Students Play Vegetable Piano in German Class to Prompt Creativity

The students made a piano from various fruits, vegetables and electronic current. They learned how tools they might already have, like iPads and Nintendo, could be used to make music.

by Gloucester Daily Times, Mass. / December 16, 2015 0
An art installation in the hallway at the Berklee Valencia Campus features fruits and vegetables that are wired to produce sound when touched. Flickr/Berklee Valencia Campus

(TNS) -- It may have been German class, but Monday at Gloucester High School, the language students were playing unusual pianos and making music with iPads, smartphones and Nintendo Wii.

Carsten Galle visited the school to lead a day-long interactive workshop for Anne Paganetti’s German classes. Galle, speaking German, introduced a selection of tools he uses in his artistic work.

The students made a piano from various fruits, vegetables and electronic current. They learned how tools they might already have, like iPads and Nintendo, could be used to make music.

And while learning about using technology to bolster their creativity, the students were also learning associated German vocabulary.

Galle and the students drafted German texts, and recorded readings and sound samplings were composed in a musical form.

Galle works with the Goethe-Institut and the Institute for Advanced Technology in Music and Arts, or Institut Fatima, both based in Barcelona, Spain.

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