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Sunday 16 October
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SoundHoppers is a sound exploration playgroup for children aged 5-11 years old.
SoundHoppers is a sound exploration playgroup for children in Key-stage 1 (ages 5-7) and Key-stage 2 (ages 7-11).
The sessions aim to encourage careful and deep listening, and attempt to instill a nuanced and sensitive approach to the different qualities of environmental sounds around us. SoundHoppers do this by getting the children to explore and play with specially constructed Soundboxes, and by a variety of listening exercises that explore various aspects of sound – whether that’s proximity (how far or close a sound is) or timbre (the tonality and type of sound), or volume (how loud or quiet a sound is).
SoundHoppers take a slightly different approach to regular music workshops in that they focus on the wider creative possibilities with the medium of sound rather than on musicality. Music is usually considered a language in of itself in that it involves rhythm, pitch, dynamics, and modes of performance, but they feel steering away from this language allows children to be much more uninhibited in their explorations, and allows for a freer and more playful engagement.
SoundHoppers intention is to instill within children a sense of careful listening and sonic curiosity, without the formalities of traditional musical discourse.
WHAT TO EXPECT
Listening exercises involving identifying various sonic timbres, spatial and localisation, and sound generation sessions using analogue and digital sources.
Wajid is a British artist whose work draws on an inter-disciplinary approach to develop sound-based works encompassing installations, live performances, acousmatic music, graphic scores, and sound sculptures. He is the director of the sound research organisation Modus Arts, and creative director of the Ear Cinema project.
Helen is the founder and director of SoundFjord and her portfolio includes the co-curation (with France Jobin and Yann Novak) of a group show at Oboro (CA); one-off multimedia installations at the ICA and Victoria and Albert Museum. Recent multimedia events have been curated for Goldsmiths, Galerie8, CRiSAP, GV gallery
WHAT ARE PEOPLE SAYING
'Just wanted to thank you for the recording you sent of Tristan’s creation at the SoundHoppers session on Saturday. He came home thrilled with the whole thing!'
'Esther and the kids (Iris and Mordecai) had a great time at your British Library workshop recently.'
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THINGS YOU NEED TO KNOW
Suitable for families with children between 5-11 year old.
This event is free, but booking is required.
This event is wheelchair accessible.