Classes in Review

I thought I would take some time to reflect on the quality of my education at the University of Oregon.

Here’s a breakdown:

For the whole year:

  • Jazz Lab III- I learned that I need to practice over the summer to do well in auditions (a mistake I will not repeat).  I also learned that most people become jazz masters in highschool whereas mine was only in existence some of the years I was there.
  • Trumpet Studio- I learned that having a goal and mindlessly working towards it is more productive than having a goal and rethinking every aspect of it everyday. I also learned how many weeks I can rehearse the Carnival of Venice before losing my mind ( eight).
  • Digital Audio Workstation- I learned about how cool Logic was and about the differences between DAWs. I also gained a lot of knowledge about mixing. I also worked on mixing some pretty crazy songs, especially the one about a rocket 😉

Fall Term:

  • Finale- Other than how to operate Finale, I learned about how everyone like Sibelius better. I also learned how to do Sprechstimme, because that is crucial. I am totally prepped for engraving music from the Second Viennese School and mass marketing it for a huge profit. Everybody loves tone rows!
  • Physics of Sound and Music- I learned a lot about how music and sound works through a series of amazing demos. I also learned that other people are not very good at math. The class ended up having a 30% curve, after I got an A, epic.
  • Digital Audio and Sound Design- This was basically the creative applications of the physics class, I learned Reaktor, which I won’t probably use ever again. I also learned that people are very anti experimental music, and my engraving idea probably won’t fly after all.

Winter:

  • Eastern European Ensemble- I learned that I need to get better with my fingers on the trumpet. I also learned that traditional balkan music is pretty amazing.
  • Interactive Media Performance- Learned Max/MSP excellence. Most importantly, I learned that Bang means do it.
  • Intro to International Relations- I learned that online classes are a lot less stress and that I have to care a lot less when I don’t have to physically go to class.

Spring:

  • Advanced Business Systems- I learned how to copy code from the professor. It gave me some sort of overview of how AJAX, PHP, and MYSQL work. Hooray CIT minor!
  • Media and Society- I learned that I successfully filled a gen. ed. requirement. That is all.
  • Electronic Composition- I learned Kyma, methods for granular synthesis, and swarming. I also made some cool sounds and a poem about fish.

Overall, I enjoyed the year a lot. I’ve improved a lot in the music tech area, from synthesis to the final mix down. The two gen eds I took were pretty boring, but at least they are out of the way. I got pretty much all A’s (except for one of my gen. eds. mostly because I stopped caring and learned to love the bomb.), so I feel like my year was  an overall success. I am looking forward to getting everything wrapped up and learning more crazy stuff next year.

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