MUSIC BOX
A musical instrument commissioned by a primary school located in Hackney, London. The percussive instrument reappropriates locally sourced objects within its timber frame, arranging them into three distinct acoustic and spatial tonalities based on R Plutchiks' model of emotions; A 'joyful' soundscape is composed in challenging the children to jump and strike bright resonant sounding objects such as pan lids and short scaffold poles resonating at a high pitch (forte, allegro). An 'anticipation' soundscape is composed by arranging muted ambiguous sounding objects such as gravel, drainpipes and cycle spokes into a low tunnel like configuration (cresc, andante). An 'acceptance' soundscape is composed around a wooden chair offering stillness accompanied by gently resonating scaffold poles at a low pitch (piano, lento). The school children were involved throughout the project both in object selection and construction. James undertook the project whilst working for erect architecture.
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Client:Old Ford Primary School, Location:London UK, Involvement:2008, Budget:£3000, Status:Completed
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