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Poetry in Music

I have introduced a unit of study on music production to my Fine Arts Music course. There is a new, free, online, cloud-based music production program called BandLab (edu.bandlab.com) that works on all operating systems. It enables users to create multi-track recordings using pre-recorded loops or other sounds from musical instruments or a microphone. It also enables collaboration from any device connected to a network. It is very versatile and, don't forget, it's free!

We all respond to music and words differently. I've selected the William Wordsworth poem I Wondered Lonely as a Cloud and asked my Grade 10 Fine Arts class to set the poem to a soundscape reflecting the musical imagery of the poem with aural variations on every verse.

New to KES this year is Stanislav Matkovskyi from Odessa, Ukraine. His submission has great balance and atmosphere. His English rendition is well done but I love the natural inflections in his voice when he reads the poem in his native Russian language. His delivery matches the essential rhythm and flows with the discrete sound changes that get introduced throughout his timely reading of each verse of the poem. Various cultures and viewpoints are wonderful and enlightening; especially in The Arts!

Click here for audio #1.
Click here for audio #2.

Jeff Smith
Director of Visual & Performing Arts


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