tried to discover by listening only, the locations and sources of selected sounds, from the local train station to a recording of dawn made for a hospital in Liverpool.
Afterwards students recorded a wide range of sounds from inside the school and around the school grounds, including a rendition of “Let’s Go Fly a Kite” for their school assembly.
Finally students learned how to upload sounds on the map and to use it as an instrument.
As part of Fermynwoods Contemporary Art‘s Sounding Out project, students from Isebrook SEN Cognition and Learning College explored different locations on the map before adding their own sounds from inside their school and around the school grounds.
Interesting recordings included the sounds of the school garden area, creaking doors, and the ambient noises of nearby traffic.
After using the map as an instrument, selecting and playing their sounds in loops, at different speeds and in different directions, students visited nearby Wicksteed Park (one of England’s oldest amusement parks).
Here students recorded a very different array of sounds such as the carousel organ, a long zip slide, children’s laughter and miniature motor cars.
Following on this activity in school, students have created QR codes of recorded sounds, which can be played by other students and visitors to the school using QR code readers in the sounds’ original locations.