Sounds Around the Home: A workshop in everyday sound

Sunday, May 29th, 2011
12pm – 2:30pm

Taught by Rick Potts

This workshop is for anyone 7 years old and up, though parental supervision is required for students under 15.

Members $8
Non-Members $12


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Join Rick Potts in a workshop exploring the use of everyday objects as sound sources and discovering techniques that find an object’s sound.

This workshop will demonstrate and lead participants in making amazing sounds using things from home. The lecture and demonstration would be followed by a hands-on session, and then a group improvisation using everyday objects as instruments. Each student should bring some objects to the workshop to use in addition to ones provided.

This is an ever expanding list of suggestions for people to bring:

Unsharpened wooden pencils, bicycle, rubber bands, balloons, latex gloves, tubes and tubing, nylon fishing line, guitar strings, electric drink mixer, electric eraser, 50 cent coin, quarters, guitar picks, scissors, expired credit cards, clothespins, baling wire, metal plumber’s tape, xmas tree tinsel, pipes and piping, animal calls, junk pots, pans, pot lids , metal trays, cans, tins, boxes, stainless steel clay shapers, springs, streetcleaner bristles, electric toothbrush, scrub brush, cooking utensils, garden hoses, tableware (table knife, spoons, forks), gravel, uncooked rice, rocks, wire coat hangers, heavy thread, empty 5 gallon and 2 1/2 gallon water bottles, paddle ball, plastic easter basket grass, vintage casio pocket calculator, radio, Superballs, chopsticks, sticks and dowels, gaffers or duct tape, funnels. hair brush, comb, wax paper, drinking straws, open-end wrenches, styrofoam, scrap wood (2×2, 2×4 boards, plywood anything under 4 foot or easy to fit in a car) those plastic things that clamp the bread bag closed, old keys, beads, bolts and nuts, hand saw, nylabone dog toys …anything from your junk drawer or the trunk or backseat of your car.

WARNING: Once these objects have been turned into instruments, some of them may not be able to be returned to their previous condition.