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"If you hear a voice within you say 'you cannot paint,' then by all means paint, and that voice will be silenced." – Vincent Van Gogh

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Lexa and I talked about our different policies on late assignments and our beliefs. Let us know what you think and maybe what your policy is.


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Things Midterms Taught Me

  1. If you study all through your course, it seems less stressful and less to remember.
  2. Stay caught up! If you can get ahead, that’s even better!
  3. Make good notes. It helps when it comes time to review.
  4. Don’t spend all your time studying. You need to have breaks for social events to reduce stress.
  5. Friends and family are often willing to help you out studying if you return the favor.
  6. If you read out loud, you’re more likely to retain information quicker.
  7. Don’t cram! It doesn’t work. Pace yourself.
  8. Before your exam, take a few deep breaths, drink some water and relax.
  9. After the exam, relax for a while. But make sure you do finish other assignments or study for the next exam at some point so you don’t fall behind.
  10. Reward yourself after the exam and again when you receive your mark. Your hard work has bound to have paid off! Look over your exam when it’s returned and see where you went wrong and where you went right. Your wrongs are where you need to review for your finals.


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A Remix Manifesto and the Issues of Copyright

Last week in ECMP 355, we watched the documentary RIP: A Remix Manifesto. It talked about the copyright laws and how this affects those who are trying to create music with remixes. Following the laws of copyright, remix artists would have to pay thousands of dollars for each tiny snippet of a song that they use. I don’t find that very fair. True, they’re using someone else’s original composition, but they’re turning it into something totally new. If they had kept each song in it’s original context and didn’t edit it in any way, I would understand them having to pay for the copyright and use. However, as they transform it I don’t personally believe it is the same song at all. For example, Madeon’s song Pop Culture uses an insane amount of clips from various songs. If he had to pay the copyright for each of those songs, I don’t think he would be able to afford his computer. Or his internet. Or his house. Maybe not even his shoes. He’d pay the copyright and would not be able to do anything with it. So maybe he broke the law to create this, but he got the benefit of learning creativity out of it. As an arts major, I think that’s worth it.
NOTE: I’m not encouraging anyone to break any laws!!

What are your thoughts on this? Should remix artists  be forced to pay copyright?


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The Idea of Genres

Today in class, the concept of genres was brought up momentarily and my prof said that he remembered hearing or reading something that said there is no such thing as genres anymore due to remixes. 
I don’t know if I agree with this or not. I certainly believe genres still exist, but there is some overlap in many due to remixes or misunderstanding of the genres. I found this video that kind of gives a bit of an idea as to the differences, but there are a couple genres that I would personally use to classify some music that I think the creator of the video left out. Let me know if you agree…:
Indie – any groups that really are just out of the “usual styles.” Could also be considered alternative. (I would consider Said the Whale and  Dinosaur Bones indie groups.)
Rap – pretty self explanatory. (Eminem, anyone?)
Vocal – a singer or a group of singers who rely more so on A Capella techniques – meaning no instruments! (Check out Rajaton for a really stunning group!)

There’s probably some people who disagree with certain classifications of music which is where the argument of What is a Genre comes into play, but these are just my personal thoughts on the matter and what I would claim as genres.

Okay, I know some of you are probably just DYING to know what I listen to (Probably not, but let’s just pretend, shall we?)

Joelle’s Top 10 Favorite Music Genres!!

  1. Country
  2. Indie
  3. Vocal
  4. Folk
  5. World
  6. Jazz
  7. Classical 
  8. Blues
  9. Musical
  10. Reggae

    So now tell me: Do you think genres still exist? And if so, what are some of your favorites?

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This is Not

I just have a bit of a story for you all. Two weeks ago at my piano lesson I had my instructor look up my favorite painting: Rene Magritte’s La Trahison des Images (The Treason of Images.) The point of the image is that “We tend to look at the image of a pipe as if it were really a pipe, but of course it isn’t. It is the representation of a pipe.” (Sayre’s The World of Art, Seventh edition.) When I came back to my lesson the next week, Gary, my instructor, took my favorite piece of music, Beethoven’s Moonlight Sonata, and wrote across it: THIS IS NOT MUSIC. Of course, he’s right. Following along the idea of Magritte’s painting, it is not music. Simply notes printed on a page. It becomes music once it starts being played out on the piano. Well played, Gary.