DoL – The Wheels of Revolution

My chosen event is the Stonewall Riots, which were a series of unabashedly aggressive protests and clashes in retaliation to the police’s raid of the Stonewall Inn. This in turn led to the Gay Liberation movement, which is primarily what I’m discussing.

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1Ekw7Fhk6Iw8wxZKqZQGQ0j5wY7LtEBztsx9I-YFUhhQ/edit?usp=sharing

2. The Gay Liberation movement closely resembles the movement for women’s rights, which was fuelled by the law-defying protests and outspoken demonstrations of the Suffragettes. Both movements used acts of defiance to draw attention to their cause. These demonstrations often resulted in violence from law enforcement, which attracted negative attention to police enforcement and caused people to question their trust in the law and its moral compass. Outrage at violence and brutality easily transformed into support for both movements, and recognition of how women and LGBTQ+ were depraved of basic human treatment. The decline of social stigma was a large underlying movement. Social outlook and contact with taboo topics greatly influenced the amiability of the public and their perception on civil rights. The perils and stories of the fights  created icons and symbols for future activists to look upon, portraying an image of unapologetic honesty and determination which we convey today in our society.

3.  The wheel represents an added amount of justice for those involved, but is still continuing and evolving. The pursuit of change for LGBTQ+ people is not a black and white movement in which a certain degree of justice must be achieved. Groups and activists are continuing to target issues and stigma that may still plague our society. The revolution goes on as LGBTQ+ individuals strive to be perceived as equals, rather than as a rarity. LGBTQ+ people now can marry and work in the U.S. but still lack privilege in other third world countries with rigid, pre-established norms. In general, the consequences of the Gay Liberation movement are positive, as it has set a solid stepping stone for modern revolution and continued activism to step off of, as the movement begins to pinpoint smaller, specific goals and social issues.

 

Sources:

‘After Stonewall’ and Gay and Lesbian Liberation in Western Canada

 

http://www.history.com/topics/history-of-gay-rights

http://www.history.com/topics/the-stonewall-riots

https://www.britannica.com/event/Stonewall-riots

https://www.theatlantic.com/politics/archive/2013/01/…stonewall-uprising/272467/

Significant Personal Object

What is the story of this polaroid?

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This is a polaroid picture taken of me and some of my closest friends on New Years Eve. This photo is a primary source, as it is taken directly on the night of question. It is an original physical copy printed out directly after the time it was taken with Fujifilm, developed by a Fujifilm Instax Mini 9 Instant Camera. The photo was taken by my friend at approximately 11:30pm, and took around ten minutes to develop and show this image.

Various other events were occurring during the time of this photo. This was quite recent, taken at a gathering of around ten people, on a holiday night. Many other people were around, music and games played in the background, and the photo was likely taken in a frantic rush, causing it to be a little blurry. Another crucial element of this photo is the strengthening and development of friendships during this night, which led to this image being taken, as a representation of our bond. Of course, being in 2018, it was taken in modern times with quick, efficient tools.

An interesting feature of this photo is that it is in black in white, although being in modern times. There is written sharpie on the photo, marking the date. We can see from the photo that the background and setting is relatively simple, with a doorframe and a plain wall implying it was taken in a house, which can help infer that it took place at a house party. The polaroid is a little rough and scratched, as it has been in many different locations and was passed around to many people at the house party. What I can’t completely explain is the purple edge on the right side, or what the metal structure was beside the doorframe.

The chosen black and white feature of the photo could imply that the creator enjoyed black and white photos, or simply didn’t have access to coloured film. The source was created to encapsulate this memory on a date that felt significant to the creator, and also to have a tangible artifact of a friendship. With it being a group photo, we can imply that the creator felt most value with the people she was with, rather than a specific scene or event from that date. The desired audience was likely just for the creator itself, as the photo is simplistic and not arcane. The other people present at the scene could’ve changed the course of how the image was taken, as they could’ve presented specific angles or ways they wanted the photo to be taken as well. Because the image is mainly an aesthetic object, many things could’ve been done specifically to produce an aesthetically pleasing result, so the end result is very much purposefully created.

The photo extends what we know about the friendships/relationships at that specific moment in time and the type of bonds that existed, but limits our view into the actual scene/environment of the date. However, having the characters of a story considerably expands our insight into the story as a whole. The source also allows us to make inferences about the creator’s photographic or aesthetic preferences and their ideal method of preserving a moment in time.

 

Historical Thinking Review

How can we better understand the people of the past?

This question is an integral component of studying history, because it connects with many of the other questions and encourages us to displace our judgement in order to examine the past in depth. Understanding people of the past heightens our understanding of people now, and human nature at its basics, hence connecting to the application of history in our present lives. From looking at the behaviour and daily regimens of people who lived in completely different settings and contexts, we learn to embrace various topics and empathize with many emotions and struggles they faced.

Understanding people of the past also requires us to push past our predisposed beliefs and our current context and environment. It encourages effective, deep research without the interference of our personal judgement. Understanding a plethora of diverse perspectives allows us to understand how these perspectives convene and shaped to create the world we have today. We can draw back on events and people of the past to identify how they inspired change and progression throughout history.

With limited resources, this question strengthens our ability to infer. We may look upon an artifact or resource, study the context of the time period, and make educated inferences. History also requires the embrace of change and vacillation in various viewpoints and opinions, so being able to establish our own thoughts while drawing from other sources and new information paves the path for a broader understanding of past people and times.

In depth Week 5

The past few weeks have been very relaxed but helpful in familiarizing me to the program I’m using. I initially was incredibly overwhelmed by the seemingly endless controls and terminology that were displayed in Ableton, but after learning more about terms such as frequency, compression, and etc, experimentation has turned into a purely enjoyable experience. My task for the past week or two was to simply use many controls and buttons in the program to understand how they impacted my composition.

As Kody was unable to meet in person this week, we have stayed in touch online. A logical challenge that impacted our communication was our difference in genre/field. Kody works more with rock music, so recording his own playing and inserting it into a program. I am purely working with production, and using the tools and synths available to me on the program. These factors often hindered his ability to answer certain specific questions I had regarding electronic music and etc, but we were able to use many concepts he had learned through rock music and apply them in production concepts in general.

This also posed as a learning challenge. I found that a lot of the specific effects or types of electronic music I was going for were very much up to my own discovery, rather than Kody showing me all the details. However, to hold myself accountable, I tried my best to take the basic concepts he told me and his past experiences to further enrich my own discovery. Kody spoke to me about BPM and rhythm within the program, and I found that I could easily transfer the basic information I gained regarding rhythm and put my own spin on it to fit the style of electronic music I was going for. Kody was also very supportive and provided me with another possible mentor that would help me with more of the specifics of electronic music production, Alex Ballantyne. I emailed Alex and will be additionally meeting with him.

What I found went very well in our sessions and was very valuable was our discussions about the topic of music production itself. Kody cleared up any assumptions I had that would limit me and emphasized the idea that music production was mainly a process of self experimentation and application. I originally thought I would have a set task list with specific lessons, but Kody reminded me of the true essence of learning music production. He gave me tools I needed, but didn’t overwhelm me and encouraged me to experiment which has really made my experience enjoyable.

So far, I’ve made a few demos. I am looking forward to how I’ll progress, especially with an additional mentor secured!

In Depth Week 3 Post

This week, I met with my mentor, Kody, and we had a very insightful session. I learned about his personal experience with music production and some basics of the program I will be using.

Kody did music production for his IDS and began getting more into the field, visiting professional studios, and producing his own music. He works mainly with guitar and punk music, whereas I will be doing purely digital electronic/hiphop lo fi music production. We discussed the differences and obstacles we would face, as he had a skillset that differed from my field of production and the program I was mainly using.

Kody found his experience very rewarding, and throughout our meeting, he emphasized the importance of gaining just the right amount of knowledge and embarking on my own journey. He gave me the basic components of a track and key elements of a production, as well as explaining the meaning and use of terms such as input, output, MIDI, DAW, live mix, master mix, linear tracks, and master tracks.

He spoke about how I shouldn’t be trying to gain a complete, deep understanding of electronic production as a whole, as the topic is very broad and can easily overwhelm me throughout the course of in-depth. His advice was to learn as I go and EXPERIMENT with my software. Another key idea we discussed was the importance of using the tools I learn to help me create, rather than limit me with certain rules or impressions set upon me by other artists’ creation. With his advice, I have been just simply experimenting with Ableton and producing simple demo tracks. I realized that the topic I chose doesn’t really allow for a lot of structure or . specific set of tasks/steps to produce, so I will try to fully grasp the ideas I need with my own direction.

From our meeting, I have learned many basic elements of Ableton Live, and also how to open my horizon of creation/experimentation.

So far, I am getting more engrossed into my topic and am excited to expand on my skills!

Midsummer’s Night Dream Essential Question

In William Shakespeare’s A Midsummer Night’s Dream, we see that emotions often influence our perceptions of the world around us when we are driven by love/infatuation. Love can cause us to disregard logic and reason, often creating tunnel vision and a filtered lens that we look through which blinds our judgement. When Titania accidentally falls in love with Bottom as an ass, he jokingly says “Methinks, mistress, you should have little reason for that, / And yet, to say the truth, reason and love keep little company together nowadays” (3.1.132-134). Titania’s strange love for Bottom represents how love can cause us to blatantly ignore societal standards and responsible decision making. Lysander and Hermia also demonstrate a newfound view on Athenian society and law with their forbidden love for each other. Lysander plans a great escape, mentioning ” I have a widow aunt, a dowager, / Of great revenue, and she hath no child, / From Athens is her house remote seven leagues, / And she respects me as her only son / There, gentle Hermia, may I marry thee / And to that place the sharp Athenian law, / Cannot pursue us / If thou lovest me then, / Steal forth thy father’s house tomorrow night (1.1.157-164). Their strong desire to be with each other develops a divide from the society and people around them. Lysander and Hermia have tunnel vision for their love and hopeful marriage, and are willing to do anything it takes to reach this dream. Love is the motivation and driving force of worldview and judgement in A Midsummer Night’s Dream.

In-depth Introductory Post

I am extremely excited to start my in-depth project this year! I will be working on electronic music production, specifically on making more mellow beats with sampling rather than progressive/big room tunes.

That’s a lot of EDM terminology. Basically, I’ll be using programs like Ableton and FL Studio to make more mellow beats with samples of various sounds rather than making rave/party drops and such. I have always been a huge fan of lo-fi hip hop beats, and creative mixes which incorporated many samples from movies, films, and other pieces of media. I view music production as a relaxing outlet of creativity which incorporates the increasing modernization of technology and its role in music and enhancing production. This project can be entirely done on my computer, making it simple yet significantly useful.

Example of lo-fi hip hop:

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=AQBh9soLSkI

I’ve been playing the piano and studying music theory/history since I was three, so I have amassed an impressive foundation of musical skills and knowledge. I’m past RCM Grade 10 and am currently working on elementary teaching skills and music harmony and history. It will be interesting to see how these skills translate on to electronic music production, and to recognize any noticeable differences or difficulties I will encounter during my learning process.

I’ve acquired a sufficient array of mentors. Kody, a grade 12 TALONS Alumni, will be my main mentor who I will meet up with in person every two weeks. He’s had past experience with various programs and genres. My older sister, with various connections in London, helped me find two of her professional DJ friends to also help me out throughout this project. I am super excited to be working with such a skilled set of mentors!

My hope for the end of these five months is to make a collection of tracks. My goal is to accomplish quality over quantity, so I don’t have specifically high requirements for how many tracks I produce. Rather, I hope for each track to draw inspiration from what I’ve learned but to also include creativity and originality.

All in all, I’m very excited to start the process and have been looking forward to this for a very long time!

Shown below is a very unique DJ I admire who uses samples from Disney films to create dreamy, immersive songs.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=sy4IhE-KAEg

ZIP DoL #4

Take a moment to reflect on your inquiry plan (calendar). Do you need to make any revisions to your original plan? If so, why? If you haven’t made any changes to your plan, why do you feel you have been so successful in sticking to it?

My original plan was quite realistic and organized, but I’ve fallen drastically behind. I believe this is largely due to the fact that my original presentation idea was to write my own rap song, but I quickly realized that this would take an immense amount of time. I made changes to my goal, focusing more on analyzing other artist’s works and shining the spotlight on their personal stories and expression. I completely overestimated the amount of time I would have, and dwelled to much on irrelevant details that didn’t aid me in doing my inquiry. My intention was also to do the bulk of my work over the break, but with many events and family plans happening, I realize I should have finished the majority of my work before the break. In general, my original timeline was quite organized and realistic. I need to improve on my actual commitment to the goals I set, and increase my flexibility when it comes to time management.

ZIP DoL #3

Knowing what you know now, what advice would you give yourself at the start of your inquiry?

I would definitely try to make my expectations more realistic. My goals were often extremely far-fetched and unattainable, causing me extra anxiety. I would also limit my research time, as a lot of the information I found was repetitive. Ideally, with future similar projects, I would quickly establish a foundation of research and spend more time on my own inquiry and presentation elements. The key piece of advice I’d tell myself is to not limit my end result with the research I gathered. Rather, I should utilize the tools I learned instead of using my information to restrict what I can do.

ZIP DoL #2

What is a specific source of information that you have found valuable in answering your inquiry question? How has it proved valuable? Explain.

A website that I am using as the foundation for my research is https://www.huffingtonpost.com/hasan-khan/rap-rhythm-and-poetry_b_2023837.html

This website thoroughly explains basic rhymes and auditory tools that are often used in spoken or slam poetry. It explores how these tools can be used to enhance a song or making it pleasing to the ear, creating smooth flow. For my analytical component, I have been able to see this tools in songs from various rappers such as Jay-Z, J. Cole, and Kendrick Lamar. This resource shines a light on the subtle ways rappers and poets use repetition and variation to make a creation more appealing to audiences.

The next website I am using is https://www.huffingtonpost.com/hasan-khan/rap-rhythm-and-poetry_b_2023837.html

This site explores more of the subjective side of rap and poetry, discussing how similar storytelling and emotional elements are present in both types of media. The article explores rap and poetry at its core: a way for those to express themselves, tell stories, and discuss personal issues or global events.