Find Your Band | Bang on A Can | The Art Assignment

Find Your Band | Bang on A Can | The Art Assignment


  • theiceberghfloats says:

    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.

  • nadiact1000 says:

    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.

  • M Adam says:

    When he pointed at the dryer and yelled "SOLO!" I completely lost it XDD.  This was incredibly inspiring.

  • Kiley Wing says:

    I have marching band rehearsal tonight, does that count?

  • PogieJoe says:

    Wow! Pretty high profile choice! And a very excellent one at that!

  • Angela W says:

    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

  • jj Conti says:

    Absolute best of the entire series!

  • Matthew Sherman says:

    the after affects of drugs kids, don't do drugs! or maybe you need to be drunk or high to watch this.

  • Caroline13559 says:

    "It's clean." I love these two!

  • elenamarie16 says:

    I love these people.

  • ReadHeadPat says:

    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!!!

  • Daphne Ammerman says:

    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

  • Andrea Spencer says:

    If anyone's curious, the background music at the beginning is "Sweet Air" by David Lang.

  • Macspleen says:

    I love these people

  • Zoe Baissa says:

    I'm SO excited for this project ^-^

  • Indubitably Zara says:

    Best part of the episode: "And don't neglect the elephant." 

  • Juan Pablo Torres says:

    jajajjaa i love this one!

  • Melissa Laudenbach says:

    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!

  • Tyler May says:

    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.

  • Jazzy Moonstone says:

    Damn, you where in MA. I live about an hour and a half from North Adams.

  • persnikity12345 says:

    These people are freaking hilarious. They look like a lot of fun to hang out with.

  • AlleyBetwixt says:

    I think I've just discovered my new favorite people. Lol. So awesome and a great art assignment!

  • Emily N says:

    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.

  • Vanya Boon says:

    These two musicians seem like they are such wonderful people n_n I'll try to listen today.

  • Clara Scissorhands says:

    These people are AWESOME!

  • FliederimHaar says:

    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.

  • cogbert says:

    Such cool people and an awesome assignment! Looking forward to doing it. I hope I'll have time

  • Jason Schneijder says:

    These people can make anything sound professional!

  • pct says:

    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 😀 

  • Cinder Block Studios says:

    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

  • shanfox89 says:

    Favorite people in my favorite space. I can't get enough Julia Wolfe and Mark Stewart: beautiful beautiful beautiful people. 

  • Divi says:

    oh my goodness theyre completely insane…in a kinda nice way though, i think?

  • Simon Vin says:

    Sounds like something Hank would do!

  • Xenolilly says:

    Such fun people. 🙂

  • Benjamin Leyer says:

    I bet they through the BEST dinner parties.

  • Ellen Stålhammar says:

    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 :/

  • AndreaMGC says:

    I'm not entirely sure what I just watched but I know I liked it! 

  • Courtney Paz says:

    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! 

  • maxiewawa says:

    So when is this thing due?

  • Anna Ratcliff says:

    I always used to dance to the sound of our old printer. Similar to that washing machine, it did have a good rhythm 😉 

  • Mariana Beirão says:

    This is magical when you're high 😀

  • Maddie Jane says:

    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.

  • Sock Love says:

    The laundry room song may be the most beautiful thing ive seen

  • Sock Love says:

    The laundry room song may be the most beautiful thing ive seen

  • Shellewell says:

    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…

  • OrUptotheStars says:

    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.  

  • supermewis says:

    this people are hilarious! I love their art

  • Sasha Khan says:

    I can't even about how amazing this episode is. It's just… awesome. =D

  • WhatsHerFace17 says:

    This is like ASMR but made into a song

  • Maryanne M says:

    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.
    ( )

  • AudioVideoClips says:

    It is a good thing that they did demonstrations — I would be clueless otherwise.

  • FerretBug Rants says:

    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.

  • FerretBug Rants says:

    as a side note, has anyone ever seen stomp out loud? 

  • All the strings says:

    Just for the record, The Sonic Dandy Lions is a brilliant band name.

  • Timetraveling360 says:

    Those guys are awesome, they aren't afraid to randomly start singing and that's what I do all the time.

  • JJay says:

    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!

  • SomeoneCalledDana says:

    What extraordinary people! That's so cool what they do.

  • Meredith Everitt says:

    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. 

  • rionhunter says:

    Mark Stewart reminds me of the Bear from the Big Blue House

  • Beansbeens says:

    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.

  • Jake Aspey says:

    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!

  • saharasdreams says:

    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? 

  • Ambrose Reed says:

    The washer and dryer bit was so cool.

  • Meg Gilbert says:

    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. 

  • leshappydinosaur says:

    I did it!! =)
    And sound was created.

  • EmmaK says:

    This video is awesome and inspiring and I'm going to do this all the time now.

  • Hytrek says:

    Okay, that was incredibly cool. 

  • scabiniful says:

    i think my favorite was the nail file and the rain (:

  • idiotsloveboxes says:

    Banging on a trash can! Drumming on a streetlight…..
    Sing it with me…

  • Baboo says:

    Sonic Dandelion is an excellent band name.

  • Thinking Place says:

    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.)

  • Andrea Bean Gibson says:

    Holy sideburns, Batman!

  • Kristen Olsen says:

    I can't wait to see the responses to this on theartassignmentresponses tumblr.

  • Julie Burstein says:

    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!

  • elena says:

    i'm still waiting for a dancer

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  • kaysyconundrum says:

    They are crazy in the BEST WAY. I LOVE IT

  • Moon Safari Films says:

    I need to sample the printer on the register at work, it almost sounds like a Detroit techno groove.

  • Nora Doyle says:

    These people are seriously my new idols!

  • Mackenzie Miller says:

    new catchphrase "dont neglect the elephant"

  • youshouldnteatsoap says:

    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:

  • Christine Cha says:

    Nice opening with Mark Stewart and Julia Wolfe 🙂

  • Catherine Summers says:

    New band name: Sonic Dandelions.

  • nikhetavkar says:

    I absolutely loved these folks. But I'm sure this project is not going to be as effortless as it looks! 

  • Lauraelisabethart says:

    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 

  • Mackenzie says:

    I love these people!

  • Logan Finney says:

    "And don't neglect the elephant."  Can we get that on a shirt, please?

  • Lucas Dantas says:

    That is just too much awesomeness! Lots of love all the way from Brazil 🙂

  • Ianna Chia says:

    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.

  • Valentine Bo says:

    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!

  • Claire Hastings says:

    These people have such an awesome energy! I've never (on purpose) made music before, but now I really want to!

  • lailedcat says:

    I miss Pete so much. It's so comforting to see his influence around the place.

  • Rosie says:

    'it's a hootnanny waiting to happen' has been my motto for 2 years now

  • Bulldog Madhav says:

    I get serious frank zappa vibes from them

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