1,001 Ways to Make Music

1001 WAYS TO MAKE MUSIC MAGIC

CREATING A STRONG COMMUNITY THROUGH CREATIVE EXPRESSION

what is a “soundseed”?

This is a work-in-progress, a brainstorm to envision all the ways in which one might use music.

 

PARTICIPATORY GATHERINGS (FACILITATED OR NOT)

SING-ALONG / GROUP VOCALIZING

MUSICIANS LEADING SONGS WITH AUDIENCE

Pete Seeger

Beautiful Chorus - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=SzL5JRC7N8Q

Kirtan / Mantra

 

MUSICIANS LEADING IMPROV SINGING WITH AUDIENCE

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=PWriGiWw6i4

Arena-size:  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=81uJZIF9TCs

  • Doug Koyama

https://youtu.be/Wl9E7l5ydmU?t=3m57s

  • Yagum Project

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=L4xXu-Be-O8

  • Tayaka Circle Opera

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=yMsOX4Qn7eA

  • With looping

SONG SHARE GATHERING - anyone can lead / teach a song

  • Rise Up Singing / folk tradition

  • Large regional gatherings

    • Singing Alive

    • Village Fire

    • Song Village

ACOUSTIC SPACE CHOIR - singing in resonant spaces  - Tunnels / Stairwells / Large Pipes / Parking Garages / Caves / Empty Rooms / Silos

ELECTRIC SPACE CHOIR – using electronics and headphones for a group sound exploration

GROUP LOOP - pass the mic with a looper

CIRCLESONG IMPROVISATION (structured group improv / toning / exploration)

SOUND POD – sharing sounds and chants for an improvised, co-created healing journey (with bowls, etc.)

Peggy Black:  http://soundpod.org/SoundPod/index.htm

SOUND BATH / SOUND HEALING - focusing sound on one or more people and / or animals / natural element / object

SINGING THE REVOLUTION

  • Estonia (The Singing Revolution)

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFHAf1vR9cE

  • South Africa (Amandla! movie)

  • Civil Rights Movement 1960’s

  • Occupy Movement

 

MUSIC / SOUND GATHERINGS

LEADING STRUCTURED MUSICAL IMPROVISATION

  • Music Rhythm Movement

Mary Knysh (http://www.rhythmicconnections.com/)

  • Music for People

  • Conductor leading group of musicians in performance

    • Everyone Orchestra www.everyoneorchestra.com

    • John Zorn - Cobra - Game Pieces

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UdNdSJUf_8I

  • Yamatsuka Eye  - Drum Orchestra

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=cXCCJIwLf2w

  • The Singing Tribe with Joey Blake

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=GFHAf1vR9cE

          

PUBLIC JAM SPACE - at festivals and other events

DRUM CIRCLE

  • Open / free-form

  • With director

Drum Class

KITCHEN BAND (senior centers)

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=do7OjOxx770

REVENANT SOUND - participatory found sound collaborations

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZDYzVNSwPic

MULTI-EVENT HAPPENING, DROP IN / DROP OUT

  • John Cage at Stanford

  • Art in Nature Festival - http://www.samavesha.org/productions/art-in-nature-festival

GATHER RANT - cathartic expression supported by others with music / sound

IN THE STREETS / PARKS

  • RHYTHM RIOT - rhythm jam in outdoor setting

    • Solo or group “performance” - playing on fences, cement, signs, etc.  

      • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=n0qs4_bY4vg

      • Stomp

      • Music for one apartment & Six Drummers

http://www.sixdrummers.com/about/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VGEwhBDOVU

    • Participatory – distribute buckets, shakers, sticks, etc.

  • INFILTRATION / BELLY OF THE BEAST - in a financial district, legislative district, or other “suit” venue

    • Music Jam – gather people (in business attire) to “pose” as businesspeople having a drum jam, singalong, or ?, invite “real” businesspeople to join in

  • ORGANIC ORCHESTRA - “playing nature” - using all found materials

    • Vegetable Orchestra of Vienna

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hpfYt7vRHuY

  • CIRCLESONG GROUP  - invite others to join

  • FLASHMOB

    • IMPROV EVERYWHERE – Choreographed action

    • INTERSECTION JAM - run out during “all pedestrian” crossing for brief action

  • SILENT DISCO

  • BUSKING

  • PARADE / PROCESSION

    • The Soft Parade - ambient instruments (wind chimes, didj, bowls, flute, voice) with costumed characters (fairies, stilters, greenman, etc), mini-sound healings, sound baths, carrying art on signs.  Hand out instruments / costumes

    • HONK!

    • CARNAVAL

    • MARDI GRAS

SITE-SPECIFIC

  • Healing rituals for ecologically-damaged site

  • Healing rituals at site of injustice

  • Encouraging awareness / senses at any site

  • Imaginative Landscape - guiding audience through area

  • Industrial decay

    • Survival Research Laboratories - Warehouse

 

PERFORMANCE SOLO / GROUP

PERFORMANCE VENUES:

  • House Concert (rotating houses?)

  • Sleepover concert tour - stay in different houses for a few days - week - help out, music lessons, singing circles, concert, song share

    • Gideon Irving

  • I’ll come to your house / event / group

  • Open Mic

TOURING

ROAD SHOW TROUPE / CARAVAN  

JOYOUS REVOLUTION

MERRY PRANKSTERS

ECSTATIC DANCE TOUR

 

COMMUNITY CHOIR PERFORMANCE

MUSIC FOR DANCE / MOVEMENT CLASSES OR PERFORMANCES

  • School / University classes

  • Community classes

SINGING TELEGRAMS

  • Birthday / Birth / wedding / Secret admirer /  Just because

  • In Person or recording sent online by request

DOOR TO DOOR / CAROLING

MUSIC FOR DANCE JAMS

  • ADM (ACOUSTIC DANCE MUSIC) RAVE (adm vs edm - signifying transition to sustainability)

MUSIC FOR SLEEP / DREAM JAM

PLAYGROUND TOUR

  • Playing at local playgrounds for / with kids - bring instruments.  Music with stories if attention is focused.

ONE MAN SHOW

  • Combining music / story / visuals / poetry / dance

SPOKEN WORD WITH MUSIC

  • pairing musicians with poets / storytellers

solo w/ looping or live

  • poetry slams / readings / Krump slam

  • Real Play – group process using stories, movement, music

  • Storytelling with music backing / interludes

CABARET (PERFORMANCES BASED ON THEME)

  • Anyone can create a piece based on theme (music, theatre, spoken, movement)

SOUP’S ON!

  • Structures for group improv performances - put your name in one or more hats (musician / mover / worder) or contribute themes, length of each piece also in hat.  Each piece names are selected out of each hat, as well as (possibly) theme and length.

MOVEMENT / SOUND THEATRE

  • Shadow Dance (backlit behind screen) with music accompaniment

  • Shadow Puppets

  • Dance / Visual / Film Pieces with Music

    • Movie with live “orchestra”

  • Performance w triggered video

  • Outdoor Walk-Through Performance – Site-Specific

PUBLIC HEALING RITUALS

  • Planetary Dance

  • Site-specific - at an ecologically-damaged area, or at the site of an injustice

  • Spiral Dance – Starhawk / Reclaiming

MUSIC FOR HEALING ARTS CLASSES / EVENTS

  • YOGA

  • QI GONG / TAI CHI

  • HEALING ARTS CLINICS

  • GUIDED MEDITATION

HOSPICE

  • END OF LIFE CHOIR  - “On the Breath of Song:  Guidance and Stories for the Practice of Bedside Singing for the Dying” - Kathy Leo

 

PERSONAL HEALING THROUGH SOUND

  • Continuum

  • Cymatics

  • Toning / Sounding

  • Mantras / Chants

  • Gather Rant - cathartic group process where each person is given vocal support

KIDS

INSTANT CHOIR / THE PLAYGROUND

ASSEMBLIES

  • Lead circlesong

    • https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sGYqi2NeIIQ

  • Performance

    • Do You Speak Djembe?  https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=5uB9xzYL1DU

  • Percussion Discussion (http://percussiondiscussion.com)

  • Music for one apartment & Six Drummers / Sound of Noise

http://www.sixdrummers.com/about/

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0VGEwhBDOVU

  • performance with music (shadow puppet, drama, improv games)

PLAYGROUND TOUR

  • Playing at local playgrounds for / with kids - bring instruments.  Music with stories if attention is focused.

MUSIC FOR BABY / KID DANCE JAM

ORGANIC ORCHESTRA - “playing nature” - using all found materials

 

ANIMAL COLLABORATION

Sounding with or for animals / nature

Nature recordings:

  • Freesound.org / xenocanto.org /

  • Ascension cricket slow-down recording

  • Change speed of recording