Learning objects Sonic space: travel


Create your own soundscape from noises in a view from space of Asia, Australia and New Zealand. Explore sounds such as a satellite transmission, gamelan playing and Chinese voices talking. Think about the images and atmosphere suggested by these sounds. Arrange the sounds to make a soundscape. Experiment with order, volume, pauses and repetition. Describe possible uses of your soundscape. This activity is one in a series of six activities.

Educational details

Key learning objectives
  • Students compose a soundscape from noises in a travel scene.
  • Students reflect on their own creative work by identifying expressive qualities and reacting to audience feedback.
Educational value
  • Enables students to explore and manipulate sounds and animated images to compose soundscapes.
  • Reproduces a range of world music and sounds such as a satellite transmission, Indonesian gamelan playing and Chinese voices talking.
  • Promotes experimentation with order, volume, pauses and repetition.
  • Features adjustable visual elements such as colour and size.
  • Includes an option to print personal reflections on the creation, production and application of soundscapes.
Year level

6; 7; 8

Learning area
  • arts
  • Arts/Music
    • Arts/Feelings
    • Arts/Ideas
    • Arts/Improvisation
    • Arts/Music
    • Arts/Creativity
    • Arts/Arrangement
    • Arts/Arts elements
    • Arts/Arts expression
    • Arts/Composition
    • Arts/Sounds
    • Arts/Visual forms
    • Analysis;
    • Application;
    • Comprehension;
    • Knowledge
    Student activity
    • Interactives;
    • Experiment;
    • Analysis;
    • Modelling
    Learning design
    • Experiential learning;
    • Independent learning;
    • Problem solving;
    • Visual learning;
    • Auditory learning

    Other details

    • Technical implementer
    • Script writer
    • Name: Nigel Evans
    • Organisation: CWA New Media
    • Address: Wellington New Zealand
    • URL: http://www.cwa.co.nz/
    • Publisher
    • Date of contribution: 20 Sep 2013
    • Organisation: Education Services Australia
    • Address: Melbourne VIC 3000 Australia
    • URL: http://www.esa.edu.au/
    Access profile
    • Colour independence
    Learning resource type
    • Interactive Resource
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