Elementary school for me was in the early 1980s. So, drawing a straight line between the challenge and my experience, I fired up my old-friend Casio CZ-1000, programmed a quasi new wave dance groove with Acid loops and did a sight read of the notes in the photo. The CZ was set to a square wave with a slight detune and vibrato. Luckily, it goes 6-note polyphonic so it handled the 3-note chords fine. The 11-measure sequence in the photo is repeated as 8 measure sequences break it up into a couple verses, choruses and a bridge. The 11 vs 8 tension resulted in no two verses or choruses having the same melody line, which served to amplify the fun. Very meditative, too, to allow whole notes to fill spaces.
I had designs on recording the bass on the Casio, too, using the image's staff as a bass clef. This created more mess than movement, though, so I left the photo to represent a treble clef staff only and built the piece around a right hand melody.
Sight-read the whiteboard notation from a children’s music class.
Step 1: Read the music notation in the following image (note that the photograph was taken at a music class for elementary and preschool students).
The image is here:
Step 2: Record a piece of music based on that notation.
Step 3: Upload your completed track to the Disquiet Junto group on SoundCloud.
Step 4: Then listen to and comment on tracks uploaded by your fellow Disquiet Junto participants.
Deadline: This assignment was made in the early evening, California time, on Thursday, October 1, 2015, with a deadline of 11:59pm wherever you are on Monday, October 5, 2015.
Length: The length of your finished work should be roughly one minute, though longer is certainly fine.
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