The Year 8 students have been learning how a range of different timbres can be produced by nonconventional sound sources. They watched some videos of performances by STOMP, a music group that uses objects like brooms, basketballs and other “junk” and “recyclable” objects as percussion instruments.
This week they have been working on creating rhythm patterns using basketballs. They first learnt how to keep the basic rhythm and then created different ostinato patterns. It was quite tricky maintaining their own part when there was a polyrhythmic section, but all in all, it has been a lot of fun creating music using alternative sound sources.