Tuesday, November 30, 2010
Monday, November 29, 2010
In 2005 and 2006, a new sound from south london grew out of the fertile mixture of electronic music genres including 2step, funky, garage, acid house, minimal techno, grime, and jungle. it was called dubstep, a term which included a wide range of musical activity, but generally characterized by an emphasis on synthesized sub bass, instrumental beats, noise like sounds, and a rhythmic profile which grew from traditional hiphop beatmaking. Dubstep was london's main dance music export until 2010. Now however, a new crop of artists are taking the tradition into new terrain. The term 'post dubstep' is beginning to surface around the works of composers like Mount Kimbie and James Blake. Also, retroactively, the term suites the music of Burial very well; he can be seen as a founding figure of post dubstep. Listen for manipulations of identifiable instruments, ghostly effected vocals, and a new tonal palate which brings deep emotions to this music. Barely born, postdubstep seems to be a powerful new vein in the constantly evolving conversation of IDM.
here are some highlights
Looking to knock off some core requirements? Interested in taking a class in the music department? Do you like food? If you answered yes to any of these questions, then Advanced Topics in the Critical Study of Music: Music and Food is the class for you!
Monday, November 22, 2010
Sufjan Stevens is an artist who, over the course of the last decade, has positioned himself at the crossroads of baroque pop, folk, and minimallism. His last effort, Illinois, was a huge and rich record of sentimental songs, meticulously scored for various instrumental ensembles. On the 'Age of Adz' album, Sufjan reaches out to the trending styles of beat music and minimal techno/ electro pop. his songs are still highly produced and often feature live orchestral instruments, but much of his detailed work here happens in the cleanliness of his bouncing synths and R&B piano. He also lets his voice go more than ever here; its impossible to imagine his current trajectory without Joanna Newsom's career. Apparently the two are friends. check the link for the great video to this album's single, 'Too Much'.
Friday, November 19, 2010
Harry Potter 7 Part 1 came out today, WOOOOOOO!!!!!! I'm a bit of a nut, and along with several of my music library coworkers, I went and saw the movie at the midnight release last night (and then subsequently slept through all my classes this morning. Worth it.) So I thought in honor of this momentous day for our generation, I would blog about the soundtrack.
Now we're all familiar with the hauntingly delicious "Hedwig's Theme" originally composed by John Williams. HP7 director David Yates had wanted to bring John Williams back for the final movie, but apparently their schedules just didn't fit (ummm John Williams I know you are the richest composer in the world and all, but when the greatest franchise in history comes a knockin' you better MAKE time to answer). So they got Andres Desplat instead, still a very well-known and respected soundtrack composer. You might have heard his work before in The Golden Compass, Mr. Magorium's Wonder Emporium, The Girl with the Pearl Earring, or The Case of Mr. Benjamin Button.
Wednesday, November 17, 2010
Faculty Artist Recital
Larry Karush, piano
Chris Colangelo, bass
Randy Gloss, percussion
Brad Dutz, percussion
Danilo Lozano, flute
Saturday, November 20, 2010
This concert is courtesy of teh Recording Industries' Music Performance Fund
Norma R. Navarro
Tuesday, November 16, 2010
This coming Friday night, very important concert at the ElSuper Music Collective, titled:The Hot Box. Come at ninePM for the kick it, stay past ten for the jams. Sets from Feed Me, Xei the Ghost, Cozy, Ded Pimpin, and Supa Ape will cascade in immediate succesion. Everyone will have fun exploring different elements of contemporary L.A. music. all are welcome, 906 N. Ave 56 90042 in Highland Park
above is a video by the collective
Monday, November 15, 2010
Nozinja Music has released a compilation called Shangaan Electro: New Wave Dance Music From South Africa. Shangaan is a new dance music style emerging from the townships of South Africa. Blazingly fast drum machines, soulful repetetive singing, and emotional chord progressions lend this entire comp an pulsing beauty. At first these songs will sound impossibly fast and giggly, but with repeated listens the effect becomes very romantic, evoking the ambient two step of UK producer Burial. This compilation is a wonderful profile in an exciting new music, stick with it and it will stick with you.
Friday, November 12, 2010
Thursday, November 11, 2010
The Freshman is back and with some new found knowledge about LA! The weather in September is colder than that of November on certain occasions and other times it is like that of a freezing December day. The moral of the story? Check before you step outside.
Wednesday, November 10, 2010
This is an LA Times article about a Japanese holographic popstar, Hatsune Miku. Personally, I think this is pretty horrifying. Not only is it bringing into reality the impossible ideal Japanese female (giant round head, tiny mouth, microscopic waist and ridiculously long legs....and honestly, who has BLUE floor-length pigtails?), but it's bringing manufactured music to a whole new level. We've grown accustomed to the auto-tuned voices of Lil-Wayne and Ke$ha, but at least they are real people with real ideas about how they want to express their "art." This is a company with few artistic aspirations, capitalizing on the demands of popular Japanese culture. I'd say this is going to be the start of something awful, where terrifying holographic cartoons take over the world and replace all the real musicians. However, if you watch the video below it will be painfully clear that no computer-generated sound can possibly be an adequate substitute for a real voice. The music is bad, and it's only redeeming quality is the band (real) which occasionally gets to rock out. Still, I can't help but think about that huge audience and the fact that Hatsune Miku has topped Japanese charts. If an entire country thinks she's great, there's no telling how many other people around the world will begin adopting this idea.
Music On a Friday Afternoon
Friday, November 12, 2010
Kainoa King, Santiago Alcantra, Katie Goldberg,
Rebecca Scott, Alexander Kaplan Reyes & Kristine Nowlain
Megan Lang, violin, Alyson Melzer, violin,
Amy Ishioka, cello, Mary Flagstad, cello,
Andrew Chang, piano, Joseph Wei, piano
Tuesday, November 9, 2010
Attention all music listeners: this coming Saturday evening, at 8pm, there will be a concert in the courtyard of the Booth music building. The Los Angles chillwave/ gloFi / new Disco outfit called Kisses will be headlining. Expect rhythmic, tropical pop songs which typify the recent interest in 80's synth sounds and catchy pop writing. Very L.A. right now. The show will be opened by the Highland Park act Cozy, aka Doug Rosenberg, aka me. whassup. for Kisses listening, I refer you to their myspace.
for Cozy material, and a backlog of music from his house @ElSuperMusic, check their soundcloud here: http://soundcloud.com/melvinrichardson2011
If you would like to read the complete article, please check out the following link, For Gays, New Songs of Survival.
Monday, November 8, 2010
With registration upon us, I thought I'd share some interesting classes the music department is offering next semester. These are not all the classes available (there are all the additional applied music lessons and other classes for serious musicians), but rather a small snippet of what I picked out. Check out the catalog for more details, and course counts to see who's teaching them/times/etc.
104. MUSIC OF AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST
This course surveys the musical styles and genres of the African continent and the Middle Eastern world. Within an ethno-historical framework established at the beginning of the course, emphasis is placed on 1) the region's important musical genres, their social function and musical characteristics, and 2) the instruments used in performing these musical genres. While knowledge of music theory and performance skills are not necessary, it is essential that students be prepared for intensive music listening in and out of class.
CORE REQUIREMENT MET: AFRICA AND THE MIDDLE EAST • FINE ARTS
Sunday, November 7, 2010
The Caltech-Occidental Symphony Orchestra, directed by Allen Gross, will be performing next Saturday and Sunday, November 13th and 14th. The Saturday performance begins at 7:30 pm in Thorne Hall at Occidental College, and the the Sunday performance will be at 3:30 pm in the Ramo Auditorium at Caltech. The orchestra will be performing:
Thursday, November 4, 2010
Tomorrow is November Fifth. Guy Fawkes Day. For those of you who only know this holiday as an epic V for Vendetta reference, here's a little bit about this British day of celebration and remembrance (lovingly copied and pasted from wikipedia):
Guy Fawkes (13 April 1570 – 31 January 1606), also known as Guido Fawkes, the name he adopted while fighting for the Spanish in the Low Countries, belonged to a group of provincial English Catholics who planned the failed Gunpowder Plot of 1605.
Fawkes was born and educated in York. His father died when Fawkes was eight years old, after which his mother married arecusant Catholic. Fawkes later converted to Catholicism and left for the continent, where he fought in the Eighty Years' War on the side of Catholic Spain against Protestant Dutch reformators. He travelled to Spain to seek support for a Catholic rebellion in England but was unsuccessful. He later met Thomas Wintour, with whom he returned to England.
Wintour introduced Fawkes to Robert Catesby, who planned to assassinate King James I and restore a Catholic monarch to the throne. The plotters secured the lease to an undercroft beneath the House of Lords, and Fawkes was placed in charge of the gunpowder they stockpiled there. Prompted by the receipt of an anonymous letter, the authorities searched Westminster Palace during the early hours of 5 November, and found Fawkes guarding the explosives. Over the next few days, he was questioned and tortured, and eventually he broke. Immediately before his execution on 31 January, Fawkes jumped from the scaffold where he was to be hanged and broke his neck, thus avoiding the agony of the drawing and quartering that followed.
Fawkes became synonymous with the Gunpowder Plot, which has been commemorated in England since 5 November 1605. His effigy is burned on a bonfire, often accompanied by a firework
Wednesday, November 3, 2010
Can't wait until Saturday? Then get pumped with this video!
At 8pm on Nov 6 in the Ambassador Auditorium (Pasadena) LACO presents
Follow this link for more information and program notes
Email (firstname.lastname@example.org) or the Box Office (email@example.com) for more
Faculty Artist Recital
Junko Ueno Garrett
With Friends from the LA Phalharmonic
Robert Vijay Gupta and Johnny Lee, Violin
John Hayhurst, Viola
David Garrett, Cello
Schumann's Piano Quintet in E-Flat Major, Op. 42,
and Chopin's Ballade #4 in in F minor, op. 52
Monday, November 8th, 2010
Tuesday, November 2, 2010
I thought I'd take tonight's blog post to profile my personal favorite music application: Audacity. You can download the program for free, and legally; Audacity is open source software that's meant to be used by anyone. Compared with other, expensive software like Ableton, ProTools, or Logic, Audacity might seem very basic. Its simplicity, however, is its greatest asset. With only a little bit of fooling around with the program's interface, users can begin crafting high quality music without any instrumental or theoretical music knowledge. it doesn't take long to learn to read the waveforms, just click File>import>import audio and choose a song you like. then begin playing with the suite of effects available and you'll realize the power that Audacity bestows upon its user.
Taste of Oxy is an annual event sponsored by the ICC to celebrate, and bring awareness to the variety of different cultures that make up the Oxy community through food, music, and live entertainment. Taste of Oxy will be held on Sunday, November 14th from 2pm to 5pm at the Academic Quad.
Professors, Faculty, and Staff do not have to audition, but if you are interested in performing your own poetry/spoken word, music, or anything else that expresses appreciation for your cultural background, please email Fatima A. Avellan at firstname.lastname@example.org. Please let her know what you want to perform, how long it will take, and the things you will need for the day of (mics and a stage will be provided).
Thank you in advance for your support!!
Click here to watch Doug Locke's legendary performance from Taste of Oxy 2008. Why is it legendary do you ask? Skip to the last minute and find out...
Monday, November 1, 2010
This Saturday (Nov. 6) KOXY Radio is teaming up with local hip hop artists Alpha MC and Xei the Ghost (Aaron Hines) to bring you a night of bass slapping and beat matching.
Roll up and rock out this Saturday for a mellow nite of bumpin' and grindin' -- think along the lines of Madlib, John Coltrane, Hieroglyphics, and Stevie Wonder.
The party starts at 8 in the Cooler.
November 2nd marks the Mexican Dia del los Muertos, or Day of the Dead, traditional holiday in which family members honor their deceased ancestors and celebrate life. So once you're done voting (make sure you vote! it's your constitutional right!), head on over to one of the many many festivals happening all over Los Angeles.
I'm particularly attracted to this one happening at the 24th Street Theater, which looks like it;s going to be a blast. They'll have live music performed by La Santa Cecilia (an orchestra which plays regularly at Oxy), Fandango Sin Fronteras, and Maximo el Tenor. There will also be a great deal of live dance and delicious food. You'll be able to make your own altar to put in their graveyard so you can honor your loved ones as well.
Where: 117 W. 24th St(on the corner of 24th and Hover near USC)
When: Tues, Nov. 2, 6-10pm
And if you'd like some other options, check out this website for other Dia de los Muertos events! http://laeastside.com/2010/10/dia-de-los-muertos-2010/