Thank you to Music Impact Network member Gogo Dendy from the West End House Boys & Girls Club for inspiring the “Sample Your Summer” ideas! Also big thank you to Network members Jen Hodges (Notes for Notes), Anne Joseph (New City Kids) and Anders Olson (Charlestown Boys & Girls Club) for their review and feedback on the resources below.

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“Found Sound” Sampling Project

“Found Sound” Sampling ProjectSend participants on a soundscape scavenger hunt, creating unique beats using field recordings from their surroundings. Get participants to critically listen to their surroundings and use those sounds to create music that is unique as they are. These projects also empower participants to utilize the technology they bring with them everyday in innovative ways, as an alternative to traditional instruments.

Submitted by: Gogo Dendy, West End House Boys & Girls Club

Recommended Sampler Apps

Voice Memo App (FREE) 
Voice Memos turns your iPhone or iPad into a portable audio recorder. Easily capture and share audio clips using built in editing tools like trim, insert, and replace let you fine-tune your recordings.
Garageband (FREE)
You can record (or sample) a sound using a microphone, or add an audio file, and then play it back like a melody on the Sampler keyboard. 
Koala Sampler ($4) 
Koala is the ultimate pocket-sized sampler. Record anything with your phone’s mic instantly. Use Koala to create beats with those samples, add effects and create a track. 
Flip Sampler ($10) 
Flip is a sample-based mobile music studio that was designed for a fast and intuitive workflow. Import your own sounds via AirDrop or the Files app, or record sounds directly with your device’s microphone or a connected iOS interface.
iMaschine 2 ($10) 
Create a beat on 16 pads with hundreds of professional sounds. Use the Smart Play keyboard to add melodies and basslines that are always in-key. Spice up your track with vocal and field recordings or sample directly from iTunes.
Samplr ($15) 
Explore the samples melody and texture using the different play modes and create compositions with the gesture recorder. Samplr is the ideal tool for audio experimentation, music composition and live performance.

Additional “Found Sound” Project Ideas

“Found Sound” Tips for Logic Users article

• Capture and transform Found Sounds into new instruments with these Logic Pro tips

“Found Sound” Tips for Ableton Users

• Classroom project – Making Music from Found Sounds

Dub Club

Two sound design projects that will build your participants’ critical listening skills and creativity. Help your participants tap into their inner voice actor or foley artist by encouraging them to rebuild the audio for short video clips

Community Podcast

Create a community podcast to get youth talking about their experiences from this past year, social issues, music, sports or whatever topic they’re interested in.  Have them interview each other, staff, parents and local leaders in the community.

Need more Ideas for your Summer Programming? 

  • DIY Summer Activity Kit – Fun and unique “Do It Yourself” activities submitted by Music Impact Network members
  • Virtual Summer Camp – Whether your summer music camp is going to be all virtual, in-person, or a bit of both, below are some programs to help engage your participants this summer.