aikido ≠ band

Please check back often this month, as recordings of recent performances keep trickling in.

This one is not terribly serious.

Becca, an elementary school teacher, asked her 5th grade class to come up with “lyrics” for a writing assignment. Little did they know that she was going to ask the UCSC graduate students to sit down two nights and realize these songs. They sound amazing, thanks to a lot of hard work by fellow graduate student, and Becca boyfriend, Justin Endler in the post-production work.

Here’s the song I set, about aikido.

And here’s one of the real gems of the album, set by Becca Stuhlbarg

This is an amazing album, I might have to post more later.

The “snare drum” is a tom with paper-clips on it.


  1. […] Once I’m back up and running I hope to post some more 5th-grade music! […]

  2. […] or mp3s which I can share with you. So in the meantime here is one more piece from our project of 5th-grader music written by Joel Ford, rumor has it that a music-video is also in the works. More on that when it […]

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Art, to be fully appreciated, must be true to contemporaneous life. It is not that we should ignore the claims of posterity, but that we should seek to enjoy the present more. It is not that we should disregard the creations of the past, but that we should try to assimilate them into our consciousness.

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