Make Paper Music

Why not make your own Paper Music?! Here are some suggestions to help you start.

Sound Sources
A few origami models can be adapted to make percussive sounds, reeds, etc. However, it is better to think of ways to make sounds rather than ways to make models.

Sounds such as...
...bang, slap, rub, grate, strike, shake, rattle, whip, stroke, crumple, uncrumple, rip, shred, tear, vibrate, wobble, blow, suck, hum, spin ...

A sound made with a small piece of tissue paper will sound totally different when made with a medium-sized sheet of tracing paper or with a large sheet of drawing paper. In this way, a large repertoire of sounds can be achieved from a basic idea. Experiment widely.

It is highly recommended that you explore a wide variety of papers, cards, cardboards and carton stock for their different acoustic properties. Most materials can be purchased cheaply or can be obtained for free (packaging, flyers, old photocopies, etc).

Try papers such as ...
...tracing papers, drawing papers, newspapers, magazines, kraft papers, soft tissue papers, thin or thick cards, cardboards, gift-wrap papers, florists papers, photocopier papers ...

To further expand your range, the use of microphones will amplify and transform small sounds.

Performance Options
There are -- of course -- an infinite number of ways to perform Paper Music, as a live performance, or as an audio or visual recording.

I have performed Paper Music...
with children, with artists, with professional musicians, with people who have had no musical training, as a structured performance with myself as the conductor, with no conductor as a group improvisation, as a solo, with and without amplification, with dancers performing to the music, as a non-musical exercise in listening and group co-operation, as a performance to be heard and not seen ...

If you make a version of Paper Music, please contact me.