Make Paper Music
Why not make your own Paper Music?! Here are some suggestions
to help you start.
A few origami models can be adapted to make percussive sounds, reeds,
etc. However, it is better to think of ways to make sounds rather
than ways to make models.
Sounds such as...
...bang, slap, rub, grate, strike, shake, rattle, whip, stroke,
crumple, uncrumple, rip, shred, tear, vibrate, wobble, blow, suck, hum,
A sound made with a small piece of tissue paper will
sound totally different when made with a medium-sized sheet of tracing
paper or with a large sheet of drawing paper. In this way, a large repertoire
of sounds can be achieved from a basic idea. Experiment widely.
It is highly recommended that you explore a wide variety
of papers, cards, cardboards and carton stock for their different acoustic
properties. Most materials can be purchased cheaply or can be obtained
for free (packaging, flyers, old photocopies, etc).
Try papers such as ...
...tracing papers, drawing papers, newspapers, magazines, kraft
papers, soft tissue papers, thin or thick cards, cardboards, gift-wrap
papers, florists papers, photocopier papers ...
To further expand your range, the use of microphones
will amplify and transform small sounds.
There are -- of course -- an infinite number of ways to perform
Paper Music, as a live performance, or as an audio or visual recording.
I have performed Paper Music...
with children, with artists, with professional musicians, with
people who have had no musical training, as a structured performance
with myself as the conductor, with no conductor as a group improvisation,
as a solo, with and without amplification, with dancers performing to
the music, as a non-musical exercise in listening and group co-operation,
as a performance to be heard and not seen ...
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