Author: orangesarepink

My name’s Elysse and I’m a ‘creative type’ from Sydney, Australia. I am a Christian, and love building relationships with people; listening, writing, singing and performing music; filming; creating designs; and changing my hair colour. I have a passion for online community based games, because I am able to meet people from all over the world and gain an insight into their contrasting cultures, plus the internet is addicting... No one ever warns you /before/ you get too deep. If you like what you have read and want to know more, feel free to hit me up on twitter - @orangesarepinkk - I love meeting new people and I promise not to judge. (Unless you send me something with a really really bad font. Then I will probably cry.)

Research into Online Duets and OPM Artists

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The idea of creating duets in parts online is not exactly something new, and depending on the professionalism of those aiming to create the duo, you can get some stunning results.  That’s not to say I’m looking at those videos which have HQ graphics and a team of dancers in the back (although if there are some K-Pop online duets which bother to keep up with that standard of music video, that would be fantastic), I’m simply referring to how accurate some artists try to present themselves.  For example, I edit my track multiple times before creating a final mix, while others simple record, put the two parts together and let it be, something which has it’s own unique quality in itself.

When searching for internet duets, one of the most prominent results was this collaboration between Jessie J and Tom Bleasby for Flashlight.  What I find interesting about this duet…

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Internet Music Culture and OPM

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When I started recording internet duets, it was because I wanted to do something fun with a friend who I happened to have known online.  The internet has created a platform where I am no longer limited to interactions only with those near my geographical location.  Instead, my experience as an Australian online looks into many cultures all at once, simply by visiting a website where someone from anywhere else in the world is present.  If we as people are interacting through this medium, does it mean we are experiencing that different culture, while they are experiencing ours, or does it merge to create a globalised internet culture which is a mix of cultures from all over the world?  When I interact with Kariann, where does my Australian cultural influence stop and her Filipino cultural influence start?  So far, we have covered 2 songs, the first written by Jonathan Larson, an American…

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Kariann’s response to Duets Across the Globe

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In my initial post, I reflected greatly upon my side of the duet interaction.  As it is an online experience, although we are creating a musical product together, it has a very obvious disconnect.  As such, I asked Kari a couple of questions based on the questions I sought to answer in my initial post about our online duet experience.

1.What has been your favourite song to record so far? Why?
Definitely Take me or Leave me, because it was pretty challenging but worth it in the end. This song was a bit difficult in terms of vocal ranges, but I accomplished it in the end and it was good fun!

2. What has been the most challenging aspect of recording your parts?
I think it’s got to be hitting the higher notes of a song, because I’m more of an Alto person but doing this really opens me up…

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Duets Across the Globe

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I have always had a passion for music.  From the age of 5, my mother started sending me to a music school to be trained to read sheet music and play piano.  By the time I was in year 7, I was being dragged along to these weekly lessons, and although I am now grateful for the knowledge I picked up over these years, at this time in my music career, piano wasn’t something I wanted to play again.  Despite acquiring a music education which amassed to that of year 12 music 1 standard before the age of 13, I didn’t want to look at sheet music and play the piano for my musical life thereafter.  Although my approach to playing the piano has since changed, this experience offered me an outlet to expand on my skills with another musical instrument: the voice.

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Rope weaving across Asia

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Despite the exploration of the red string of fate, I was still drawn back to the materiality of the rope. To me, the materiality of the rope re-creates the use of it into something more. It is no longer just an exhibition about those whose personal experiences she does not understand, but a new story which has been infused with her time.  I chose to look for images of people from around Asia weaving rope in order to understand the process further.

Jute Rhapsody
Raw Jute (before rope) – Bangladesh

Woman making jute rope 1988 v2Weaving the rope – Bangladesh

Jahanara combs the tangles in the jute fibre, preparing to twist it into rope. Credit: Manipadma Jena/IPS
Combing the tangles from the jute fibres before weaving into rope – India

Tying the rope fibres to a hook before weaving begins – India

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Loading woven rope on carts to be distributed – India

Call me the rope man
Sitting next to the days work – Sri Lanka

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Connecting Silent Memories through the Red String of Fate

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Upon viewing the exhibition Wearing Memories, I have been asked to research and reflect, drawing from my original thoughts and assumptions in order to further my knowledge.

Haji Oh is from Japan, third-generation ‘Zainichi Korean’.  That is to say, that although her home is Japan, her family history is elsewhere, specifically tracing back to Korea under Japanese rule. (UOW TAEM, 2015).  Does her Korean heritage draw forth these ideas of silent memories? Memories which she creates in order to feel a sense of belonging?  I myself feel a sense of belonging to those whom I am related to whether I have known them personally or not.  When I entered high school, I discovered that one of the guys in my own class was related to me, and although we did not mingle, I felt a sense of connection, and belonging to him regardless.

Her websites statement of this particular…

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