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Workshop: Propellor

Friday 06 March, 10am-1pm
Djanogly Rehearsal Hall, Department of Music

Music
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Free, advanced booking required
Suitable for all

Members of Propellor will lead a short walk around the University grounds to collect sounds with participants and then work together to create a miniature that will be performed by participants and ensemble before the Loom performances.

Members of Propellor will lead a short walk around the University grounds to collect sounds with participants and then work together to create a miniature that will be recorded.

Participants will: 

  • Work with clarinettist and composer, Jack McNeill (Director of Propellor) and one or more members of the ensemble, who will share how Propellor came together, what ‘Loom’ is, and how it was made. 
  • Go on a short exploratory walk of the University of Nottingham grounds around Lakeside Arts to collect recordings, the sounds of which will become new drum kit samples and sounds for this special Nottingham version of the piece. 
  • Record personal interviews and reflections on our collective experience of water.
  • Document their responses by taking photos, making illustrations and making notes of words and ideas conjured up on the walk. 
  • Explore possible ways of using the collected materials with acoustic and digital instruments, trying out different techniques to create their own new piece of music, or a visual response to their ideas. 
  • Play creative compositional and group devising games. Participants are encouraged to use their own instruments or voice. 
  • Participants who wish to respond visually to the ideas behind Loom will have a go at ‘drawing at the speed of sound’ (materials provided), adapting processes used in the production of Loom alongside the musical rehearsal and taking inspiration from images in Loom and gathered on the group walk. 
  • The group will be given a melody from the newly composed Nottingham iteration of the work by Jack and incorporate it into their own new piece. 
  • The group piece will be recorded so that participants have a record of their work.