Today we focussed on visual sampling and turning some of these visuals into sound.
To kick things off and wake us all up, Yusra asked participants to write their first thought of the day. Yusra will be using a selection of these words, weaving them into a poem she's working on during the week.
Them, we started to work on two 10 metre rolls of graph paper to create our visual samplers. We took black and white photocopies of the objects we had selected yesterday and using cut and paste techniques started to create new designs from them. Various people worked directly onto the graph paper with pens to create patterns, images and words, again all inspired by the work we started yesterday. With this exercise I like the fact that everyone works in very different ways and people's personalities start to emerge as a result of the process they use to create these images. Some people are very particular and precise, some work small, others large, some are very freestyle and deconstruct patterns, whilst others work with letters and words. The pieces will continue to grow over the week.
In the afternoon, Jason led a session where he got us thinking more about sound, counting, cycles and repetition, based around learning an Indian classical ten beat cycle. Watching everyone's concentration as they followed Jason's lead and hand actions was beautiful.
Then the group started to take samples from the large visual sampler drawings we were were working on in the morning. Using Reaktor software each of us took it in turns to create a sound from each image.
I'll post a film of the images with their sounds later in the week. These initial sounds will be the building blocks from which to create our sound pieces.
I love the fact that everyone so far has just thrown themselves into each session or exercise we've done with open minds. I hope people are starting to understand why we might be doing some of these sessions? It feels like they are. It was another fun and inspiring day. It felt like everyone started to bond with some great conversations and discussions, and the work continues to grow in unexpected ways.