A program by Able Arts Work
Quarantunes: Episode 2
July 06, 2020 08:38 AM PDT
Welcome to episode 2 of Quarantunes! Where quarantine can’t stop our creativity!
For this new episode, we get to experience musical expression by artists over at our Therapeutic Arts Program (TAP II)
0:47 "Handwashing Song" is a parody of one of TAP II's favorite songs, "Here Comes the Sun" by the Beatles. The lyrics were written by artists via the online platform, Zoom. The focus of the song is to demonstrate how to properly wash your hands. The artists at TAP II decided to take a basic procedure of maintaining proper hygiene and turn it into a fun tune for their peers and family to listen to! The vocals and guitar were recorded by Jessica, a music therapist at TAP II and Jamond, an artist at TAP II. All other instruments were recorded by various artists using Garageband in the comfort of their own home. Enjoy this wonderful piece and remember to wash your hands!
3:49 “Your Virtual Heart” was composed in a group music therapy session via Zoom. A total of 13 students worked on this instrumental song. Artists used the program ‘Song Maker’ on the website ‘Google Chrome Music Lab’ to compose this piece collaboratively. All artists voted on the instrumentation, tempo, and structure of the song before composing each section independently. There are three sections-- A, B, and C -- each with its own unique style and texture. About half of the artists directly composed their own designated short segments of each major section using the control screen function on Zoom. This means they directly manipulated the program with their own computer, placing notes on the screen where they saw fit. The other half of the group communicated to the music therapist where they wanted their notes placed in preferred rhythms. This created a truly unique songwriting experience, in which each motif represents each individual in the class, creating a comprehensive instrumental piano piece. The title “Your Virtual Heart” reflects the artists’ collective journey exploring music-making in a new, virtual environment.
5:08 "Garageband Quarantunes" is a compilation of various instrumental improvisations that the artists at TAP II recorded on Garageband to a simple guitar sample that the music therapist, Jessica, provided. Each artist chose an instrument of their choice and recorded their improvisation in the comfort of their own home. This song was created to show each artist's expression and emotion by using the gift of music. Enjoy this wonderful piece!
6:42 “My Heart Broke in Music Lab” was composed by TAP II artist, Rudy during his 1:1 music therapy sessions. This artist utilized the ‘Song Maker’ app found on the website “Chrome Music Lab”. He made all choices about instrumentation, tempo and structure prior to composing. This artist controlled the music therapist's screen to independently explore different musical motifs and lay down notes to create three distinct sections of music. The music therapist and artist converted the sections to Garageband where effects were added and he got to select percussive styles and drum tracks. This song was meant to highlight the creative ways musical collaboration can still take place even when we are not able to do so in person.
A very special thanks to our narrator from ART Center, and album cover artist from TAP II.
You can watch some fun videos created by Able Arts Work staff over at our YouTube Channel, Able Arts Work – Virtual Learning
Learn more about our organization by visiting AbleArtsWork.org
Thanks for listening!
Quarantunes: Episode 1
May 29, 2020 12:47 PM PDT
Welcome to episode 1 of “Quarantunes”! Where quarantine can’t stop our creativity!
For our first episode, we experience musical expression from Cultural Education Center for the Arts (CECA) and album artwork from Achieving Results Together (ART Center)
0:45 “Mountain Song” was composed in a songwriting and music technology class. Choices were made about what instruments would be used, and artists had their own instruments sampled via zoom, which included a shaker and a cup! The songs that are being written in this class have been thematically tied into a "Crafting Comics" class. In the story being written in that class, two young settlers have lost their deer and are looking for it in the mountains - this song is a musical interpretation of the beginning of their journey. You can find the lyrics below!
Happily, we go up
2:39 “Wrestling Intro Song” was put together recording different instruments from each artist's home, including a shaker, keyboard, guitar, and tambourine. The artists chose both the key and tempo while the instructor provided different instrument lines to be chosen from.
3:55 “Another Green Sunflower” was constructed to demonstrate the sampling ability of the Ableton program. In it, the Beach Boys song "All I Wanna Do" and the Brian Eno Song "Another Green World" are put together to make a laid-back hip-hop beat. You can find a YouTube video on our channel to see how Daniel created this!
6:10 “Horse Song” This is another song from the CECA songwriting collaboration with the crafting comic class! In the story, two main characters come across a horse that lives in a house. They want to spend the night with the horse, but the horse never turns their music down! All musical choices were made by students. There's even a shaker and hand clapping that was sampled over zoom! You can find the lyrics below!
I’m the best horse, I stay hydrated
7:48 “Corona Sounds” was made by sampling different household objects in place of traditional percussion. In the song, one can hear the sounds of squiring hand sanitizer, a can of disinfectant wipes, an empty roll of toilet paper, and some canned goods. These sounds work together to make up the backbone of the groove that the song is based around.
You can see how instructor Daniel created some of these tracks, and get inspired to create your own recordings using everyday items you can find in your home! For free content to keep you creative during this quarantine, please visit our YouTube Channel - Able ARTS Work: Virtual Learning https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCyEY9XQUaQ_dZGXPy2E41-g
Learn more about our organization by visiting Ableartswork.org
Thanks for listening!A Brief History of Able Arts Work!
March 23, 2020 12:49 PM PDT
Hello! You’re listening to ArtBeat Radio’s first episode about the staff members of Able Arts Work! In this episode, we listen to the story of our founder and CEO, Helen Dolas! We had the opportunity to interview Helen in order to learn more about her history and see what inspired her to create this amazing organization.
We hope you enjoy this small piece of our history and we look forward to representing more of our staff, giving our listeners an idea of what it looks like “behind the scenes”. Thank you for listening!Tuning In! ArtBEAT Radio Summer 2019
August 16, 2019 03:19 PM PDT
Hey hey hey, you’re listening to ArtBeat Radio. This is DJ Jess Getter, 2019 ArtBeat Radio Summer intern, comin’ at ya live with some fresh sounds from the many brilliant minds over here at Able Arts Work.
This Podcast is brought to you by Able ARTS Work’s ArtBeat Radio in collaboration with the Los Angeles County Arts Commission.ABR LIVE! at On a Roll!
August 01, 2019 08:54 AM PDT
On a Roll!, a fundraiser and party for our transportation department, was held at Hotel Maya in Long Beach. Between the casino games and amazing live music from Hedgehog Swing, there was lots of fun to be had! Our friends at EPI, Encouraging Personal Independence, worked really hard to create a fun video for our event (and to top it off, they made an original song, "Summer," to kick off our summer months for our listeners)! Take a glimpse into our night as ArtBeat Radio was there to record interview responses from some of our lovely guests.World Radio Day!
February 13, 2019 07:34 AM PST
HAPPY WORLD RADIO DAY!!!
December 20, 2018 03:11 PM PST
"Happy Holidays!" from all of us here at TAP II! We've been working hard the past couple of months to create a wintertime story in order to celebrate the holidays and the transitioning seasons. This storyline was a collaboration of creative thoughts from the TAP II community. Sound effects, verbalizations, and music were chosen and recorded by "Save Me a Seat!" with help from other artists within program. Please enjoy, and Happy Holidays!ABR LIVE!: ARTifact Forum & Gallery Presents "Hear Our Voices"
November 30, 2018 10:24 AM PST
ARTifact Gallery & Forum presented Hear Our Voices, an art exhibition created to discuss inclusion, intersectionality and identity of groups historically excluded from mainstream societies. ArtBeat Radio was on the scene at the opening reception to record the panel discussion featuring Claribel Valdovinos, an artist and educator located in Long Beach, and Ifunanya Nweke, founder of Jazz Hands for Autism (http://jazzhandsforautism.org). We even asked a few friends to share some of their thoughts with us as well. Enjoy this live installment!Happy Halloween! An ArtBeat Radio Halloween Special Spooky Story
October 30, 2018 11:29 AM PDT
BOO! Happy Halloween! This episode was a collaboration between the ArtBeat Radio crew and the TAP II community. To celebrate the spooky Fall season, everybody got together and created a story using their various artistic abilities. The creative process took place over a few weeks with instrumentation and narration by ArtBeat Radio, verbalizations by a verbalization class, and the overall storyline created with the community morning group. Enjoy our spooky story!ABR LIVE!: Artbeat for Humanity Gala VI "Soy Fuerte. My Story"
August 23, 2018 07:55 AM PDT
This year, Able ARTS Work hosts the sixth ArtBeat for Humanity Gala, and our theme “Soy Fuerte! My Story” highlighted the stories of our community of artists in Able ARTS Work. The Artbeat for Humanity Gala VI was held on Saturday, May 5th at the Hotel Maya in Long Beach. This event is a multi-sensory celebration that encapsulates Able ARTS Work’s commitment to inclusion, community support and orchestration. During the gala, Able ARTS Work will honor the former chair of the Yamaha Music and Wellness Institute C. Terry Lewis with the Ami & Remo Belli Humanitarian Award, which recognizes community leaders supporting wellness and inclusion.
ArtBeat Radio is a potpourri of short podcasts featuring the ideas, thoughts, and creativity of adults with disabilities. ABR is produced and distributed by the artists of Able ARTS Work in the greater Los Angeles area. Please visit WWW.ABLEARTSWORK.ORG to learn more!
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