Ratchets because of the simple design and noisy sounds were related not only with fun but also with folk Easter rites. Until recently, in the Polish countryside in Easter time, people departed from Lent for a moment and played loud, made a noise and joked.


Ratchets and knockers are associated with somewhat forgotten tradition – mid-Lent. Until recently, the Polish countryside at that time departed from the ascetic way of life for a moment in order to bring spring by making a noise.

Joyful groups of kids were running around from house to house holding loud knockers, ratchets, rattles and announcing their neighbours that is already "mid-Lent, mid-Lent!!!". It was the custom, accompanied by singing and playing together for which children could get small gifts - sweets or money. It was not only the announcement of the upcoming Easter but also much-anticipated spring. The rhythmic sound of ratchets and knockers was meant to awake people from winter lethargy.

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.