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 😉
- 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.
- 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.
- 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.
Here’s what I played:
- Justin Bieber and MSTRKRFT- Heartbreaker Baby (CJ Milli Mix)
- Boys Noize- Lava Lava (Feadz Aval Aval Mix)
- Yeah Yeah Yeahs- Heads Will Roll
- Vengaboys- Ho Ho Vengaboys!
- Slam- Positive Education
- Chemical Brothers- Electronic Battle Weapon 7 (Acid Children)
- Darude- Feel the Beat
- Justin Timberlake- Rock Your Body (Paul Oakenfold Remix)
- Deadmau5- Mr. G
- Deadmau5- Tau V2
- Four Tet- Sing
- LCD Soundsystem- One Touch
- Audio Bullies Feat. Nancy Sinatra- Shot You Dow
- Carnival of Cleveland- J. B. Arban and Clode
- Bonobo & Andreya Triana- Stay the Same
- Mr. Scruff- Trollmarch
- Bonobo- El Toro
- DeZurik Sisters- Yoo-Hoo in the Valley
- Thievery Corporation- From Creation
- Wahed Out- Olivia
- LCD Soundsystem- I Can Change
- DJ Mehdi- Lucky Girl
- Pink Baby Monster- I Live for Art (Fourth Most Beautiful Sound Mix)
- Orbital- Chime
- Aphex Twin- Windowlicker (Acid Edit)
- Chemical Brothers- The Private Psychadelic Reel
*Bold indicates jam of the week. Thats right, it was Justin Bieber. I am forsaken.
This week was a wrap up of sorts for the term. I will be doing my show next week, but I wanted to let the good times roll while people were getting anxious over exams. The first hour was the usual Clodewerks dance mix. I threw in LCD Soundsystem’s new album, which I just got and have been enjoying.
I got a couple requests this week. First, my girlfriend requested Justin Timberlake, of course. I obliged, pleasing every other female audience member as well. Everybody loves a little Justin (Is that why Justin Bieber is so hot, collective confusion of first names?)… Katie and Sarah back in the AL requested some song I didn’t know, but I know that Sarah loves country, so I dropped some DeZurik Sisters. EPIC!!
Then I debuted my Carnival of Cleveland, which I think went ok. I need to prepare some more before my performance on Wednesday. Comments are greatly appreciated. I will be playing it at Beall Hall at 2:50, and I’m totally cool with people coming and checking it out. The rest of the show was recouping from that ten minute epic. I closed with the Private Psychadelic Reel, which is fitting because it closes one of the best albums in electronic music.
Good luck with finals. I will see you next week!
Week 10. Dead Week. Everything you have been putting off for the term is coming back to haunt you. Then you get a video assignment. Your first thought, “this will be a great opportunity to try stop-motion!” Bad idea. The result is pretty much the same quality that you would expect from a film by Edison, but it works because the piece is from the same era.
The assignment was to post a video of a performance of my jury piece. I figured that since I was already doing so much with It, I would make an interesting video too. Since its a ten minute piece and the process was taking a lot longer than the ten minutes it would take to record me sitting in front of my computer playing it, I decided to just do the intro for now. I felt that doing a boring video would not represent the time I put into the piece.
So in lieu of the ten minute youtube, I will be performing all variations live on Sunday on my radio show (Sunday, June 6, 6PM on 88.1 or online). The Jury itself is supposed to be posted to youtube as well, so it will be available probably in a couple weeks.
As always, comments are greatly appreciated, and are conveniently free to give out!
I know some people out there don’t believe that I play trumpet because I spend the majority of my time making music with my laptop, DJing, or writing random poems about tacos. In fact, every week I have to record myself playing the trumpet for studio. Out of the past ten weeks of the term, this was voted my best recording of the term. I’m thinking mostly because of the Twilight reference. Enjoy!
*note: Janet Stewart works very hard to keep the SOM in a pristine condition, and I have nothing personal against oboists. I’m sure Steve Buscemi is pretty on the inside, and there definitely are some pretty intense recorder youtubes out there. I do, however, have a negative opinion of Gary, Indiana, despite whatever the music man tells me.
** dually noted: The little player on here is from SoundCloud. If it doesn’t work or you want to hear more clodewerks stuff, hit it up on the bar to the left. I also have stuff on ilike and last.fm, if you are more into those things.
Here’s What I played:
- Beta Collide- That’s a Traum!
- Washed Out- Luck
- Meat Beat Manifesto- We Done
- Mr. Oizo- No Day Massacre
- Art of Noise- Opus 4
- Blockhead- The Music Scene
- DJ Shadow- Six Days
- Portishead- Strangers
- Blockhead- The Prettiest Sea Slug
- DJ Center- Strings
- Washed Out- Last Night
- Bonobo- Kong
- Prefuse 73 feat. Sam Prekop- Last Night
- Chemical Brothers- The Boxer
- Lo Fidelity Allstars- Deep Ellum.. Hold On
- Tarkan- Simarik
- Underworld- Bruce Lee
- Busy P- Rainbow Man
- Hexstatic feat. Organic Audio- Salvador
- Fatboy Slim- Praise You
- Justice- D.A.N.C.E
- Bassnectar- I Wish I Was a Hipster (West Coast Lo-Fi Remix)
- Orbital- Easy Serv
- Raymond Scott- Twilight in Turkey
- Underworld- Luetin
- DJ Mehdi- Lucky Girl
- Daft Punk- One More Time (Short Radio Edit)
- Chemical Brother- Do It Again
- Prodigy- Shoot Down
- Wiseguys- Ooh La La
- MSTRKRFT- It Ain’t Love (feat. Lil’ Mo)
- Deadmau5- Reduction
- Fatboy Slim- Everybody Needs a 303
- MSTRKRFT- Work on You
- Basement Jaxx- Hot ‘N Cold
- Bonobo- 1009
- John Wilbraham- Carnival of Venice
*Bold indicates jams of the week.
This weeks show was fairly doomed, but ended up being very good, not to brag or anything. First things first, Lost was having its season finale halfway through my show. Apparently, It was to be the TV event of the decade, a pretty bold claim considering we’re only 5 months into it. I had to bid the followers adieu halfway through the show. Secondly, the beloved chatbox on the KWVA webstation was not working.
I powered on through it all though. Beta Collide put out a wicked new minute-long single about some article about the music industry. It won the jam of the week with its epic bass and cartoonish vocals. However, Twilight in Turkey by Raymond Scott kept coming up on shuffle on my iPod. It is a pretty epic song in its own right, and I think it would be sweet to perform it in a small ensemble setting for something music major related. That’s why I decided to have two jams this week.
Other than that it was just a regular Cleveland show, with some interesting layering and ending with a very random track. I felt especially proud of what I did with the DJ Shadow track as well as how I did with mixing into the Prodigy track. The Carnival Of Venice is embedded into my subconscious at this point from constant practicing.
That was how the Cleveland Show went down. If you’re feeling down about the loss of Lost, tune in next Sunday at 6PM (PST) to KWVA (www.kwvaradio.org) and dance the bad emotions away. As always, Feel free to leave me a message with any requests as I prepare for next week.
The Carnival of Venice is a very lovely tune,
I play it to look flashy,
and to make the ladies swoon.
Sometimes I’ll mess up a rhythm,
or won’t quite multiple tongue.
It doesn’t matter to me though,
’cause this tune is too dang fun!
* I will be posting my own version to Youtube in a couple weeks. Bring the Pain!