EARS2 Website Guide
Welcome to the EARS 2 (Pedagogical Electroacoustic Resource Site) website. This website provides materials to guide you to be creative with sound. The website allows you to navigate freely and find your own path, or to take part in guided ‘Project’ pathways.
If you’re navigating on your own you will find the pages grouped into three main categories: ‘Listen’, ‘Learn’ and ‘Create’. If you want to explore via the pre set pathways then choose from the ‘Project’ menu.
The listen menu provides you with the chance to listen to a wide range of pieces that explore the possibilities of sound. Inside the ‘Listening Room’ there are a great many works, in a great many styles, ranging from the old to the new.
The listen menu also provides ‘Guided Listening’ examples which will train you to listen to sounds in a more attentive way, helping you to improve your skills in listening. There is also a tool that will randomly create ‘Listening Challenges’. These are exciting exercises which challenge you to practice your listening and to engage with the sounds around you.
The learn menu is the best place to go if you want to understand sounds and sound-based music. ‘Discovering Music All Around Us’ introduces the many new innovations in listening and sound practice that have taken place since the invention of recording in 1880. ‘Properties of Sound’ takes an in-depth look at the sounds that we hear and the characteristics that make them up. ‘Organising Sounds’ explores the many new musical approaches in working with and ordering sounds, introducing the many new genres and styles of music that have emerged. ‘Science of Sounds’ investigates sound in a scientific way seeking to understand why and how sound works in the way that it does. (But don’t despair, it does this all in a really fun way with practical magic tricks and exciting experiments!)
Create gives you the chance to get your hands dirty, working with sounds yourself. You’ll be challenged to create pieces in the ‘Compose with Sounds’ menu. Whist receiving guidance, tips and inspiration from the pages in the ‘Composition Tutorials’ menu.
If you want to follow a guided pathway through the site, this menu is the right one for you.
Each project has been especially designed to introduce you to a range of materials centred around a main idea. You’ll start by being introduced to this idea, will then explore some aspects of it in more detail before being presented with listening challenges and musical examples that allow you to explore it with your ears. Once you’ve had a listen the projects will then become practical, giving you a chance to get hands-on with the idea and rounding the whole project up with you creating your very own composition in the Compose with Sounds software.
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You’ll also notice an ‘Encyclopaedia’ menu. This provides extended definitions and detailed explanations for the new words that you’ll encounter. It’s a great place to go if you want a further explanation of a specific word.
BUT, we understand that you often won’t want to tear yourself away from the fun that you’re having on your journey through sound. SO we have added a pop up tool that provides quick definitions for complex words within each page. This means that most of the time you won’t have to go anywhere to find what a word means, just hover the mouse over any word highlighted in light blue and the definition will appear in a hovering box.
In the future you’ll be able to log on to the site and create your own personal profile which will track your progress, store your quiz results and allow you to share your compositions online with friends and students from around the world.
Problems? Just Get In Touch.
We hope that you’ll enjoy using the EARS 2 site as much as we have enjoyed creating it. But if there is anything that doesn’t work for you, or which you think could work in a better way, then please don’t hesitate to get in touch with us and let us know. firstname.lastname@example.org
We can only fix what we know is broken. And more importantly, we want you to have fun using this site; anything that gets in the way of that is rubbish!
Get out there and explore the site! Enjoy your journey through sound,
The EARS 2 Team.