Remix, Remake, Curate

Learning with the NC Museum of Natural Sciences, Tar River Writing Project, & The Poetry Project

Make Cycle 2: The Human Soundscape

Welcome to Remix, Remake, Curate Make Cycle 2!  This week, we’ll learn about the human soundscape and how our bodies create, interpret, visualize and enjoy sound.

Screen Shot 2015-02-08 at 11.42.45 AMDuring this make cycle, we will think about all things sound. We will create a poem which will be used as a means to explore the ability of the human body to create, receive, interpret and enjoy sound. We are excited to premiere a new, open-source App, SoundSee, created by NC Museum of Natural Sciences Visual World Investigate Lab Co-ordinator Walt Gurley, that allows participants the ability to record, visualize, and remix their voice recordings. To conclude, we will reflect on this make cycle as a means of growth and consider the significance of modeling this process of making with our colleagues and young people. In turn, we guide young people to discover the value of creation, inquiry, collaboration and reflection. We hope that you will join us on Monday, February 9 from 10:00-11:00 am for our Google hangout and Friday, February 13, from 4:30-5:30 pm for our Twitter chat.

As you create and compose this week, we invite you to think about these questions:

  • What is sound and how can we visualize sound?
  • How do we make and interpret sound?
  • What sounds do I find to be interesting and intriguing and why?
  • How is sound a part of our identity?
  • How does sound, music and poetry inspire change?
  • How can learning and thinking about sound lead to further discovery?

Make With Me

During this make cycle you could:

  • Create and/or compose a reflective/personal piece of writing that represents yourself. This poem will become the centerpiece for your make. You could compose a self-reflective “I am from…” poem or create a nature poem, using the  #icitsci quad box activity from the previous #ictisci make cycle. Micah’s nature poem, Baleen Whales inspired by an article about the 52 Hertz Whale, is an wonderful example of a spoken-word nature poem. While you are writing these amazing poems, think about the sounds you make and hear and how they impact the environment and those around you.
  • Inquire and research into how sound is created, received, interpreted, and enjoyed in and by our bodies. This would be an excellent opportunity to cross pollinate with your colleagues who are teaching health and body systems, or your team’s science teacher who might be teaching about the physics of soundwaves. Please see below for links to quick, digital resources for learning about the science of our body’s ability to hear, process, create and enjoy the sounds around us.

Science of How Music Enchants the Brain
Human Voice- how vocal cords work
BBC Video on how the ear works
Physics: Waves in General (Minute Physics)
Interactive ear
How Sound Travels 

  • Record, listen and reflect on your own and other’s voices. Check out the SoundSee App, created especially for this make cycle, to capture an audio recording of your recently composed poem. You can use the App to listen to your own voice and the recordings of your peers reciting their poems. What predictions do you have for what your voice will “look” like in the App?
  • Map, visualize, and analyze your own voice’s soundwaves and compare them to the class’s collective soundwave and voices within SoundSee. Another cool resource that you could explore is MmmTss. Are your students studying trigonometry or pre-calculus? How about incorporating an activity related to sine and cosine? Would you like to mix this up? Think about how the visualization and interpretation of sound varies from person to person- see the  Derek Paravicini- Piano Savant performance.  How could technology like the new App allow for a hearing impaired student to visualize sound?
  • Remix your voice recording into new and different products or genres. How much fun would it be for young people to bring in instruments, make instruments or to use electronics, such as MakeyMakey or Arduino to remix the audio of their poem? Do you have any talented beat boxers, such as Tom Thum (TedX), who could incorporate that skill? Why not discuss our body’s ability to make sounds such as Tom’s? Why not try CJ’s Rhythm Circle activity, from the citizen science make cycle, and have students create a multi-layered poetry performance with excerpts from their own poems layered into a performance based, “We are From” poem? What other natural mechanisms do different species have to make unique sounds and communicate?

Materials and Inspiration

  • Computer with internet connectivity (SoundSee works best in Google Chrome or Mozilla Firefox and requires a microphone)
  • Writing materials – paper, pen, etc.
  • Optional materials could include musical instruments and other sound making devices

Places to Share

Just a reminder, here are the handy links to places we’ve been using to share and connect.

  • Join our Google+ Community, Remix, Remake, Curate. Post your thoughts, questions, ideas, and especially your students’ work here. Record student poetry, share their observations, and let them see what other kids are doing.
  • Join our Google Hangout on Monday, February 9 from 10:00-10:50 AM. We’ll talk about everyone’s plans and ideas for the week, so you can participate in the conversation or simply watch with your group.
  • On Twitter, we encourage you to follow and use the #ivizsci and #imakesci hashtags. Share resources throughout the week, and chat with us during our Twitter chat on Friday, February 13 from 4:30-5:30.
  • If you have a blog, you can make and create in your own digital space and share to the community on Twitter with the #ivizsci hashtag or the G+ community Remix, Remake, Curate.

For More Info


Be sure to report out and reflect on Make Cycle #2 in the G+ community. We are all excited to see the awesome makes and to hear about your’s and your student’s “Ah-ha” moments about the science of the human soundscape.


Make Cycle 2 Facilitators, Danielle Lewis, Rob Puckett,  Walt Gurley, Micah Graves, and Coni Clark

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