Harry Cheon

  • Good Work! I really liked your melody. The rhythmic balance is pretty good but I think you could have included 1 or 2 more long notes. I know you were trying to go with a faster pace, but I don’t think putting […]

  • This is the final edit that I am going to make for the Ternary Composition. After this, the class will evaluate and give comments to my final composition. Since this is my final chance to change anything, I took sometime going over the comments and feedback I got from my peers. In the draft, Ryan said that the notes look a bit too high for a trombone. And I just realised that the high notes in the composition is not playable by a trombone. So I had no choice but to change the key and the key that sounded the best (except for Bb and Eb major) was C major. Although Nicole was complimenting my choice of key, I had to change it to make it “realistic”. Andrew gave great feedback, and he said that the fermata in Bar 8 made the melody come to an end for a second, so I got rid of that, and it flows better from Section A to B. He also made a great comment about how I didn’t have any dynamics for the piano part, so I added dynamics accordingly. It may come to people’s attention that the piano parts are more softer (quiet) than the Trombone part. This is to make sure that the accompaniment doesn’t cover my melody like Ryan said.

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  • Nice Melody man! I see you are one of the few if not only person who started off with a minor key. I really liked the idea of building your melody up with dynamics and slurs (conjunct melody). At the end of the A […]

  • This is the 24 bar ternary composition that I have created based on the 8 bars I made in the previous weeks. The 8 bars was the A section of the Ternary Composition and I’ve created a B part which is also 8 bars to connect the A and A’ parts. When I was composing the B part, I had a very difficult time. I was trying to make a melody that actually fit with the A part rather than a completely different melody. The fact that I had to create the melody in the fifth key, it made it extra difficult to make it sound “good”. At the end, I did compose a B part that I was satisfied with. While I was composing the B part, I found myself on the piano a lot (although I don’t know how to play the piano) and tried to make a melody that sounded decent and fit the specifications. The A’ part is slightly different from the A part because I changed the melody in the last four bars but didn’t change the chords too much. Also, there was a major change in the whole composition because the key of the composition has changed from Bb major to Eb major. I did this because it sounded better than it did in Bb. I tried F, G, and C major but Eb major sounded the best.

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  • Factual:
    1) What are the production methods businesses use?
    There are several production methods that businesses can use, and they all dependent upon the service/product that the company provides/manufactures. […]

  • Factual:
    1) Why do businesses expand globally?
    Globalisation as we learned in Humanities in Grade 8 is happening in a very fast pace around the world. Globalisation by definition is the process of international integration of world views, products, ideas and other aspects of culture. Businesses can both take advantage of the Globalisation and be affected negatively at the same time. However, most of the businesses see this as an opportunity to expand into other countries of regions. There are a lot of cases when big businesses that are very successful in their main region of activity that go out and seek for other markets to thrive in. This way, they can get more money, but from the different population around the world. Since the market population has increased, the demand increases. However, there are some cases where the businesses are not successful in the region that they are active at the moment and is seeking for another start in a different market and population. What businesses, especially smaller businesses need to realise is that during this global expansion a lot of businesses can’t keep up with the level of the global competition.

    Conceptual:
    2) How can we analyse a market’s suitability for expansion?
    In the unit we learned a way to analyse a market’s suitability for expansion in a specific country (or small region). It is called the PEST analysis. PEST stands for Political, Economic, Socio-Cultural, and Technological, and the PEST analysis takes into all four of those factors of a specific country. In those factors, there is possible opportunities and threats in the country. A business should take all four factors (or more i.e. Ethical, and Legal) and come to a conclusion of whether to expand to the country or not. Businesses should note that one threat can be very dangerous to a certain business and can outweigh the other opportunities. Taking those things into account, the business should carefully decide.

    3) How does one determine if an action is ethical?
    It is very hard for businesses to satisfy everyone. Being ethical may mean that there is going to be an increase in the cost of production, which will result in a drop in supply. Business Ethics can be looked at from different perspectives. Most common guideline of Business Ethics is the code of conduct. A code of conduct will specify the set rules regarding responsibilities of every single individual in the business/company. It is like a bar they have set for themselves. These will include concepts like ethical, honour and moral codes, as well as religious laws. If a company is ethical, it means that they are not violating anything in the code of conduct. However, sometimes code of conducts won’t cut it. Since they have written it themselves, they have to take into account what the society says about their actions and if they are violating basic “ethics” of a human being (i.e. UN Declaration of Human Rights).

    Debatable:
    4) To what extent do businesses behave ethically?
    Business act for themselves and do what they think is beneficial to them. Some businesses are very ethical, and has little to no problems regarding ethics. To name some, Gap, Levi, and Ford are one of them. They are ranked one of the highest in the World’s Most Ethical Company List. Companies behave ethically because it reflects positively on their reputation. Unfortunately, not all businesses are as ethical as they are. Most of the times, bigger businesses have a hard time being ethical. Its not that they try, but it requires the business to sacrifice lots of things to the extent that it decreases their profit by a lot. Companies that get penalised a lot is Nike of course. Although Nike has come a long way in terms of being ethical, they still have a long way in front of them. Nike in the past have been accused many times of using sweatshops to manufacture their products. Now they are not using sweatshops anymore but their factory conditions aren’t that great either. It may seem like a very small improvement they have made, but from the company’s standpoint, they have made significant steps towards to earning the “ethical” title. To some extent, I understand where companies like Nike are standing. To be fair, they are taking advantage of the negative effects of Globalisation, but there is nothing wrong with that politically. It is just not right to exploit those weaknesses in our eyes. So thats why I can’t say that businesses behave ethically, but I also can’t say that businesses don’t behave ethically. I think businesses behave ethically to some extent.

    5) To what extent does globalisation create opportunities for business?

    The idea of Globalisation was to connect the world, and although I have been saying a lot of negative things about it, it has loads of positive things that come with it too. It brings lots of opportunities for businesses if actions are conducted well. As mentioned before, there are many reasons why businesses expand globally, and one of them being a larger market size or target audience. A thing to note here is that people around the world have different tastes or preferences. So, if a business wants to expand into another country or region, the business has to think about if their products at the moment would suffice. Usually, it doesn’t, and most of the times, the marketing strategies are different too. For example, a furniture company in the US is trying to expand into Asia (Mainly Japan, China and Korea). The company has to take few things into consideration before selling products. Those things are: consumer standards, average price for the same product, marketing strategies and many more.

  • This is the final 8 Bar composition Draft I am going to post in the blog. The major changes in this draft is the dynamics and the last two bars. I realised that I didn’t have any dynamics in my melody and it was pretty boring throughout the piece. To relieve the boredom, I also put some accents on bar 6.

    I wasn’t really satisfied with the last two bars I’ve composed because it didn’t sound too good. The problem was the seventh bar. At the end of that bar, there is a eighth note chord that didn’t sound inline with the melody and it ruined the sound. I fixed it by making the chord rhythm same as the melody rhythm. Lastly, the fermata at the end will not be there for the first 8 bars (first A section) because it slows the whole thing down too much, making the audience think that it is going to end. This will be there at the second A section.

     

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    I have created a draft of my main melody for the ‘A’ Part. This is not the final melody, and I am not open for feedback just yet. I will get some feedback whenever I think my melody is ready, meaning that the melody should be “solid” in my opinion so that I can get good feedback I can use to improve my melody. At the moment I haven’t put any diverse dynamic, so I will have to work on that. Also, some chords don’t sound well together, so I will have to get some feedback from Mr. Otoole or Ms. Po about my chords and cadences.

  • Screen Shot 2015-01-14 at 10.02.29 amThis is the The 8 Bar Rhythm I have created. We were meant to give feedback to other people, and I got a feedback from Henrique. He has mentioned in the comment that I don’t have a lot of variety in the rhythm and I will take that into consideration when I create my 8 Bar melody. However, I somewhat feel like repetition is the main focal point in my rhythm at the moment, so I will carefully change the rhythm as the bars have to relate to each other.

  • The second day of school in 2015, we had a design day. A back to back design project but this time the project is a Math and Design project. The project is about making a proposal or a report to a specific […]

  • Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 10.55.59 am Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 10.56.06 am Screen Shot 2015-01-16 at 10.56.12 amWe had two tests in December :(. Of course we had it in December because it is the time of the year for presents and Mr. O’Toole had two amazing tests for us. One was a playing test and the other one was a theory test:

    I always liked theory more than playing (IDK why), its probably because I am better at it. The theory we learned this year was much more advanced than the things we learned last year, and I expected to learn more advanced (?) stuff. Although we didn’t get our theory tests back, I think I did fairly well (although I made one silly mistake that Mr. O’Toole gave me a death stare for). I was really well prepared for the most part because I had written a summary of stuff we learned the night before so that I knew all the stuff. I found that writing stuff down helps me a lot to memorise and understand concepts well (not only music but all subjects). I was a bit surprised when I was struggling with intervals though. It was the topic that I did a presentation on and the topic that I was very confident about. On the flip side, I was really not confident about transposition but I didn’t take as much time as I expected myself to take. When I saw the result of the test I was surprised. I didn’t do as well as I expected myself to do. The one part that I didn’t do well was the seventh chords. I didn’t realise that I had to put accidentals for according to the diatonic scale.

    For the playing test, I was satisfied but I wasn’t really happy about it. I had practiced, but not a lot to the extent that I was “perfect”. As the mark shows (6/8), it was satisfactory. The piece itself was really hard for me because I had a lot of sliding to do (and Henrique and a lot of finger sliding) since I play the trombone. At first, I couldn’t even play the piece, but after I practiced at home, I realised that I could do it. I didn’t practice the piece a lot because I only practiced the concert pieces and practiced the playing test piece two days before the actual test. If I spent more time practicing the piece I think I could have done a better job. I think my notes were pretty accurate, and I was on time. One thing that bother Mr. O’Toole was my connection between notes. It was there but it was a bit funky. Because trombone uses the slide to change notes (duh) I had the notes between the positions while I was moving to my next note. He said I could have a very light tonguing between notes to prevent it, and I think I will practice that to improve my playing skills further. There weren’t a lot of dynamics in the piece except the accents, and I think I was too busy thinking about the fast part of the music, I just disregarded (how disrespectful) the accents. I tried to play pretty slow (probably slower than others) because I had to be able to play the notes clearly rather than just spewing out notes fast. I was proud of myself for not rushing too much (I don’t know if I did, but I probably did) because I rush all the time.

    This year I think I have improved a lot musically. Also its probably because we are actually playing something that I enjoy playing. 2014 G9 Music class was a blast and I hope to have more fun in 2015.

  • Static Electricity is common in our daily lives. It is everywhere. In class we looked at wimshurt machine, Van de Graeff, and Tesla foil. It is created whenever two surfaces contact and separate, and at least one […]

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