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MECK: The Pulse

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Thursday, April 1, 2004 @ 7pm

3rd Floor International Center on the MSU campus

Come see Jean Lee (fellow OCC member) and her drum band perform both traditional and non-traditional percussion music on Korean drums.  Join in the gathering of song and dance driven by the powerful sound of these drums.  No one leaves with out dancing and/or drumming!

 



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discussion

  • wow, everyone must be super busy........no postings in the last 5 days
    - [Jeanne]
  • But it's the good kind of busy. I'm furiously working on some all-text drawings...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hey Jean, I really enjoyed the performance. I think it will be dramatic and enl...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Finding Music and Art

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I must say that lately I had become disappointed and discouraged with the OCC.  I thought that this site would be a collective for all artists, and that as a musician, I would finally find a niche.  Perhaps I had misunderstood the mission of the OCC, but I was under the impression that in addition to engaging in dialogue about what's out there in the art world, and providing commentary on social and artistic issues, I thought that this site would give us the opportunity to pool our talents together and create our own new projects.   But as a musician, I didn't know where I fit in amongst all the visual art and writing.  So I took off for a while, but I've thought better and decided that I want us to be able to accomodate for more musical creativity at this site and to promote all our growing talents across all disciplines.  Perhaps it is up to me to get more musical activity going.  But it is not only the music that is wanting.  I was hoping to see more of what each of you, our fellow members, are doing.  How about seeing more of your artwork, your writing, or any other project you've been working on?  I want ALL of us who are creating to get more space on this site!  So let's take out those instruments, paints, pens, cameras, and lets get more OCC members in the spotlight!   


Criticism and Theory  

discussion

  • Jean, as much as Outside Circle is yours as it is anyone else's. We, together f...more
    - [nick]
  • you are very correct in your assumption as to what we want and what OCC should b...more
    - [ben]
  • question: what do you want the OCC to be? how can we make it better?
    - [ben]
  • from its inception, one of the main goals of the OCC has always been to get a we...more
    - [pax]
  • The key here is not neccesarily getting a website up and running. I think that t...more
    - [nick]
  • good advice nick!
    - [pax]
  • Hey all, thanks for the feedback. I was afraid that I was truly going to offend...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • if someone would only pick up said cd, some samples would already be available!...more
    - [Ande]
  • little by little, a thing grows and grows! does it take a village to raise a we...more
    - [Ande]
  • Jean, recall the busking and "paint to the music" posts -- I too am in your corn...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I'm not sure about the whole "paint to the music" thing, but you see, I'm not a...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Absoloutely. I am a big fan of the "Baba Yaga" section of "Pictures." Music is...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • maybe once a month we could meet for colaborative arts projects. jean, would you...more
    - [ben]
  • Speaking of Paint-to-the-Music, I have been invited to participate in the next o...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • They sit and wait for inspiration and motivation. I could try some thin...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Club X-cel on South Washington, downtown Lansing. 10 p.m. Friday night (let me...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • hey- have you done much lately?
    - [ben]
  • Due to storage problems and questionable choice of musicians, the paint-to-the-m...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I ran across the piezo-transducers while I was packing. If I can get something...more
    - [name not provided]

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Jean's Piano Recital!

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Hey folks!

I know I've been MIA but it's because I've been busy preparing two huge performances.  One is a private performance exam in which I perform for 30 minutes in a near empty auditorium for the entire piano faculty and play non-stop while they write notes during my performance and decide if I can graduate, and two is a public recital.  So, I'm here to announce my senior piano recital!  It is on Sunday, January 18, 2004 at 6pm in the music auditorium of the MSU School of Music.  It is extremely advanced notice, but I know there are a few of you like myself who need the advanced notice in order to secure the date in your busy calendars. I hope some of you can take some time out and come see it!  Here's the tentative program for the recital:

Prelude and Fugue no. 15 in G Major; bmv 884                                       J.S. Bach

Espana: 6 Album Leaves; Opus 165                                                  Isaac Albeniz

  1. Preludio
  2. Tango
  3. Malaguena
  4. Serenata
  5. Capricho Catalan
  6. Zortzico

Prelude in F minor; Opus 25, No.2                                               Frederic Chopin

Concerto in C minor No. 3; Opus 37                                  Ludwig van Beethoven

  1. Allegro con brio

(A reception will immediately follow the performance)



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discussion

  • great jean! can't wait to hear it.
    - [ben]
  • Will you please learn Rachmaninoff's Piano Concerto #2 for me? I l-o-v-e that s...more
    - [stargrazer]

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OCC October Fest

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The month of October is a very exciting and fun month.  This is the month of apple picking, pumpkin picking, fall colors, hay rides, Halloween, and most of all, BONFIRES!  I propose we choose a day in October to have a bonfire to play music, share poetry, paint pictures, and enjoy a fireside chat!   Perhaps Peter or I (Jean) could host.  October 18th, or October 25th are good dates.  We should also invite the NPH folks to join us.  What do you think? Post your feedback.



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discussion

  • the thing about bonfires, if you build it, they will come!
    - [Ande]
  • that sounds great jean. wish i could make it (if it wasn't for that damn ocean!)...more
    - [ben]
  • I won't be able to host, but I can bring some firewood!
    - [stargrazer]
  • October is slipping away...any updates on this?
    - [stargrazer]

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How would you define music?

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We all seem to have a common bond through music, so I'm here to ask everyone several questions about what role music plays in their lives.  Later, we can use our answers to help us shape our philosophy on music.  You don't need to answer every one of them in a single answer, just whatever question you have something to say about.

Music: 

1.  What is it? 

2.  What purpose does it serve? 

3.   Where does it come from? 

4.  How does it "fit" in contemporary society and culture?

 



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discussion

  • Music. Personally, it serves as a sort of theraputic device. Both the creation...more
    - [name not provided]
  • There is an inscription over the stage in Corson Auditorium at Interlochen Arts...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • music, for me, is an addiction. I'm a willing and aware addict, though...
    - [stargrazer]
  • ...or is it the duality between "discipline" and "indiscipline?"
    - [stargrazer]
  • Nice posting guys...........hmmm......do you really think music is the universal...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • Heh. Well, I'm finishing a Mathematics degree, and harmonics realte to math pre...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Okay, music is probably not THE universal language, nor is it really a language...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Music could be the universal language, where each of the styles, attributes, rhy...more
    - [nick]
  • I think that's a good point. No matter how widely divergent a culture is, the m...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • So then, how does one categorise music that absorbs such sounds as the environme...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Louis beat me to the punch. The rise of of portable digital recording devices...more
    - [nick]
  • Additionally, recording software such as pr...more
    - [nick]
  • Oo! Abelton Live is pretty neat too. I used that recently. It does some prett...more
    - [name not provided]
  • Do you mean sampling from sources that are not traditionally regarded as musical...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Ya know, my eye scanned this last post, and I read: "It's all in the ear of the...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I guess I can see that, in the sort of flippancy of the statement. It tends to...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • Hehe...usually what I hear from my family is something along the lines of: "Coul...more
    - [name not provided]
  • I think we are starting to distill all the gray areas at work here. Music appre...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • I think we've got the makings of a thesis here. =-) Peter, I'll give your...more
    - [nick]
  • Uhh, Nick, you seem to have missed the critical point that the landscapers were...more
    - [stargrazer]

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Proposal of "Controlled Chaos"

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Has anyone heard about these outbreaks of "controlled chaos" that's been going on in major cities across the U.S.?  This is where folks get on their cell phones and on a whim, agree to meet somewhere at a specific time (we're talking guys and gals in suits on their lunch breaks) and create a major scene like making animal noises for two minutes, then stop suddenly and just get on with their day. 

It may sound silly to some, but to me it makes perfect sense as to why people would feel a need to take a moment out of their busy and serious work day to be silly even if it is just for a few minutes.  It's fun and entertaining and it reminds us not to take ourselves too seriously.  Besides, I've always wanted to travel with my drum mallets and maybe when we're in a group somewhere public, we might start drumming on whatever is in sight for a few minutes, then suddenly stop.  What do you think?  Should the OCC put on some controlled chaos of our own?

 



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discussion

  • jean check out ...more
    - [ben]
  • has anyone ever been mailbox drumming? This usually occurs late at night, on wa...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • i always have my drunksticks with me for that sole purpose.
    - [ben]
  • hey ben, I checked out Nick's posting about the mob flashers, and i guess we cou...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • is that the same thing you were talking about? they meet up in malls and other p...more
    - [ben]
  • it might be the same thing, but uh, how do you all feel about flashing???
    - [Jeanne]
  • um... it doesn't involve nudity... unless you want it to.
    - [ben]
  • i was just kidding. flashing is not my thing. i'd rather make a lot of noise a...more
    - [Jeanne]
  • the trend has actually been on the decline. For an even deeper look at the "nex...more
    - [nick]
  • Why must we always be late bloomers? Ach, some would say the nightblooms are th...more
    - [stargrazer]
  • it would be neat to look through satellite photos or films to see what patterns...more
    - [stargrazer]

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