High School Kids Are Awesome
So I went To Teddy Roosevelt High School in Albany park, Chicago today to do a quick little “masterclass” of sorts.
I went out with Gonzalo Grau, the Percussion player from the opera I’m here doing. We had a great time explaining Flamenco music to these kids and showing them what it’s like to look at the world through the eyes of an electronic musician – looking at how different sounds can be reinterpreted once they are inside a computer and you can have your way with them.
We used the sound of a kid hitting an empty box, dropping some pieces of metal on the floor, making sounds with their mouths, and shaking a bottle of gatorade. I was happy that these kids really dove into the idea and were totally stoked to see how I made the loop.
It really is awesome how Garage Band now ships with every new mac. Kids love being able to use tools that are given to them. That’s something that I never really realized. I have a lot of learning to do. Thankfully I will be doing two more of these little workshops while I’m here in Chicago. I hope to get a little deeper into the concepts behind reinterpreting things in your everyday life into works of art.
Thankfully my television just stopped working so now I might get some work done.