8th Grade Found Art and Sound
The term found art—describes art created from undisguised, but often modified, objects that are not normally considered art. In other words, you could use some every day ordinary objects in you home to create found art. Here is an example.
Some musician create music using common objects. We can refer to the instruments that they create as “found sounds.” Watch the video bellow. After watching the video, answer the questions and try the activity described.
1. List at least 4 different common items that you recognize from the video. The video quality is a bit blurry. Be sure to listen to the sound the item makes to make sure that the item is actually what you thought it was.
2. What item(s) had to be modified or altered before being used in a musical way?
3. Which found sound did you think was the most interesting or amusing?
4. What is found art? What is a found sound?
1. Experiment with different items around your home (or school) and see if you can utilize them in a musical way.
2. Feel free to “modify” some of these objects in order to create a sound you like or find interesting.
3. After doing a bit of experimenting, choose your favorite “found sound” that you can bring into music class next week.
4. Prepare and practice a short musical pattern to play on you found sound.
5. Bring your found sound into class and be ready to share your pattern with your classmates.