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Welcome to Voiceweaving!  

Developed by Robin Chilstrom,Voiceweaving is a playful vocal improvisation form. Explore the site to learn about Voiceweaving and enjoy the posts on sound work.   

Song of Hope – EarthSongs

We had great fun during Spring EarthSongs Workshops at Cerimon House. And we gathered some lovely chant-songs – origins for more expansive songs-to-come.
Below I’ve shared one of these co-created chants. The lyrics and music for this song’s melodic chorus were improvised by Ginger during the workshop. Participants then learned and sang the chorus together and took turns improvising on top of the “rhythmic sections,” adding melody, spoken word, or words with melody.

I’ve adapted the song (below) so that you can hear it with harmonies, practice improvising, and (of course) borrow it, if you like. A simple version of the scored song is also attached below.  You’ll notice that the score is in 5/4 time.  The recorded song, however, alternates between 5/4 and 4/4 time.

In the introduction, I use the term “patterns” to describe rhythmic-melodic phrases that repeat (ostinati to you musicians). Interweaving of patterns (ostinati) is a basic improvisational technique, especially useful when opening up to group jams – exampled briefly at the end of the song.

When singers find and hold their patterns within these spontaneous harmonies, they also lend support for other folks who are improvising freely. This becomes reciprocal as singers naturally transition in and out of stable patterns and free-form improvisation.   As a result, patterns often shift with the changing flow-of-energy, creating new harmony stacks, as singers keep exploring and reconnecting.

These songs are meant to be used by our communities as centering tools, for celebratory events, sharing circles…whatever feels appropriate. You are free to adapt, extend, simplify the rhythm sections to fit the needs of your group.  I’d love to hear how you’ve used this song. Contact me HERE.

There’s so much there in the ChitChat…

It’s all there, inside you, just waiting to bubble up. You are an explorer, discovering the ongoing surprise of being and knowing and engaging with life through the miraculous body you live in. And you can do it in ways that help you center in a fluid state of curiosity and connectivity.

That connection keeps us attuned to one another and in our natural state of acceptance and empathy. You don’t have to try to be accepting and empathetic, you already are. I know, it feels like it ebbs and flows, doesn’t it? Especially now when divisiveness and moments of fierce inequality ripple through our culture.

Well, here’s a way to move into that open, fluid state – almost effortlessly.  The trick is…to be yourself. To be where you are and sound out from that place. You might be bummed out, or low energy or worried about something. So, that’s where you are – be there. Be there fully and genuinely and let it flow through you as sound.

The other trick is, that you’ll be doing this with a buddy.  Might be one of your kids, a lover, a housemate, work partner, whoever is willing in that moment. And as present as you are for yourself, you are also fully listening to your partner, letting them impact you.

This is a favorite sound game of mine – I hope you like it too, and practice it with different folks when the time is right.

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Listen In…

EarthWe are a transforming harmony – all of us together on planet Earth. The sun rises daily and, wherever we are, we enter into the day-song. Wind rolling through meadow grass, buffeting glass-façade canyons, over frozen streams, pulsing freeways, neighborhood gardens, carrying the energy of change. Our actions, great and small, are added in to the great song. Continue reading

TRANSLATIONS – a sound practice

This game is for the Voiceweaving meet-up group and for you too, if you like to play vocally.

Here’s a little exercise you can practice as it strikes your fancy. It’s called TRANSLATIONS. It’s a very simple practice, and one that’s quite engaging. It’s all about listening, tuning in and getting comfortable sounding out what you sense. While doing that, you’re also adding to your personal sound vocabularies. Continue reading