Devereaux Cleo Wallace
Week Three, Lesson Five
June 28, 2010
It was a simply a nice day to be in the music making business. We began with a quick film about the drum set, the different parts and their names, and what each sounded like. We then viewed each of the different drums as wave files so that the students would be able to distinguish each in relation to others, in an Acid file, visually. The objective of the day was to make an original drum beat using one shots.
Aphex Twin was the inspirational video of the day, and although there was no footage of him playing live, it premised the lesson on drum beats very well because of his unorthodox drum patterns. We are always reinforcing the idea that originality should be respected and developed through music- the idea supporting our belief that the originality is interesting and the practice of this exploration, as an artist, encourages self-development.
What happened was so exciting. The amount of originality in the student's work has always abundantly present in the student's work, no matter the age, and always in amounts that mandate an encouraging comment or two; but with the students encouraged to make a beat from scratch, this originality glistened next to the faint echoes of repetitive radio and mundane generalizations about the current state of affairs, regardless whether the topic is youth psychology or artistic decadence. What we also noticed was that the students, while offering an intensely original musical experience, were also expressing themselves characteristically, in relation to their earlier music.
The students shared their music at the end of class without exception. There were a lot of hi-fives and smiles!