Home » Articles » Blog » Find Your Band | Bang on A Can | The Art Assignment Find Your Band | Bang on A Can | The Art Assignment January 13, 2020 Tom Schamberger 95 Articles, Blog Tags: art, Bang on a Can, Bang On A Can All-Stars (Musical Group), conceptual art, contemporary art, experimental music, Find Your Band, John Cage (Composer), John Green, Julia Wolfe (Composer), Mark Stewart, Mark Stewart (Musical Artist), MASS MoCA, Massachusetts Museum Of Contemporary Art (Venue), PBSDS, performance art, Pete Seeger (Musical Artist), Public Broadcasting Service (TV Network), Sarah Green, The Art Assignment, theartassignment Previous: HCSD Fine Arts Fun Facts with Tari McKee Next: How to make flower with crepe paper. DIY Crepe paper flowers Rose making. David Austin paper Roses. Related posts 【ART TUTORIAL】How to draw faster Hi there! I have a superpower! Yep! And that’s the ability to do things fast. People often notice how fast I can do certain things… Landscape during Sunset | Basic Acrylic Painting Tutorial | Fine art Lesson for Beginners you you hi hello guys this is Bernie from fine art painting techniques channel today I’m gonna teach you how to paint sunset in the… About The Author Tom Schamberger 95 Comments theiceberghfloats says: September 11, 2014 at 9:28 pm I love this! Thank you for including musicians in The Art Assignment! As a musician who is familiar with "unpopular music" and has studied it, it was so exciting to see Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe bring awareness to music that exists and is just as important as what's playing on the radio. Reply nadiact1000 says: September 11, 2014 at 9:41 pm Yes, yes, yes, music assignment! I am so excited for this! And for them spreading the idea that anyone can make music.Also, thank you Sarah for the advice on going to the Art Institute of Chicago. I had a wonderful time! I especially loved the miniature rooms. So much incredible detail. In one of the rooms, there was a tiny desk with a miniscule key that actually turned and locked. Also, if other people are looking to go to the museum, I found the institute's app to be very helpful. Reply M Adam says: September 11, 2014 at 9:55 pm When he pointed at the dryer and yelled "SOLO!" I completely lost it XDD. This was incredibly inspiring. Reply Kiley Wing says: September 11, 2014 at 10:30 pm I have marching band rehearsal tonight, does that count? Reply PogieJoe says: September 11, 2014 at 11:08 pm Wow! Pretty high profile choice! And a very excellent one at that! Reply Angela W says: September 12, 2014 at 12:06 am They're CRAZY! But they seem like such nice people! I was smiling so broadly through the whole thing, a little from uncertainty and a little from wonder… XD Reply jj Conti says: September 12, 2014 at 12:21 am Absolute best of the entire series! Reply Matthew Sherman says: September 12, 2014 at 1:23 am the after affects of drugs kids, don't do drugs! or maybe you need to be drunk or high to watch this. Reply Caroline13559 says: September 12, 2014 at 1:25 am "It's clean." I love these two! Reply elenamarie16 says: September 12, 2014 at 1:50 am I love these people. Reply ReadHeadPat says: September 12, 2014 at 1:55 am oh man i do this all the time! I start singing to the rhythm of the sound of my car's turn signal. Or I listen to the noises in the bathroom and make a montage in my head. Sometimes I hit different parts of my water bottle to get a different sound. Sometimes I hum onto different parts of a table to hear what it sounds like on different sides of it. Definitely have to try this one out!!! Reply Daphne Ammerman says: September 12, 2014 at 2:10 am This is without a doubt my favorite Art Assignment so far. Oh my gosh. Dibs on the band name Sonic Dandelions, that's freaking brilliant. XD Reply Andrea Spencer says: September 12, 2014 at 2:12 am If anyone's curious, the background music at the beginning is "Sweet Air" by David Lang. Reply Macspleen says: September 12, 2014 at 2:26 am I love these people Reply Zoe Baissa says: September 12, 2014 at 2:31 am I'm SO excited for this project ^-^ Reply Indubitably Zara says: September 12, 2014 at 2:33 am Best part of the episode: "And don't neglect the elephant." Reply Juan Pablo Torres says: September 12, 2014 at 3:02 am jajajjaa i love this one! Reply Melissa Laudenbach says: September 12, 2014 at 3:32 am That was so fun to watch! It's really inspiring to see people get to do what they love, so unapologetically and passionately, and to have such a great time doing it! Reply Tyler May says: September 12, 2014 at 3:43 am This is fantastic! I think I might get a group of guys in my dorm to harmonize in the laundry room with the machines. I would love to see more videos with those two haha. Reply Jazzy Moonstone says: September 12, 2014 at 4:05 am Damn, you where in MA. I live about an hour and a half from North Adams. Reply persnikity12345 says: September 12, 2014 at 4:08 am These people are freaking hilarious. They look like a lot of fun to hang out with. Reply AlleyBetwixt says: September 12, 2014 at 4:19 am I think I've just discovered my new favorite people. Lol. So awesome and a great art assignment! Reply Emily N says: September 12, 2014 at 5:45 am This has got to be the most inspiring and interesting art assignments yet. Not just a push to experiment with music and art, but also a push to embrace yourself fully. Reply Vanya Boon says: September 12, 2014 at 7:28 am These two musicians seem like they are such wonderful people n_n I'll try to listen today. Reply Clara Scissorhands says: September 12, 2014 at 7:48 am These people are AWESOME! Reply FliederimHaar says: September 12, 2014 at 9:40 am a wonderful video – and so much I learned. I'm so happy that this show allows me a little inside to how the world is seen (and heard) by other people.And I loved the music session with the dryer and the washing machine – it actually felt like being a part of something very … intimate. And even though I haven't done any assignement yet I love the show and will participate at some point. Thanks to everyone who joins in and helps me to see glipses of their world. Reply cogbert says: September 12, 2014 at 9:42 am Such cool people and an awesome assignment! Looking forward to doing it. I hope I'll have time Reply Jason Schneijder says: September 12, 2014 at 9:56 am These people can make anything sound professional! Reply pct says: September 12, 2014 at 10:49 am this is probably my favorite art assignment so far! i think i'll use my cello or my guitar to produce weird sounds combined with the sounds my appartment makes (there are a few – dishwasher, fan, my cat, my doors and windiws, cars outside etc). also, i LOVED the "solo" at 10:32 😀 Reply Cinder Block Studios says: September 12, 2014 at 12:07 pm I did a similar project earlier this year based on the percussive sounds I was hearing in the studio. It certainly qualifies as "experimental" Sounds of the Studio 2 Reply shanfox89 says: September 12, 2014 at 12:08 pm Favorite people in my favorite space. I can't get enough Julia Wolfe and Mark Stewart: beautiful beautiful beautiful people. Reply Divi says: September 12, 2014 at 12:14 pm oh my goodness theyre completely insane…in a kinda nice way though, i think? Reply Simon Vin says: September 12, 2014 at 12:27 pm Sounds like something Hank would do! Reply Xenolilly says: September 12, 2014 at 12:58 pm Such fun people. 🙂 Reply Benjamin Leyer says: September 12, 2014 at 12:59 pm I bet they through the BEST dinner parties. Reply Ellen Stålhammar says: September 12, 2014 at 1:16 pm I really want to do this one and I even have a few ideas on sounds and places, but I don´t know if I´ll be able to acctually do it cause huge parts of my days I don´t have time to stop and use the sounds I find…. I also have nothing but my phone to record on and I´m not sure that would work out :/ Reply AndreaMGC says: September 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm I'm not entirely sure what I just watched but I know I liked it! Reply Courtney Paz says: September 12, 2014 at 1:42 pm This is absolutely fantastic! I can only imagine how much more of that interview you might have that didn't get to be shown. This is just… amazing! Reply maxiewawa says: September 12, 2014 at 2:14 pm So when is this thing due? Reply Anna Ratcliff says: September 12, 2014 at 3:26 pm I always used to dance to the sound of our old printer. Similar to that washing machine, it did have a good rhythm 😉 Reply Mariana Beirão says: September 12, 2014 at 3:51 pm This is magical when you're high 😀 Reply ruolbu says: September 12, 2014 at 4:00 pm SOLO! Reply Maddie Jane says: September 12, 2014 at 5:13 pm My brother and I are now pounding on every pan and flicking every light switch while singing..thank you Mark and Julia. It reminds me of the trashing the camp in Tarzan. Reply Sock Love says: September 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm The laundry room song may be the most beautiful thing ive seen Reply Sock Love says: September 12, 2014 at 5:39 pm The laundry room song may be the most beautiful thing ive seen Reply Shellewell says: September 12, 2014 at 6:17 pm Thank you so much for addressing contemporary music! I'm a composer and have been kind of raised among electroacoustic/acousmatic composers who build their pieces on recorded sounds that are processed and played around with. It may take me a while, but I could attempt my first acousmatic composition for this asignment… Reply OrUptotheStars says: September 12, 2014 at 7:00 pm My friends and I used to do this at camp. We'd just sit around the tent making random noises and rhythms for a while. So much fun. Reply supermewis says: September 12, 2014 at 7:36 pm this people are hilarious! I love their art Reply Sasha Khan says: September 12, 2014 at 8:31 pm I can't even about how amazing this episode is. It's just… awesome. =D Reply WhatsHerFace17 says: September 12, 2014 at 8:46 pm This is like ASMR but made into a song Reply Maryanne M says: September 12, 2014 at 10:45 pm The only way I can deal with noises like the humming of a switch box is by treating it like a drone and humming/singing along with it, otherwise the noise drives me crazy. I can't stand constant noises like that. This reminds me of when Imogen Heap sang along to the humming in her boiler room.( https://audioboo.fm/boos/1919144-hanging-washing-humming-along-to-the-boiler ) Reply AudioVideoClips says: September 12, 2014 at 11:34 pm It is a good thing that they did demonstrations — I would be clueless otherwise. Reply FerretBug Rants says: September 12, 2014 at 11:46 pm ah this reminds me of a soundscape installation i made in school. i recorded sounds from places around me, put together the soundscapes and then put them in places where those sounds shouldn't necessarily be heard. (sounds of birds in the woods in a bathroom, overcrowded high school hallway in an elevator) was fun and i miss my sound recorder.i love what can happen when a sense is ignored or focused on, such as this case, focusing on sounds only. Reply FerretBug Rants says: September 12, 2014 at 11:49 pm as a side note, has anyone ever seen stomp out loud? Reply All the strings says: September 12, 2014 at 11:57 pm Just for the record, The Sonic Dandy Lions is a brilliant band name. Reply Timetraveling360 says: September 13, 2014 at 12:17 am Those guys are awesome, they aren't afraid to randomly start singing and that's what I do all the time. Reply JJay says: September 13, 2014 at 2:48 am This was by far the best Art Assignment yet, in my opinion. I'm sure this is because I love music like some people love their Gods. This, to put it plainly, blew my mind. Incredibly inspiring! Reply SomeoneCalledDana says: September 13, 2014 at 3:51 am What extraordinary people! That's so cool what they do. Reply Meredith Everitt says: September 13, 2014 at 5:48 am THESE PEOPLE ARE MY TRIBE! The other day I realized my A/C window unit was playing a pretty solid Bb.I started harmonizing with it and clapping. I can't believe there are other people that do this kind of thing…PROFESSIONALLY! 😀 My favorite part was when he gave the dryer the solo. That was hilarious. Reply rionhunter says: September 13, 2014 at 12:38 pm Mark Stewart reminds me of the Bear from the Big Blue House Reply Beansbeens says: September 13, 2014 at 4:46 pm I love the nail file sound, it reminds me of those sproingy stopper things that go on doors…those are fun, my cats love those too. Reply Jake Aspey says: September 13, 2014 at 5:07 pm I actually made this ages ago but Ive decided to submit it to this episode of The Art Assignment. These are my kind of people! http://youtu.be/8pMcgWQT_Gw Reply saharasdreams says: September 13, 2014 at 11:16 pm Would it still be considered the assignment if I were to basically make a "cover" of a song using only the objects that I am surrounded by? Reply Ambrose Reed says: September 14, 2014 at 1:54 am The washer and dryer bit was so cool. Reply Meg Gilbert says: September 14, 2014 at 3:58 am Wonderful! I really love this one. We live in a very loud and echoey neighborhood and this is a great perspective changer for me to stop rueing every sound I hear from outside. I like how this and the Quietest Place both emphasize opening our awareness by listening to all the things that normally get drowned out or filtered out or written off. How inspiring. Reply leshappydinosaur says: September 14, 2014 at 4:03 am I did it!! =)http://youtu.be/PrV7YSLP1bIAnd sound was created. Reply EmmaK says: September 14, 2014 at 2:53 pm This video is awesome and inspiring and I'm going to do this all the time now. Reply Hytrek says: September 14, 2014 at 7:23 pm Okay, that was incredibly cool. Reply scabiniful says: September 15, 2014 at 1:35 am i think my favorite was the nail file and the rain (: Reply idiotsloveboxes says: September 15, 2014 at 10:15 pm Banging on a trash can! Drumming on a streetlight…..Sing it with me… Reply Baboo says: September 16, 2014 at 1:47 am Sonic Dandelion is an excellent band name. Reply Thinking Place says: September 16, 2014 at 1:57 am Hey guys, I was just wondering: do you have to put the hash tag in the description of the video of as the title of the video or what..? Sorry, I'm just not really used to doing this. ( I mean the #theartassingment thing.) Reply Andrea Bean Gibson says: September 16, 2014 at 10:58 pm Holy sideburns, Batman! Reply Kristen Olsen says: September 17, 2014 at 3:07 am I can't wait to see the responses to this on theartassignmentresponses tumblr. Reply Julie Burstein says: September 19, 2014 at 5:25 pm my favorite moment comes at about 9:00 in, when Julia Wolfe sings a duet with a washing machine. Mark Stewart and the rain is beautiful too. A lot of fun! Reply elena says: September 20, 2014 at 6:37 pm i'm still waiting for a dancer Reply mynameisdavid23 says: September 21, 2014 at 7:35 pm Solo! Reply kaysyconundrum says: September 25, 2014 at 4:37 pm They are crazy in the BEST WAY. I LOVE IT Reply Moon Safari Films says: September 26, 2014 at 6:07 am I need to sample the printer on the register at work, it almost sounds like a Detroit techno groove. Reply Nora Doyle says: September 27, 2014 at 12:42 am These people are seriously my new idols! Reply Mackenzie Miller says: September 27, 2014 at 7:11 pm new catchphrase "dont neglect the elephant" Reply youshouldnteatsoap says: October 3, 2014 at 4:46 am on the topic of music as art how to people feel about Susan Philipsz winning the Turner Prize (an award for visual art) for her sound art/installation in 2010. I was doing a project on issues in art for my art class and I decided to do this. It's really interesting and worth a look (just a quick google search away). I think most people were in support over her win, but there were a lot of people claiming that music is art, or that it isn't visual art. Some people argued it shouldn't have won because it was moved from it's original site (under some bridges over the River Clyde in Glasgow) into a gallery space and apparently that 'ruined the work'.But yeah, just wondering what people think about it. this video explains it a bit: http://www.dailymotion.com/video/xg3jhf_sound-artist-wins-britain-s-turner-prize_news Reply Christine Cha says: October 4, 2014 at 10:39 am Nice opening with Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe 🙂 Reply Catherine Summers says: October 10, 2014 at 11:00 am New band name: Sonic Dandelions. Reply nikhetavkar says: October 30, 2014 at 6:54 am I absolutely loved these folks. But I'm sure this project is not going to be as effortless as it looks! Reply Lauraelisabethart says: November 1, 2014 at 8:25 pm Hey! The Collective from the Philbrook Museum participated in The Art Assignment the other week. We had so much fun! Here is the link to our Find Your Band assignment…The Art Assignment: Find Your Band – Bang On A Can Reply Mackenzie says: November 2, 2014 at 4:19 pm I love these people! Reply Logan Finney says: November 15, 2014 at 1:22 am "And don't neglect the elephant." Can we get that on a shirt, please? Reply Lucas Dantas says: January 1, 2015 at 12:20 am That is just too much awesomeness! Lots of love all the way from Brazil 🙂 Reply Ianna Chia says: January 14, 2015 at 12:22 pm I tend to harmonise with unpleasant sounds to make myself less uncomfortable, like when a microphone feedback is too loud, I try to make it sound like someone hitting a high note and I'm just supporting it. it makes life a lot easier. it's very therapeutic. Reply Valentine Bo says: June 16, 2015 at 5:45 pm One of my teacher in the obligatory school had what he called a "garden of sounds". It was basically in his big farm and he had made really really big sculptures and installations to allow the kids (us) to play with anything that could make a noise or a sound. In those days (i was maybe 10) I looked at him with great incomprehension but now I am grateful for his idea. Thanks TAA! Reply Claire Hastings says: August 9, 2015 at 8:11 am These people have such an awesome energy! I've never (on purpose) made music before, but now I really want to! Reply lailedcat says: September 26, 2015 at 4:39 pm I miss Pete so much. It's so comforting to see his influence around the place. Reply Rosie says: July 13, 2017 at 1:05 am 'it's a hootnanny waiting to happen' has been my motto for 2 years now Reply Bulldog Madhav says: October 4, 2018 at 12:32 am I get serious frank zappa vibes from them Reply Leave a Reply Cancel reply Your email address will not be published. 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