An Evening of Light, Sound and Motion

Tom, Paris and I were at a fantastic Make Something Edmonton (#MakeSomethingYeg) event last night at the Windspear Centre. The fun started as we arrived at the front door with a light installation.

Light Installation outside the Windspear Centre
Light Installation outside the Windspear Centre

When we arrived inside for An Evening of Light, Sound and Motion we were greeted by a pair of fairies on stilts.

Fairies on Stilts
Fairies on Stilts

The atmosphere was electric as people mingled, explored, and listened to music by a live DJ and ate wonderful food.

The DJ with festive lights
The DJ with festive lights

It was a celebration of the Maker spirit here in Edmonton with nine #MakeSomethingYeg projects on display:

  • 7 Days of Yeg Fitness
  • Green Spectacle Creations
  • HackLab
  • I Heart Yeg
  • Intergenerational Placemaking in Holyrood
  • Makers and Mentors
  • Making our Mark
  • Open Piano Yeg
  • QA Crossroads
Paris at the QA Crossroads Display
Paris at the QA Crossroads Display

Paris and I added our ideas to the I Heart Yeg chalkboard.

Paris writes why she hearts Yeg
Paris writes why she hearts Yeg

And all three of us made paper snowflakes.

Tom and Paris making snowflakes
Tom and Paris making snowflakes

There was performance art everywhere I looked.

The Poem Shop
The Poem Shop

After exploring the displays for a while we moved inside for the main event, a live recording of parts of the score for a documentary, The Great Human Odyssey by Edmonton film maker Niobe Thompson. We learned that the film took two years to shoot, a year to edit but the score was composed in only seven weeks by local composer Darren Fung.

There was an explanation of how the score was written, and how it would be recorded for the next week. Then parts of the score were performed (for the first time ever) and we were treated to a sneak peak at parts of the documentary. It was the only time that the score would be played live for an audience, and the only time they would play it with the visuals from the film on display at the same time. It was fascinating to listen as the musicians performed and Niobe read the narration. Because we were hearing it live before the levels were adjusted there were times when the music overshadowed the narration. I can’t wait to watch the finished film in February.

Musicians getting ready, camera moving in front of the screen
Musicians getting ready, camera moving in front of the screen

On the way home Paris and I were talking about how well the evening blended the subjects she is taking, subjects that grade 7 students often study in isolation: music, film making, social studies and language arts.

Bravo to everyone involved, it was a great showcase of some of the great things that are getting made here in Edmonton.

If you have an idea of something you would like to make, make sure you check out the MakeSomethingYeg website.

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