Many thanks to Peter O’Doherty @culturlanndoire and Peter Doherty of Knockavoe School, Strabane, for inviting so many talented young adults to the third of our Inclusive Creativity: Digital Practices outreach workshops @InclusiveCreati. Lewis Smith (Ulster University) and Dr Brendan McCloskey (Ulster University) brought a range of instruments, from the conventional:
. . . to the unexpected (spot the pear):
The students were first introduced to, arguably, more familiar touch-screen controllers, like the iPad and Lewis’ own web-based interface:
They were then shown how to sequence and record drum-loops and melodies, using Ableton Live and Ableton Push:
The session ended with a Makey Makey instrument – making connections to sound:
Surprisingly, if anecdotally, this group appeared to enjoy the Makey Makey instrument, the Ableton Push and Lewis’ web-based interface much more than the iPad apps. The semi-autonomous nature of instruments such as Bloom and Musyc limited their engagement with music-making, whereas the intrigue of “human-circuits and squiggly lines” was more attractive.