the large ratchet

The instrument, as smaller ratchets and knockers, is made ​​of wood. Used during carolling, in Lent and Easter.
The large ratchet, small ratchets and knockers were used for making noise by a group of carol singers who wanted to attract attention. These instruments were and are sometimes also used in churches up to now.

the large ratchet

On Good Friday, when bells stopped ringing, altar boys just using these wooden items proclaiming successive stages of church services. Big ratchets and knockers, which make much noise are used in many parishes during Easter procession, among other noisy objects and actions to emphasize the joy associated with the Resurrection.

the large ratchet-legend
projekt - warsztaty


Is it possible to create MUSEUM OF SOUND?

In our project, the old folk instruments with unusual names such as: gadulka, sarangi, Bilgoray Suka, Plock fiddle and others will come to life in the hands of professional musicians. Fusing the sounds will help to create SOUND BANK. Thanks to modern, motion-sensitive controllers will be possible to create original arrangements.

Under the project we will conduct workshops where participants will compose and play a variety of tunes - we will create  together THE ORCHESTRA OF INVISIBLE INSTRUMENTS. The lasting effect of the project will be also a website that will enable to compose and play music by using PC keyboard.

During the workshop participants will get acquainted with folk instruments and know the rules of composing contemporary music. They will learn what is silence in music, the importance of the roles in the Orchestra and what does a Conductor actually do. They will find answers to the questions: whether noise can be melodic? whether silence only serves as a break during broadcast of music?
We will look for connections between the old, folk instruments and the advantages of the latest technology - each workshop participant will be able to perform a piece of music by using motion sensitive controller.

The workshop will be held at the Janusz Korczak Children's Museum in the National Ethnographic Museum in Warsaw. The workshops conducted during week will be for organized groups and the workshops for individuals - on weekends.

The workshops are free.