Kids Sound Creation Workshop
Hamamatsu is currently underway with the “Hamamatsu Creative City Booster Project.” The aim of this project is to promote the continuous creation of local talents to start new creative activities and organize “Hamamatsu Creative Workshops” as a place to experience and practice creative activities and where the awareness of creativity can be linked to the creation of new personal values. Some of these workshops have been introduced in past newsletters: https://www.creative-hamamatsu.jp/blog/a-look-back-at-our-desktop-music-workshop/
The workshops have been further enhanced with the increased number of classes this year. Here, we would like to introduce a recent workshop for kids about sound and music.
Workshop to create sound logos and jingles
In this workshop, the children learned how to create sound logos and jingles using smartphones or tablets. Sound logos and jingles are short sound forms – more specifically, a sound logo is just like a picture logo in that it can be associated with the image of a company or a brand, whilst a jingle is used during a scene change on the radio, TV, or in a YouTube video. Nine participants aged from 10 to 14 used the iOS app “GarageBand” to create these sounds.
Starting off with jingles as the first step, the kids learnt the basics of music from an instructor and started to create their sounds. Once completed, they presented their work to the instructor and received constructive feedback on how to make them better.
The kids were then asked to make a sound logo linked with the image of Hamamatsu. First, each participant began by writing down keywords which they associated with the city. Then, they were asked to write down a sound image that would represent their chosen keywords. Since GarageBand has a variety of instruments to choose from, they searched for sounds that fit their image and used them to create their own sound logos.
One of this year’s participants, a 12-year old girl, made a sound logo based on the theme of Japanese tea, which can be heard welcoming visitors to her local ward office during November and December. Take a listen here: https://youtu.be/gc6PTvTp1PY?si=u51cuWZtkSBpJsZi
The work of the other participants can be found here:https://www.creative-hamamatsu.jp/projects/hcb/workshop/ws20230204/
Whilst it was only a two-day workshop, many wonderful works were created in the limited time. We hope that the children will continue to enjoy making sounds and music in the future.