On Dec 6, 2011 at 7pm the culmination of  Joseph Bertolozzi‘s work with St. Peter’s School in Hyde Park, NY and the Dutchess County Art’s Council‘s Arts-In Education program will be presented to the public. The 6th grade class will play the ringtones and sound effects they created from sampling their school’s playground, much in the fashion that Bertolozzi did for his Bridge Music project. This video is an overview of that process.

After sampling the school’s playground surfaces (the slides, swings, etc.), the students worked with Audacity, a free software, to organize and manipulate the sounds. They combined their computer skills with a music composition skill set, and learned about the nature of physical sounds.

Says Bertolozzi:”I was heartened by the creativity the class showed. They used the samples straight, reversed them, changed their pitch, etc. Some of the works were very elaborate, others were simple rhythms or sound effects, and others were as avant-garde as you can imagine.”

President of the Dutchess County Arts Council Linda Marston-Reid, adds “Cross collaborations between the arts and sciences are an exciting way for children to learn vital skills that will prepare them to be part of the creative workforce of the future – Joe Bertolozzi’s work in arts and education exemplifies this collaboration.”

St. Peter’s School is located at 12 Father Cody Place, Poughkeepsie, NY, 12601.

This project is made possible in part by funding provided by the Dutchess County Arts Council’s Arts in Education Program, administrator of public funds through the New York State Council on the Arts.