naivemelodies

A project by Alice Moynihan, track my progress and ramble in this space.

The Music of Memory: Victoria Williamson at TEDMEDLive Imperial College 2013

I heard about  a best-selling book called ’ Six-Word Memoirs  described on the website as

'the story of your life—some part of it or all of it—told in exactly six words.

In classrooms and boardrooms, churches and synagogues, veteran’s groups and across the dinner table, Six-Word Memoirs have become a powerful tool to catalyse conversation, spark imagination or simply break the ice.

Here on Six Words, we offer a simple platform to share the short, sharp story of your life, as well as provide daily prompts to share your six-word takes on the topics of our times.’

The creator of the project and the magazine ‘smith’ bases his form of journalism on the idea that ‘everybody has a story to tell’  I found it iteresitng because it looks at allowing us to see the obscure, or everyday persons view of the world.

Here is a clip of it summed up

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=0ZOxhHXZW6o 

 

Survey monkey questions

Music Memories 
(All answers are anonymous, don’t be shy)
If you can only answer a few that is fine :)
 
1. Have you ever created your own music compilations ? E.g. Tape mix, Cd Mix etc.
2. Describe a mix you made and anything it reminds you of?
E.g. ‘John’ made a mix CD called ‘Afternoon Delight’ for his girlfriend when he was 19 and it was full of songs by Barry White. It reminds him of her crooked teeth.
3. Do you have a song or music that reminds you of a happy time, experience or activity? 
E.g. ‘Fat Freddy’s drop, Wandering eye’ was the anthem to ‘Johns’ summer when he was 17 and he went to a festival. It reminds him of warm beer and hot chicks.
4. Do you have a song or music that takes you back to a sad event or time in your life?
(please describe)
5. Do you have a song that reminds you of being in lurrrve/ getting it on ?

6. Is there a song you really dislike and why?
E.g. ‘John’ hates the song ‘How you remind me’ by Nickelback because they played it constantly on the radio when he worked at Pak’n’save and he finds Chad Kroeger hard to look at.

7. Do you have a song that reminds you distinctly of a person? this could be your mum, grandparent, boyfriend,rebellious high school friend etc.
E.g. ‘Yesterday’ by the Beatles reminds ‘John’ of his mother because she would whistle it while doing the dishes.

Taking the ever-growing story collection and thinking about how I would sort stories.. 

So far I have found:

Regardless of age, the majority of memories  seem to come from YOUTH YEARS ( 15-25 ) the recollection of music and story telling is strongest.

Seems to be experiences can be categorized very broadly as the following:

adventure/transition

love

sadness

shared experience e.g roadtrip.

Friend or specific person, e.g Dad

I will use these initial findings to make my Survey monkey questionaire,  which will be anonymous and that is exciting.

Think I am feeling interested in the stories and emotions rather than looking at things like digital vs physical or caring about what kind of media is used.

So I have been forgetting to post because I have been really getting into collection and physical workbook. Ideas flow better and it feels easier/less contrived to make and think. Here are some pictures  of me collecting stories I took which I placed up on my wall and tried to find connections in emotive language vs factual Info within the stories.

I knew the participants and asked personally.. I think the emotional content of the collections is very interesting and instantly I Can imagine how I would illustrate some responses.

The Design Advisor feedback session was helpful and I enjoyed hearing other people’s ideas. Roy put a blue sticker on this one ( an image of a fairly old, customized mix tape cover). I think some of us are pretty turned on by  nostalgic memorabilia, collecting physical objects that remind us of days gone by.  I’m not sure what it is but finding  old photos, scrawled notes, oddly customized books in dusty Sallies bookshelves, playing old mix tapes, gives me a really big buzz. I adore these objects, hoarding them with a kind of manic-motherly appreciation. 
I love a story told well.  I am interested in how objects of musical consumption/ collections can serve as personal self-narratives. Simultaneously I am interested in illustration,  putting image to word.  I like the idea that there is a space which exists in a moment that music can transport us to, a very specific event or a time or mood, emotion, feeling in our life.  Also I am interested in all modes of  these memories whether they are based in reality or some kind of embellished imaginative narrative. 
I am keen to start collecting I have talked to many friends/ family and started the process. I want to keep talking to people, finding stories that are conjured up by music either  that they enjoy or which defined certain points or events in  their lives.
I want to hear experiences, old and young, from mum’s 70’s commune guitar sing-along songs  through to Grannies dissatisfaction when  Elvis arrived on the music scene . Also whether the medium of consuming the music ( be it Vinyl, Tape,  Cd, Digital) changes this connection and how?

The Design Advisor feedback session was helpful and I enjoyed hearing other people’s ideas. Roy put a blue sticker on this one ( an image of a fairly old, customized mix tape cover). I think some of us are pretty turned on by  nostalgic memorabilia, collecting physical objects that remind us of days gone by.  I’m not sure what it is but finding  old photos, scrawled notes, oddly customized books in dusty Sallies bookshelves, playing old mix tapes, gives me a really big buzz. I adore these objects, hoarding them with a kind of manic-motherly appreciation. 

I love a story told well.  I am interested in how objects of musical consumption/ collections can serve as personal self-narratives. Simultaneously I am interested in illustration,  putting image to word.  I like the idea that there is a space which exists in a moment that music can transport us to, a very specific event or a time or mood, emotion, feeling in our life.  Also I am interested in all modes of  these memories whether they are based in reality or some kind of embellished imaginative narrative. 

I am keen to start collecting I have talked to many friends/ family and started the process. I want to keep talking to people, finding stories that are conjured up by music either  that they enjoy or which defined certain points or events in  their lives.

I want to hear experiences, old and young, from mum’s 70’s commune guitar sing-along songs  through to Grannies dissatisfaction when  Elvis arrived on the music scene . Also whether the medium of consuming the music ( be it Vinyl, Tape,  Cd, Digital) changes this connection and how?

Notes from the book by Carl Honore
The book is about the ‘slow movement’ which states In regard to lifestyle ‘slow is the new fast’ I read it because I was interested in the concept of slow music and ideas around this.
Octave Mirabeau a French writer observed in 1908 (Our) Thoughts, feelings, and loves are whirlwind. Everywhere life is rushing like a cavalry charge’
'Like a bee in a flower bed, the human brain naturally flits from one thought to the next, The high-speed work-pace, where data and deadlines come thick ad fast, we are all under pressure to think quickly'
'Slow thinking is intuitive, woolly and creative'
Saul bellow American writer said
' Art I something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes…the eye of the storm… an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction'
Tempo Guisto movement slows down classical music as a defiance of the modern age of speed and mechanization.
'Music can be exhilarating, challenging, stirring, or it can soothe and relax'
Why is there a global yearning to slow down?
20th century all about boosting the beat, upping the tempo.
pop 120bpm, drum ‘n’ Bass music 135bpm.

 

Notes from the book by Carl Honore

The book is about the ‘slow movement’ which states In regard to lifestyle ‘slow is the new fast’ I read it because I was interested in the concept of slow music and ideas around this.

Octave Mirabeau a French writer observed in 1908 (Our) Thoughts, feelings, and loves are whirlwind. Everywhere life is rushing like a cavalry charge’

'Like a bee in a flower bed, the human brain naturally flits from one thought to the next, The high-speed work-pace, where data and deadlines come thick ad fast, we are all under pressure to think quickly'

'Slow thinking is intuitive, woolly and creative'

Saul bellow American writer said

' Art I something to do with the achievement of stillness in the midst of chaos. A stillness which characterizes…the eye of the storm… an arrest of attention in the midst of distraction'

Tempo Guisto movement slows down classical music as a defiance of the modern age of speed and mechanization.

'Music can be exhilarating, challenging, stirring, or it can soothe and relax'

Why is there a global yearning to slow down?

20th century all about boosting the beat, upping the tempo.

pop 120bpm, drum ‘n’ Bass music 135bpm.

 

Reading through the opening passages of this book there where a few quotes I found interesting:
 ’ There will always be a need for Graphic design. Rock ‘n’ Roll is now all about brands, not bands’
-Richard Evans
'Music and the Visual arts spring from the same source. the human imagination with natural phenomena as its foundation; the sounds and appearances of animals, air, water, fire and earth. All are expressions of the essential. There is mystical correlation between color and sound.
-Marijke Koger
'Music is an abstract art in that any visual representation of the work is (usually) forced upon the music as part of it's marketing, rather than as part of the performance of the music itself. At best, that visual layer is the result of the designer, image maker, artist or photographer who is able to amplify the experience of the music and place the sounds within an interesting and unusual visual context. At worst, the visual representations of music is the result of misguided interpretations of sales statistics and imitative, rather than innovative thinking.'                  
- John Foross, Non-Format design

'The reason why the rock poster has had such a renaissance recently stems from the fact that people still want their music to have something tangible to it-downloads are great but people want to have and hold a piece of art that connects them to the band'
-Chris Hopewell

'The current digital download situation ahs certainly diminished the need for graphic design in terms of packaging but I believe that there will always be a strong union between music and imager which will manifest itself in future digital formats'
-John Pasche

 

 

 

 

Reading through the opening passages of this book there where a few quotes I found interesting:

 ’ There will always be a need for Graphic design. Rock ‘n’ Roll is now all about brands, not bands’

-Richard Evans

'Music and the Visual arts spring from the same source. the human imagination with natural phenomena as its foundation; the sounds and appearances of animals, air, water, fire and earth. All are expressions of the essential. There is mystical correlation between color and sound.

-Marijke Koger

'Music is an abstract art in that any visual representation of the work is (usually) forced upon the music as part of it's marketing, rather than as part of the performance of the music itself. At best, that visual layer is the result of the designer, image maker, artist or photographer who is able to amplify the experience of the music and place the sounds within an interesting and unusual visual context. At worst, the visual representations of music is the result of misguided interpretations of sales statistics and imitative, rather than innovative thinking.'                  

- John Foross, Non-Format design

'The reason why the rock poster has had such a renaissance recently stems from the fact that people still want their music to have something tangible to it-downloads are great but people want to have and hold a piece of art that connects them to the band'

-Chris Hopewell

'The current digital download situation ahs certainly diminished the need for graphic design in terms of packaging but I believe that there will always be a strong union between music and imager which will manifest itself in future digital formats'

-John Pasche

 

 

 

 

Collaboration:Illustration in context

I have made a case study of a magazine called popshot, which I enjoy reading. This is a place where illustration Is used in a collaborative way to help gain an audience for poetry in a moderrn context.

What is it?

The Illustrated Magazine of New Writing; Popshot is an illustrated literary magazine that publishes short stories, flash fiction, and poetry from the literary new blood. From the pavement to the pubs to the playhouses, our peculiar little planet is full of storytelling. Popshot aims to publish just a few of the more articulate and well-observed versions of these stories, illustrated by some of contemporary illustration’s finest. The magazine is published bi-annually, in April and October’

Who are they? 

The idea comes from creator Jacob Denno, he and the Popshot team call for open submissions over a given topic that they set. They then select the best and employ illustrators to create illustrationg to accompany the message.  He described the process a “conversation” between the two art forms, stating that “poems give reason for the illustrations to exist and vice versa.” This allows readers to engage with ideas that may have otherwise gone unexplored and creates a beautiful balance of text and image’


Who is it for?

People interested in literature, art, cultural ephemera, story telling, adults below 40, collectors. magazine/print enthusiasts.‘for a glimpse at the changing face of poetry, cast aside the dusty anthology and make room for the 21st century’s answer to an ancient art form’

Why are they making it?

To make poetry more accesible to the masses, bring it into the current era, to take poetry out of a elitist zone, to deconstruct myth that poetry is only  for academics.

‘the magazine didn’t look like a poetry magazine’

To promote modern poetry, to encourage the art form, to bring the art form into the current era.

‘Most people ignore most poetry because most poetry ignores most people’

Times of digital technology, printed and published books are refreshing

Who are the clients? an exposure tool for young or new writters and artists ‘literary new blood’ Poets etc.

Key Words & Phrases

Conversation two art forms, reason, current era, literary magazine, storytelling, peculiar, short stories, poetry, poetry ignores people, articulate well observed versions of stories

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http://www.theguardian.com/music/musicblog/2012/nov/07/cd-collection-reorganise-physical-music

An article from the Guardian entitled ’ Do you still collect physical music, What do you do with it’ 

'The notion of a physical music collection seems increasingly antiquated these days, though among people I know of around my age it has tended to be those who don’t care that much about music who have embraced streaming and downloading with the greatest vigour. Those of us who, for better or worse, have at least in part defined ourselves by the display of our listening habits still long for the physical object: ownership seems to matter to us’

I think this is not true that people who own digital music don’t care about music, I think  it is more of a convenience/space/habit/technology issue. People could argue that the packaging is not important and they care about the music not the thing that cases it.

Also some would argue that music is a personal thing and having the physical music lying around to advertise your musical tastes to other people is not necessary because people buy music for music and not the covers. However this may be true for some but to believe that wholly we would have to disregard/downgrade the power of music sleeve, gig posters etc. etc. And their role in the promotion/marketing of a band/musician.