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By: Jose Montoya

In every generation of Hip-Hop the dancing changes. In the 8o’s the dancing was more jumping around side to side with some style. Vanilla Ice and Mc Hammer for example had their own crazy dances that I don’t think I could keep up with. That style is considered old and out of style but it’s a classic, I like it at least. But even if that Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer were competing they had the same style of dancing but it was different. In the end every one knows who won that some what of a beef.

So this is a video of MC Hammer at the 1991 Grammy awards with Vanilla Ice in the audience and i think we all know how that went. not such a good time for Vanilla Ice. But anyways MC Hammer is crazy for his dancing!! Who goes up in front of thousands of people in a silver futuristic suit and sing Cant Touch this!!! He is Crazy!! but i have to give it up to him, he did his thing and loved every second of it, and thats what counts.

HAHA anyways besides those two guys beefing. Now here is the part where the dancing changes just about a year or two later it changed big time. In this video we see will smith hitting those 90’s moves. which are still sort of the same as the Vanilla Ice and MC Hammer ones but with a more flamboyant style like the color of the clothes haha.

So i was chilling the other day and i was you tubing and i realized the similarities and thought of blogging about it.

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Cynthia Maxwell: Youth radio presentation of sound

2/20/09

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Today at youth radio we, the winter core class, were introduced to Cynthia Maxwell who works at Apple to create applications and specializes in sound development.  During the presentation she mentioned that with every sound there’s a specific equation to make that tone. I’m only in the 11th grade and my favorite subject is math, but when she showed me what that equation looked like, I didn’t have a clue about what it meant. Luckily I was interested enough to ask if she could break it down and explain it to me after her presentation had ended.  Another thing that she mentioned in the presentation was that she used to work for NASA, and for anyone that’s a pretty huge accomplishment. She inspired me to apply for mathematics in college, something I’d never even thought I would ever consider.

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Cynthia Maxwell

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By: Miguel Ojeda

Cynthia Maxwell’s job is very interesting. At first I had no clue what she was talking about or what her work was about. As she started to explain more in detail about what exactly she does it made sense. It was weird and new but it was cool. Creating a software to make new sounds based on new shapes and what you can do with these shapes is out of this world. I was amazed when she took out her Iphone and started making sounds based on how she physically moved the phone. I highly respect her work and it’s something I will be looking more into.

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What’s in the”Classic”Formula?

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By:Tiara Lindsey

What makes a classic a classic? Is it the time and place where you were when you heard that beat that rocked your world? Do you remember the first time you heard it? That feeling, that rush? What does it take to get that feeling back? Or what’s in it?! My favorite classic right now is: “ain’t no half steppin” by Big Daddy Kane. The first time I heard it, I was inside, on a sunny day and I was feeling hella lazy but as soon as that beat dropped, I wanted to make moves. Why is that? The reason that classics are classics to me are usually based on my mood. I’ll skip through songs on my iPod and stop at the song that seems to match my heart rate. The songs that are considered classics to “o.g.’s” or the “older crowd” would be from artists like Marvin Gaye, Teddy Pendegrass, or Barry white. The newer crowd may consider classics today as…well I can’t even say that there are any classics today, because “a classic has to withstand the test of time, right?” I take all kinds of music into consideration; a classic for me in the grunge-indie category would be “smells like teen spirit” by Nirvana. That song gives me a different feeling, its Kurt Cobain’s voice and the way he says he’s worst at what he does best which to me screams something louder. But what’s in both of those songs that make me want to keep them on repeat? What will bridge the gap? Maybe none of these questions will be answered simply because what ever ingredient is in the classic formula is lost. Modern day music to me is “shinaz” or artificial coolness that lacks culture and experience.

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Rock Band/KHADEJHIA KASSENBROCK

BEING A MUSICIAN IS REALLY IMPORTANT TO ME. I FEEL LIKE IT’S MY CONNECTION TO EXPRESSING MYSELF CREATIVELY. WHEN GUITAR HERO FIRST CAME OUT, I THOUGHT IT WAS A TERRIBLE IDEA. FOR ONE THING, I COULDN’T UNDERSTAND WHY PEOPLE WOULDN’T JUST LEARN TO PLAY A REAL GUITAR. HOW COULD IT POSSIBLY BE FUN TO FIT ALL THOSE CHORDS, NOTES, AND SCALES INTO 5 BUTTONS? BUT I ALSO HAD ANOTHER FEELING IN THE BACK OF MY MIND: WORRY. I WONDERED, SINCE THE GAME WAS GETTING SO POPULAR, HOW IT WOULD AFFECT THE FUTURE OF MUSIC? WHAT IF KIDS STOPPED WANTING TO PLAY GUITAR, AND INSTEAD WANTED TO BUY GUITAR HERO? BUT, I JUST LET IT GO. AFTER ALL, IT WAS JUST A GAME. THEN, ROCK BAND CAME OUT. THIS IS A GAME THAT NOT ONLY USES A FAKE GUITAR, BUT A FAKE DRUMSET AND A MICROPHONE. AGAIN, I WONDERED HOW ANYONE COULD EVER CHOOSE TO PLAY THE GAME INSTEAD OF INSTRUMENTS, AND AGAIN, I WORRIED ABOUT THE FUTURE OF NEW MUSIC, AND NEW MUSICIANS. I WAS COMPLETELY AGAINST PLAYING EITHER OF THESE GAMES, UNTIL MY FRIEND INVITED ME TO PLAY ROCK BAND WITH HER. I SAID OKAY. AFTER ALL, YOU’RE SUPPOSED TO “KNOW YOUR ENEMY”. AS SHE SCROLLED THROUGH THE SONG LIST, I REALIZED THERE WERE A LOT OF SONGS I ACTUALLY LIKED, AND IT GOT ME EXCITED TO TRY IT OUT. I HAD NO IDEA WHAT I WAS DOING AT FIRST, BUT ONCE I GOT THE HANG OF IT, IT BECAME PRETTY FUN. EVENTUALLY I HAD TO LEAVE, BUT I WAS STILL HOOKED, AND ON MY BIRTHDAY, I GOT MY VERY OWN. IT TURNS OUT THAT PLAYING THE ROCK BAND DRUMS ON EXPERT CAN BE A GOOD TOOL FOR PRACTICING WHEN I COULDN’T PLAY THE REAL THING, AND TO THIS DAY, I STILL LOVE TO PLAY IT. I’M STILL ANNOYED BY THE GUITARS USED IN THE GAME. THERE ARE 120 PLACES TO PUT YOUR FINGERS ON A 6-STRING, 20 FRET GUITAR, BUT ONLY 5 BUTTONS ON A GUITAR CONTROLLER FOR BOTH OF THE GAMES. PEOPLE WILL WANT TO TAKE THE EASY WAY, BUT IT WON’T HELP ANYONE IN THE LONG RUN. AS THE GAMES GROW IN POPULARITY, LESS AND LESS KIDS WANT TO START A BAND, BUT MORE AND MORE WANT TO BUY ROCK BAND. EVENTUALLY, IT’S GONNA RESULT IN LESS “NATURAL MUSIC”, ESPECIALLY WITH THE LATEST INSTALLMENT OF GUITAR HERO. IN GUITAR HERO: WORLD TOUR, PLAYERS CAN CREATE THEIR OWN MUSIC WITHIN THE GAME USING PRESET LOOPS FOR DRUMS, GUITAR, AND BASS. IT’S GETTING SO ADVANCED THAT PEOPLE ARE GOING TO STOP NEEDING TO LEARN TO READ MUSIC, OR STUDY MUSIC THEORY, BECAUSE GAME LIKE GUITAR HERO AND ROCK BAND MAKE IT SO EASY. BUT, PLAYING INSTRUMENTS WON’T JUST HELP YOU IN MUSIC. IT’S BEEN PROVEN THAT TAKING MUSIC LESSONS STRENGTHENS THE NEURAL CHORDS THAT TRANSMIT INFORMATION BETWEEN THE LEFT AND RIGHT SIDES OF THE BRAIN, AND THEREFORE CAN HELP STUDENTS DO BETTER IN SCHOOL. FOR INSTANCE, IN 1993, JAPAN, HOLLAND, AND HUNGARY WERE THE TOP 3 COUNTRIES IN TERMS OF THEIR STUDENT’S SCIENCE ABILITIES. ONE OF THE BIG THINGS THEY HAD IN COMMON WERE THEIR MUSIC PROGRAMS: EACH COUNTRY TAUGHT MUSIC IN THE CURRICULUM FROM KINDERGARTEN TO 12TH GRADE. WHEN PARENTS HAVE TO CHOOSE BETWEEN GETTING THEIR KID A GUITAR OR GUITAR HERO, THEY SHOULD LOOK AT ALL THE BENEFITS THAT PLAYING A REAL INSTRUMENT CAN GIVE. MAYBE NOTHING WILL CHANGE WITHIN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY. MAYBE GAMES LIKE THIS WILL START TO FADE AWAY, AND MAYBE THEY’LL LOSE THE POPULARITY THEY HAVE NOW. NO ONE CAN KNOW FOR SURE WHAT WILL HAPPEN, BUT I KNOW THAT I WILL ALWAYS BE ON THE SIDE OF MAKING “NATURAL” MUSIC.

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LOSS OF CREATIVITY IN TODAYS MUSIC

              

LOSS OF CREATIVITY IN TODAYS MUSIC/TIYE BUCHANGO

 

IN MUSIC TODAY, WE DON’T HAVE VERY MANY POSITIVE RAPPERS TO LOOK UP TO. FOR EXAMPLE WE DON’T HEAR TOO MANY PEOPLE LIKE COMMON, MOS DEF, AND THE FUGEES INSTEAD WE LISTEN TO RAPPERS WHO TALK ABOUT GIRLS, MONEY, CARS, DRUGS, AND VIOLENCE. IM NOT GONNA LIE, MY IPOD DOES HAVE THESE TYPES OF SONGS BECAUSE THEY JUST SOUND REALLY GOOD. BUT MOST OF MY FRIENDS AND I DON’T LISTEN TO THE WORDS, WE LISTEN TO THE BEAT. IT SOUNDS CONFUSING BUT THE MESSAGE IN THESE SONGS DO NOT HIT US UNTIL WE’VE LISTENEND TO THEM A MILLION TIMES. BY THEN THEY ARE PROBABLY OUR FAVORITE SONG.  I FEEL THAT MOST KNOWN RAPPERS TALK ABOUT WOMEN IN DEROGATORY WAYS AND DISRESPECT THEM IN THE VIDEOS OR SONGS. I THINK BOYS FEEL LIKE IT IS NORMAL TO VIEW GIRLS AS SEX OBJECTS AND THINK THEY SHOULD ACT AND DRESS LIKE VIDEO CHICKS. WHEN GIRLS WEAR INNAPROPIATE CLOTHING SUCH AS BOOTY SHORTS AND SUFFOCATING TIGHT JEANS, BUT THEY ARE SIMPLY MIMICKING WHAT THEY SEE IN VIDEOS. I FEEL RAPPERS DO NOT HAVE TO PUT DOWN WOMEN IN ORDER TO BE SUCCESFUL AND TO  BE  LIKED IN THE MUSIC INDUSTRY.  AS A FOURTEEN YEAR OLD GIRL WHO WANTS TO BE SUCCESFUL I FEEL THERE IS PRESSURE PUT ON US WHO DON’T FULFILL THOSE STEREOTYPES PUT OUT BY VIDEO GIRLS. THEY MAKE IT HARDER FOR US TO SUCCEED IN THE REAL WORLD.  BUT EVEN WITH THIS GOING ON, I’M NOT GOING TO LET IT GET IN THE WAY OF MY FUTURE AND THE GOALS THAT IM WORKING TOWARD. I KNOW IM HEAD STRONG ABOUT THIS MATTER SO I WILL STILL LISTEN TO RAP MUSIC BUT I WILL BE MORE CONCHUS OF WHAT IM SAYING AND WHAT IM LISTENING TO.

                         

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Music is My Life

BY:TATIANA TOLBERT

MUSIC HAS BEEN A HUGE PART OF MY LIFE SINCE I WAS IN DAYCARE. WHEN USHER’S NICE AND SLOW SONG CAME OUT IN 1998 HE MADE ME REALIZE THAT I WAS MORE PASSIONATE ABOUT R&B THAN ANY OTHER GENRE OF MUSIC. I WAS IN AN AFTER SCHOOL PROGRAM BLASTING THE RADIO OUTSIDE WITH MY FRIENDS WHEN THAT SONG FIRST PLAYED. THAT WAS TEN YEARS AGO, I WAS SIX YEARS YOUNG REPEATING HIS LYRICS OVER AND OVER IN MY HEAD. FROM THAT POINT ON I LOVED LISTENING TO USHER, I LOVED R&B, BUT MORE THAN ANYTHING I LOVED MUSIC! I COULDN’T IMAGINE MY LIFE WITHOUT TODAYS ARTISTS SUCH AS NE-YO, KANYE WEST, RIHANNA AND LIL WAYNE. EVERY NIGHT BEFORE SCHOOL I CHARGE MY IPOD JUST SO I CAN START THE NEW DAY WITH A RHYTHM IN MY HEAD, A MELODY ON MY TONGUE, AND THE PROUD FEELING I GET WHILE LISTENING TO AN EMPOWERING SONG THAT MAKES A STATEMENT. MUSIC IS MY WORLD! I HAVE BEEN THROUGH SO MUCH FROM MY PARENTS SEPERATION WHEN I WAS YOUNG TO MY GRANDMOTHERS PASSING IN 2007 BUT THROUGH IT ALL MUSIC HAS STUCK BY ME. THERE HAS ALWAYS BEEN A SONG AROUND THAT WOULD MAKE ME FEEL ALRIGHT WHEN MY DAY WAS GOING ALL WRONG. MUSIC IS MY SUPPORT, MY FRIEND, MY UPS AND DOWNS, AND MY COMFORT.I’LL ALWAYS KNOW THAT MUSIC IS SOMETHING I CAN TURN TO WHEN IM IN NEED OF SOME INSPIRATION.

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