Making Music from Found Sounds
- Level: Intermediate
- Learning: Listening | Sound design | Collaboration | Recording | Composition
- What’s needed: Live 10 Intro or higher | Recording device | File Sharing
- What’s included: Lesson Plan | Video | Live Set | Student Guides | Rubric | Questions | Checklist
- Prerequisite knowledge: Session View | Simpler | Drum Racks | MIDI Recording | MIDI Editing
Lesson 1: Creating Field Recordings (50-90min)
In this lesson, students are introduced to the topic of turning everyday sounds into music. They work collaboratively to discover, record, evaluate and share the sounds of their environment.
Lesson 2: Creating Sample Instruments (50-90min)
In Lesson 2, students learn how to use Live’s Simpler device to edit, manipulate and shape the tone and timbre of found sounds. Students explore sound design and create a found sound Drum Rack.
Lesson 3: Create and Perform Musical Works (50-90min)
Throughout Lesson 3, students use their found sounds to create original compositions and share them with their class.
How to get access
Before making the projects available to everyone, we’d first like to invite you to be part of a smaller group of educators to try our Classroom Projects with your students and tell us how you got on. We’ll then use this feedback to continue improving the projects as we expand the collection.
All Ableton Classroom Projects are free to use.
The Classroom Projects are distributed as Google Docs and are stored on Google Drive.
To get access, click on the link below and complete the short form. We’ll then send you an email with a link to all the Classroom Projects within 24 hours.
You don’t need a Google account to view the projects, but you will need one if you want to make copies of the projects to adapt and edit them.
We’d love to hear what you think of these Classroom Projects, whether you have a chance to teach with them or not. You’ll find a link to a short feedback form in each project, which will be open until November 8th.