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New Found Sound


Creating a musical response to silent film

This lesson guide is provided to demonstrate example results from working with young musicians and archive film in a school setting.

The guide documents New Found Sound projects for Hippodrome Silent Film Festival (


New Found Sound is a unique schools initiative which features as an important part of the annual Hippodrome Silent Film Festival

The project is led by music mentors who collaborate with young musicians to devise a film score to a silent film from the National Library of Scotland Moving Image Archive. The young musicians come together to perform their score live on stage with the film at the festival screening event.

New Found Sound offers a unique learning opportunity for participants of school bands to get creative in their performance, arranging and music writing skills. Through engaging in archive film, they discover screen heritage and provide an interpretation to the visual medium through responding creatively through music. The aim of the process is to allow the participants to have a voice and be able to contribute their own musical ideas, building their confidence both musically as well as socially, and allows them time to creatively interact with each other. The participants draw on their collection of traditional and contemporary instrumental material and put melodies and sounds to different scenes within the film.

How Not To Bath A Baby (1955c) - Junior Falkirk Schools Traditional Band

Winter in Scotland (1960c) - Intermediate Falkirk Schools Traditional Band

The films ‘How Not To Bath A Baby’ 1955 and ‘Winter in Scotland’ 1960, accompanied with their new score, involved young composers working with Falkirk Schools Orchestra and the Junior and Intermediate Traditional Bands. Over the course of two months they analysed the visuals and created the sound track for each silent film.

The Falkirk Schools Trad Bands participants, aged 10 to 17, play a variety of instruments including fiddle, accordion, whistle, guitar, mandolin and bodhran. All the band members are pupils from local Falkirk schools including Comely Park PS, Kinnaird PS, Maddiston PS, Larbert High, Braes High, Denny HS, St Mungo’s HS and Falkirk High School.

The recordings were made by students (Danny Trotter, Maison Stephens and Krzysztov Domanski) from Forth Valley College (Stirling) supported (and mixed) by their tutor Ian Fairclough. The recording took place June 2018 with support from music tutors John Somerville, Laura-Beth Salter and Marc Duff.

Falkirk Trad Bands tutors are funded through the Youth Music Initiative and coordinated by Falkirk Community Trust.

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