Composing Project: Sing in an Interdisciplinary Voice

From January 23 - March 2, 2012, composer and interdisciplinary artist Paola Prestini hosted a creative workshop on Musical Exchange exploring musical composition through visual tools, multimedia approaches, and the use of different vocal styles.  Participants were invited to study works by Ms. Prestini and to share their own work in progress.  Here is a recap of the project.

Meet the Artist

Paola Prestini, composer and interdisciplinary artist


The Challenge

There are two starting points:

  1. Use an image or melody as a jumping off point for a composition. Create a blog entry about the image or sound clip and describe your reinterpretation.
  2. Identify a theme you would like to use for your composition and place your idea on a musical tree and timeline. You can draw on themes suggested by Paola, or select your own theme. Place musical ideas, themes, words, motifs, and any other visual aspects onto the timeline. Use these visual representations in the process of composing your music.


In this project, you will learn how to:

  • incorporate visual tools in songwriting
  • use multimedia approaches to form and content
  • integrate different vocal styles in song


The Opportunity

Get your music featured on the Musical Exchange album!

Put the spotlight on your music! Respond to the challenge and upload your music for a chance to be featured on the album The Musical Exchange Songbook. More info


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Digital music workshops produced by Carnegie Hall in partnership with Building Beats are supported by the Hive Digital Media Learning Fund in the New York Community Trust.


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