Music Inspired by Nature

We drew parallels between Andy Goldsworthy's use of natural elements in sculpture to composers' use of natural sounds in music. After listening to soundscapes of several environments on Monday, we listened to Pierre Schaeffer's Etude des chemins, which creates rhythmic patterns from train noises, and Hugh LeCaine's Dripsody, which is derived from a recording of a drop … Continue reading Music Inspired by Nature

Balinese Shadow Puppet Show

We celebrated our last day of camp with a shadow puppet show using the Balinese-inspired puppets that the kids worked hard on.  We gave the kids the settings of Mexico and Jordan (2 places we visited this week) and they came up with the roles and dialogues themselves!  Some featured characters: the Storm spirit, the … Continue reading Balinese Shadow Puppet Show

Revisiting sustainability and permaculture

Throughout the week, we have visited the brilliant chinampa farming setup in Mexico, Findhorn ecovillage in Scotland, the Green School in Bali, and the solar tents and desert-turned-food forest in Wadi Rum, Jordan.  Along the way, we have learned about a number of sustainable and permaculture practices, including aquaponics, solar and wind energy, composting, organic … Continue reading Revisiting sustainability and permaculture