The Junkman™offers two different types of residencies. The first is a music-based residency. Each class in the school will be assigned a material (such as wood or metal). The members of each class and parents then comb their houses and garages looking for objects made from their assigned material. These materials are then brought into the respective classrooms. The Junkman™ then works with each class to make instruments or sound-producing objects and then to make a music composition for their instruments. The materials, instruments and the music compositions of each class will be totally unique to that class.
The second type residency is a sculpture-based residency. The Junkman™ and students construct a sound sculpture made exclusively from recycled materials in which up to 20 students can simultaneously perform upon. The sculpture, known as a Junk Music™Playstation, is a permanent installation which most schools place on the playground. The Junkman™works in advance with a school contact to gather all the recycled materials prior to the beginning of the residency.
Both the music-based residency and the sculpture-based residency include and expand upon all the above-mentioned topics. As both types of residencies are construction oriented, here are the areas covered in each residency: practicality and functionality in design, measuring and marking, leveling, sanding & filing, using the basic tools: screw drivers, pliers, wrenches, hammer, vice grips, and electric saw & drill, mounting and suspension, nodal points, cutting, color design and painting. All are accomplished with the highest level of safety for each individuals’ body, eyes and ears.
Both types of residencies open with a short introduction concert for the entire school and the residency closes with a public performance in which the students demonstrate what they have learned.
Here is a short video of scenes from the closing concert of a music-based residency: