Summer workshops at Geelong Gallery

Elissa and I are running a couple of sound and art workshops this summer at Geelong Gallery

We're going to have a lot of fun making beautiful art that looks like percussive sound!

Yes, you read that right. We're going to make art that looks like sound.  

Elissa has a bag of interesting instruments that she is going to play while we create drawings, paintings and collages. It's going to be noisy, colourful fun. I'll even see if Elissa will let us play some instruments too. 

Come and join in the fun!

Go to Geelong Gallery for more information and to book your spot!

When: Tuesday 24th January
Workshop 1: 10.30 - 11.30am
Workshop 2: 12 - 1pm

Where: Geelong Gallery, Little Malop Street, Geelong

Cost: $10 for Geelong Gallery members, or $12 for non-members

- Cressida

 

We're live on the radio

Listen to the radio piece that Elissa and I made with the help of some very talented storytellers for Radio National's Soundproof

Back in the April school holidays Elissa and I invited some fabulous children to come and tell their stories that were inspired by the music of Between Footsteps and the sculptures at Heide Museum of Modern Art. 

From all that magic we've created a chorus of found sound, voices and music.

Enjoy!
- Cressida  

Radio stars!

Elissa and I are creating a piece for Radio National based on the stories and music of Between Footsteps! 

Last weekend we spent two sunny days running around Heide's sculpture park and recording the stories of Tess, Harriet, Scarlet, Jeremiah, Emile, Olive, Grace, Matteo, Archer, Maya and Amelie.

Thanks to everyone who took part!

Their stories took us to some interesting places full of monsters, storms, running races, planets, dreams, happiness, dark woods, dancing, kindly Badger, naughty Toad, lasers, glistening whales, rain in India, cheerful bunnies, playful dogs, soft toys, castles, starlit skies, evil chasers, thunder, rock stars, dinosaurs, Mars, cannonballs, sad donkeys, big trees, rollercoasters, swimming in the sea, the Moon, ships made out of marshmallows and books, trees that grow chocolate eggs, seedpods, dust clouds, secret passwords, computer beeps, and a rainbow of colours. 

How are we going to fit it all this magic into ten minutes? We'll keep you posted...

In the meantime here's one small story that we can share, just to satisfy the creative beast in you.

Leaping off from the Running Man

I don't know about you, but every time I hear the Running Man track I can't help but leap off the side of the hill and run down to the cows at the bottom of Heide's back paddock.

And it seems I'm not the only one! 

And then there are those of you who are even more talented who come up with wonderful poses and movements inspired by the sculpture and the music. 

Here is Tess, who loved Running Man the best. She also gave us a great idea...

"I have an idea for another kids activity. Kids could make their own wooden stick sculptures. Dad and I are going to do one in the garage!"

Thanks Tess, we're going to try that one!
- Cressida

 

Tunes on the radio

The Between Footsteps music has been filling the air at Heide's sculpture park for the last three weeks. And now it is playing in your homes, your cars, your workplaces, your playgroups and your train rides, because we've been on the radio! 

Have a listen to Radio National talking about Between Footsteps. Our music starts around three minutes into the show. 

Other people have been talking about us on the radio too. Our ears are burning and our cheeks are blushing too...

"Innovative music.  Interesting, compelling shapes. Excellent playing"  Lucky Oceans, ABC RN Daily Planet - Co-featured 'album'  1.02.2016

"Astonishing music.  (and on Theatre of Stars specifically:) such a sweet piece of music and such a sweet project as well"  Owen McKern, In the QuietPBS FM 31.01.16

The little Donkey's friend

Miss Olive (4) very kindly introduced me to one of the little Donkey's friends. It was a beautiful and colourful lorikeet that came along to cheer up the little Donkey. We settled here for a little while with a picnic and pencils. In fact we could have stayed all day, but there were also hills to roll down and other planets to explore. 

Running Man Stories

 Running Man by Rick Amor

Running Man by Rick Amor

Did you know the story of the Running Man?
We'll I've been lucky enough to hear two stories lately, let me share them with you. 

Rose, aged 5, told me about the Running Man's magical cows... 

Bella, aged 4, told me about the Running Man's day on the farm...

Have you got any Running Man stories that you can share with us?

Email it to us and we'll post it on our blog so everyone can enjoy your story. 
- Cressida

Spacey sculptures

Miss L, aged 5, has been thinking about space ever since she heard the Between Footsteps track #6, Spheres and Planets and saw the sculpture, Rings of Saturn by Inge King at Heide.

So she made a wonderful sculpture out of some glow sticks, took a spacey photo, and sent it to us so that we could share it with you. 

I think it's marvellous. It makes me feel like I'm floating in the deepest, darkest part of the universe...


Playing in the sculpture park

We had a wonderful sunny Saturday last weekend with some of our favourite children (and grown-ups) as they played our music in Heide's sculpture park. 

They told us stories about aliens and chickens, drew us pictures of performing mice and moon bubbles, and made lots of great sounds using sticks, seed pods and whooshing voices!

Here are some of our favourite photos from the day...


We want to play, dance, draw, sing, sculpt, act...

How about you? 

The MUSIC is up on the website ready for you to download. We're putting the finishing touches to our ACTIVITY SHEET that will be ready by Tuesday 12th January. 

We hope that you can come to listen and play to the music down at Heide's sculpture park. You can come anytime you like until the end of the month. 

Don't forget to share your stories with us, we'd love to hear what you dream up!
- Cressida 

The Master of the mastering

Elissa and Adam have been working all day at the computer with open ears and busy brains making the music sound great and ready to play for you.

They are mastering the music which is the final step to create a track that you can listen to on your computer, iPod, or CD player. 

This is Adam. He looks happy. Which means that Elissa is happy. Which means that I am happy because they are creating something that will make you happy!

Only a few more days until we can share the music with you. The music and activity sheets will be ready to download on Tuesday 12th January.

Then come down to Heide Museum of Modern Art and play with Between Footsteps between opening hours, 10am - 5pm. And then tell us what stories you created! 

We're looking forward to it!
- Cressida

 

Don't be jealous, I've heard the music...

Elissa revealed to me what she and the musicians, Daniel and Elliott, have been recording and mixing. 

It's pretty exciting!

One track is like an explosion of sound that makes it hard to sit still. One track is like walking along the beach. One track is like a quiet little dance. One track is like standing under a night sky of shooting stars. One track is like tumbling around inside a climbing frame and the other track is like floating away into deep, dark space.

The next step is to continue to mix the music - that's like putting all the best recorded bits together in the order that we want so that it creates one beautiful track. Then Elissa will master the tracks. That's like cleaning up all the different layers of sound to make sure all the audio is high quality and the track is in a format that can be played on anyone's machine. Then the tracks will be ready to be uploaded to the website for you to listen to and download from January 12th.  

We're looking forward to hearing about what you can hear in the tracks. 

- Cressida

 

 

 

Writing the words that go with the music...

I've been working with the lovely people in the Public Programs Department, Beck and Julia, at Heide Museum of Modern Art to create an activity sheet to help you get started on your musical adventure in Heide's sculpture park. 

Don't worry, the scratching out and scribblings just mean that our brains have lots of great ideas that we want to share with you.

For example, one of the activities asks you to dance a sculpture!

- Cressida

 


Recording music in the ABC studios

Our Composer and Percussionist Elissa, and her amazing musicians, Guitarist Elliott Folvig and Drummer Daniel Farrugia might be missing out on some sunny Summer days this week, but they're creating magical music in the ABC studios instead.

We'll have these tracks ready to share with you on January 12, 2016. 

In the meantime we have some photos to share with you. You can see the concentration on everyone's faces - I can tell this is going to sound fabulous!

- Cressida

 Elissa Goodrich, photo by Daniel Farrugia

Elissa Goodrich, photo by Daniel Farrugia

 Daniel Farrugia, photo by Elissa Goodrich

Daniel Farrugia, photo by Elissa Goodrich

 

Caught on film, making a film!

Elissa got her revenge on me and caught me taking footage for our short film! 

I felt it was only fair to share it with you. 

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Plus, I want you to make your own films in January at Heide when you explore the sculpture park with our Between Footsteps music.

And when you finish your brilliant movies you can email them to us (cressida-at-explosure.com.au) and we'll share them on our website. 

- Cressida

A film - Recording outside

Our composer, Elissa Goodrich, took us on a tour of Heide Museum's sculpture park to show us how she's been inspired by six of Heide's sculptures. And we made a little film of it. 

The music that I used is a drumming track that Elissa had written for another project, but I thought it suited the energetic, exciting day that we had exploring the park.

Plus our Between Footsteps Drummer, Daniel Farrugia, features in this track, so it matched perfectly.  

We can't wait to hear what she's created for this project!

- Cressida


Recording music at Heide Museum

Our composer, Elissa Goodrich, took us on a tour of Heide's sculpture park to show us the sculptures that have inspired her music making. 

She also showed us how she used the sculptures to make music! We made sure that Heide gave us permission first, before we used the artwork as percussive instruments. Check out the short film that I made from that day.

Elissa also told us about her adventures recording outside in the sculpture part at Heide, Museum of Modern Art. In the sunny, quiet afternoon she came across waddling ducks, sporty joggers, a friendly green lizard!

- Cressida

Our six chosen Heide Sculptures!

We've chosen six sculptures to inspire six musical tracks from Heide's sculpture park.
Here they are: 

1: Running Man by Rick Amor (1995-96)

2. Crescent House by Andrew Burns

Crescent House by



3. Theoretical Matter by Neil Taylor

Theoretical Matter by Neil Taylor


4. Basket and Wave by Denis Oppenheim

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5. Under felt-donkey by Yvonne Kendall

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6. Rings of Saturn by Inge King

Rings of Saturn by Inge King

Now it's time to compose the music to match these sculptures...

- Cressida