Wednesday, July 30, 2014

Final Study Guide

The final will be much the same format as the midterm, with a listening portion and a writing portion, except that there will be an additional 2 items in each portion. Otherwise, the weights and grading criteria will be largely the same.

Since we've listened to a massive amount of music this quarter, I'd like to narrow down the possibilities for the listening portion. The five listening identification problems will be selected from one of the 21 following tracks:

1. forbidden planet main title
2. forbidden planet ancient krell music
3. kontakte
4. come out
5. i am sitting in a room
6. dab
7. on the beach
8. ethiopian version
9. love to love you baby
10. renegades of funk
11. #5 go bang!
12. move your body
13. dr who theme
14. national anthem to the moon
15. die roboter
16. two-part invention in d
17. daisybell
18. appalachian grove
19. she destroyed her image
20. o superman
21. that wonderful love, once again

The 5 questions for the writing portion will be out of 10 or 12 possible questions. The concepts are cumulative.

Tuesday, July 29, 2014

Listening #9

Listening Selections:
  • Bob Ostertag "Sooner or Later" (1990)
  • Charles Dodge “He Destroyed Her Image” (1972)
  • Laurie Anderson “The Cultural Ambassador” 4:10 - ...
  • Laurie Anderson “O Superman” (1981)
  • Hideki Matsutake (Logic System): "Ano Subarashii Ai o Mō Ichido" trans: "That Wonderful Love, Once Again" (2003)
  • Paul Demarinis "Cincinatti 1830 - 1850" (1991)
  • David Tudor “Untitled for Toshi Ichiyanagi” (1972)
  • Q. Reed Ghazala “Silence the Tongues of Prophecy [exerpt]” (1996) 
  • Masami Akita (Merzbow) "Iggy" (1983)
  • Yasunao Tone “Imperfection Theorem of Silence” (2006)
  • Carsten Nicolai (Alva Noto) “U_06” (2008)
  • Matmos “Lipostudio” (2001)
  • DJ Scotch Egg “Scotch Bach” (2007)

Thursday, July 24, 2014

Listening #8

Listening Selections:

  • Eduard Artemyev "Solaris: Part III" 1972
  • Daphne Oram "Look at Oramics" 1967
  • Delia Derbyshire & Ron Grainer "Doctor Who Theme" 1963
  • Raymond Scott "Twilight in Turkey" 1969
  • Bruce Haack "National Anthem to the Moon" 1970
  • Kraftwerk "Die Roboter" 1978
  • Morton Subotnick "Silver Apples of the Moon" 1967
  • Wendy Carlos "Two Part Invention in D Minor" (J. S. Bach) 1968
  • Isao Tomita "Mercury: The Winged Messenger" 1976
  • Yellow Magic Orchestra "Music Plans" 1981
  • Eliane Radigue "Kyema (Intermediate States)" 1988
  • Christopher Strachey "God Save the Queen, Baa Baa Black Sheep, In the Mood" 1951
  • Newman Guttman "The Silver Scale" 1957
  • Max Mathews "Daisy Bell" 1961
  • Laurie Spiegel "Appalachian Grove" 1974
  • Jean-Claude Risset "Mutations" 1969
  • Depeche Mode "People are People" 1984
  • Whitney Houston "I Wanna Dance with Somebody (Who Loves Me)" 1987
  • Al Jarreau "After All" 1984

Tuesday, July 22, 2014

Listening #7

Listening Selections:

  • King Tubby "Ethiopian Version" 1976
  • Lloyd & Devon "Wolf Out Deh" 1977
  • Burial "Wounder" 2006
  • Sun Ra "Myth Versus Reality / Angelic Proclamation / Out in Space" 1970
  • Parliament Funkadelic "Mothership Connection (Starchild)" 1975
  • Donna Summer "Love to Love You Baby" 1975
  • Giorgio Moroder "Utopia-- Me Giorgio" 1977
  • Dinosaur L "#5 Go Bang! (Francois Kevorkian Remix)" 1982
  • Afrika Bambaataa & Soulsonic Force "Renegades of Funk" 1982
  • Zapp & Roger "It Doesn't Really Matter" 1986
  • Dr. Octagon "Earth People" 1997
  • Frankie Knuckles & Marshall Jefferson "Move Your Body" 1986
  • Cybotron "Clear" 1983

Thursday, July 17, 2014

Reading & Listening #6

Reading Selection

  • Lloyd Bradley: "Bass Culture" 
  • John Oswald: "Plunderphonics"
Listening Selections

  • Alvin Lucier "I Am Sitting in a Room" 1969
  • Bruce Haack & Esther Nelson "School for Robots" 1968
  • John Oswald "dab" 1988
  • Christian Marclay "Louis Armstrong" 1989
  • Raymond Scott "General Motors: Futurama" 1964
  • The Paragons: "On the Beach" 1967

Listening #5

  • Louis & Bebe Barron: "Overture" & "Ancient Krell Music", from Forbidden Planet 1958
  • Karlheinz Stockhausen: "Kontakte" 1959-1960
  • Joji Yuasa: "Projection Esemplastic for White Noise" 1964
  • Joe Meek: "I Hear a New World" 1960
  • Steve Reich: "Come Out" 1966

Saturday, July 12, 2014

Midterm Study Guide

In anticipation of the midterm on Thursday 7/17, I'd like to reiterate the format, give you a few hints, and nudge you to ask any questions you might have. First off, the format again:

3 Musical Selections. (25% of the total grade)

I want to know the title of the piece, who did it, and when. I would also like to know some significant information about it, no more than 2 sentences. Don't put your reactions to the piece a la the weekly homeworks- I've already seen those. Instead, try to show off some knowledge about the piece and its relevance to the class. If you can't remember parts of the three main factoids (title, composer, date), this last bit is a good chance for you to make up some points. I award partial credit, and dates that are within +- 5 years are acceptable.

3 Short Answers. (75% of the total grade)

You will select from a larger pool of possible questions, and write no more than two paragraphs for each question. Include all the facts you can gainfully employ to make your point. I am most interested in your ability to think critically. Referencing readings or conversations we had in class will help you win my favor. Write as little or as much as you think you need to prove yourself worthy.

Not all questions are the same level of difficulty. Undertaking an easier question will result in fewer opportunities for partial credit. Attempting a more challenging question will win you greater tolerance for minor errors. Take risks: I give points for audacity.

Two example short answer questions (neither of which will be on the midterm) are as follows:

"What are some of the effects of widespread mechanical reproduction on art? Support your argument with examples."
"Both Iannis Xenakis and Luigi Russolo found violence to be beautiful somehow. Compare and contrast their perspectives on this, citing their musical choices and commentary as evidence."

Please email me if you have questions. An example question of yours could be "is XXXXX an appropriate answer to that question?".

In addition to partial credit, I reserve the right, but not the obligation, to offer extra credit. That will be determined the day of the exam.

And now, a short pep talk from my man Leslie Nielsen.