Saturday, 9 February 2013

Here beginneth the final semester!

Hello lovely people!

So the semester has started up again, and we're in full swing! We've had our work for the rest of University assigned, and now I just have to get it all done to the very best of my ability. (What is the best of my ability? How do I find out?! AAH!)

I got my CMC grade back for last semester - that's the one that included "The Upper Hand", "The Dialling Tone", "Raindrops", and also "Minuscule - Grasshopper Catapult". I got a 67 for those collectively...3 marks off a first, grrr! However, I've worked out (using a spreadsheet...oooh get meeee!) that if the only mark that I'm waiting for from last semester comes back as 65 or above, then I'll have got 70 for the first semester. Then, (as year 2 counted for 30%) I need to get at least 74 this semester to get a first. I so, so want to prove to myself that I can do it, so I'm going full steam ahead on the train of academia!!!!! (does that even make sense?) (You get the idea anyhow.)

I got an 87 for an academic poster that I designed/presented in a group with two other girlies, hence the boost there! They did the content and I did the design...(that was allowed, and the way we wanted it to be. Lol. I didn't just chicken out of the writing.)

This is it:

Anyway...the new semester...

Our new lecturer for CMC is keen for us to learn coding, so that we can be extra creative in our musical practice. Musicians have starting releasing apps rather than albums...Björk is a rather good he believes it'd be useful for us to learn Javascript. It's pretty daunting! But also quite exciting. I'm using a site called "Codecademy" at the moment, and I'm really enjoying it.

As well as that, we've got our DI2 module (Digital Improvisation 2) in which we learn about...well...using technology in a live musical setting...for an example see Imogen Heap in this little set up...

(This is the more singer/songwritery take on it - but something DJy (definitely a word) would be equally as fitting.)

Just out of interest...what is your take on this kind of technology-based performance? Do you think this is an interesting development in performance*, or a bit too 'different' to the 'normal' acoustic/band set up? In this video she's prepared a lot of the music beforehand, and is also manipulating/looping on the spot.

So there are two of our modules...another one is the dissertation module...and the other is Anglo-Celtic Folk Song Traditions. We have an exam for the latter! I haven't done an exam in ages...quite scary actually.

Anyhoo...I'd better go and do some more work! My friend (and coursemate) Christine is coming over soon to practise for DI2. :) We're doing a performance in Monday's lecture of Massive Attack's "Teardrop" using looping, Christine's harp, and my voice, (and some keyboard effects!). Maybe we'll do a little recording. :)

Also, I'm cooking tuna pasta. A student delicacy! ;)

TTFN xxxxxxxx

*Speaking of developments in performance, the video below is one of Imogen Heap using gloves to play a song...the song begins around 13.40 I think - the rest of the video is her explaining how they work. :)

Saturday, 2 February 2013

Thoughts for after...

Greetings all. :)

Recently I've been having a think about what I'm doing after Uni. It's a scary thought really. Do I go home to the Island? Do I stay in Guildford? It's a tricky one...but after much consideration I've decided to return to the Kirby household on the Island.

From there I'll be making music most of the time, and will hopefully be able to get a part time job to support myself. :) I do like Guildford, but what makes me happy is being at home, close to my family, along with the lovely Island scenery and sense of community. I'm also hoping that I'll be able to take a course or two at the college there...just to pursue a few interests that have been put on hold whilst I've been at Uni.

But right now, the final semester is just about to start...the final push before the end of University education! It's all systems go. Soon I get my marks back for the first semester...I'll let you know when I know! *Fingers crossed they're ok*

Sending lots of love and virtual hugs to you through the computer screen! I hope you're good. :)


P.S - I haven't forgotten about the album cover song! - It's in progress - I've got the bare bones of the song written...I just need to record it. :)