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Inspired Idea: Reading Remix

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Hold Fast Remix from M E Shenefiel on Vimeo.

I was listening to some Pandora yesterday and the station kept playing those funky, jazzy remixes with spoken word throughout.  Maybe I’m still lingering on the rhythms of Langston Hughes and Blue Balliett’s Hold Fast, but I kept stirring that around in my head.  In the middle of the night I woke up with this idea of creating reading remixes.

Similar to a book trailer, a reading remix could be used to promote a favorite book.  Key words, ideas, and phrases could be remixed with audio loops, and possibly images to create a composition that enhances the book and engages a prospective reader.  Students could work individually or in groups to promote a book club book.  For classroom novels, you could have different groups find quotes and phrases for different themes throughout the book.  The challenge is selecting the words and music and deciding how to manipulate the tracks so that the end product is aesthetically representative of the writing.

Admittedly there is not a lot to look at in the sample remix above.  When I created this earlier, I was more focused on finding and manipulating the words and music than the visual appeal.  Other images could have easily been added.  That’s one of the benefits to a project like this… there is all kinds of room for flexibility.

Has anyone else done something like this before?  What types of advice do you have for starting a project like this?

X marks the spot: Beatboxing brilliance from TEDxSydney and this week’s favorite TEDx talks

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This is so amazing that I just had to re-blog… Music teachers, you’re going to love this!  While individual students might not be able to work the beat box the way Tom does, can you imagine beat box jazz ensembles?  I can!

Pair with books from our EHUE Library:

Orgill, Roxane. Skit-scat raggedy cat : Ella Fitzgerald. Somerville, MA: Candlewick Press, 2010. Print.

Weinstein, Muriel H. Play, Louis, play! : the true story of a boy and his horn. New York: Bloomsbury, 2010. Print.

TED Blog

Tom Thum wowed at TEDxSydney this week by doing strange things with his mouth. With just a microphone and his charisma, Thum brings the sounds of Michael Jackson, fifties jazz and scratched vinyl to the TEDx stage. In this talk, he demonstrates his “innate ability for inhuman noisemaking.”

Thum’s talk has amassed over 2 million hits on YouTube in four days, which illustrates the reach of a TEDx speaker. Each week, from events all-round the globe, the TEDx team picks four favorite talks that embody big ideas from many cultures and countries. Below, listen to the selections for this week — about political and media language and the impact of oil on a nation’s democracy.

Where is the “Muslim World”?: Professor Tony McEnery at TEDxLancasterU
At TEDxLancasterU, linguist Tony McEnery identified an unsettling trend in the media. Between 1998 and 2009, the British press used the phrase “Muslim World” 11,000…

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