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Why I prefer written assessments over class presentations

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– “Keep moving forward.” – Walt Disney

 

Here comes the sun

Here are some photos of the sun that I’ve taken over the past several weeks that I’ve been meaning to post up.

gap in the clouds

I was in the library at uni one day doing some research and downloading some updates (taking advantage of the faster-than-at-home wi-fi :P). I can’t remember if I stood up and looked out or if I looked up at the window that was sort of hiding behind the top of the desk I was working at. But I looked out and saw this amazing image of the sun’s rays emerging from a gap in the clouds. It had been really cloudy in the recent days/weeks (it was usually forecasted to rain), and to see just a bit of sunshine brought joy to whoever saw it. I know I sound really cheesy right now, but it’s the truth. Taken with my brand new iPhone 4S, September 17 2012, 5:33PM.

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I watched YouTube videos and wrote a blog as a break from typing up essays

Some days when I’m at the library I don’t even do anything related to uni. I just watch some YouTube videos. Also, last week we got a new internet plan at home so it’s faster and I can actually watch YouTube vids at home. Here are a few videos and songs that I’ve discovered in the past few months that I enjoyed.

“The Beat” by Ben Rector. It’s a catchy song with a head-boppin’ beat.

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Taken on Thursday, May 3 at 5:06 PM. My Thursdays are usually 9 AM to 4 or 5 PM at uni (with a 3 or 4 hour break, mind you), and after my last class I have to rush home and get ready for “work”, which begins at either 5 or 6 PM. I teach […]

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Uni days: Sound vs Music

I’ve spent a lot of the past couple of months answering quizzes, researching music concepts, listening to music I’d never consider listening to were it not for my course, and writing essays.

Fun. (Sarcasm not intended.)

One of my subjects for uni is called Sound Synthesis and the Sound Environment. As our lecturer explained it on the first day, synthesis is the thesis + the anti-thesis of, in this case, how sound behaves, and the synthesis of sound is about putting sounds together. Basically, this subject is about composing music via electronic means. No, we’re not creating techno music. Actually, this semester, our assessments were about recording “found” sounds — everyday sounds as you would hear them in the real world — and creating compositions using software available at university (ProTools, Mbox, Absynth, etc.) so that our compositions consist of “found” sounds and “abstract”/”effected” sounds — not at all like how it sounds in the real world. The result is not techno, electronic dance music, electro-pop or other similar genres of music, as I said before (though the methods of composing music may be similar), but instead you get music like:

Yes, all of the above are classified as “music”. If you don’t think that’s music, then you need to open your mind more. John Cage, famous worldwide for his “silent piece”, 4’33” (a pianist sits at a piano for four minutes and thirty-three seconds without playing a single key), and known for beginning the electronic music genre, once wrote:

I believe that the use of noise to make music will continue and increase until we reach a music produced through the aid of electrical instruments which will make available for musical purpose any and all sounds that can be heard.

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