Last Thursday several students went to Mr Pepper’s talk about the history of electronic music and how it has evolved over the years. The presentation was extremely interesting and we all learnt a lot about the creation of electronic music and also the various types of equipment they used to create this type of music, for example the 808 instrument that was, and still is, used to create beats. We also got a chance to use some of that equipment which Mr Pepper had brought into school and play around with it and make some interesting beats.
Nicholas Dixon, a student in the MVI, gave a lecture on Victorian Parlour Music based on his winning entry to this year’s Howard Essay Prize. Illustrating his points with music examples, he gave us a fascinating introduction to the nature and characteristics of this hugely popular, and largely forgotten, genre, explaining how it is as important to our understanding of the Victorians, as, for example, the Beatles are to the 1960s, or jazz to the 1920s. A wide discussion ensued, focusing on areas such as the songs’ musical, as opposed to historical, importance, and the relationship of parlour music to more working-class types such as music hall.
Mr Pepper reran for the iiiiv and vi (but new audiences) WPs his presentation on the electronic editing and reorking of clips of speech, from Talk Radio to speeches by Tony Blair and interviews with Princess Diana. A fascinating and exciting afternoon, with some excellent new material on e.g. Obama.
Mr Pepper reran for the iiiiv WP his presentation on the electronic editing and reorking of clips of speech, from Talk Radio to speeches by Tony Blair and interviews with Princess Diana. A fascinating and exciting afternoon.
Dan Nash (OC) gave a presentation on the Blues to the remv and vi Williams Projects. For some years Dan has been spending some of each year travelling the Mississippi delta, interviewing and playing with the old bluesmen and their descendants. From these experiences he gave us a thorough and passionate account of the origins of the Blues in the oppression of African Americans in the southern states, how the music was discovered and eventually sanitised, as well as playing his own powerful face-gritting renditions of some of the main Blues songs.