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GIMP, why won’t you love me?!

I.e. the free crowdsource image editing software.

*sighs* I try, you know? This is the first step in the whole “create” thing that I got going; putting my designs out there, seeing what happens, caz I have tons and they aren’t going anywhere right now.

LOVE visually designing things, one of my faves being music videos. I cannot listen to a song (except jazz) without making a design in my head for either stage performance of it or a filmed music video. I have years of designs of sets, choreography, costume designs, all hoarded in a file of loose papers of things that will probably never be made. And that’s a shame. So I’m going to try and make them, hopefully. And I’m going to try and create, like I’ve said. Problem is, most of them are quite ambitious, will need tools, knowhow and monies to actually create, so I’m starting with drawing them to a more recognizable standard. And writing them so that people will see them.

The accolade of first attempted goes to The Apple, it needs a real title. Effectively it is the Apple logo made true, made out of gold wire, about the height of your thigh in full rounded 3d mode, gaps between the wire as it bends to shape it – much like a cage. Out of the side is the iconic bite, made with a depression in the wire form that bends inwards, the rim of the depression soft, not sharp, as the wire changes direction. A stalk arises from the centre top, woven together from computer wires, the ones with multiple coloured wires, mainly green and red, the top of the stalk being the plugs at the end of them. Inside the wire Apple itself is a girl, barely able to fit inside, hunched over, her body following the curves of the wire as they wrap around her. The wire stalk reaches down, to inside, and ends at her stomach like an umbilical cord. Eyes open, she stares out blankly, seeing not watching, living not being.

That’s what I want to create. The girl would most likely be some form of flat cardboard, cut to fit inside the Apple. HW I’ve not had much practice at drawing on computers so my first try has not come out too well. I may see if I can get a hold of some wire and make it in miniature.

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Frustrated Auralologist

We study oral/aural traditions, songs of yesteryear that we now only see written on a page in a dusty book. We discuss the implications of form, presentation and lyrics; point out the poetic techniques; guess at harmonies and melodies we assume may have been used. Hell, we even recreate the performances we think might have been given.

Where is the acknowledgement of 20th Century song lyrics? Just because we’ve commercialised the medium doesn’t for one second mean that it’s any less worth studying the development of as a means of artistic expression.

And I’m not talking abut a musical engineering study of the creation of a record, I’m not talking about the Social Political and Economic study that could be done into the music industry, I’m not talking about a Women’s Studies study into the sexism flaunted by the industry.

I want a true and proper Literature-based study. Not linguistics, literature. Our close reading, our historical context, our historicism and postmodernism, feminism and marxism, thing theory and philology, aurality and myth-making.

I want literature based studies like we would do on anything else. You want to study the chanson de geste, be my guest; I want to study the music lyrics of today and what they explore.

 

I have the same problem with blog posts, why aren’t we studying this phenomenon in undergrad, not even mentioning it? I assume linguistic studies are being done on them because linguistics seem to be a lot more current than musty old literature. And yes, I believe blog posts will be (one day) and should be included under the term literature. To me they represent the modern day pamphlet, which we learnt about on the Early Renaissance module, how pamphlets were being used for ideological wars and such- is it not true that blog posts are a modern equivalent? Why should we not be tracing this phenomenon which, although being quite young, has already more material to be studying and making claims about.

My own claim would be that tumblr. (specifically) is a modern attempt at Écriture féminine [Hélène Cixous among others], the writing through body and self, the never-ending, the infinite, the reclamation. But who knows when I’m actually going to be allowed to write on such things under the term ‘English Literature’, or tbh at this point ‘World Literature’.

 

[Soundtrack: A is for Accident (Album) by The Dresden Dolls]