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Chimes for Change: A Success at Soundwalk 2013

RuckusRoots premieres ‘Chimes for Change’ at Soundwalk 

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Last Saturday, Loyola High School students from our pilot ‘Chimes for Change‘ program displayed over 30 wind chime sound installations at Soundwalk, one of the country’s biggest sound art exhibits, in Long Beach. The program was a collaboration with music and sound art teacher Steven Speciale and visual artist James Peterson. Students worked with RuckusRoots over 6 weeks to fabricate wind chimes out of recycled materials, each one expressing a sustainability issue through their piece.

Soundwalk attendees not only got to view the collection chimes, but also scan QR codes affixed to each piece using their smart phones. The code allowed them access each artist’s electronic song as well as  read his artist statement, which described the sustainability issue inspired by the chime.

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After working with Peterson to conceptualize and build their chimes, Speciale taught students how to create electronic music using Yellofier, a digital song making application. The students recorded their chimes and then composed songs using those sounds in Yellofier.

The students’ songs and statements will be available on our Chimes for Change page in the next week. We are excited to continue Chimes for Change with several community organizations across Los Angeles, and can’t wait to share the results with you!

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Thanks to Monching Flores for the images

Find us at Soundwalk!

Soundwalk, here we come!

All the cool kids are doing it! And if you’re one of the cool kids, you’ll be joining us this Saturday in Long Beach for the 10th Annual Soundwalk Festival, where students from Loyola High School, our first ever Chimes for Change participants, will be showing off their amazing wind chime work.

Chimes for Change is our latest project that explores the vital role that art plays in guiding us towards more sustainable lifestyles, through the creation of wind chimes out of recycled and found objects. Students have been busy all this week and last building their chimes, each focusing on an issue personal to them or their community.

After the students complete their chimes, they are recording the sounds and creating experimental digital music out of them using a mobile application called Yellofier. Not only will the Loyola High School students’ chimes be on display at SoundWalk, but also their music; you’ll be able to download and listen to their songs via a QR code next to each chime.

SoundWalk is one of the largest sound art installations in the country, and unfortunately this will be its last year. So, come check out the inspiring art that RuckusRoots’ students have created, plus all the other amazing artists included.

Find us on the map! Here’s where our wind chimes will be at Soundwalk this Saturday: we’re number 27.

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Chimes for Change Begins!

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This week we began the pilot community art program ‘Chimes for Change,’ a music-based variation of TRASHformation. We’re working with students from Loyola High School to fabricate mobile sound installations, or wind chimes, made from found and recycled materials.

Unlike TRASHformation programs in the past, Chimes for Change participants have the opportunity to create their own personal art piece–a wind chime–that aims to explore the relationship between sustainability and the arts. The chime might represent a personal theme or one of which that addresses an issue the artist sees in his/her own community regarding sustainability.

Artist James Peterson of Art & Contraptions, is helping students with the construction and fabrication of the chimes. As an experienced artist who has worked on small to large scale art pieces made with found or recycled materials, he will guide students in the hands-on process of constructing their art pieces.

Using sounds derived from recordings of the chimes, the students will also create experimental, electronically-based songs and audio-visual art pieces. Both the chimes made in this program as well as the collaboratively composed songs have been accepted to show at Sound Walk 2013, one of the country’s largest sound art exhibitions, held in Long Beach on October 5th.

As opportunities for Chimes for Change continue to manifest we are constantly discovering new ways this program could be used to explore the vital role that art can have in guiding us towards more sustainable lifestyles.

 “Far from being irrelevant to social change, the arts is the only way through which we may gain an appreciation of our common humanity, it is the only thing that can teach us to love the world enough to protect and defend it.” Clara Fang