Category: Music

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

First Listen: Songs by Chimes for Change Participants

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A student made his chime out of recycled bottles, picture by Monching Flores

The pilot of our Chimes for Change program is humming along nicely, and we’re excited to give you a sneak peek of student songs!

This weekend, we’re revealing our students’ hard work at Soundwalk 2013, a premier sound art exhibition in Long Beach, CA. Over the last couple months, students from Loyola High School worked with RuckusRoots to make wind chimes out of recycled materials, each one representing a sustainability issue important to the artist. Along with making the chimes, students learned how to use a mobile application called Yellofier to record sounds from their chimes and turn them into electronic music compositions.

Steven Speciale, a music composer and sound art teacher at Loyola High School, collaborated with us on this aspect of the program. Some of the students’ songs are already posted on his blog. Below are two of them for your listening enjoyment, along with accompanying artist statements.

To see and hear more like this, please join us at Soundwalk this Saturday! At our installation, you’ll find a QR code next to each chime. Scanning it with your smartphone will yield access to the artist’s song and statement. If you’re wondering which sustainability and community issues matter to the youth of this community, here’s your chance to find out. The conversation has begun, thanks to these creative young people!

Mamá by Andy Bregazo

Sustainability is the capacity to endure, so my mom, who has cancer, would be great inspiration for my project. My mom has to constantly endure and keep herself healthy everyday without any breaks. The chime’s frame is a heart, and various things that represent moms in general. Also, the CD’s that are hanging down say “Love” in 6 different languages. The nails represent my mom holding me together, even when the times are rough. Also, the forks and spoons represent the nourishment that my mom provides for me. In all, the chime is a representation of my mom and all the things that she provides for me.

Wind Chime Song by Gilmore Agustus

Everyday, nearly forty percent of the 4.4 billion tons of food produced in the United States is wasted each year. Shelved food within an average supermarket or restaurant is thrown away at an alarming rate, showing the inefficiency of the food distribution industry. My wind chime addresses this issue, using various pieces of silverware and small trinkets suspended by a hanger. The various silverware are representations of this issue.

Announcing a New Program: Chimes for Change

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We’re very excited to announce a new program here at RuckusRoots: Chimes for Change. An offshoot of TRASHformation, Chimes for Change involves making wind chimes out of found and recycled materials. There are several elements of this program that we can’t quite discuss yet, but here are some hints.

–Anyone can make a chime: student, teacher, artist, you!

–We’ll be holding workshops, teaching participants not only how to build their own chime (with whatever materials they choose), but also sustainable building skills and experimental music recording tecniques.

–We’re working with a groundbreaking Los Angeles music teacher to record our chimes and create something beautiful with the results.

–You can expect an exciting online component to this project, and potentially some guerilla art initiatives as well.

It’s our first music-based program and we’re very excited to finally be incorporating the sound-based side of art into our work. We look forward to chiming in more about this program in the near future. If you’re interested in making a chime with us, or know of a group of youngsters that might like to be involved, please let us know!

RuckusRoots Interns to Show TRASHformed Art at Taste of Highland Art

A Taste of What to Expect at Highland Park’s ‘Taste of Highland Art’

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The senior class at Academia Avance in Highland Park have taken it upon themselves to produce a festival, appropriately called ‘Taste of Highland Art,’ where art, music and food come together in the hopes of giving folks a “taste” of what the Highland Park community is all about.

The festival is set to include local artists, businesses, food trucks and even local bands, along with some of the students’ own artwork and creations. Five teens who have been participating in our Strong Roots internship program guided by Robin Banks spent the last semester learning essential art and building skills, including welding and CNC machine operation. Recently, the interns assisted Robin in creating an art fabrication commissioned by Twitter to be used at this year’s Grammy’s!

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After completing several projects, these creative teens looked around and realized that many of the leftover scraps could be turned into beautiful art work. Attendees of “Taste of Highland Park” will be able to view and purchase these mini “TRASHformations” made by our Strong Roots interns. Above and below are samples of what the students are showing.

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The festival will take place on March 5th and March 12th, from 3 to 9 pm in the heart of Highland Park at Ave. 57 and Marmion Way, near The Gold Line station. For more information about the festival, visit The Taste of Highland Art Facebook page. Come out and support your local community and the young artists that call it home. We’ll see you there!

At RuckusRoots, Spring has Sprung!

RuckusRoots at the Joshua Tree Music Festival in 2011 with The Caravan Project

Spring is upon us in Los Angeles. And therefore, so is festival season. Lightning in a Bottle, Coachella, Maker Faire, Joshua Tree Music Festival and Earth Week at the University of Wisconsin, oh my! Spring has sprung…and we’ll be at most, if not all, of these events…stay tuned for details!

Coachella                                                                             April 13-15, April 20-22

Earth Week at the University of Wisconsin           April 16-22

Joshua Tree Music Festival                                           May 18-20

Maker Faire                                                                        May 19-20

Lightning in a Bottle                                                        May 24-28