On their last day before the holidays the Girgarre Primary School kids visited the Music Supermarket - in their pyjamas..! It was fantastic to see how interested they were in the collection and I was able to bring them up to speed on progress with the design of their playground installation. Before they came through the door I asked them 'whose place is this?' and they said 'your place' and I said 'no..' and they thought about it and someone said 'it's ours!'. Correct answer! The Music Supermarket is a community space, available to all residents of Girgarre and neighbouring towns.
It was hard rubbish night in Wagstaffe, the night I was leaving to return to Girgarre after my brother's funeral last week, so this old Pearl kit is now in the Music Supermarket. It's not clear yet how all the stuff donated and collected so far will fit into the jigsaw but there is a good supply on the shelves to get started.
We now have about nine blue cattle-wash drums cleaned and ready to become part of the school playground installation. These two prototypes and the mallets are the first things made in the Girgarre Music Supermarket. My thanks to John and Lorraine Warde for their fantastic help on this part of the project.
First Draft Design Ideas from the Girgarre Primary School children, 03 March 2017, for a musical fence/instrument/installation in their playground
The work at the school is in two parts - making and playing. The kids have put forward a range of suggestions for a ‘musical fence’ between the school and the rec reserve. We are using the art room as our design and experimentation centre every lunch-time. We plan to strip a piano and use it as a resonator for fence wires... so stay tuned. On Fridays I get to see the whole school and we are learning new skills in group music making. Our new instruments and skills will be on show in a public concert so save the date - Thursday May 11.
PREPARING THE GARGARRO GALA
An article written for the local Girgarre Gazette (to be published after Easter and previewed here) describes the process of creating an orchestra of locals with DIY instruments, then writing a major work for them.
BACK IN GIRGARRE
Music Supermarket and
this Girgarre Blog now reactivated.
THE STRING CANS PROJECT is about splitting a guitar into six single-string tin-can instruments for use in community orchestras.
This blog documents it as it evolves. The blueprints will be published and available for free to anyone who would like to build one.
Change the music world,
one string at a time.
INTRO 20 Dec 2017
INSPIRATION 24 Dec 2017