CAG Learning and Public Programs Assistant Michelle Martin sat down with grade 6/7 student Arius before the public presentation of the sound of a cactus being touched by a raindrop, a collaboration between artist Elisa Ferrari and MaryAnn Persoon’s 6/7 class.
Michelle: So first I wanted to ask you about the experience of doing a soundwalk. What was it like the first time you did a soundwalk?
Arius: It was kinda cool and it was really awkward because it was so quiet cause this class isn’t usually this quiet.
Michelle: Did you find it was difficult?
Arius: A little bit the first time.
Michelle: What about the next time?
Arius: It got easier.
Michelle: Did you have the chance to lead your own soundwalk?
Arius: I think so, yeah.
Michelle: What were you thinking about when you were leading the soundwalk?
Arius: To try to find different sounds.
Michelle: What about the experience of doing the sound collage?
Arius: That was really fun.
Michelle: What were the sounds that you found the most intriguing?
Arius: “I’m going to try to be quiet now.” That one by Joseph. It was really funny. And the water bottle crunching.
Michelle: What about the graphic score experience?
Arius: It was fun. I like making all sorts of random lines and shapes.
Michelle: Do you think the way you think about sound has changed at all?
Arius: Yeah a lot.
Michelle: In which ways?
Arius: Like how it reflects, and then it produces the sound.
Michelle: What about going into the anechoic chamber?
Arius: Oh, that was cool.
Michelle: Was it what you were expecting?
Arius: Um, I was expecting it but when they first told me we were going, I thought it was like you couldn’t speak, so I was like “Uh oh”.
Michelle: Yeah I was pretty scared too. I thought I was going to be able to hear the blood going through my body and that freaked me out a little bit. Were you freaked out at all when you were inside?
Michelle: What’s been your favourite part of this whole project?
Arius: I think the graphic scores and sound collages.
Michelle: Are you excited to present them tonight?
Arius: Yeah, that’s if I come.