Sound Braid and Math!

I came across this video the other day and was thoroughly impressed. I have learnt about inversion of music in school but this video shows how one might possibly figure out why inversion is neat in music. I also highly recommend watching her other videos (especially the one about “hexaflexagons”, even though it’s not about music) because they all incorporate math. Surprisingly, math and music are more alike than one might think.

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The Red Piano

The Dunlop Art Gallery in Regina is currently doing an exhibit on The Red Piano. The following is an article with photos on CBC.ca | The Afternoon Edition | ‘Play’ at the Regina Public Library.IMG_0352

Kathleen Irwin and Jeff Morton PLAY
Organized by the Dunlop Art Gallery
June 14 to August 25, 2013
Central Library Gallery
Opening Reception and Concert: Friday, June 14 at 7:00 pm
Artists Talk: Saturday, June 15 at 1:00 pm
Creative Composition for Piano Workshop: Saturday, June 15 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm
Full Moon Community Choir and Processional
Workshop: Saturday, June 22 from 2:00 to 4:00 pm, City Square Plaza, Downtown Regina
Processional: Sunday, June 23 from 9:00 to 10:00 pm, City Square Plaza, Downtown Regina

PLAY is an interactive installation developed in collaboration between theatre practitioner Kathleen Irwin of Regina’s Knowhere Productions and composer and sound artist Jeff Morton, who is originally from Saskatchewan and is now based in Ottawa.

PLAY invites members of the public to literally play, with the installation of a shiny red upright piano outside the doors of RPL Central. Inside the otherwise spare gallery is another red upright piano, modified by Morton and theatrically staged by Irwin. Outfitted with speakers, a microphone, and a webcam, the camera records the sound and image of the gallery visitor when they sit down to play the piano. Operating on a delay, participants will hear the recorded sound of previous participants playing and see their images projected onto a screen made of multiple sheets of musical notation paper. Visitors’ recorded sounds and images will join an expanding archive, and they will have the opportunity to contribute to an ever-changing improvised composition developed through iterative call-and-response.

On the evening of June 14, concurrent with the opening of PLAY, there will be a concert featuring live performances featuring new work by Ian Campbell (Regina), Kenn McLeod (Regina), Ellen Moffat (Saskatoon), Jeff Morton (Ottawa) and Alain Perron (Regina), who have developed experimental scores for and responses to this particular system. On June 22 and 23, coincident with the “supermoon,” artist Amber Phelps Bondaroff (Regina) and Knowhere Productions will be facilitating a costume and instrument making workshop, processional, and community choir in response toPLAY’s outdoor piano installation.

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New Music-Note Scarf!

New Music-Note Scarf!

Check out Cobb Swanson in Regina to purchase your very own scarf like this one. Comes in a variety of colours!

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Sunday Humor

Sunday Humor

This was taken from the Cobb Swanson Facebook Page.

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Cecilian Concert Series 2013-2014 Season Announcement

Cecilian Concert Series 2013-2014 Season Announcement

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Fun Fact Week – Friday

Today marks the last day of my “Fun Fact Week” because today is the big exam! As I prepare one last time I find myself interested in the piece Symphonie Fantastique by Hector Berlioz

FUN FACT: Symphonie Fantastique: Episode de la vie d’un artiste, is the full title of Berlioz’s work. It was inspired by his own life and the “beloved” actress Harriet Smithson. Berlioz based the main idea or “idee fixe” on Harriet Smithson and this would be the recurring theme of all his FIVE movements! However, it is unlike the typical cyclical structure of the classical era because this recurring theme undergoes transformation and it was originally devised by Berlioz himself. Interestingly, Berlioz married Harriet Smithson (his muse), but later separated from her and only married another woman once Harriet passed away.

This work also demonstrates many orchestral advances and techniques that Berlioz devised himself. On a side note, I enjoy playing this piece on Halloween because of it’s beautifully grotesque nature.

If you have any “Fun Facts” you would like to share, please post them down below in the comment box.

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Fun Fact Week – Thursday

With the music history exam just a day away, I find myself studying more about the composer’s background. For this particular exam the focus is on music from the baroque era to the present day (1600-present). The following is a list of the composers that I will be expected to know (mainly about their personal upbringing, musical style and genres they composed in): Bach, Handel, Haydn, Mozart, Beethoven, Schubert, Chopin, Berlioz, Debussy, Stravinsky, and Louie.

FUN FACT: To this date, only Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Franz Joseph Haydn, and Alexina Louie have had ONE spouse for their entire lives.

Here is an overview of all the composers and the history of their love lives:

J.S. Bach = Married Maria Barbara Bach (dies); Married Anna Magdalena Wilcke
George Frideric Handel = Remained single
Franz Joseph Haydn = Married Maria Anna Keller (unhappy marriage)
Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart = Married Constanze Weber (against father’s wishes)
Ludwig van Beethoven = Remained single
Franz Schubert = Remained single
Frederic Chopin = Love affair with Aurore Dudevant but never married
Hector Berlioz =  Married Harriet Smithson (Separated); Married Marie Recio after                                         Harriet’s death
Claude Debussy = Married Rosalie (“Lilly”) Texier (Separated); Married Emma Bardac
Igor Stravinsky = Married Katerina Nossenko (dies); Married Vera de Bosset
Alexina Louie = Married Alex Pauk

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