Justin Wiggan, local Sound Artist, is responsible for some ground-breaking research culminating in a project entitled ‘Life Echo’, which helps individuals access the missing sound-track to their memories. Over the two days he inspired Year 5 with his thought provoking talk and activities making us aware of just how little our brains listen to our ears. In our hectic daily lives, taking time to listen and allowing our imagination to create pictures in our mind, prompted by focusing listening to a variety of sounds, is a wonderful way to experience a sense of calm and mindfulness. The children loved working with a ‘subpack’ (a type of sonic vest, transferring sound, eg animals as vibration), computer programmes and a sound laser amongst other activities. We plan to extend the experience by recording some of our learning on the CDs which he has left for us.
Here are some of the key words from the two days and comments by some of Year 5 –
KEY WORDS Kandinsky app, Sound laser, Demosthenes, Life Echo, Memory Atlas, Mindfulness Toothbrush, Spark Card, Phonic Bingo, Spectogram, Voice-Spinner
‘ I loved the subpack because I thought the animals were really there.’
‘ I have learnt that sound can make images.’
‘ We were flying with sound’.
‘ Listen to sound every day’.
‘ I loved using the chrome music lab’.

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