Walls of Sound


Drake Music worked with pupils at Richard Cloudesley School, Charlton Park Academy, Swanlea School, and Linden Lodge School to create this piece for the City of London Festival, inspired by Roman London. It was premiered at the Museum of London on 25th June 2013.

The piece is in 4 parts:

Part 1 – Charlton Park Academy
Part 2 – Richard Cloudesley School
Part 3 – Linden Lodge School
Part 4 – Swanlea School

Charlton Park used iPads, their voices, Soundbeam and found sounds to create their piece.

Linden Lodge used their voices and bodies to create sounds and some drums. They also used iPads and sound effects to change the pitch of some sounds.

Swanlea used a mix of their voices/VOCAs, bodies, and iPads to create their piece.

Pupils at Richard Cloudesley used a microphone with different effects for vocalisations, Skoogs for some instrument sounds, and iPads to create some of the soundscape elements. In addition, the students composed some melodies which were then played by DM’s London Programme Manager Charlotte on violin.

A mystical dreamy sound appears as an intro and outro to each part – the sound was created by Harry from Charlton Park using the Soundbeam.

The musical ideas, and interpretation of the City of London Festival theme ‘conflict & resolution’, all came from the pupils’ memories and experience of attending a workshop at the museum.

The DM Associate Musicians were Gary Day, Phoebe Osborne & Ben Sellers.

Photos of children from 3 of the schools attending the premiere at the Museum of London are here: Walls of Sound – in pictures!