Pass The Sound series

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The resource provided by Pass the Sound project is a series of videos delivered to YouTube in 2017. Entries in this series present group activities typical for improvisational theatre workshops. The scenarios do not always give agency over the musical content to participants, but if you run a people-centered meetings it is worth adding many of the titles to the repertoire.

Each video not only defines the presented activity, but shows how facilitators explain it to participants. Some material is in English and sometimes there are subtitles. Production quality is quite high, thanks (most probably) to a venerable institutional backing1.

Notes on the content

Activities are categorized as Warm-Ups, Skills/Creative Exercises and Workshops. Unfortunately there is some lack of curation for the videos on YouTube, with double entries or clearly missing parts from numbered series.

Warm-Up — A simple activity that improves engagement in complex ones

Warm-ups are the proposals most within Games for Music library scope (some are already here, sometimes in a more game-like variant). However, this section includes also non-musical ice-breakers, including totally silent.

Workshops and exercises show more of the introduction method. In game terms they could be considered linear, rule-heavy scenarios, without elegance of a system. Serious, educational, facilitator-dependent — these might be exactly the activities you need for your workshop, so consider checking them out.

Click on links in the section below to access the activity, or to filter the whole list by topic. The set presented by default is an editorial choice of titles the most polished and also those fitting our wiki.

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Warm-ups
Body Percussion (introduction) 5:29 body percussion, rhythm #12
Crazy Opera Singer 1:31 attention, challenge, talking #19
Dancing Mirrors 3:58 movement, silence #35
Drive in Burger 2:11 body percussion, repeating, rhythm #27
Flipping Orders 2:57 attention, movement, some sound #14
Following Hands 1:13 repeating, some sound, touching #29
Game of Trust 1:54 cooperation, silence, touching #37
Head Shoulders Knees Toes 1:52 algorithm, rhythm, talking #34
If Eyes Could Kill 1:43 eye contact, silence #13
I've Seen You 1:32 eye contact, silence #10
Leading And Guiding 4:55 blindfold, some sound (in variants 2&3) #6
Leading by a Sound 2:37 blindfold, movement, sound #8
Moving Reeds 2:27 role-play, movement, silence #31
Moving Sound Bath 5:46 blindfold, movement, sound #39
Names & Body Percussion 2:11 body percussion, names, rhythm #21
North Korean Writing 3:43 cooperation, silence #1
Penguins in The Cold 2:26 silence, touching #38
Rhythmic Breathing 4:15 breathing, rhythm, sound #41
Rubber Kip 2:03 algorithm, body percussion, rhythm #22
Stamp Clap Name 3:17 names, rhythm #28
Step In / The Echoing Well 1:44 repeating, rhythm #24
The Condensed Sound Bath 4:05 blindfold, sound #7
The Ping Pong Ball 2:28 movement, some sound #25
The Rhythm Mill 2:31 challenge, movement, rhythm #11
The Yell 1:50 names, rhythm #18
Theatrical Vocal Warmup 3:21 role-play, breathing, repeating #23
Transforming Breath to Sound 2:49 breathing, sound #36
Untangle Knot 1:28 cooperation, silence, touching #16
Who Where What Why 3:38 names, talking #20
Zip Zop Zap 2:00 attention, rhythm, sound #4
Zombie Massage 2:27 some sound, touching #17

Creative exercises

Collective Story Telling 2:59 talking #6
Creating Soundscapes 2:30 body percussion, movement, sound #12
Creative Lyric Writing 2:21 talking #10
Orchestra of the Junkyard 5:28 sound, talking #8
Personal Postcards 5:07 sound, talking #20
Postcode Percussion 5:22 algorithm, rhythm, sound #21
Silent Concerto 5:20 challenge, silence, sound #22
The Birth of Music 4:33 attention, sound #5
The Snake 2:31 some sound #2
The Tear and Fold 6:25 sound #16
Walking Score 6:28 sound #14

Skills exercises

Body Band 3:35 body percussion, rhythm, sound #4
Body Percussion Canon 5:56 body percussion, repeating, sound #3
Boy & Girl Clap Variation with Chairs 10:29 body percussion, rhythm, sound #8b
Count to Three 1:28 body percussion, challenge, sound #20
Counting As A Group 1:55 challenge, talking #31
Developing a Linear Rhythm 2:58 body percussion, sound #22
Exploring Polyphony 4:00 sound #19
Feeling Time 4:58 body percussion, rhythm, sound #25
Flying Voices 3:47 movement, sound #34
Group Tuning 3:31 breathing, sound #33
How to Teach a Canon 3:03 repeating, sound #30
Independent Clap 1:10 body percussion, rhythm, sound #11
Inomushigorogoro 4:00 movement, repeating, sound #17
Marco Van Basten 5:24 body percussion, rhythm, sound #26
Names on a Pulse 1:52 body percussion, names, sound #9
Names with a Ball 1:07 movement, names, talking #10
Pass the Clap Extension 28:15 sound #6
Riff Jamming 5:58 body percussion, rhythm, sound #2
Six Stroke Phase 7:58 body percussion, repeating, rhythm #24
Stones 6:14 repeating, rhythm, sound #12
Tuning in 3:22 movement, sound #14
Vocal Band 5:02 rhythm, sound #1
Waking Up Australia 5:44 body percussion, rhythm #7

Workshops:


Workshops are prepared and the method is presented by the following facilitators:

The first version of this article linked to http://passthesound.com/ for further exploration. That site is now sadly not working. We'll do our best to provide an access point to this great resource, even if G4M is not affiliated with Pass the Sound.

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