October 21, 2011 § Leave a comment
On Wed. Oct. 12 I saw Ritmo Loco play in Arts 111 as part of the Arts & Lecture Series. They are a band which combines American Jazz with Salsa and other Latino influences. They are made up of four musicians, Gunnar Biggs on bass, Mike Holguin on percussion, Danny Green plays piano and Dan Reagan plays the trombone. They also gave a short lecture about their style of music and answered questions. One of the things that they talked about that is very important in salsa and tango music is clave which makes up the backbone of this style of music. Because this style of music is very chaotic and improvised by the musicians they have to have a skeletal structure so that they stay together and there is a rhythm, this is why they need clave because it makes this possible. It is the backbone, to show us what this really means they had us clap with one of their songs to keep the beat.
I thought that the music was really great. It made me want to get up and dance. The rhythm and beats were fun and interesting, never dull. Some of the songs gave a very romantic vibe. I really liked that the music was interesting and entertaining without lyrics which to me music without lyrics usually equates to elevator music, so that shows how unique the sounds were. It is too bad that clubs don’t play this kind of music around here. I would much prefer to go to a dance club with a band who plays original music than hearing the same hip hop/bump n grind music you always hear at the clubs. This was a fun and interesting event which has opened me up to other types of music.
October 10, 2011 § Leave a comment
1) I think that the reproduction of image is prevalent in the world today because it is so easy to replicate images. You can print anything you want for very cheaply often in your own home. You also don’t even need to actually print it to share it all you have to do it put it online, email, or post it on a social networking site. If you see an image around town or in a magazine you like you can look it up and print copies of it. Reproduction of images is so easy that anyone can do it and practically everyone has.
2) This can be a good and bad thing for the future of graphic design. I think that this makes it much cheaper and easier put your image/ images out there. You can print advertisement for yourself at low cost. It definately makes it easier to put images out there. There is definate down side to this and that is that there are so many images to compete with. In the world today your work needs to stand out and be unique. You should develop your own style, just like the blog http://applebeam.blogspot.com/2010/08/graphic-design-politics-and-branding.html states that the to be recognized you need “To create an image that is fresh and alive and noticed by everyone. At first creating sensation, even outrage, but gradually becoming accepted by popular media and critics alike”. I think that is becoming more difficult because we are being flooded with so many images that we become desensitized.
3) I think that the reason that the John McCain canidacy for president wasn’t able to effectively use the internet for the campaign is because McCain as an individual is an older generation. People from older generations especially a couple years ago didn’t really see the importance of using all that the internet has to offer for reaching people, they also probably didn’t really understand how to use it. Another point is that the republican party in general is more conservative and therefor may have had some reservation about putting themselves out there openly all over the web.