Sunday, 30 May 2010

[3 - 11] Is it reasonable to consider that rock music is gendered male?



Rock music you listen to is dominated with males. However on the rare occasions you hear a band which includes a female. All these occasions the female included is the the lead singer, or other cases backing singers. When you hear a band consisting of females playing the instruments you tend to take it on board as a novelty or gimmick.


This is due to a number of reasons; Instruments tend to be associated with genders. For instance the guitar associated with males, and a flute or piano associated with females. This happens because its the way we are brought up into society.


“lead guitarists are made, not born. The reason for women’s absence are entirely social” (Bayton, 1997)


Females are simply not brought up to be playing the electric guitar, whereas males are. If females pick up the guitar they’re known as “One of the Boys” and not taking seriously.

Saturday, 22 May 2010

The Future



Today I had an extremely long day working at Twickenham Stadium, In total I have worked 12hrs, and I will be doing the exact same tomorrow, all because I am desperate for money! During my long day of working there, my mind (as always) wondered and got me thinking about the future and other things.

I have recently finished my 2nd year of university with a great sense of relief, along with the sense of wanting to just graduate and earn myself a living with a respectable career. To be frank, I'm slowly getting fed up on completing essays. During this mind wondering, I was standing thinking how mad it is for me to work there. It really is not a type of job I am looking for (even if the pay is good). I of course don't plan to work there for the rest of my life. However there are people who have indeed worked there for many years, so I am praying this wont happen.

During this mental thinking came around, I was in the players tunnel seeing the rugby players run around. When I look over and see a guy walk out of the massage room. I recognised this guy, not personally just from around my university. From my own conclusion I thought he must have graduated recently and this is his first 'real' job. At this point the light bulb went off and I realised it is worth it to be doing my degree, and I will now work my but off during my 3rd year to give me the grade I deserve to get myself my dream job... and I can't wait!

Heres to the future!

M x

Thursday, 20 May 2010

[2 - 11] Can popular music ever really be unplugged?



The term “unplugged” literally means to disconnect from all source of electricity. In able for an artist to produce unplugged music they would have play the instruments without the aid of amplifiers and sing without the use of a microphone. Which is difficult for popular music of the 21st century,
'without electronic technology, popular music in the 21st century is unthinkable' (P. Theberge)

If the artist were to perform with the correct procedures to class the music as unplugged, the performance would have to be only for a small audience in order to make the audience hear the music.

Having this music heard by such a small group of people means this is not technically “popular music”. In order for the artist to become popular they would need the aid of technology, ie. Recording the song, to reach wider a audience. Which of course does not make the performance unplugged.

Monday, 17 May 2010

[1 - 11] What is popular music?


Popular music in some respect can be referred to music that is popular and current in the chart's. Being purchased and listened to by the mainstream consumer. However popular music doesn't have to be stuck in that bracket of the mainstream music scene.

Popular music can be broken down into practically any music genre, artist or band. Whatever music that has been produced and released to the public. Has a following of people who enjoy the music can be classed as popular music in that certain bracket of music genre.

For instance Opera music can be classed as popular music. Even though this genre of music isn’t releasing hit singles in the top 40 chart, making it un-popular to the mainstream consumers.
It is still popular to people to who actually listen to Opera music, therefore making this genre of music popular in that section of consumers.

Thursday, 13 May 2010

"And now the end is near, And so I face the final curtain"


On Monday I reached the light at the end of that very long tunnel and finished my second year at university. It brought on two feelings; The great feeling when a whole load comes off your mind, and you can finally relax. The second was the sense of scare, realising how quick this year has gone by. To think how quick my final year will be, when I exit university and enter the unknown territory of the working world.

That last few months have been rather stressful, due to the amount of work load I had to complete in such a tight schedule, but I've done it, and it feels great. I speak quite a bit about my university work on my blog, and I never have the time to share some of the work with you. After finishing this year I thought this is the time for me to finally do it.

One module I studied was to do with Music Technology and Culture. One of the assignments was to post a weekly blog entry, obviously this task was great as I have my own blog already. Each week I had to answer a question related to the lecture in no more than 150 words, the whole assignment was quite fun as some of the questions were interesting. Therefore I think I shall use this blog and post these entries every few days, In total there are 10. It should be quite interesting If you decide to post your own comments to the questions I answer as they're are quite open for discucssion.

So I look forward to this outcome,

For now its time for me to start some celebrating the completion of my second year.

Bye for now.

M x

I found this from a typical surf round the web.

Short Neurological Test
Please do not use any cursor help.
1- Find the C below..
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO COOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO
OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOOOOOOOOOOO OOOOOOO

2- If you already found the C, now find the 6 below.

9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
6999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99
9999999999999999999 9999999999999999 9999999999999999 99

3 - Now find the N below. It's a little more difficult.

MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMNMMMMMM MMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMM
MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMMMMMMMMMMMMMMM MMM

This is NOT a joke. If you were able to pass these 3 tests, you can cancel your annual visit to your neurologist. Your brain is great and you're far from having a close relationship with Alzheimer.

Congratulations!

____________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ _________ ____
part 2
eonvrye that can raed this rsaie your hnad.

To my 'selected' strange-minded friends:
If you can read the following paragraph, forward it on to your friends and the person that sent it to you with 'yes' in the subject line.
Only great minds can read this
This is weird, but interesting!

If you can raed this, you have a sgtrane mnid too

Can you raed this? Olny 55 plepoe out of 100 can.

I cdnuolt blveiee that I cluod aulaclty uesdnatnrd what I was rdanieg. The phaonmneal pweor of the hmuan mnid, aoccdrnig to a rscheearch at Cmabrigde Uinervtisy, it dseno't mtaetr in what oerdr the ltteres in a word are, the olny iproamtnt tihng is that the frsit and last ltteer be in the rghit pclae. The rset can be a taotl mses and you can still raed it whotuit a pboerlm. This is bcuseae the huamn mnid deos not raed ervey lteter by istlef, but the word as a wlohe. Azanmig huh? Yaeh and I awlyas tghuhot slpeling was ipmorantt! If you can raed this forwrad it

Saturday, 1 May 2010

Such Tweet Sorrow


Recently I have been a little slap dash with my blog, due to my large work load hitting me at university. Which shall all be completely on the 5th May, can't wait for that day of course.

I thought I would use this post to inform you of a great project I have recently been informed of happening on Twitter.

The project is Such Tweet Sorrow which is being sponsored by 3 Mobile. The projects involves a selection of actors from the Shakespeare's Globe Company to Tweet out a modern version of the fantastic story of Romeo Juliet.

Everyday new tweets are added to the story which you can follow through with the hashtags of #suchtweetsorrow, If your feeling up for it you can also add to the story. For instance start rumors between the characters.

The project is going to last for 5 weeks, and so far its been a big hit. I've heard this is the first time this has ever happened on Twitter, so would be great to of course get involved, with maybe adding your own spin to the story.

If you want to follow up what has happened to the story far you can do so through visiting http://www.suchtweetsorrow.com

As well as this you can find a TV screen outside the Shakespeares Head in Canarby Street. This is a live feed of the Tweets, so you can walk by and watch the story unfold in real time. Genius!

I suggest you check out this original project.

M x