As many of you know, I get to create (and then do) fun activities with the Seattle Symphony. Most often, these are for kids. But recently I worked on designing a make-your-own-instrument activity for a group of symphony goers in my own age range. Below are a series of posters and illustrations I designed representing actual instruments I created as inspiration and examples for the activity.
As usual, the participants took the supplies and prompts, and made things way beyond our expectations! We had pitched instruments with rubber bands and bottles, reed instruments with balloons and straws, and lots of percussive creativity. Odd and mighty is our orchestra.
After making a "mixtrument," we asked participants to finish off the experience by recording their instrument in our activity recording studio. I finished my evening by participating in an impromptu Mixtrument quartet. Presenting the Time Turtle Tornados.
N.B. Normally I am anti-hash-tag (it makes me want to pound something...get it?). But, the symphony is turning this into a social media activity and competition. So, the tagging for this makes sense. It also means, that if you are inspired to make, record, and post your own #mixtrument, you can do that! I believe official SSO instructions will be coming soon, and when they do, I will post a link here.
Rebecca Joy Mohrlang
I like to make art from trash and discarded items. Follow along if you are interested.