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September 3, 2011

Forever featuring Monique

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,Rock,vocals — steve @ 5:23 pm

This is a composition using song lyrics “Forever” with vocals by Monique from Vocal Forge. We do not know who Monique is, or who wrote the melody and/or lyrics. Basically what you get with the wave files/Kontakt Instruments is the key [in this case A minor] and the bpm [in this case 140 beats per minute]. Everything else is up to you as the composer: chords, phrasing, instruments, arrangement etc. Makes it a little challenging figuring out chords and phrasing that work with the singing, but it is nice working with some ‘real’ vocals.

This was also an opportunity to try Strum Electric by Applied Acoustic Instruments – in this instance using a virtual Fender Telecaster. Bass was from Independence Pro, while the drums were from JamStix.

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July 9, 2011

xvs1100A Yamaha V-Star Classic

Filed under: Bikes,Photography — steve @ 5:42 pm

I decided to get a cruiser earlier this year – a change down form riding sports orientated bikes. Sold the Honda Hornet 900 and went with the Yamaha XVS1100A V-Star Classic – a classic cruiser styled bike with lots of chrome. These are pics not long after having the white-wall tyres put on as well as some chrome trim items.
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June 6, 2011

What the World needs is a better lullaby

Filed under: alternative,ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,strings,Synth — steve @ 12:36 pm

Chillax – feed the whales or something…

AAS Player with Cinematheque, Audio Damage’s Axon, HG Forune’s ScapesWizard Mini [free], Piano, Bass and Strings from Indpendence Pro, Steinberg’s HAlionONE, and Jamstix.

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January 18, 2011

Alien Nation

Filed under: alternative,ambient,Composition,piano,Synth,vocals — steve @ 3:18 pm

First composition for quite some time and the first using Cubase 5.5.2 64 bit on my new Win 7 64 bit PC – a fair bit of stuffing around trying to get older 32 bit VST and VSTi’s working…

So, here we are, ‘Alien Nation’: ’cause they’re due here after the world ends in 2012, don’t you know…

East West’s Voices of Passion, AAS String Studio & Entangled Species, Audio Damages Axon, HG Forune’s ScapesWizard Mini [free], and free 64 bit effects and processors VSTs [Compression, EQ, Stereo Enhancer, and Limiter] from Melda Production Audio Technologies – these made this track possible as TRacks [no 64 bit pluggins] DO NOT run at all well in Cubase 5.5.2 64 bit…

Anyhow, enjoy [11:30]

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November 21, 2010

Anxiety Attack

Filed under: alternative,Composition,Synth — steve @ 2:13 pm

My work environment is so much fun at the moment…

Axon by AudioDamage, Independence 2, StringStudio VS-1 by Applied Acoustic Systems, Proteus VX and an Emu Soundfont

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December 3, 2009

Space Scape

Filed under: alternative,Composition,Synth — steve @ 7:20 pm

A space based theme in three parts using Absynth 5 and Reaktor 5:

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November 21, 2009

Behringer FBQ2496 EQ and Room EQ Wizard

Filed under: General — steve @ 4:38 pm

Background

I have two old TEAC speaker boxes that I replaced the speaker drivers in about 8 or 9 years ago with Jaycar 12” CW2130 polycone woofer, Jaycar/Response 5” CM2085 polycone midrange driver and Jaycar/Response 1” CT2010 dome tweeter. While the bass response was adequate in the lounge room where I originally put the drivers together, and in the following lounge room where they were placed, in my current lounge room, when driven by a DSE A2760 stereo amp the bass has been lacking. As I use these speakers for mixing computer created music a reasonable flat response is required. Presently I have been checking my mixes between these speakers and a 5.1 Logitech Z5500 speaker system to check the bass levels – as mixing takes me the longest in my music production switching between speaker systems to remix the compositions is slow and painful. So I decided to check the Jaycar’s response patterns using the free Room EQ Wizard(more…)

November 18, 2009

Peripeteia

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,strings,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 12:19 pm

Just when you thought you had found what you were looking for it turns out that it wasn’t there, so you start looking again, and again… like one of those stress related dreams that go around and around in circles until you look down upon yourself and wonder just what it was that you were trying to find in the first place…

Guitar, Bass and Oboe from Independence 1.5; Synths from Proteus VX; Pedal-Steel slide guitar from Sonic Reality; Cello from Miroslav Philharmonik; Bandi flute from DSK soundfont; and, Drums and Percussion by JamStix.

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November 15, 2009

Monster Spirit

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,Synth,vocals — steve @ 7:19 pm

Sort of inspired by the Monkey series which I am watching at the moment – everything is either a spirit, a monster or a demon… A bit repetitive, but then again, so is Monkey…

Guitars, bass and rhodes piano from Independence 1.5; Synths from Proteus VX’ Vocals from Creative/Emu soundfonts; and, drims by JamStix…

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November 14, 2009

Dancing with the Tazmanian Devil

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,strings,Synth — steve @ 12:15 pm

Triplets over four-four timing makes it feel a bit like a waltz. The growling sound reminded me of the Tazmanian Devil. Hence, ‘Dancing with the Tazmanian Devil’ is what this is called.

Bass, Chimes and Clarinet from Independence 1.5; Synth Pads and growling sound from Proteus VX; Harp and Cello from Miroslav Philharmonik; and, Percussion from Jamstix 2.5…

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November 12, 2009

Machinations of Evil

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,Synth,vocals — steve @ 5:00 pm

The strange machinations of a not so pure mind… tick-tock-tock, tick-tock-tock…

Piano, bass, and guitar synth from Independence 1.5; other synths from Proteous VX; choir oohs and aahs from various soundfonts; and, drums from JamStix…

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October 1, 2009

[Life is] All Around You

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,Synth,vocals — steve @ 5:08 pm

Another ambient piece. For me, life is a series of computer-monitors placed strategically around me – they’re real…

Bass, guitar and arpeggiated thing from Independence; Synths from Proteus VX; Vocals from Miroslav Philharmonik as well as Creative-EMU sondfont banks; and, drums and percussion from Jamstix…

UPDATE: Have spent 2 days remixing and editing this piece – added just this [very late] evening the Irina Brochin soundfont – when you need a female vocalist to cut through then you can count on Irina! Much improved over the first draft – I really like this now…

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September 20, 2009

A Balmy Night

Filed under: ambient,Composition,guitar,strings,Synth — steve @ 3:27 pm

For one of those balmy nights that should be heading our way here in the next few months… with the warm wind blowing through the trees and wind-chimes clanging in the breeze…

Synths from Proteus VX; Bass from Independence 1.5; Cello from Miroslav Philharmonik; lap-steel slide guitar from Sonic Reality; and, percussion by JamStix.

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September 18, 2009

Dream Cloud

Filed under: ambient,Composition,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 2:43 pm

An ambient piece that, amazingly, I did not use Independence 1.5 in at all for the first time since I bought it…

Flute and bell/chime things from Miroslav Philharmonik; synths from Proteus VX; and, percussion by JamStix…

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September 17, 2009

Popped Gothic Rock

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,Synth,vocals — steve @ 4:49 pm

Taking a break from study for a few days to get the weird study related dreams out of my head. Tried out my new Miroslav Philharmonik VST and this is what came from it – a goth rock sort of thing for whatever reason – such is the nature of intuitive composing with no real direction to start with.

Male vocals and orchestral warm-up noises from Miroslav Philharmonik; guitars and basses from Independence 1.5; organ and synths from Proteus VX; female vocals from the wonderful Irina Brochin soundfont; and, drums by JamStix 2.5…

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August 23, 2009

PC and equal rights…

Filed under: General,Rant — steve @ 1:00 am

If I produced an ad that depicted women as either stupid, dumb, ignorant, incompetent or just plain useless, would I get away with it? No, probably not – and fair enough, really…

So, why is it acceptable to treat men as  stupid, dumb, ignorant, incompetent or just plain useless in advertisements? Is this politically correct? Are there actually two standards here at play? Women’s rights are [now] sacrosanct, yet men are fair game for humiliation? Seems that way when watching insurance and women’s sanitary products advertisements and the like… fair go!

August 13, 2009

Elecard removal – when there is no installed software

Filed under: General,Rant — steve @ 12:18 am

If, like me, you have had to put up with an annoying message from Elecard stating that your ‘trial version’ of their MPEG2 decoder has expired and you need to purchase their software when playing a mpg file – and, like me, you know you never installed their software, and there is nothing listed in add/remove programs OR the registry that you have Elecard installed – then like me, and others, it probably does your head in…

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August 11, 2009

(Looking for my) Happy Place

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 8:49 pm

Sort of ambient, but not much, really… At a direct instruction teaching session yesterday, the Lecturer referred to students going to their happy place when zoning out in a lesson – no doubt something we all tend to do if bored and finding it difficult to concentrate on the task at hand…

Ban-DI from DSK; flute, bass, piano and kettledrums from Independence 1.5; synths from Proteus VX; and, percussion from JamStix…

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July 31, 2009

Arpeggiated Anthem

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,woodwind — steve @ 7:24 pm

Probably the last composition for a while now that uni has started up again – this is pretty much a totally arpeggiated piece except with bass and bass piano chords thrown in plus drums… next to no writing in this one except for the initial note progression – just wanted to see what Independence could do using 5 arpeggiated instruments…

All instruments from Independence 1.5 – drums from JamStix…

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July 30, 2009

(A) Rift in Time

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,Synth — steve @ 12:21 am

A semi techno- trance thing with mangled arpeggiators and synths and the like plus drums, ‘guitar’ and bass… Strange syncopated cross rhythms after the change/middle eight – hence the “Rift in Time”…

All instruments from indpendence 1.5, drums from JamStix…

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July 27, 2009

Coconut Cream Pie

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,woodwind — steve @ 10:16 pm

A kind of Caribean feel to this one – not entirely happy with the mix yet at this stage, but another light, happy piece…

All instruments from Independence apart from drums and percussion from JamStix…

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July 25, 2009

Sweet Dreams

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 1:53 pm

A rather repetitive piece but quite light and sweet – the kind of dreams you have that make you not want to get out of bed, ever.

All instruments plus arpeggiators from Independence 1.5 apart from Boy Choir and Irina_Brochin soundfonts – drums and percussion from JamStix…

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July 24, 2009

Drunk & Dischordally

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,piano,Synth — steve @ 12:06 am

An attempt at mangling sounds with arpeggiators, modulators, echo and the like. Kind of reminded me of the voices and crap inside your head when you are so very, very drunk that you are almost tripping like when drinking copious amounts of red wine on an empty stomach – not that I have done that for 20 years or more now…

All instruments from Independence 1.5 except for the drums from JamStix…

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July 22, 2009

Mole Skin

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,piano,Synth — steve @ 7:54 pm

This is from a piano piece by Edwin Lynch (his version is here). He sent me the midi file of the piano and then I re-arranged it a little and added bass, bells, guitar and synths to it to produce this version below…

Piano, bass and guitar from Independence, bells from Halion, synths from ProteusVX, and drums from JamStix…

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June 27, 2009

El Toro & The Magnificent Matador

Filed under: brass,Composition,guitar,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 7:30 pm

The Magnificent Matador is of course Anthony Quinn…

Guitars, bass and trumpets from Independence, solo trumpet from Garritan PO, Ban-DI from DSK, and vocals from E-MU soundfonts…

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June 25, 2009

Altiplano Vaquero

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 4:18 pm

“High-plains Cowboy” – a sort of Mexican/Spanish Cowboy piece… a romantic yet sad and lonely life… In the tradition of the great western flics, the Cowboy always stays single, while married to the open land…

Ban-Di SoundFont from DSK, everything else from Independence except for drums from JamStix…

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June 22, 2009

Not Waving, Drowning

Filed under: ambient,Composition,piano,Synth,woodwind — steve @ 11:53 pm

So what if you were drowning and everyone just thought you were waving, so all they do is wave back, grinning? As you struggle to keep your head above water you drift out to sea before finally submerging into the depths below… not too comforting really…

Main flute [Ban-Di] from DSK, plus E-MU  soundfonts, synths from Proteus and flute and piano from Independence…

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June 21, 2009

Acid Gibbon

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,Synth — steve @ 4:05 pm

Another sort of ambient piece… Why “Acid Gibbon”? I have no idea – it just seemed to be swinging too fast through the trees for a Sloth…

Electric Piano, Bass and Synths from Independence, Synths and bass from Proteus and drums by JamStix which once again kept on stuffing up and took out all my VSTs which meant they had to be reloaded and everything mixed again >|

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June 18, 2009

Pianiarta

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,piano,strings — steve @ 9:09 pm

After JamStix kept on stuffing up and hogging the RAM I was finally able to record this draft piano piece (after successive re-starts and turning off start-up items) without excessive ASIO glitches popping throughout the composition – damn, Jamstix is a pain at times… Can’t wait for Cubase 5 with its multi-processor support… Might even buy a 3 gHz Quad processor as well…

Piano, Bass and Strings from Independence, drums by JamStix…

UPDATE [19-06]: Added string section from Independence – damn JamStix was a real pain in the butt this morning…

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June 14, 2009

Evil Dark Nasty Thing

Filed under: alternative,Composition,strings,Synth — steve @ 8:40 pm

A rather nasty, evil, dark composition…

Independence 1.5 and Proteus VX plus a little bit of vocals from Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin.sf2…

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June 13, 2009

Space Whales

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,Synth — steve @ 8:14 pm

Another ambient sort of piece with crying whales somewhere in space. In space, no-one can hear you scream, but you can sure hear the whales.

Synths by E-MU Proteus VX and Independence, basses from Independence, drums by JamStix…

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Not So Evil Piano

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,Synth — steve @ 1:03 pm

A kind of ambient piece that was originally going to be based around an evil piano – however it didn’t come out so evil afterall…

Rhodes Piano and Bass from Independence, Synth from E-Mu Proteus VX, and Drums by JamStix…

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June 7, 2009

Suspensia

Filed under: ambient,Composition,drums & bass,piano,strings,vocals — steve @ 9:57 pm

So, after 4 months of study, I get to compose some music again. This is a draft run of “Suspensia” – a track aimed at a thriller type movie. This draft contains some work by Ed Lynch – effectively the middle section.

Piano, guitar and bass by Independence 1.5, drums by Jamstix 2.5, vocals by EMU/Creative soundfonts.

UPDATE [June 11]: Remixed using “epicVerb” on the piano from http://varietyofsound.wordpress.com/downloads/

Sounds quite good for no cost – better than the Cubase 1.0 reverb!

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April 16, 2009

Real Men’s Lamb Shanks!

Filed under: General,Rant — steve @ 7:17 pm

Ingredients: (serves 2 to 4 people)

One whole sheep (plucked)

4 small ‘pickling’ onions

4 smallish potatoes

2 cans of whole peeled tomatoes

2 sticks of celery

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April 7, 2009

Globalisation & Diversity – week 7

Read the 3 handouts – “International Trade Theories”; “international Product Life Cycle”; and “Market Access for Developing Economies” – then explain in less than 300 words, what you see as an appropriate model for your country, and give a commodity example (such as the Australia-Japan example with computers and wine).

In the area of Minerals and fuels, Australia can be seen to have an Absolute Advantage in trade to countries such as Japan ($32 billion) and a Comparative Advantage with China ($24 billion) commodities of coal ($21 billion) and iron ore ($16 billion), the two largest export markets and export commodities in 2006-2007 (DFAT, 2008a). In contrast, in 2006-2007, Australia’s total goods and services imports from China and Japan were valued at $28 billion and $19 billion respectively (DFAT, 2008b). With a trade surplus of $17 billion ($36 billion total goods and services exports minus $19 billion imports), it would appear that Japan is Australia’s most profitable trading partner (DFAT, 2008b), which appears to follow the Absolute Advantage model. Comparatively, Australia has a trade deficit with America of $18 billion ($15 billion in total exports minus $33 billion in total imports), and a trade deficit with China of $2 billion ($26 billion in total exports minus $28 billion in total imports) (DFAT, 2008b) making America Australia’s least profitable trading partner, suggesting the Comparative advantage model of trade.

So, between Australia and Japan, we appear to have an ideal situation where Japan buys Australia’s iron ore and coal; in return Australia buys Japan’s manufactured goods including motor cars and motorcycles. While Australia does have its ‘own’ motor car manufacturing industry it does not have a motorcycle manufacturing industry, hence all motorcycles are imported into Australia (POV, 1993); with over 70% coming from Japan (POV, 1993; AGSM, 1997). In terms of the overall trade surplus between the two countries being in its favour, Australia appears to be the major beneficiary, however, both countries supply the other with commodities that the other does not have, although they could access these commodities from other countries.

References:

AGSM. (1997). The Australian Motorcycle Company: Born Global or Stillborn? Retrieved April 7, 2009, from Australian Graduate School of Management, http://www2.agsm.edu.au/agsm/web.nsf/AttachmentsByTitle/HUNWICK.PDF/$FILE/HUNWICK.PDF

DFAT. (2008a). About Australia: A successful global trader. Retrieved April 7, 2009, from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/global_trader.html

DFAT. (2008a). About Australia: Exporting to Australia. Retrieved April 7, 2009, from Department of Foreign Affairs and Trade, http://www.dfat.gov.au/facts/exporting_to_aust.html

POV. (1993). MOTORCYCLE USE IN VICTORIA. Retrieved April 7, 2009, from Parliament of Victoria, http://www.parliament.vic.gov.au/rsc/1993cycle/ch2.htm

March 30, 2009

Globalisation & Diversity – week 6

What is a pandemic? List all of the major (global) pandemics that you can identify. What is the likelihood of a pandemic originating in your country?

A pandemic is a widespread disease, or a disease like symptom, (i.e., an epidemic) that occurs throughout a region or globally (Wordweb, 2008a), whereas an epidemic simultaneously affects or attacks a single community or population (Wordweb, 2008b).

“Epidemics and pandemics can place sudden and intense demands on health systems. They expose existing weaknesses in these systems and, in addition to their morbidity and mortality, can disrupt economic activity and development” (WHO, 2009a, ¶ 1).

Recent pandemics: 1st Cholera pandemic in 1871, 7th Cholera pandemic in 1961 (WHO, 2009b); Spanish flu in 1918 (UniNews, 2008); Acquired Immune Deficiency Syndrome (AIDS) 1981/83 (WHO, 2006).

Near pandemics: H5NI influenza A bird flu virus in 2003 (WHO, 2009c); Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) in 2003 (WHO, 2009d).

The likelihood of a pandemic originating in Australia without vigilant “preparedness, rapid response and containment” (WHO, 2006e, ¶ 1), is possible. With increased international travel the risk of an influenza pandemic increases (UniNews, 2008); indicating that no country is entirely safe from being the origin of pandemic. However, since the SARS and Bird flu virus scares in 2003, Australia is now more prepared to combat an influenza epidemic (UniNews) which would therefore reduce the risk of at least an influenza pandemic originating from Australia.

References:

UniNews. (2008). Taking the panic out of pandemic. Retrieved March 30, 2008, from University of Melbourne Voice Vol. 3, No. 9

http://uninews.unimelb.edu.au/news/5556/?menuLink=/uninews.php

WHO. (2006). The WHO Response to the HIV/AIDS Pandemic. Retrieved March 30, 2008, from World Health Organisation http://www.who.int/global_health_histories/seminars/presentation08.pdf

WHO. (2009a). Epidemic and Pandemic Alert and Response (EPR). Retrieved March 30, 2008, from World Health Organisation http://www.who.int/csr/en/

WHO. (2009b). Global epidemics and impact of cholera. Retrieved March 30, 2008, from World Health Organisation http://www.who.int/topics/cholera/impact/en/

WHO. (2009c). Avian influenza frequently asked questions. Retrieved March 30, 2008, from World Health Organisation http://www.who.int/csr/disease/avian_influenza/avian_faqs/en/

WHO. (2009d). Severe Acute Respiratory Syndrome (SARS) – multi-country outbreak – Update. Retrieved March 30, 2008, from World Health Organisation http://www.who.int/csr/don/2003_03_16/en/index.html

WordWeb. (2008a). pandemic. In WordWeb Online  database. Retrieved March 30, 2008, from http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=pandemic

WordWeb. (2008b). epidemic. In WordWeb Online  database. Retrieved March 30, 2008, from http://www.wordwebonline.com/search.pl?w=epidemic

March 23, 2009

Globalisation & Diversity – week 5

Are there any points you disagree with on the affect of multinational corporations on local cultures?

It was difficult to disagree with what Deresky (n.d.) and Candir, Csabai, Egger, Fochler and Hedl (n.d.) describe as the affects multinational corporations (MNCs) have on local cultures as neither presentation specifically stated what those affects are. Rather, both presentations outlined differences between regions or countries: Regional Trading Blocs (Deresky, p. 5), specifically the European Union (pp.  6-7); and, cultural differences in power, uncertainty avoidance, individualism, masculinity and “long term vs short term orientation” (Candir et al. pp 5-12). From those differences, one can infer that MNCs should be mindful of a region’s cultural values related to their work ethic and structure to the point that “Structure should follow culture” (Candir et al. p. 24); while Deresky noted that there may be risks involved when MNCs deal with ‘less developed countries’ as well as more general political risks (p. 12; pp. 15-18).

Therefore, it could be viewed that any negative affects a MNC may have on the cultural values of the host country would be detrimental to the MNC in the long term. However, that may not stop a MNC acting as a parasite with no benefit to the host country which is ultimately harmed by the association (WordWeb, 2008).

References:

Deresky, H. (n.d.) Assessing the Environment – Political, Economic, Legal, Technological. Retrieved March 23, 2008, from https://lms.sca.ecu.edu.au/units/CMM5110/kenno2009/helen.ppt

Candir, A., Csabai, C., Egger, A., Fochler, S., & Hedl, S. (n.d.) Culture and organization of the multinational firm. Retrieved March 23, 2008, from https://lms.sca.ecu.edu.au/units/CMM5110/kenno2009/fons.ppt

WordWeb. (2008). host. In WordNet database. Princeton University.

March 16, 2009

Globalisation & Diversity – week 4

A summary of how the combination of e-learning and the necessary related technology, will impact the education of the next generations. Is this a step forward or backwards?

The combination of learning and technology to form e-learning has more recently been visioned in the form of “educational games” by the likes of Marc Prensky and Mathew Resnick. Prensky, particularly, argues that the current generation of ‘Digital Natives’ learn differently from previous generations: “Our students are no longer ‘little versions of us,’ … they are so different from us that we can no longer use either our 20th century knowledge or our training as a guide to what is best for them educationally” (Prensky, 2006, ¶ 3). The issue with designing e-learning related products lies in defining just how students best learn (Prensky, 2003) and just what it is that makes engaging learning materials ‘fun’ (Resnick, 2006).

While investigation into the application of current knowledge and research concerning learning styles with technology can be viewed as a step forward if the blend is right, poor implementations of learning objects into technology for technology’s sake as a replacement for structured classroom education at this stage would be seen as a backward step.

Prensky, M. (2003). e-Nough!. Retrieved March 1, 2008, from http://www.marcprensky.com/writing/Prensky%20-%20e-Nough%20-%20OTH%2011-1%20March%202003.pdf

Prensky, M. (2006). Listen to the Natives. Retrieved March 16, 2009, from http://www.ascd.org/authors/ed_lead/el200512_prensky.html

Resnick, M. (2006) Computer as Paintbrush: Technology, Play, and the Creative Society. Retrieved July 27, 2008, from http://llk.media.mit.edu/papers/playlearn-handout.pdf

March 12, 2009

Globalisation & Diversity – week 3

Joseph Stiglitz – three examples of ‘Anti-Globalisation’

If the tenants of ‘Globalisation’ were based upon the democratic ideals of the “The Atlantic Charter” (1941) concerning economic trade for all states and for all people on equal terms, then ‘Anti-Globalisation’ might be initially interpreted as the antithesis of those ideals. However, the Anti-Globalisation movement that Joseph Stiglitz has often been associated with is not against globalisation as such but rather against what he, and others, see as the lack of democracy in current global economics:

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March 3, 2009

Globalisation & Diversity – week 2

Response to:  Historical Components of Globalisation -
Carry out some research, and identify 3 significant issues that affected the growth of globalisation, and explain why. Pick issues that occurred before 1946…

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February 24, 2009

Globalisation & Diversity – week 1

“The Global Financial Crisis” by K. Rudd can be viewed as a political opportunistic endeavour to espouse the ideals of social democratic reform over what is referred to as neo-liberalism. It is obvious from the outset that Rudd’s intent is to align himself along with his Labor Party as the saviours of the global economic crisis on the coat tails of United States President Obama (Social Liberal) while laying the blame for Australia’s woes on the former, Liberal, Howard Government along with the demise of Australia’s health and education – the ongoing mantra of The Australian Labor Party.

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February 22, 2009

Happy Go Lucky

Filed under: brass,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,woodwind — steve @ 1:38 pm

The last composition for a while I suspect as uni starts up again tomorrow – 4 months of hard study approaches after three months break writing music – ah, what a joy it has been writing around 30 new tracks after so long…

Guitar, Bass, Trumpets, Trombones and Flute from Independence 1.5; Drums from Jamstix…

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February 19, 2009

Blues_in_G-minor

Filed under: brass,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,woodwind — steve @ 1:48 pm

A 12 bar pattern I wrote when I was about 26 or so for our multi-instrumentalist vocalist/sax/guitar/flute player in the Blues Club, Mr Damon Stone. Was written for a sax solo however I didn’t enjoy playing guitar solo over it myself – que sera, sera…

Guitar, Bass, flute and sax from Independence 1.5, drums by Jamstix:

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February 8, 2009

[Every cloud has a] Silver Lining

Filed under: brass,Composition,drums & bass,piano,woodwind — steve @ 3:19 pm

Piano from Garritan Personal Orchestra; bass, flute and sax from Independence 1.5; and, drums by Jamstix 2.5…

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February 6, 2009

A nice day for a daydream

Filed under: Composition,drums & bass,guitar,strings,vocals — steve @ 9:38 pm

I often daydream about having a beautiful garden and outdoor area – if only dreams came true. Bass, Guitar and Strings from Independence 1.5; drums by Jamstix; and, vocals from Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin.sf2, Boychoir.sf2 and Creative/E-MU Choir Ahhs.

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February 4, 2009

Mysterious Ways

Filed under: ambient,Composition,strings,vocals,woodwind — steve @ 11:55 pm

GOD moves in mysterious ways… Flute, strings and timpani from Independence 1.5 plus Creative/E-MU vocal “ooh” sound font…

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February 1, 2009

Rat Race

Filed under: alternative,Composition,drums & bass,guitar,vocals — steve @ 10:08 pm

Sometimes ‘working for the man’ can make one feel as if it were a ship you were on then everyone would have left years ago… Independence 1.5, Jamstix2 and the usual vocal soundfonts…

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January 31, 2009

Vocaloid2 Prima review

Filed under: General,Rant — steve @ 8:28 pm

For a start this is less than stellar software – far from commercial quality – no doubt we are on the bleeding edge with vocal instruments, however this is not just bleeding but at times simply just bloody poor:

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January 30, 2009

“Rising electricity prices ‘to benefit renewable sector’”

Filed under: General,Rant — steve @ 8:08 pm

Oh dear, electricity prices are going to rise substantially – or are they? A 78% increase over two years, according to the ABC today, has been recommended by the The Western Australia Office of Energy. What??? In today’s economic climate and low consumer confidence? Does hiking up electricity prices to benefit the renewable energy sector while crippling low income families who simply would not be able to afford the cost it takes to get into ‘renewable power’ [around $10k for a basic solar power sysyem] make community sense? Well, according to the ABC’s report it has been stated as that – however, you can read the Minister’s statement [made yesterday] for yourself and make up your own mind…

Song of Lament with Prima vocals

Filed under: classical,Composition,strings,vocals — steve @ 4:36 pm

I decided to try Vocaloid 2 ‘Prima’ and purchased it last night. Tried out some lyrics on the “Song of Lament”. It is a kind of interesting application – couldn’t get it to work as a VST at all [recognised notes but would not output lyrics] – so had to just arrange the lyrics in the Vocaloid application and export as a .wav file into Cubase…

Compare this to the original using the Papelmedia_Irina_Brochin soundfont – ‘chalk and cheese’ really – easy to see who is the ‘prima’ out of these two – and it isn’t the Vocaloid samples…

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