Walter Alter

portfolio: music


e l e c t r o n i c xm u s i c xf o r xk i d s

In 1988, Ear Nerve electronic music ensemble was asked to
participate in the San Francisco Art Commission's "Student
Art Festival" held in the golden Gate Park bandshell. We brought
a vanload of equipment and a generator to the site and set up
under a grove of maple trees. We allowed the children hands on
play with synthesizer keyboards, effects boxes, reel to reel tape
decks, micrphones and so on. It was the most popular event of
the festival and introduced hundreds of children to the fun of,
playing with pure sound as a creative element distinct from
popular music.

A 4 page home brew electronic music manual was given to the
children. It showed how audio equipment found around the house
could be used in creative ways to invent and preserve original
abstract sound compositions.


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