Challenge #1: Composing a SoundScape
The Merriam-Webster dictionary defines soundscape as “a mélange of musical and sometimes non-musical sounds”.
Canadian composer, R. Murray Schafer, defines a soundscape as being “any collection of sounds”, just as “a painting is a collection of visual attractions”.
In this activity, you will create your own soundscape inspired by the work of R. Murray Schafer.
• SoundScape Score (the visual representation of your “music”) – see picture below.
• A variety of items which can be used to create sounds (piece of paper, tin foil, water bottle, pencil, etc.). Use your imagination.
• Pencil or Pen
• Piece of Paper
• A Recording Device (optional)
• Look the score below. There are eight (8) distinct shapes in your score.
• Brainstorm what each shape could sound like.
• You may use body percussion, vocal effects and any other items found around the house in order to create sound sources for your composition.
• You may compose your piece in whatever order you wish, this is, after all, your composition.
• Once you have created sound for each section of your piece, practice it in order. Feel free to make changes and add to your soundscape.
• You may choose to record the final product or share this with someone at home.
Here are two videos which will continue your exploration of SoundScapes:
R. Murray Schafer (National Film Board), “Listen”
“The Musical Mind #2: R. Murray Schafer”