Wednesday, January 11, 2017

When Seinfeld Said ...

Jerry Seinfeld remarked that he was sad that he learned most of his high culture in music from Bugs Bunny. He was using his comedic wit to express how we often learn and remember.

I find that fascinating and wonder why we do not make music writing more inviting. What a wonderful way to express the making of music, through animation. Perhaps you could use the following animation with your classes to begin writing music. . . it's a bit "Looney".

Sunday, November 9, 2014

Light, Music, Movement in Transliterate Combination

Light, music, movement in combined visual form are mystical. One can drift between and among the forms as you watch, listen and feel the performance. Some videos of such a performance are evidence of the amazing combination of transliteracy. When I see video wallpaper at a music performance or I see light used in the following way, I am transported beyond my single senses. See, hear, feel this in your favourite videos and post the link in the comment section. 

Friday, November 7, 2014

How to Make a Carrot Clarinet

I have had many opportunities to make instruments but I have never thought about using a vegetable to create an instrument. What I like about this demonstration is the resulting sound of the carrot clarinet. Take a listen.

Saturday, July 5, 2014

When We Think of Painting We Usually Think of Still or Film ... This is something different.

In this charming film showing sand painting, there is a shift in our typical thinking of visual art as a still form of creative work.

In this work, that was done in Ukaine's Got Talent, the artist combines real time with music and the act-of-painting itself to form a type of moving art. Amazing.

This would be a great sandbox activity to try with your students. They might do their own viewing and reflection on their work as it advances from start to finish. They could call their self-reflections their "works as they appear in progress" reflections. 

Tuesday, March 18, 2014

Shea Hembrey: How I Became 100 Artists

Teachers can use this work to foster understanding of a variety of art techniques and styles.

This video shows Shea Hembrey describing how he created an art project he fondly describes as the Value Meal. The art project shows himself in the role of 100 artists.
The value of sharing this with your students is in helping them to see the many transformations that an idea can take if one knows many contexts. Creativity is engendered by having the chance to glimpse at the Value Meal. In this example, no one "artist" is better than another since they are all the mindwork of Shea Hembrey. Each artist is an amazing creation of the self through multiple contexts.
                                                   Click here >     How I Became 100 Artists

Saturday, January 18, 2014

100 Years of Rock - A Great Tool that Illustrates the History

I found this very interesting, interactive-graphic that pulls together a history of rock from the early years until now.

After the graphic unfolds there is also a magical interactive piece - you can click on the names of the genre and hear the sounds of that type of music.

This can be very useful when you are teaching since your student groups/bands may come up with a new tune and you all might wonder what category of music it is. Or, wonder if it is new.  Or, does it blend categories? It is helpful to see the range of categories when you are trying to categorize your tune.

One of my music colleagues commented that "New Surf" was missing on the graphic. Yes, I am sure there are a few categories that may be missing but overall this visual is very helpful in exposing the evolution of rock.

Art teachers will also find this tool useful if they exam the evolution of album covers and the artwork that went into those exciting covers.

Click on this graphic and enjoy!

Click image to see the full interactive music graphic(via Concert Hotels).