Workshop is free and open to the public!
Sounds You’ve Never Seen Before!
is an accessible, interactive, and instructive 45-‐minute presentation of percussion, experimental music, and contemporary songwriting presented by percussionist, Ron Coulter and vocalist, bassist Sam West. The purpose of the presentation is to expose people to the value, breadth, and accessibility of new music, percussion instruments, electronics (as related to the creation of live music), improvisation, and an understanding of song structure. The target audience includes children ages five to eighteen but the presentation is accessible and informative to any age group with zero to advanced musical training.
Prior to the performance of each work, the instruments and/or sound sources involved will be introduced, described, and demonstrated. Appropriate discourse as to the cultural origins and traditional function of the instruments will be presented and unique aspects of each work will be discussed and related to musical styles familiar to the
target audience. Unique aspects of works to be discussed may include the use of phonetics and phonemics (language as music), improvisation, programmatic content, use of electronic hardware and software, found instruments, sound as related to gesture and intent, etcetera. The audience will be engaged through questions, active participation in the performance of selected works, and opportunity for selected persons to try an instrument. Goals, or the desired outcome, of the presentation include exposure to specific instruments, musical styles, and performance practices for the first time; a deeper understanding and awareness of new music, percussion instruments, and selected pieces of electronic hardware and software; a feeling of accessibility and communality to music, performance, and the creative process.
A conclusive discussion on creative context will take aspects learned through the presentation and put them into the perspective of songwriting, including but not limited to the components of contemporary western commercial song structure. Groove, chord structure, harmony, melody and lyrics will be utilized to create a song on-‐site, with the assistance of the audience.