Afghanistan

I had trouble sleeping last night and turned on a movie to fall asleep to and was riveted instead by Charlie Wilson’s War. I found out too late in the ending credits that I should have known better than to try falling asleep to Aaron Sorkin’s poignant and astute dialogue. Towards the end Phillip Seymour…

Learning Dua Lipa – Don’t start now

Here is a series of educational videos for you to learn ‘Don’t start now’ by Dua Lipa Easy Bass version Medium Bass version Bass Transition Drum pattern using Ableton Push Piano transition Synth Bass Complete DAW recording

From consuming to imitating, then creating

It’s been a blast to recreate Dua Lipa’s Don’t stop now. It’s such a danceable song with a wicked bass line. During my process of recreating the song in Ableton Live I’ve noticed that there is a difference in my response to and my relation towards the song as I delved deeper into the mechanics…

How we attach meaning

The benefit of a lockdown is having so much time to wander where your curiosities lead you. In an ever increasingly busy lifestyle you end up giving up pursuing those musings for lack of time and stamina – I encountered Sir Ken Robinson’s talks on Youtube for the first time and fell down that rabbit…

Representation in media

With the release of Shang Chi people are seeing the benefit of diverse representations in media. In recent times we had the Black Panther and Crazy Rich Asians proving by their box office profits how much they resonated with consumers and satisfied their desires to be portrayed and included in general media as equals. This…

Racism and music education

Ever since George Floyd died last year, BLM, systemic racism, white privilege, CRT have been an obsession of mine and I’ve read histories of the civil rights movement in the USA, Martin Luther King Jr, Malcom X. I read novels by Alice Walker – The Color Purple, Toni Morrison – Beloved, Colson Whitehead – Nickle…

Baby stepping project- Sampling on Ableton

This educational series is intended for high school students with developing aural skills to sample music and lay a drum line on top using Ableton live and the push. It will be a first step into the world of electronic music production, with a spin towards mash-ups and groove making.

Learning while teaching

Teachers teach as they are taught (Blume 1971.) Teachers are active learners who construct their own understandings (Putnam & Borko 1991.) At any given time there is a need to be learning what is being taught while at the same time questioning, examining and learning about the nature of teaching (Hoban 1997.) I think part…

Tech Project – Baby stepping producing

The word always baffled me: Producer I was always assumed directors directed cinema and composers composed pieces of music – nevertheless, producing music is so FUN! Having been a very low tech classical pianist before starting my Masters at the Con, and very fortunate to meet technological whizzes like James Humberstone and Brad Fuller, I…

Rubik’s Cube and Ableton

A couple of years ago I wanted to learn how to solve a Rubik’s Cube without help. It took me about 40 hours. 5 days, 8 hours a day and my fingers were raw because it was trial and error, process of elimination and memorising how faces moved when I input an algorithm. It was…

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