Month: March 2015

Introduction to Folk Music

Folk Music is a type of music that deals with every kind of human activity. Folk music often expresses the character of ethnic and social groups and sometimes a nation. Folk music can also express political/religious beliefs, tell a story or describe history, or simply provide amusement. Folk songs were traditionally learned by listening to another person rather than reading notes or words off a sheet of music paper, the music is then passed on from person to person, from place to place, from generation to generation. The evolution of Folk songs come from either lucky tampering, or from purposeful alteration. Words and melodies often change over time, tunes shortened or lengthened, pitches and rhythms altered and portions of songs combined together to make a new song. These changes were probably due to the fact that folk songs were spreading farther and farther out, touching people of different religion and race, therefore there is bound to be some changing of sorts.

One can classify folk songs into different categories. The first of those categories is a “Ballad”, a Ballad is a song that tells of story that is often based on real events. Ballads are sung in stanza form where a melody is repeated for several verses and may have a refrain that is repeated several times. Another type of folk song are those that deal with a specific activity, occupation, or set of circumstances. This group includes work songs, prison songs, war songs, and the like. Finally, there are also spiritual songs, songs for children, songs about life’s stages, and many songs are just for celebration, dance, and enjoyment.

In conclusion, Folk songs are songs that have been around for generations that either give us entertainment or teach us a valuable lesson about life that has been passed down from generation to generation.

A possible example of a Folk song may be found Here

16 Bar Harmonised Melody Composition

In my 16 Bar Melody Summative Composition piece, I was able to implement my newfound knowledge of chords into the composition. I was able to make most of the composition out of one eighth notes so that the overall song would sound more bouncy and joyful. For most of the piece, I started the bars with the lowest or middle note of each chord that I used. Then I would end the bar with the lowest note of that chord, I chose to do this because I find that it brought the bar to a satisfying end. 

Most of this couldn’t have been done without Finale Notepad, for finale helped me to both hear the song and evaluate whether the composition sounded pleasing and that it fulfilled my requirements. I also couldn’t make the composition without knowledge of the chords of C Major. The chords allowed me to know which notes went together to make the composition flow better and have a better sound. 

Through this process, I was able to better understand how the chords can help a composer to make a composition, as well as how the chords can make the overall composition more pleasing to hear. I think that the experience of making such a composition has helped me greatly in terms of becoming a composer, for it has taught me many things about the chords and how they work. 

ATL’s, Design Day Math

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I participated in most group discussions and am able to carry my fair share of work and spend time wisely to both unwind and work hard on the project. Therefore I would rate myself as a “7” in this case.

I think that I am good at working with friends, knowing when to ask others for help and when to try and figure the solution out. I can also implement peer/teacher feedback when necessary. Therefore I would rate myself as a “8” in this case.

I think that I can work hard to improve the effectiveness of my work. Although I may sometimes have trouble reflecting on my self progress extend my thinking. Therefore I would rate myself as a “6” in this case.

I think that I can effectively track my time and figure out a timetable that allows me to work effectively and finish my work on time. Therefore I would rate myself as a “7” in this case.

Waste Not, Want Not (SketchUp) II

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This is a digital design of the Apple Packaging that we designed earlier today. It is not an exact replica of the actual package, but it is close enough without being way off the mark. Geometry can allow us to reduce our carbon by allowing us to figure out what kind of shapes we should use that both allow us to make an appealing package for a product, while using the least amount of un-recyclable materials. It also allows us to make informed decisions on what materials should be used to make the packaging.

Waste Not, Want Not

Apple Packaging












Criteria for a Good Package:

1. Easy to Open: The Package is Sealed and will therefore ensure that the apple inside will remain fresh for a while longer. Although one must have scissors to open the package, and this might be a problem if one does not have scissors available to them.

2. Secure: Because the Package is sealed, the package inside will not fall out by accident.

3. Contents should be Obvious: the package is sealed and is therefore not obvious to the buyer

4. Ergonomic: This package is not ergonomic because one needs scissors to open the package, and scissors are most likely not carried on person at all times of the day.

5. Protective: It somewhat protects the apple inside, but because it’s paper, the protection is not the best protection available.

6. Appropriate Size: The package is on it’s own lightweight, and it is small and compact. Therefore it is the minimal waste available, while being the appropriate size to store an apple.

7. Attractive: The package is somewhat attractive, for it has a somewhat comic appearance.

8. Light: The Package is made of paper and is therefore very light and does not add any excess weight.

9.  Durable: The Package is very durable, it was tested by dropping it and the apple. In the end, the apple was still in one piece and the package retained it’s shape.

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