As you may know, we have been following a musical theme this term and have worked with guitars, drums and ocarinas – but this week things got a bit weird … starting with the balloon piano!
This strange instrument was brought to us by Professor Mike Roberts from the GuildHall School of Music – and long standing PLACE parent. Mike led a totally absorbing session in which we got a taste for how technology can contribute to the creation of music.
So, back to the balloon piano – or what happens when a whole bunch of technology meets some balloons (and magic string). You really had to be there – but here is a taste of what happened…
Freed from the idea of a keyboard as a line of black and white keys, PLACE youngsters set about creating their own unconventional keyboards:
We did so much during this session – but another standout was a chance to use Phono Paper – how does it work? Do a drawing, then use an app to convert the image to sound.
Music technology also has a well established set of tools available for the iPad, and Mike brought along some tablets so we could have a go:-