Earthbeats is the union of the words beat and earth.
Earth as consistence, going through, place of narrations.
Beat as what exists, soften by bones, muscles and skin, from birth to death
The project originates from an idea of Emidio Sciannella, thanks to the experience in Solstizio and the participation of Julia Kent, who shares its developments and consequences. The project is founded on the creation and collection of spontaneous sounds by pupils taking part in projects and workshops on specific issues (wars, emigration, water problems, environmental issues). These sounds are later re-elaborated by musicians and transformed into original assemblages which will be introduced into the pop or underground distribution chains; any revenue will be assigned to support the social projects in the world.
Earthbeats is currently connected to We are the Planet. It involves pupils with different ages (3 –18 years old) in more than one area of the planet, thanks to educational paths that employ a method characterized by the use of artistic languages as means for giving voice to the individual views and for harmonizing them.
COLLECTION OF SPONTANEUS SOUNDS
Earthbeats spontaneous sounds come from educational institutes and agencies Workshops in which students deal with planetary environmental issues (sustainable economy, right to water, biodiversity protection, combating deforestation, etc..). The main goal of this activities is to raise awareness of such issues by using the spontaneous sounds in order to enable a way of understanding reality through emotions experimented by students. Personal tracks will represent the transposition of the didactic activity and the emergence of subjectivities and personal interpretations on selected themes. The tracks can be made of combined and simple sounds of any kind, by the use of every possible instrument, analogical or digital, classic or experimental.
MIX, REMIX, MASHUP, COMPOSITIONS, INTERPRETATIONS
This is the section in which artists will publish their mixes, remixes, mashups derived from the earthbeats spontaneous sounds.
Earthbeats becomes an operating project within the EU intervention We are the Planet, in which it has been included as artistic workshop. Thousand of pupils have been involved in Spain, Italy,Cyprus and Slovenia during its two-years activities, gathering spontaneous sounds and building sound objects using recycled materials.
The workshop was divided into two stages:
The first stage was dedicated to the educational examination of the 7th Millennium Goal with practice exercises, report of experiences from other places through videos, photos and a deep analysis of the relationships with the population of Burkina Faso and Benin as project’s partners;
The second stage was characterized by an artistic approach focused on the spontaneous sound as a means to express one’s own impressions on the surrounding reality. This approach was open to all potentials of the free invention and involved the use of any conventional, invented, found, built-up instrument, with different modulation and intensity.
The results are single or group sounds, deriving from existing songs, completely invented, feverish and uncontrolled noises. A free map of inventions and conventions. The workshop sessions took place both in classrooms and in the Centri Didattici of the project We are the Planet, in collaboration with the teachers who have mediated and supported all the workshop’s stages. The teachers are thus custodian of those experiences and will be able to pass them on to other pupils, following the tracks that will be left here. Our contribution is also to allow the continuation of those stories, make them visible and diffuse them. The purpose of this space is to involve others, pass on and exchange what has been made so far and what is possible to do to safeguard the planet.
The collection of spontaneous sounds has taken place at the same time in the four Countries of the project We are the Planet. The way of collecting sounds was different according to the peculiarities of the territories, the educational methodologies, and the pupils’ sensitivity.
In Italy some teachers made pupils build up their sound instruments using recycled materials, offering thus an original learning path through an active process of environmental sustainability.
In the other Countries, for example in Nova Gorica, natural elements have been used, such as water or stones, for creating sounds close to the nature and in other cases using typical tools of the Orff Approach.
Part of the sounds were created by extemporaneous improvisations in front of the camera, by the interpretation of already known music and by the recording of sounds of the environment (Soundscape).
Those sounds were recorded in places chosen by the pupils and discovered during nature walks with guides and operators.
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