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THE MAYFLY VOICES

 

Hi everyone and welcome to our digital choir.

This winter we want as many people as possible to get involved with our Mayfly Voices choir. 

​On this page you'll find all the resources you need to learn a brand new original piece of music by Andy Pink with lyrics by Rose Kane, you can record yourself and send this back to us where your voice will be woven with others to create a beautiful soundtrack inspired by the watery world of the Mayfly.

This project is for everyone and every voice. It’s not about excellence but about enjoyment and coming together to sing and learn something new. A celebration of community and creativity.

We can’t wait to hear your responses.


On this page you’ll find.

 

THE SONG

You will be learning a song which forms the finale of our production Mayfly.

In the video below you can hear the piece which has inspired this project.

We're so excited to be adding the wonderful lyrics by Rose Kane to this original piece of music by Andy Pink.


As you can see your many voices will be woven together to form a round and we think it's going to be really fabulous!

 
 

WE ARE WATER

Poem/Lyrics by Rose Kane, edited by Kapow and Andy Pink

When my hand floats, o-ver your eye

Do you see, half of the sun?

Half of the sky?


You’re as whole as, the light as I

Bend a-round, you to find you

To flo-w through


Bodies tur-ning, ov-er un-der

As bright and, as Fierce As light-ning

And as thun-der


We are Water, ripples and waves

And my bo-dy knows, how your-s

Will behave


We are Water, vast as an ocean

Taking up space, with po-wer and

W-ith mo-tion


The movement, will find us and

We’ll carve, a valley of pathways

Behind us

 

YOU WILL NEED

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  1. A device (laptop or phone) and a pair of headphones attached. 

  2. A separate phone to record your voice.

  3. A quiet space in your home to record you and your family and friends.


Once you’ve got all your equipment you’re ready to start learning.


From here head to Beth’s video tutorials on how to learn the song, or jump right ahead to resources to learn the song from the music, lyrics & recordings.

 
 

Video 1 - Intro

Welcome to the Mayfly Voices Project!

Here Beth welcomes you and shares where your voice will end up if you join our wonderful choir. 

 

Video 2 - Warm Up Your Voice

Here you can follow along with a simple warm up for your voice before you sing, by all means add to this by making noises of your own choice!

 

Video 3 - Mini explainer Alto or Soprano

This project is for singing pros and people who have never sung before and everyone in between!


If you're new to the language of singing watch this little explainer video with Beth

Since we recorded this we've also added a third option for even lower voices, so if you find the alto line too high, switch to the Tenor line. 

 

Video 4 - Learn with Beth

Beth has broken down the first verse so you can sing with her to get you started.

Lyrics:

When your hand floats, over my eye

Do you see, half of the sun?

Half of the sky?

 

Video 5 - Learning the rest of the song

So now you've learnt the first verse you can work through the rest of the track at your own pace.

Here Beth shows you how to use the resource section to keep learning and practising the song.

 

Video 6 - Recording Your Voice

Beth talks you through the process of recording what you've learnt.


Most important is to find a quiet place to record so we don't get any noise from your environment on the recording. 

 

Video 7 - Submitting your voice

Ok you're all done - you've got your recording and now all that's left to do is send it to us and await the magic. 

Here Beth shares where to find the details for submitting your entry.

 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 
 

INSTRUCTIONS FOR RECORDING

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Ok, so you’re in your quiet room ready to sing and record.

Either follow the instructions below or watch our video tutorial by clicking here


Getting ready to sing:

  • Plug your laptop in or make sure the battery is charged.

  • Open the Mayfly Voices page.

  • Head to the resources section.

  • Plug in your headphones to the laptop.

  • You can choose which song track you prefer (sing along to the piano or the singers).

  • Press on your preferred one and make sure you can hear it in the headphones.

  • Scroll to the lyrics so you’ve got these in front of you too.

  • You might need to practice singing along with the song tracks (piano or singers) a few times. This is to help us make sure everyone is in time with each other.

  • You might also need to practice pressing play on the song track and scrolling to where you can see the lyrics.


Ready to record:

  • Place your phone against the screen of the laptop.

  • The phone needs to be horizontal if you opt for video.

  • You can either record on your selfie cam (this will capture video and audio). We’d love to see you all singing :D

  • If you’d prefer you can use a voice recorder app. Most phones have one pre-installed which will work great. If needed you can download one here (download for android, download for Iphone) to record just your voice/s.

  • Do a test run. Record a short section and play it back to see it’s working properly.

  • You’re ready to rock!

  • Headphones on (Plugged into device 1).

  • Open the lyrics pdf so you've got those ready.

  • Press record on your phone (Device 2)

  • Press play on your chosen song track (Device 1).

  • Then swap tabs so you can see the lyrics.

  • And sing! You can have more than one go if you want to. 

  • Save your recording with your name and Mayfly (e.g. Beth P Mayfly).

 

HOW TO SUBMIT YOUR VOICE

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Fantastic you’re all done now you’re ready to send us your voice and become a part of our Mayfly voices.


You have two options:


  1. Whatsapp your video/audio to 07877522548

  2. Email your video/audio file to beth@kapowdance.co.uk


Any technical difficulties you can also ask us questions at this phone and email.


Thank you so much for your time and your wonderful contribution.


Feel free to share this with friends. The more the merrier!

 

Credit Image 1, 2, 4 & 7:  BOAST www.helenboast.com      Credit Image 3, 5 & 6: Jesse Olu www.jesseolu.com

All taken at Greenwich and Docklands International Festival 2021 

 
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