EARS 2

Discover the exciting world of electroacoustic music and learn to make music with sounds.

1. Beginner

The perfect place to start your exploration of sound based music.

Drawing Sounds

Learn how to imagine sounds visually and how to use drawing to help understand sounds.

Exploring Electronic Sounds

Electronic sounds begin as very pure soundwaves, but can soon be combined and transformed to make more complex sounds.

Use the ‘Electronic Sounds’ sound pack to explore electronic sounds in the creation of a short piece.

Free Sounds

Apply your knowledge of basic sound transformations to create your own piece that makes free use of sounds, transformed from their original state.

Music Made of Sounds

Music is made of sounds and we can use any sounds to make music.

Intention / Expression

Beginning to control and use sounds for a purpose.

Texture

Textures make up a big part of music.

We will explore and learn how we can use them in our own compositions.

Gesture

Music is full of gestures: an action or sound that is going somewhere.

We will explore and learn how we can use them in our own compositions.

Making New Sounds

Working with the technology of sound recording and playback, people soon discovered that they could create entirely new sounds. By manipulating the electrical signal sent to a loudspeaker, sounds that had never existed before came to life. The loudspeaker became part of an instrument itself.

Sonic Postcard

Imagine the sounds of an ideal holiday location and bring it to life using the Compose with Sounds software.

Soundwalks

You will learn about soundwalks and to identify the differences between sounds heard in different locations. You will be encouraged to make a soundwalk and to record the sounds that you hear.

Electronic Music

Electronic Music is made from electronic signals which are converted into sound by loudspeakers.

Field Recording

The art of sound recording, outside of the studio.

Soundscape Music

Soundscape music is made of recorded sounds from the world around us. Composers combine and manipulate different recordings of the world to create new ‘sonic environments’.

Where do Sounds come from?

Discover how sounds are created and understand the fundamental relationship between objects, their properties and the sounds that they make.

Basic Soundwaves

Learn about the most basic soundwaves. What makes them different?

Sound Type / Sound Source

You will begin to think about grouping sounds, based on their common properties or common source.

Pitch

Learn about how some sounds are high, and others low.

Loudness

Learn about loudness. How some sounds can appear louder than others.

And how it can be all a trick of the mind!

Soundscapes and the Sonic Environment

Discovering the soundscapes all around us.

Capturing and Reproducing Sounds

If sound is caused by vibrating objects, and every object vibrates in its own unique way, then how are headphones or loudspeakers able to play back such a diversity of sounds?

Generating Sounds

Using electrical technology, it is possible for us to synthesise new sounds.

Fire into the Glitch

Listen to and explore the sounds in this piece: Fire into the Glitch

Woodland Soundwalk

Listen to and explore the sounds in the: Woodland Soundwalk

New Ideas in Sound

With the invention of recording technology, the way in which people thought about sounds was completely changed. All sounds could be captured, brought into the concert hall and used musically.

Envelope

All sounds have a shape, and this shape is really important for what we hear.

Duration

Some sounds are so short that we cannot hear them as individual sounds. Equally, some sounds are so long that they began before we arrived, and will continue after we leave.

Musique Concrète

Musique Concrète uses real world sounds, focusing on the musical parameters of sound rather than the sound source itself.

Exploration of Sounds

You will develop your knowledge in listening, creating and transforming sounds.

Deep Pockets

Listen to and explore the sounds in this piece: Deep Pockets