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...
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! ;)
*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. :)