I used Pinterest to create a board of curated content of a combination of things that inspire me and interest me. Something that really inspires me is the natural world and the animals that surrounds us and things that we see every, or most, days. I love the natural colour palate that mother nature has given us but then I also love seeing something that has been manmade and placed into our beautiful world.
With all of the driving I have been doing with travelling to uni, and my travels with work, the more I realise about trends with music genres. While pop is still pretty popular with radio stations such as nova, a common trend at the moment is reggae kind of songs like Beyoncés song Hold Up or the uprising hip hop artists Drakes One Dance. Along with thing this reggae genre, hip hop is also a very popular genre in the world. Christopher Hooton (2015) talks about this in his article saying that “The most interesting finding however is that hip-hop is the world’s top genre, showing up on playlists more than all others, regardless of geography or language”.
(Beyoncé, Hold up, 2016)
Just in this year of the music I have been listening to on the radio, the more ‘rock’ kind of music has been released. While a lot of it has been English rock like The Beatles, I think that any kind of rock and its sub-genres will make a comeback in the next 5-10 years. Music artists will go back to relying on their music instruments instead of using technology, and people will start to appreciate this genre a lot more in the coming years.
I don’t believe it will be covers of these classic rock songs we have all heard of, but it will be more bands actually producing this style of music for everyone’s ears to hear.
Beyonce, Hold up. (2016). Retrieved from http://heavydat.com/2016/05/16/heavydat-review-beyonces-lemonade/
Hooton, C. (2015). Hip-hop is the most listened to genre in the world, according Spotify analysis of 20 billion tracks. The Independent. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from http://www.independent.co.uk/arts-entertainment/music/news/hip-hop-is-the-most-listened-to-genre-in-the-world-according-to-spotify-analysis-of-20-billion-10388091.html
Instruments. (2014). Retrieved from https://www.pexels.com/photo/music-rock-guitars-musical-instruments-6966/
There are many different forms of media in today’s world, so pinpointing all the media that I use and how I use it would probably take up a lot of waisted time, so I will just talk about the ones that I mainly use everyday or the most. The main sources of media that I use would have to be my phone, my computer, television, the radio, a certain magazine and a book every now and then, and lately pencils would have to be one.
(Photo taken by me, 6/7/16)
My phone and computer and used mostly in the same ways. I use them mostly for social media; like Facebook, instagram, pinterest, snapchat, and tumblr. I commonly only use Facebook to keep in contact with my family members, to see what they are up to and for them to see what I am up to, I also use it to keep in contact with my friends from high school in wich we talk pretty much every day in our group chat. I use instagram for a number of things, whether it be posting my photos or looking at photos (mostly photos of those of my friends, looking at clothes, or looking up tattoo ideas), I also use tumblr is this same way.
(Screen shot, i-craveyouuu.tumblr.com, retrieved 6/7/16)
I love using Pinterest as I can look up so many different things, from looking up recipes to craft ideas and DIY’s. Another thing I commonly use my phone for is music. The medium I use to listen to my music is Spotify. Spotify allows me to listen to any music that I like and it even makes a playlist for me weekly based on the kinds of music i have listened to. When I listen to Spotify on my phone, I love looking at the song or album cover designs, some of them are so beautifully simplistic, and some of them are just really aesthetically pleasing to me. I also use Spotify while I am making things or doing something creatively in general. These are a few of the songs that I really like at the moment and/or the cover photos for them.
(Screen shot, Spotify Music, my songs, retrieved 6/7/16)
When I say television is another media use of mine, I mostly mean Netflix. I probably use this the most out of all of my media uses. I use it to watch a wide variety of tv shows, I love tv shows because compared to a movie, you learn more about the characters and their stories and this causes you to become attached to them, and I love that good tv shows enable you to do this. I also use Netflix to have in the background while I am doing assignments because it keeps me from getting extremely side tracked by using social media. Another media use that I use pretty much every day is the radio. The radio station I listen to is triple j. I love their variety of music that they play and also the types of music. I also use triple j for my news outlet, they commonly only talk about things that are important or things that are happening Australia or World wide and I love listening to their ‘Hack‘ show. The Hack talks about things that matter most to young Australians and they allow other people to get involved in the discussion.
(Screen shot, Netflix, my list, retrieved 6/7/16)
Another source of media that I use is the magazine Frankie. It’s a magazine about; design, art, photography, fashion, travel, music, craft, home, and life. The only publish issues every two months but they also have a website where they may post other things too. I mostly use Frankie for the design and craft aspect. I love making things and Frankie always have different craft blogs published. The last media use that I mentioned was pencils. When I say pencils I am talking about lead pencils and colouring pencils. While starting my design course I have had to do a lot of thumbnails and rough sketches for designs, drawings, and work in class.
(Frankie Magazine, past issues, retrieved from http://www.frankie.com.au/past-issues 6/7/16)
All, or most, of the media I use are used for a variety of different reasons. A common reason for some of them are to make things. This is something that I love doing and these mediums alow me to do so.
Australian Fashion Magazine Online • Frankie Magazine. (2016). Frankie. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from http://www.frankie.com.au
Music for everyone.. (2016). Spotify. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from https://www.spotify.com/au/
Netflix. (2016). Netflix. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from https://www.netflix.com/browse
Oh My,. (2016). I-craveyouu.tumblr.com. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from http://i-craveyouu.tumblr.com
So, we have been asked to write blog posts for one of our assignments and the very first blog task is ‘What brought you here?’. I have been thinking really hard and thought that it was kind of a hard question to answer, but then the answer came to me when I was looking at going to Maroochydore Music and Visual Arts festival (MMVAF) again for this years lineup.
I went to MMVAF last year purely to see me favourite artists, Flight Facilities. Their music just amazes me and it is one of those albums that you need to listen to with headphones in your ears. It is like magic.
(Down To Earth, Album cover, Flight Facilities)
Anyways, its not audio that I’m doing, its design. When I was at MMVAF there were a lot of art works on display and the one that really stood out was an art display from Amanda Parer. These huge bunnies that lit up the night sky were absolutely beautiful and eye catching. I was thinking to myself, how can something so simple be so exquisite? I was in total awe by them.
(Photo taken by me, Maroochydore, 2015)
I started to see everything and anything from that point with admiration for its simplicity to be so beautiful and visualising pleasing. Even just looking at the cover for Flight Facilities’s album, I love that it is so simple yet tells you everything you need to know, and the MMVAF website just astonishes me. The fact that people can actually make all of these designs and put it onto a website or page for everyone to see, now that is the kind of job I want to be doing for the rest of my working life.
Facilities, F. (2016). Flight Facilities | Down To Earth. Flight Facilities. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from http://www.flightfacilities.com
Maroochy Music and Visual Arts Festival. (2016). Mmvaf. Retrieved 8 July 2016, from http://mmvaf.com