Archive for the ‘Music and Visual Media.’ Category

Today I sent a group message via Facebook to the students who are designing website and the flyers. We needed to start setting deadlines and creating a frame work where this project of a live event could be successfully achieved. After sharing some more ideas about the design of the logo and website I agreed to take on the responsibility of the printing of the flyers and posters. I will approach Student Services in the library and see if they can fund the printing as it is a third year grad show event. I don’t think we will need more than  two hundred flyers i will have to run this by the rest of the group.

Before the group conversation ended i made sure we all agreed on

  • A deadline for the website release                          (25th March – Good Friday)
  • A deadline for Artist bio hand- ins                         (Friday 18th March)

I have given my email address for Tommy to send over some template designs for the event flyers

 

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Nic Finch from Chameleonic came in and gave a couple of guest lectures on self branding and media.

I showed him my website and explained the idea of giving a business card that was black, with gold scripted font that had my name written on it and on the reverse side would just be the website address.

He discussed about printing techniques and explained I may come across some problems. I was explaining to Nic that Iv never built a website before and we discussed some options for the branding or the website logo.  tonysignature

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Having my own signature as my logo keeps the branding personal, I am building a website to promote my creative works but more to promote my voluntary and paid work experience within the creative arts industries.

After agreeing with the handwritten signature he  helped me with getting it to be a suitable image for the web… Massive Thanks Nic!! 🙂

http://www.alichant.com/www.alichant.com/Home.html

http://www.toyboxstudios.co.uk

 

Toybox Studios is owned by Ali Chant, an Engineer and Producer based in Bristol. I particularly like this website’s simple and professional finish. The information of his works and discography is straight forward, precise and clear. Each page is linked to the navigation bar across the top of the page and the white background theme is through out.  Ali Chant is a renowned artist having worked with many successful musicians, his show reel is something nice and I do like how Ali Chant has a separate website for himself and the studio business, (toyboxstudios.co.uk)

This is like my destiny sessions website and platform idea which is still actually live… It consists of an email address/ domain name, youtube and Facebook pages. I guess one way to expand on that is to have twitter or instagram and keep on blogging about our projects!! (upcoming DS project, Falling Under)

http://amywadge.com

Amy Wadge is a grammy nominated songwriter living in wales. Her website is also very clear, simple and interesting. ……. tbc

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Danielle Lewis has successfully gained a place on this years BBC Horizons project. Her sweet acoustic songs and contemporary singing came to my attention through Facebook. I decided to check her out and easily found her artist website. I noticed that the template she uses is the same template I have chosen to use on Squarespace.com. Her website is easy to navigate and it is clear to see that she is a regular gigging musician. Personally i am not at that stage yet, i would like to curate a sound, produce an ep and then hit the road or scene with a product. Danielle’s website home page scrolls down through only some of her pages consecutively, I can see this is a personal alteration to the we site template that i have taken an interest in.

http://www.anthonyfitzmusic.com

This is my website still under development, Slightly different from the earlier posts in the way i have subtracted some of my pages at the top of the navigation bar. Im really on a mission to make my website as simple and effective as possible. I am waiting to have a photo shoot for the website and also design some graphics as my name logo. I look forward to the next session with Nic Finch, he has already helped me with some vector imaging which was really nice.

http://www.destinysessionsuk.com (DS) –

I can probably keep the recording studio projects on this platform but still included it in the main produced website. The pseudonym Destiny Sessions will show the produced works with other singers and songwriters in the studio, 99% of the time are in partnership with Alex Heywood (engineer at DS).

 

The best way to make myself and creative services presentable and accessible to people is to develop a website/ portfolio. I have never built a website before, I am my own worst critic and the idea of making yourself a brand is slightly un-easing. This task has proven to be challenging but also fun.

I chose http://www.wix.com to develop my first ideas and i presented this site to my tutors…

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After some tutor feedback and a new website recommendation I began to work on http://www.squarespace.com for a more professional finish. I think this above idea still portrays a slight juvenile aesthetic. I decided to invest in myself and bought the domain name and this is when www.anthonyfitzmusic.com was created.

After the inspiring lectures with Stefhan Caddick &  Nic Finch on branding and creating logos i began to experiment with some ideas,

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….. I decided i wanted to keep the name and branding with a personal feel so i experimented with simply writing my name…

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I thought of having a black business card with my name on one side and my website on the other  side…

”Black card with gold thin border, swirls at the corners and the above signature with the small arrow”

After a little experimentation it was suggested to me that i chose a more contemporary colour, one that was bright, eye-catching and appealing to younger people…

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I have spoken to two students on the photography and documentary film course and they have agreed to take some quality shots for the website! I have had a play around with some ideas, This is the website on sunday 21st feburary, 18:19pm. Still under construction…

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Current references I had before the designing of my website was  www.alichant.com. I do like how his website is set out. Its minimalist and professional looking with a navigation bar across the top and separate pages as the navbar links.

I wanted to get stuck in and start building my new website so I decided to go with a more contemporary template on www.squarespace.com with everything linked to the navigation bar headings and links. Also existing in the constant scroll flowing down my website, the main background is slightly  burgundy, each subheading has a black background or uploaded background picture… i can also add media anywhere i choose.

Over the christmas break 2015/2016 I have been watching over the previous performance videos within the class I have been able to identify some certain aspects of that need attention, If I’m totally honest it all starts within myself. Throughout the course i have experimented with my music and written songs that come from the heart, its quite exposing to perform songs you write in your bedroom that I feel don’t have a market audience.

  • My performances are not engaging, No audience eye contact – because of being anxious about performing new material in the class my body language and voice projection is almost inverted, i sound almost choked up in myself!!
  • I didn’t practise enough, this is contributing to the lack of confidence – I guess there are no excuses really but dissertation and other module hand in’s have taken up a lot of time recently.
  • Anticipating the end result too much, trying to hard for perfection – Every time I perform a song it is slightly different… Instead of actually performing my songs with an engaged core tone and rehearsed melody line I would deviate or mess up and then this would send my performances into a downward spiral…

So what can I do to change this..?

  1. MORE GIGS!! – unless I throw myself into the deep end with the above points in mind I will not be able to fix the issues & I think the opportunity to get out and perform my music will quickly pass me by, which is something i don’t want
  2. PRACTISE PRACTISE PRACTISE!! – I should really finish my songs and work on the arrangements and include rehearsals with a band! <– In response my in-class performances feedback.
  3. Experiment with some distorted guitars for that rock live sound!!

I took up any opportunity to perform…

Also over christmas holidays a few different opportunities to perform had come my way so I said yes to every one of them. I have now established that Performing under different pseudonym’s can help authenticate my material as a practitioner.

Aj-Fitz is the singer songwriter/ Rap artist. – Aphitz is my electronic/ IDM Glitch & Breaks pseudonym and, – Mr. Fitz is a songbook project under the Aj-Fitz pseudonym.

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Clarence Bar Rocks was an event organised by Simon Gore, a fellow student on our course. I performed the material from the performance videos in the leading weeks and used this gig to trial out how a plugged in sound may work. I used a drum machine and played with Alex on bass. The gig went well in a sense that the crowd reaction was good and i had great feedback about my singing which helped my confidence. The idea of working with a drum machine was a needs must however I quickly learned that between tracks there was awkward moments of fumbling around with kit. As a conclusion I think It is now time to bring the full band to my music!!

At the end of this gig they asked for one more so I used hip-hop instrumentals and done some rap verses to finish. I think it went well, I made a couple of friends who are interested in playing for me should I need it and the crowd reaction was good.

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This gig above was a student music night held in Gwd I Hu in Cardiff. I wasn’t supposed to be performing this night but there was open mic slot available. Under the influence of dutch courage i got up and performed some of my rap verses. I do like to perform my rap verses, i do normally get a good response but my songwriting delivery is what I’m really trying to focus on at the moment. Its easy for me to get up and deliver rhymes using adrenaline as an aid but singing holds a level of discipline.

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The two events above are also rap hip-hop events both held in Cardiff. As previously mentioned rapping is something I like to do for entertainment proposes rather than a forwarding vocation.

Warming up the stage for Akala is the biggest gig I have yet to perform in regards to my Mc /Rap pseudonym. At the moment I am not promoting myself as an artist because of the early stages of development in the delivery of each pseudonym.

I have appreciated the gig opportunities and learned a lot. I think in terms of moving forwards I am now going to focus on the live sound and rehearse with the band.

 

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For me CSM has been an journey of expressing all of my musical skills, experimenting outside of the box and breaking down some of the ethical and creative thought processes behind making music and inclusively making a statement as an artist. As much as I have enjoyed every session on the course graduation draws near and I have recently been under a lot of stress and confusion as to what it is I am actually doing as an artist and where do I go from here, I haven’t actually found my sound yet! Its a positive reflection that I was auditioned for a publishing deal but that was back in 2012 and at that time I was at the end of my ‘rapping phase’ which began at the age of 13. I believe I was I was picked up not only for my writing and performance skills but mainly for my youth energy..? …The deal was not signed but the advice of the back of the audition was ..‘Write me a number one hit record!’  as my music was not ‘radio worthy’ as yet.

This was great advice to me for the commercial industry requirements and it brought a more structured construct to my song writing and disciplines to composing however, I felt I had reached out so far and wide when it comes to my music preferences that everything I tried do was simply just that… only an effort of trying to do something.

Take Reach for the Skies for example; I performed this track acoustically at the interview for a place at CSM. At the time performing this track was a new height for me as an artist… Its my first full track of rapping and singing the chorus. Before hand I would just rap over instrumentals or sing along playing my favourite rock/pop song on the guitar. Although written only four years ago since then I’ve grown

I aim to produce some material for a portfolio career as a Songwriter and Record Producer. Unfortunately this released content is me in the middle of a transition and is rather off putting, Personally i think its a such a flop, Not quite here or there… The video does not capture the essence of how this song can really connect with people. When it is performed live its easy to catch on to the chorus and sing along to but the full production and break drums take away the songs potential. I can not finish this year the same!!

My acoustic guitar and the piano have become my go to instruemnts over the past three years on CSM, I feel my older values and opinions toward my music have changed, I’ve tried every face in the book and now I’ve been stripped back to just myself. Its for the best i know but I feel exposed.

Theres a few sides to my musical expressions. Outside of relevance to CSM theres

AphitZ who writes electronic music influenced by cinematic atmospheric glitch music, IDM, Drum and Bass & Techno.

Mr. Fitz who is the animated character that presents some of my more uplifting, playful or whimsical songs. (Artwork under development)

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Aj-Fitz is the Rap & Songwriter who self produced a mixtape and now writes songs more often than anything at the moment

 

This first lecture was a fun and inspiring session. Covering themes from the book Steal Like An Artist by Austin Kleon we discussed the boundaries or ‘lack of’ when it comes to copying ideas and the dangers of becoming a pastiche when copying is over used or not thought out thoroughly.

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We discussed as a group the ‘life of a project’ and some ways to overcome feelings of no longer being engaged with an idea

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After some group discussions we were given a task to be completed in 20 minuites. Steal Like An Artist suggests one of the best ways to fully understand what your trying to portray as an artist is to fully understand your influences and influences’ history and inspiration.

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Without thinking about it too hard i chose to use Meat Loaf as my favourite artist because ’Rock & Roll Dreams Come Through’ is probably one of my favourite songs of all time.

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I had never thought of doing this exercise on my own influences especially in the songwriting field, it was an interesting discovery to find that stage musicals and some great pop writing was behind such a dramatic and operatic artist as Meat Loaf.

We can see from the slides above there were two main writers behind the production of Meat Loaf. Jim Steinmans background was Musical Theatre, New York popular music and he was responsible for classics like Bonnie Tylers ’Total Eclipse of the Heart’. Celine Dions ‘All Coming Back To Me’.   …  Phil Spector was basically responsible for the contemporary girl group and the wall of sound.

Its interesting to know that as a result of the Rock Opera sound that MeatLoaf the ‘stadium rock sound’ started its journey with the works of Bruce Springsteen, Queen & Elton John. It is fair to say all of these artists express a wide range and full emotion in there performances.

Emotions… That’s the reason I write my music, I am always going ‘with what i can feel’ when writing a song or piece of music & Attending CSM has broadened my knowledge and techniques for being creative.

’So how can Meat Loaf and the ’Steal Like An Artist’ exercise inspire me or my music..?’

Although there is predominantly large productions and dramatic story lines to the music videos of MeatLoaf his works are usually based around the guitar or piano, I play the guitar and piano myself. I will look at some youtube tutorials and see if i can identify any common themes or methods in his music.

I will also strip back all of my material and perform them as they’re written. This way i can focus on the strength of the songwriting rather than a production of something that is a near miss.

I look forward to recording some more demos but before that… Practice!

GP. Performance #1

Posted: December 4, 2014 in Music and Visual Media.

Today Tim and I tried out our split screen game in front of the group for the first time. I played the guitar and he played the piano. Our tutor Jack pressed the space bar to generate the max patch. Afterwards we talked about how we could develop the idea so the audience would have a more interactive part to play in the improvisation. We discussed how we could break down the performers visual instructions further, separating them over more buttons or controls for the audience..

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https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=NTlOOG-PcDo&list=UU9rlmL0R1RQOuM82MQzTXtw

Tim and I also made some further suggestions about how to develop the idea,

  1. In order to get a musical result out of the game, the random selection process must coincide with some form of musical theory as some of the selections for example D & A in the circle of fifths can be a clash..
  2. Look into expanding on the images and give each picture some more instructions, for example a chord chart and some information on chord families, (more potential chords structures in a given key)
  3. We also discussed how the aesthetics can be developed for example using planets to

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This is my final brief entry for Music & Visual Media. I am currently looking to develop my own production skills for the music i write. I created some story boards and tried to follow them as best i could. Upon the day of shooting i came across many minor issues that held me back and maybe with more planning and experienced advice i could get more out of a day of shooting. I could have done with a portable system to play my pre-recorded track whilst shooting, I could have used more than one camera for different points of view. I could have kept in time and made this video as if i were performing the track…

Using some improvisation i decided to make a montage of mixed footage but some of the sections in this video are my ideas for the future finalised video. By the end of the third year i plan on taking this first draft and developing the ideas. For the editing i have used some footage from youtube and my own footage.

This is my first attempt of using Final Cut Pro X. I really enjoyed this project however now i have accomplished the basic tools i wish to delve deeper by spending more time on it in the future.