Tate Kids



Digital Makers: Be a sound artist

Tate Britain
30 minutes

The Idea

There are sounds all around us! Even on our own, we can make sounds: sensible or silly, loud or quiet sounds.

Sound art is art which uses sound both as material (much like paint or pencils) and as its subject (what it is about).

Intrigued to know more? Find out about Sound Art on the Tate Kids blog.

Rebecca Horn, Concert for Anarchy

Rebecca Horn Concert for Anarchy, 1990, © DACS, 2016


The Plan

We are going to make a sound track made of found sounds around you. We will go on a sound walk and use an app to make some sound art of your own.


You Need

  • A tablet
  • Download pyka_loop on the app store. Make sure you ask a parent or guardian before downloading
  • Sound instruments like rice in a box, a bell, a xylophone or a plastic bag
  • Your ears (most importantly)

Do it!

  • Play with your voice for a couple of minutes and see what sounds you can make. Out of ideas? Ask your friends or family to add some in. You can even make some of your favourite animal noises. Roarrrr!
  • Find some sounds. What sounds would you like to record? Start easy. Close your eyes and listen to the sounds that are there around you. Birds tweeting, water dripping, creaking pipes, footsteps in the room next door. Too quiet? Head outside...
  • Record your sounds. Ready? Tap the red button to start recording. See that shape? That’s your sound. Tap and hold the shape to listen to it. Sound good? If you don’t like it, just drag it off the edge of the screen to get rid of it. Keep listening and recording until you have six shapes that sound great together
  • Loop them. Tap a shape with two fingers to make it loop. Grab the handles to make the loop shorter or longer. Tap with two fingers again to stop it looping
  • Become an expert. If you find that easy, here’s some other things to try: Stretch or pinch shapes to make them louder or quieter. Move the outside line of the circles to create strange sounds. Move two fingers up and down in a shape to make it high or low
  • Ready to make your own music track? Tap the white dot on the side and tap the “record” box. Now tap the big red button and record your performance. Remember to press stop when you’ve finished

This Digital Makers has been tried and tested by groups with Special Education Needs and Disability in workshops at Tate and as part of Diggin the Gallery.


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