Archive for December, 2010


Sound Moves

After reading this article, I felt like I could easily connect with some of the points that Michael Bull makes about the Ipod culture. I recently just lost my Ipod, and I am also a commuter, with that being said… I feel like I lost a huge part of me. The day I lost my Ipod I realized what it was like to experience the world outside of work, school or being indoors at home. At one point I was sitting in the bus and I remember thinking to myself “Why is it so noisy? I don’t remember these buses having all this noise.” Then I realized I was not in my everyday “world” which is that, of music.

Most people take their preference in music very seriously, I am a prime example of this statement. I love my music and I can tune the world out by putting my headphones on. Though, some people claim this to be a negative result, I view it differently. There is nothing better than to begin a long day, than to be able to listen to some good music which can possibly pump you up for the rest of the day. Then theres the end of day, stress reliever, my Ipod.

Since I lost my Ipod, I have been limited to 4 gigs – it’s been a week, and I am ready to go purchase my 32 gig once again.


Hip Rock?

As I was reading McLeod’s article which talks about the creation of The Grey Album by Danger Mouse, I realized how the evolution of sampling has unfolded to so many different levels. Hip Hop is the birthplace of sampling, yet we are hearing it in different genres now, and in this case, a fusion of genres. Here, Danger Mouse takes two musical icons – The Beatles, and Jay-Z – Who represent two different styles of music, and with totally different backgrounds, yet who’s music can influence a broad range of audiences (even when combined). Personally, I had never heard of Danger Mouse, but as soon as I started to read the article I immediately went to YouTube and searched The Grey Album. I like it.

Although I was only allowed to access certain songs, as I went to listen to the 99 Problems fused with a sampling of the Beatles,  the music had been disabled on YouTube because “This video contains an audio track that has not been authorized by all copyright holders.” Which goes hand-in-hand with what McLeod spoke about in his article. I completely agree with McLeod’s statement in the article where he claimed that Danger Mouse’s musical collage would have made millions, while having no impact on the artist’s individual sales. In the case of music, there are so many different musical styles that catch our ears’ attentions, but we will always have our preferences, and we would always support our favorite artists.

Mash-ups and musical fusions are commonly used nowadays, if you tune into prime time radio you will most likely hear a line up of these songs which make our heads bop as much if not more than the originals.