Lecture notes week 7 – typed up on my iPad

I have a feeling that these lecture notes will be fairly skinny. It’s not that I’m being lazy or don’t have much to write. It’s that while it’s great that WordPress make a free iPad app for blogging, I think that it’s not really as fully featured as I need it to be. Anyway, let’s see.
For a start, there is no text formatting. No bold, italic or underlined text. Next, it will only let me insert photos already saved to my iPad’s photo library. So you can’t paste images in from a URL. The good news is that you can save, go to Safari, find a photo online, tap and hold, save it, and then come back to WordPress, find your blog, tap to edit, and insert the photo… Ready? Here we go… Ahhhh no, the photo will be added to the bottom of the post.
No hyperlinking, no embedding YouTube. Maybe this wasn’t a great idea. OK, I’ll just get on with the basic notes, then ill blog again from my laptop and include the cool stuff. And images. So ouch for multiliteracies!
So, in the lecture we combined learning about basic recording techniques with another unit of work that you can all steal and use yourselves if you like. As an ensemble we sort-of performed Damon Gough (Badly Drawn Boy)’s song “The Shining”.
I then showed you how I spuriously arranged this as a performance task to do with a unit on Baroque music centered around music with ground bass. I showed you the dreaded Pachelbel composition lesson and how I use colored notes in Sibelius to identify the prevalence of notes of the chord, and then to explain passing notes and auxiliary notes: from this we realise that Johann’s composition uses nearly entirely notes that can be accounted for in one of these three ways.
I showed you an interactive PDF I made that explained figured bass,
We also looked at a linked composition task, where students write their own melody over a given ground bass (I’ve got a PDF on that too, but forgot to show you that one). I provide the ground bass in both GarageBand and Sibelius, and they create their own melody (hopefully using what they’ve learned from Mr Pachelbel.
Next we did a rough recording of a bit of The Shining, talked a bit about different microphone set-ups, and then simple recording techniques including chopping up the audio, making fade-ins and outs, EQ, compression, normalizing and reverb.
I think I’ll write up the tutorials and provide some of these resources for you in a second blog, because this lovely WordPress application is feeling a bit limiting right now. Yes, I am still liking the idea of blogging from the iPad, though!

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