Works With Sounds

Works With Sounds

Works With Sounds is a weekly program offered in the Melrose Center that combines music making with computer science. Students will create multimedia works of art using coding skills to sculpt audio and visuals.

Topics covered:

Fundamentals of music theory

Basic audio editing

Coding skills

The combination of visuals and music

Schedule: classes take place on Sundays from 2:00-4:00pm

Location: Melrose Center (2nd floor of the Orlando Public Library 101 E Central Blvd, Orlando, FL 32801)


Composer Jeremy Adams leads the class through examples and composition exercises exploring how sound and silence, organization and disorganization are used to create music.


This free class is open to all ages and skill levels. Come learn about music by composing your own in a supportive creative environment. Students should bring a pencil and paper or electronic device for taking notes and writing and drawing.


Works With Sounds is made possible by an Arts Learning Mini-Grant from United Arts of Central Florida.


Please fill out this FORM so that we may better understand your educational background with both computers and music. We look forward to seeing you at a future event!

Soundwalk – Mead Botanical Garden

Location: Mead Botanical Garden (meet at Garden Club entrance)

Registration required. This is a non-alcoholic event.

Join ACA as we explore the sounds and rhythms of our urban and natural world. Each walk is beneficial for people of all ages to de-stress, focus, and develop a deeper understanding of how we fit into the ecosystem of our environment.

Free, and open to the public. Limited to 20 participants. Register to secure your spot.

What is a soundwalk?

“A soundwalk is any excursion whose main purpose is listening to the environment. It is exposing our ears to every sound around us no matter where we are. We may be at home, we may be walking across a downtown street, through a park, along the beach; we may be sitting in a doctor’s office, in a hotel lobby, in a bank; we may be shopping in a supermarket, a department store, or a Chinese grocery store; we may be standing at the airport, the train station, the bus-stop. Wherever we go we will give our ears priority. They have been neglected by us for a long time and, as a result, we have done little to develop an acoustic environment of good quality.” – Hildegard Westerkamp (published in Sound Heritage, 1974)

How can a soundwalk improve health?

Focused, silent walks can be a key to reducing stress levels, anxiety, distractions, and can improve breath control. Our sense of hearing is heightened, and awareness of our connection to nature is enhanced. Concentrating on the sound environment links us to the risk of noise pollution and solutions to create an ecologically balanced soundscape. Taking the time to listen to our surroundings gives us a deeper understanding of how our everyday actions affect both nature and our well-being.

How much walking will there be?

Each soundwalk is designed to move through different sound environments. We will be walking at a slow pace to allow for time to fully hear each location. Over the duration of one hour, a distance of approximately ½ mile will be traveled.

Rain or shine?

Yes. These walks are outdoors. Please check the weather before departing for the soundwalk, and prepare accordingly. Weather conditions affect the way sound travels. It is a wonderful experience to hear how the sound waves of a bird call in humid air travels differently than in dry air.

Are the soundwalks open to all ages?

Anyone can participate in a soundwalk. On our walks, we do ask that talking and distraction (cellphone use) be kept to a minimum to allow for the enjoyment of the environmental sounds. Therefore, small children may not be engaged enough in this activity to avoid becoming restless.

About the Artist

The presenter of each Soundwalk is local musician, Lady Eve. She is a classical oboist and ambient music producer who has contributed to the sophisticated modern movement blending orchestral and electronic sound. She has performed at the Mutek Mexico Festival, 800 East Atlanta Art Collective, been a curator at Vancouver’s alternative performance festival: Signal & Noise, and produced her Pan Ambient event series with Seattle’s Decibel Festival. Last year, her exhibition called Watercolors in Sound (produced for Atlantic Center for the Arts) featured a sound and video installation of field recordings from the NSB Soundwalk series. As an active Zazen practitioner, Lady Eve incorporates mindfulness and awareness throughout her artistic endeavors.

Works With Sounds student composition recital

The Timucua Arts Foundation offers a free composition class available to all who want to learn at the Melrose Center of the Central Orange County Library in Downtown Orlando.

Students from Timucua’s music composition program, Works with Sounds, will have their pieces performed by professional musicians at this afternoon concert. Free and open to the public.

Hear the world premieres of these new works by our students.