Arup’s Acoustic Adventure

Posted on February 28, 2011

New electronic works created in collaboration with Manchester Camerata, world renowned ARUP engineers and Manchester High Schools.

During January students from The King David’s High School and Levenshulme High School for Girls worked with Composer Nina Whiteman, Trombonist Tim Chatterton, Structural Engineer Nick Holt and Acoustic Engineer Paul Adams from world renowned ARUP to create their own pieces of electronic music inspired by two iconic Manchester buildings; the Central Library and Urbis.

The schools collaborated with the team to create pieces reflecting the  physical shapes of the buildings, and used everyday objects, percussion instruments and vocal techniques to represent the raw materials used in construction, architectural structures, and ambient urban sounds. These acoustic sounds were then recorded and transformed using specialist virtual acoustic models of the buildings provided by Arup; other digital processes using free open source software Audacity completed the creation of two entirely new pieces of electro-acoustic music.

  Manchester Central Library

lozenge_listen   Listen to the electronic music created by year nine students from King David’s High School.
lozenge_listen   Listen to the fascinating compositions created by GSCE students from Levenshulme High School for Girls.

Dr Trevor Siemens, The Head of Music at  King David’s said “The project inspired pupils to go on and create their own works using techniques and ideas covered in the workshop…a few have been working on personal projects since.

I learned how to make and change interesting sounds…..I never knew that I could make those sounds…..” King David’s High School student.

Look out for the installations from both schools at Manchester Camerata concerts from 26th February throughout the remainder of the 2010/11 season.


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