Outer Space: Out of This World (with a teacher)
This activity is for classroom use. Your teacher will have further material to use alongside the clips and information below.
SECTION 1: Acoustic vs. Electronic
Does anyone know what the difference is between an acoustic instrument and an electronic instrument – can you give any examples?
Now we’re going to see how fast you are at sorting through different instruments as to whether they are acoustic, electronic or possibly both – electroacoustic! Your teacher will give you instructions.
SECTION 2: Music from Outer Space?
We’re going to listen to some music that sounds pretty unusual! After electronic instruments were invented, composers began to try and recreate the same sort of bizarre sounds but on traditional, acoustic instruments. For each piece write down at least one thought as to why it sounds like the music has come from another planet…
Can you tell what these two pieces below have in common?
SECTION 3: Instrument Experimentation
It is now your turn to get creative. Are you able to produce sounds on acoustic instruments that make them sound like they have come from another world? You may have to think about ‘unusual’ ways to play the instruments in order to get some unusual sounds.
SECTION 4: Out of this World
It is time to put together some of the unusual sounds you’ve created into your very own composition. Think about the music you have listened to – not only what was included in it, but also the elements that were left out in order to make the music sound completely other-worldly.
Pitch: Whether a note is high or low
Rhythm: A combination of notes that are of different lengths or durations
Rhythm pattern: A short repeating pattern that uses sounds/notes of different lengths (e.g. repeatedly clapping the rhythm pattern of the sentence ‘I like fish and chips’ – ‘I like’ being longer notes, ‘fish and chips’ being shorter notes)
Tempo: The speed of a piece of music
All media credits – titles, composers, artists, sources etc. – may be found in the Teacher Sheet, accessed from the Info box at the top of this page.