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.

Activities that involve rhythm

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Warm-ups
Body Percussion (introduction) 5:29 body percussion, rhythm #12
Drive in Burger 2:11 body percussion, repeating, rhythm #27
Head Shoulders Knees Toes 1:52 algorithm, rhythm, talking #34
Names & Body Percussion 2:11 body percussion, names, rhythm #21
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 Rhythm Mill 2:31 challenge, movement, rhythm #11
The Yell 1:50 names, rhythm #18
Zip Zop Zap 2:00 attention, rhythm, sound #4

Creative exercises

Postcode Percussion 5:22 algorithm, rhythm, sound #21

Skills exercises

Body Band 3:35 body percussion, rhythm, sound #4
Boy & Girl Clap Variation with Chairs 10:29 body percussion, rhythm, sound #8b
Feeling Time 4:58 body percussion, rhythm, sound #25
Independent Clap 1:10 body percussion, rhythm, sound #11
Marco Van Basten 5:24 body percussion, rhythm, sound #26
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
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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