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Youth Salon 2014 Media Lab videos

Three videos created by Phase 2 students were featured at this year’s Youth Salon. Liam and Jesse both shared photographs – Liam’s composited images featured his friends and family, and Jesse’s photographs highlighted scenes from the environments he finds most inspiring. Liam also recorded an original soundtrack for his piece!

Alex interviewed her sister, Natasha, a Community MusicWorks alum and current Brown University undergrad.

End of year recap

The 2012-2013 photo class was designed to be an intensive but gentle experience for new photographers as well as students with some prior interest and experience. The class spent the fall learning how to use DSLR and point and shoot digital cameras as well as thinking about subject matter and how to present one’s work. Students discussed the Latin root of the word document/documentary, docere, which means to show or teach, and looked at examples of projects such as

The Cut and Paste Project
See Potential
City of Champions 

Students took digital cameras home to take photographs of their lives and the world around them, and then learned how to use photo editing software to enhance and alter the images.

The class also participated in the participatory performance project The People to Come by submitting photos of patterns in CMW’s neighborhood, and visited the RISD Museum to look at and reflect on the America in View photography exhibit.

After a winter break hiatus, the class reconvened for an intensive week-long project in collaboration with SWAP. Community MusicWorks rented a SWAP storefront for several weeks in February 2012 through an ArtPlace grant and hosted various events in the space. CMW Media Lab students spent several days in the neighborhood with cameras, documenting what they saw. They were joined by young people who live in SWAP housing. Together this group produced a beautiful collection of images professionally printed by iolabs and displayed in the storefront space during CMW events. Also on display were manipulated images of textures from the neighborhood that students documented, hung in constellations around the space.

One student, Malachy Hopkins, brought along an audio recorder when the other students were photographing. He then created a remix audio track of these sounds and Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Opus 135, a piece performed at the storefront by CMW professional musicians.

The final big class project was connected to another ArtPlace partnership, this time between CMW and CommunityWorks RI, a community development corporation in Providence, RI that “creates opportunities within the neighborhoods it serves for people to live in affordable and healthy homes, to improve their lives, and to strengthen their communities.” CMW and CommunityWorks RI produced a concert at Providence’s historic Tirocchi House, also called “The Wedding Cake House.” CMW Fellows performed Beethoven’s String Quartet in F Major, Opus 59, No. 1 amidst an immersive installation created by Zachary Barr, Cathering Murphy, and
Jonsara Ruth of Salty Labs. Media Lab students visited the house with cameras several weeks before the event, and photographed what they saw. At CMW, they spent time with the Opus 59 sheet music, and created visual patterns corresponding to sections of the music, first by hand and then on the computer. These images and students’ photographs were combined into a small book, printed on the off-set press at the AS220 Community Printshop and were hand-bound by volunteers and the students themselves. The books were made available to concert attendees.

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Students creating patterns for the books

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Indira

One of Indira’s pattens

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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A pre-press page from the book layout

 

 

 

 

 

 

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The final book

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Youth Salon Brainstorm Questions

Hello Phase 2 folks!

Welcome to the very first Youth Salon 2013 prep post! Following on from last Thursday’s brainstorm discussion, students selected discussion topics that they found particularly interesting and we asked you guys to consider the following questions:

What is the issue?

What is the impact?

How might be change be effected? Are there people working for change?

Are there opposing views?

Does learning about this topic change your perspective?

As with all of these posts, we encourage you guys to leave comments and keep the discussion flowing all week long! : )

Youth Salon, March 26, 2011

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“G Minor Medley,” “Finnish Waltz-Drones,” “The Sad Tunafish,” performed by the  Fiddle Lab: Christian Y, Jackson L, Liam H, Audreys R, Malachy H, Linda D

 

Performance Party Jan 24, 2011

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“Huntsman’s Chorus” performed by the Fiddle Lab: Liam H, Malachy H, Jackson L, Karl O, August P, Audreys R, Aiden S, Christian Y and Linda D

 

 

Fiddling resources online and in the world!

Here are some local and web resources to keep you fiddling and listening to great tunes this summer (and all year round)!  Keep me updated on your fiddling adventures!
-Rachel

FIDDLE STUDIO
Listen to great tunes in both slow and fast versions, some sheet music is also posted:
www.fiddlestudio.com

SUNDAY NIGHT JAMMERS
Music jams every Sunday night from 7-9 PM (with sheet music provided), all instruments welcome, many styles of tunes.  Goff Hall, 124 Bay State Road, Rehoboth, MA (about a 20-25 min drive from Providence)
once a month there is a potluck and community dance along with the jam
www.contradancelinks.com/jammers.html

AMAZING SLOW-DOWNER
Download a free trial version of this software.
You can listen to the beginning of most music on a computer in a much slower speed but at the same pitch!
www.ronimusic.com

ALL IRISH TUNES
can be found at this site.  You can also find sheet music (treble clef only) for many other celtic styles.
www.thesession.org

LOWELL FOLK FESTIVAL
July 29-31, 2011 – yes, it’s an hour drive away, but it’s also the largest free folk festival in the US!  Hear performers here from all over the world.
www.lowellfolkfestival.org

RHYTHM & ROOTS CAJUN ACADEMY FOR KIDS
Sept 2-4, Free but you can register online starting June 1st.  Charlestown, RI.
It’s an hour drive, but a great experience to learn Cajun tunes and perform at the end of the weekend.  The academy takes under a tent across the way from the festival gates.
Give me a call if you want to try this.
www.rhythmandroots.com/general/academy.php

PAWTUCKET ARTS FESTIVAL
Sept 9-18, all types of great free music around Pawtucket
www.pawtucketartsfestival.org

FREE WATERPLACE PARK FRIDAY NIGHT CONCERT SERIES
The calendar isn’t up yet, but check back: concerts are Friday nights in July and August.
http://cityof.providenceri.com/ArtCultureTourism

The Sad Tunafish

It seems our other viola fiddle tune is a little too long to post right now, but here’s the tune we composed after improvising in G minor in Fiddle Lab over a couple of weeks this winter leading up to the Youth Salon.  Named by Christian, it’s called “The Sad Tunafish” (or was it tune-a-fish?)

 

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Roustabout – viola tune #1

From our “tunes that are great for C instruments” workshop with Julie Metcalf: Roustabout

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Huntsman’s Chorus in progress

We recorded our Huntman’s Chorus at the beginning of Fiddle Lab on 11/18/10.  The second time you can hear me calling out the bass line: all G, C, & D! This is still pretty rough, but you can play along with it for sure.  It starts about 11 seconds in. 

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