The CT 101 Experience

Being able to experience and go through this class has been a pleasure. The class was useful to me because it taught me not only have to do a few things in photoshop, but it game me the opportunity to learn how to be responsible for my own work, how to assess what goals have… Read More The CT 101 Experience

Being able to experience and go through this class has been a pleasure. The class was useful to me because it taught me not only have to do a few things in photoshop, but it game me the opportunity to learn how to be responsible for my own work, how to assess what goals have been set and how to meet those goals on my own.

This being said, I think that I could have taken more from the class, though that is no fault on the curriculum, but on my own work ethic. About half way throughout the semester, I fell off the wagon; I lost track, and I didn’t put in the amount of effort that I should have in order to properly catch up.

This course definitely taught me that work doesn’t just get done, that you just don’t learn by doing nothing. I had an amazing opportunity to mess around with photoshop and other programs, to learn some things that I didn’t know before. I did learn some things, I took advantage of what I could, but there were a few assignments that slipped through my fingers. Being in this class has made me realize that maybe hybrid style courses aren’t totally for me; I’m a very physical person, and it takes me being constantly, physically engaged in a classroom to keep up with certain kinds of work. Hybrid style courses are very cool, but I don’t think that I’ll try to take another in the future.

As the course started to come to a close, and I realized that I maybe didn’t have as much content as some other students, I scrambled. I thought up as many posts as I could, I even looked back at the work I did over on the CT 101 site and picked a few that I really loved and wanted on my personal site.  I went through using one theme to changing it to a completely different one. I did my best to make my site into something I’d be proud of, proud to share and show my classmates. In the end, I am proud of what I’ve done. I may not have done all that well compared to other students, but for what I was able to do, I feel as if I learned enough. For me, what really matters is personal growth, and I definitely feel as if I’ve benefitted from this class. I’ve learned a lot about myself and the way I learn, and really, I think that’s the true goal of college. We go to better ourselves, gain new skills, enhance and strengthen skills that we’ve already had. This class provided me with the space to do all of those things, and for that, I am grateful.

I would like to extend a thank you to my Professor, Ryan Seslow, as well. He has by far gained a spot as an educator that I will always think fondly of. He was always very patient, very empathetic and thoughtful. He never made me or any other student feel as if we were asking a “dumb” question, or that we were so far behind that there was no hope. When he saw any of us frustrated, he’d extend a helping hand and a calming tone of voice, and he’d always walk us through what we were doing, point out little things that might help up. He is by far such an astounding, wonderful professor, and I am so thankful to have sat in his classroom for instruction.

Fortunes.

As one may have figured out by my last post, Liebestraum, music shapes my life. I know that technically, music shapes all of our lives, but music holds such a special place in my everyday life. The music I listen to shifts with my mood; some days, classic/romantic orchestral songs, some days I am influenced… Read More Fortunes.

As one may have figured out by my last post, Liebestraum, music shapes my life. I know that technically, music shapes all of our lives, but music holds such a special place in my everyday life. The music I listen to shifts with my mood; some days, classic/romantic orchestral songs, some days I am influenced and pushed forward by punk rock, other days I let myself float around to the sounds of indie and folk.

I’ve recently found a duo by the name of Fortunes., and their few songs have become part of my everyday playlist. I unintentionally haven’t gone more than a day without listening to one of their songs. There’s a whole culture around liking small bands or groups, or being able to say that you knew them before anyone else did. I don’t usually pride myself on having known a group before they made it big, but when the day comes where I hear one of their songs filtered through a mainstream radio station, I will very proudly announce that I knew them when they were releasing three or four songs at a time.

The duo makes music that mixes electronic and R&B. I can only describe the songs that I’ve heard as sounding hazy, like a lazy day at home. Or maybe like a glass of red wine, or linen sheets, or your favorite jeans. There’s no words to describe how their songs might make you feel. To me, they all just feel right. There’s something funky about them; they’ve got a unique sound. You think you know what the song will sound like, and maybe you do, but something will always be off about your prediction. Their music is soothing, yet at the same time, the songs keep you on you toes the first few times you listen.

Angel is the first ever song I heard of theirs. I heard of it through a youtube video by a channel called To The 9s. The two females were going over some of their recently favorite things; fashion, makeup, music, etc. I heard the snippet of the song and instantly knew I had to find it. Pulling up Spotify, I desperately hoped that it would be available; it was not the first time they had featured a smaller artist or group in their videos, and in the past I’d been stuck with an itch for a certain song that I could not find. Thankfully, they were on Spotify, and I added the song to my library. For a few months, this was the only song of theirs I bothered to listen to. It wasn’t until recently that I was scrolling through the “New Releases” page on Spotify,l when I found out that they’d released a new EP. Immediately, I gave it a listen.

All four songs are gorgeous, though I keep going back to two of them, 501’s and Linen. 501’s is an ode to a new crush, to seeing them and thinking damn, they look great in that outfit. It’s a song about the back and forth, of liking but knowing that you’ve got things to do, that you don’t have time to ponder and gaze at this person, but letting yourself anyway. Linen is a darker tune, something that feels entirely raw and open. It’s the sound of physically needing to be close to your person; it’s the sound of what linen bedding feels like under the skin, of what it feels like to be pressed close to the one you love.

What I love about Fortunes. is that their songs, no matter how long or short, always evoke some emotion. They make you feel what they’re feeling, but they also leave room for you to create your own memories to the song. Their music is not mindless, it’s not made for the masses. It’s made for the people who stumble upon them, for people who are in desperate need to listen to something new, something different.

I highly recommend them, their music. They don’t try too hard, they don’t take themselves too seriously, and honestly, it’s so refreshing. Their music makes you feel like maybe some part of you knows them; there’s nothing about them that feels glossed over, nothing that feels like it’s been overthought and over processed. They’re talented, and it shows through their songs. Fortunes. is a group worth listening to because they are unashamedly real and honest. What you see is what you get and for once, that thought is comforting.

Liebestraum

In my preteen/middle school years, I was very into classical music. Like any middle schooler, I was frequently confused of what was going on in my life. But, unlike most “normal” 13 year olds, I can honestly say that I was plagued with anxiety. From what exactly, I can’t ever…

In my preteen/middle school years, I was very into classical music. Like any middle schooler, I was frequently confused of what was going on in my life. But, unlike most “normal” 13 year olds, I can honestly say that I was plagued with anxiety. From what exactly, I can’t ever remember. Possibly the idea of failing, the idea what I wouldn’t be good enough, the idea that no one truly liked me for who I was. I was a 13 year old girl who struggled with her self-image, who did not have one confident, healthy minded bone in her body. Classical music was used as a way to soothe my nerves, to allow me to set a moment aside to breathe. While I never played any instrument or knew what I was even ever listening to, the sounds of piano concertos soothed my ears and mind, helping me sleep when sleep would not nip at me, helping me focus when it was dire. Classical music offers so much to the ear; there are perky melodies, where the pianos jumps and sings, where the piano releases sounds of spring and summer, chirping, allowing you to look forward to your day. There are songs where the piano hums softly, soothing the listener, allowing sleep to cover them softly. There are songs that will break your heart to pieces, the pain and lament behind every stroke of ivory. The period of my classical music listening in middle school was short, but it was memorable.

Now, in college, I find myself turning more and more to classical music. I find myself tense, full of anxiety over this paper or that paper, over what a certain professor may think of my work, over the grade I will receive at the end of the semester. Sleepless nights are common now. There are times where my mind does not rest until 1 or 2 in the morning, and that’s if I’ve got no work to complete at home. Some people are ashamed of admitting their mental illness. I believe that admitting and coming to terms with it aids with learning how to get better. In the past few months, I’ve once again started to attend weekly therapy sessions. Talking to a professional helps, of course, but he sounds of piano aids me in learning to calm myself, to bring myself to a still moment where my thoughts don’t race so quickly, so anxiously.

One of my favorite composers is Franz Liszt, though, ironically, he came after the classical era in music. Liszt was part of the Romantic period of art and music, and his works are testimony to that. His music is amongst some of my favorite. There is one song, though, that I frequently go back to, no matter the mood. Liebestraum No. 3 is the most famous of the Liebestraum trilogy by Liszt. The song’s title translates to “love dream” or “dream of love” and the song truly shows that. It begins softly and slowly, strokes of the keys gentle. The song carries into a romantic melody, the piano singing to the listener, both lifting and breaking the heart. Liszt understands art, understand the soul; he wrote a piece that has the opportunity to bring the listener to tears if they are broken enough. He also gives the listener an opportunity to become still, to listen, to watch all beautiful things that happen around them. I have listened to this song a multitudes of times, and every single time I notice something different about it, something different about the way I feel about the song. There is never a moment where I grow tired of the song, never a moment where I wished I hadn’t played it. It heals just as much as it breaks; Liebestraum soothes me like nothing ever has. It drives me to breathe, to calm down, but it also drives me to work. When I play it, I feel calm enough to work my thoughts out, to finish the work I have been given.

Liszt is a gift to my work ethic. His songs, in all their variety, give me soundtracks to live to. Scherzo and Marsch is a hoppy tune, something I listen to when I desperately need to get work done. Consolation No. 2 is a gentle sound, the sound of the city as the sun rises, as life wakes from sleep to greet the morning. Un Sospiro is, quite literally, a sigh; it floats over the body, weaves in and out, fills you with relaxation and serenity. Feuille D’Album is the sound of the city at it’s height; when the sun is high, and the people are out; the piano sings to travelers of all types, counting their steps, the jogs, the dashes across streets and from train car to train car. These pieces are gorgeous in every right, and don’t even scratch the surface of the greatness that Liszt has composed. He was truly a talented man, and I am one of many that adore his work.

Copyright’s Affect

  According to Wikipedia, Copyright law in the United States encourages the creation of art and culture by rewarding creators with a set of exclusive rights. When something of yours is copyrighted, that means it’s your creation, and that no one else can claim that work. You have the right…

 

According to Wikipedia, Copyright law in the United States encourages the creation of art and culture by rewarding creators with a set of exclusive rights. When something of yours is copyrighted, that means it’s your creation, and that no one else can claim that work. You have the right to reproduce, sell, display or perform your work on your own accord, because in every aspect, it is yours. Copyright laws are imperative to any artist, especially artists who work primarily online. Artists who post their work primarily on the internet can be easier targets of copyright infringement; anyone on any part of he internet can find and repost anything they’d like. If your work is copyrighted to you, then if someone was to reproduce your work in any way, shape or form, it would be considered illegal. This is called copyright infringement. Copyright infringement, in it’s simplest definition, is the use of works protected by copyright law without consent. The use of any work without consent infringes on the exclusive rights that the creator of the work has. As stated, doing this is illegal, and can be disputed in court. Once a creator has published something under copyright law, no other person is allowed to recreate, repost or use in any way that certain project without the consent of the original creator.

Overall, copyright laws are so essential in the life of any artist, who performs art in any form; musicians, fine artists, artists who make their art with a mouse and computer program. These artists rely on these laws everyday, and these laws help them rest easier, knowing that their work is protected, and that in every single right, it belongs to them.