The Art of Music

Music has been around us for as long as we can remember. From Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, to the current music creator in our current time period. Music first originated from 1000 CE by Guido D’Arezzo, as he created the series of vocal notes, do, re, mi, fa, so, la, ti, and do. The first ever instrument created by man kind was the flute, created 40,000 years ago. Did you guys know I play the flute? Well now you do. After that time and age, all sorts of instruments have began to form, such as the trumpet, saxophone, clarinet, drums, and piano. All of these instruments create a different tone of music and all make a great magnificent sound. Created by these instruments, comes out different kinds of music. From classical music, to pop music and to jazz. Music is just such a wonderful form of art as it can also act like all forms of art. It expresses feeling, from sadness to joy and mysterious to surprising. Music can also be expressed in singing too, as some of the most famous music artists are singers. I hope all of you wonderful readers enjoyed my short history and mentioning of music. Also, I included a music sheet to show you guys how hard it is to play music. It can be both hard and easy for the person, but in the end it’s very enjoyable and fun. Have a wonderful rest of the day. Bub bye!Image result for flute music

The Art of Illusions: Magic At Its Finest

Written by Alan Tathanhlong

You’ve seen many illusions performed by magicians before. A magician pulls out a rabbit from a top hat. Maybe a piece of coal is put into an empty box and  “transforms” into a valuable diamond. A magician’s assistant somehow predicts the contents of a letter that a 16650534_1859119551011966_1362059526_n.jpgperson is reading. Even a solid piece of wood is penetrated by a length of nylon rope. No matter what, magicians are able to fool the mind with their secrets and sleights of hand. But what kinds of magic do magicians perform? Today, we will be exploring different categories of magic and see what awaits us beyond our mind.

Transportation: A magician puts a signed card into a hat and it reappears in a silk box. An assistant moves from a heavily locked closet to the back of the theater. Two coins are put into one hand and transported into the other hand. These are all examples of the magic category of transportation, which is when the magician causes something to move from one place to another. A special kind of transportation is a transposition, when two objects exchange places (also considered as a simultaneous, double transportation). However, when transportation acts are committed by a mentalist, the act may be considered as “teleportation”.

Levitation: A silver ball floats and revolves around a common washcloth. A card rises in a clear bottle. The magician walks in the air across the theater. These are all examples of 16650568_1858691994388055_1176694111_nlevitation, which is when the magician defies gravity, either by making something float in the air, or with the aid of another object (known as suspension). There are many popular ways to create this illusion, including Ashrah levitation. One type of levitation, which is the flying illusion, has often been performed by David Copperfield and more recently by Peter Marvey.

Prediction: A magician somehow copies a picture from an unsuspecting viewer without looking at the viewer’s own picture. He could also predict a Visa credit card number of a businessman or the exact card that a viewer at the back of the audience is holding. These are some examples of the category of prediction, which is when the magician predicts the choice of a spectator or the outcome of an event under seemingly impossible circumstances.

Production: Finally, the most common magic category is production, which is when the magician produces something from nothing. For example, the clich16652762_1859119544345300_1010071975_n.jpge would be for a magician to pull a rabbit out of an empty hat. Other examples would be a shower of cards erupting from an air duct, a variety of drinks from a small jug, or even the magician appearing in a blast of smoke. Like the name itself, these examples will be considered as productions.

Based on these examples, there are a variety of magic tricks and illusions that a magician can perform from these categories. There are even more examples of categories in 16652031_1858663551057566_1263193253_n.jpgmagic, such as escape (when the magician is placed in a restraining device or a death trap, and escapes to safety), penetration (when the magician makes a solid object pass through another), and restoration (when the magician destroys something and restores it again). So the next time you visit a magic show, always remember that magic is a form of art, with its paint being these magic categories.

The Art of English: Poetry

Poetry traces back all the way to when cave men sang and told stories to their young all the way to the present, with poems written by hundreds of people. Poetry is a form of art that can only be expressed in words and nothing can do a better job of it. It is all interpreted by how the reader wants to interpret it. Poetry can mean more than just words and can cause many great things to happen to this world. Poetry lets a person be free with their use of words and write it in any form they like. Either it’s a song or concrete poetry,  it will always give out a bigger meaning and express it’s ideas though literature art. For a reference, I’ve personally made my own poem for you wonderful readers out there to enjoy. Hope you like it.

the Winds, Whispered to me

By Andy Dang

 

You

are depicted by others, and so am I.

You

may be yourself, but are you?

Are you really sure who you are?

Or is it your assumption of who you really are.

 

Another day at the library, full colorful books and knowledge.

It may be my favorite place to study, or is it?

Like a yellow honey bee, searching for the perfect, red flower,

I

am searching for who I am.

I

am finding the answer that will solve my problems.

 

Walking home, on a cold, windy day,

watching the leaves dance as the wind blows by.

The wind, wooshes with a whisper in my ear

speaking, who are you.

I don’t know. I’m only third-teen.

 

As my dwelling comes closer with every step

I think to myself, who am I?

Some say I’m nice, others say I’m mean.

But is that really how I am?

Will society shape my personality?

Am I a testing dummy to them?!

Maybe I am, maybe I’m not.

But that doesn’t matter.

 

I take a step on the rocky pavement, and look up toward my front door.

The wind whispers again, Think about it, is your presence in this world

really matter? Or are you just like the rest of them, feeling no importance.

Then it struck.

I am who I want to be,

Even if I am one out of the many eight billion people

I am still important

especially to myself.

No matter what my peers may see me as, I will see myself as…

I opened the door, saw my family standing there and said

  1. A person with a life to make.

 

I walk up to my room and stare at the mirror.

The wind whispered to me one last time, and said

Is this who you want to be?

Yes. Yes it’s who I am.

Woosh

Sorry if it’s cheesy, but thanks for reading and I will see you in the next blog. Bub bye.

 

The Art of Music: The Story and Symbolism Behind a Song

Written by Alan T.

The most common definition of a song would be “a single, stand-alone work of music  usually consisting of verses and choruses, as well as elements of music such as rhythm and pitch”. But is a song only that? Could there be a variety of meanings interpreted by a diversity of people through only a single song? Today, we will be exploring four different concepts hidden in every song that can convey strong, meaningful interpretations in various listeners.

Title Significance – The first thing that you always see when you play a song is the title. But why does the singer choose the title? Is there an emotion displayed through the small set of words that designates an entire song, or is there something more? Sometimes, the definite meaning of a song’s title gain deeper interpretations and can even change its 16650534_1859119551011966_1362059526_n.jpgmeaning as the environment of the song slowly becomes clearer. Some people, like myself, believe that choosing a title is one of the most important aspects of a song, as listeners can interpret the title of a song in many intense, heavier meanings that can relate to life itself. For example, the title of Bob Dylan’s song “Masters of War” may either signify the bad deeds of those participating in war or the general group of people who choose to hurt people for their own benefits.

Summary – The story that a song dictates is probably the easiest to interpret. Is that right? Many others may not think so. Many events that can take place in a song can actually symbolize another event that takes place in life. For example, Colin Meloy’s song “Rise to Me” mainly talks about nature, when he actually is referring to the emotional distance between him and his loved one, Henry.

Literary Devices – The definition of literary devices can be the typical structures used by writers in their works to convey his or her messages in a simple manner to the readers. In this case, these literary devices are used by singers to describe or convey messages to 16650568_1858691994388055_1176694111_ntheir listeners. For example, Ben Harper uses situational irony in his song “Excuse Me Mr.”, because he believes that people who bear the term “Mr.”are highly respected and prided on because of their good deeds. However, the “Mr.” in question is a person who only benefits himself instead of the world around him. Singers may also use literary devices in order to compare something to another thing, in order to show listeners what it means to the singer. For instance, in the sixth stanza of The Decemberists’s song “Mariner’s Revenge Song”, the singer describes, “It took me fifteen years to swallow all my tears,” (personification), which expresses the sadness that the song’s protagonist feels about his mother’s death.

Theme – Finally, we can combine all these elements in the analysis of a song to discover the theme buried beneath lyrics and music compositions. Themes can range in different topics such as revenge, justice, truth, defiance, and courage. There can be possibly one 16652031_1858663551057566_1263193253_ntheme in a song or various themes hidden in each stanza and verse. In order to actually summarize a major theme in a song, one can use a theme statement to do so. For example, in The Decemberists’s song “Mariner’s Revenge Song”, a theme statement could be, “Revenge is only an act of passion, not an act of justice.” Another theme statement could be, “There are two kinds of evil in the world – the ones who perform evil acts and the ones who choose to stop these acts,” referring to Ben Harper’s song “Excuse Me Mr.”.

 

Welcome to the Site of Creations

Welcome dear reader,

My name is Andy Dang and welcome to my site. In this site, I’ll try to let people enjoy and learn more about the different types of art in our world. From literature to technology, I will try my best to give you readers all the artistic creations I can find. My goal is to let everyone understand art and be thoughtful of our beauty. To let people take a chance to learn more about art’s history and influence on our world. This site is not for my purpose but for all you wonderful readers, and artists, out there. Hope you enjoy what I’ll have to blog next time and I’ll see you, in the next blog. Bub bye! 

Thanks and Enjoy,

Andy Dang

Art vs. Entertainment: Is There A Difference?

-Written by Alan Tathanhlong (who will post mainly about performing arts and the meanings behind them)

Many people have different views about the world of art. One can look at the Mona Lisa, for example, and consider it a work of art. Many other famous works of art include Grant Wood’s 1930 American Gothic, Vincent van Gogh’s 1889 The Starry Night, and Michelangelo’s David. There are various other fields of art in the world, such as photography, architecture, and even ceramics. People enjoy these kinds of art because it gives them a sense of connection to the creator, both to their emotions as well as their perspectives of the real world.

However, there is a fine line between the concepts of both art and entertainment. For example, would we consider music as a form of entertainment, or as also a detailed design of art? The same goes for theatre and many others, as they all take part in the large concept of entertainment. Nevertheless, the majority of these examples listed fit into a section of art known as the performing arts. Could it be possible that they can be both, instead of simply being locked into a single idea that varies over time? In order to find out, let’s analyze a few components of the performing arts and discover why they fit both into the ideas of both art and entertainment.

Music – Music is one specific art form that paints with elements such as pitch and rhythm. Like a painting in an art museum, an artist (in this case, a musician) uses the medium of sound. The creation, performance, significance, and even the definition of music vary according to culture and social context. Music ranges from organized compositions (and their reproduction in performance to pieces of improvisational music. Music can be divided into genres and sub-genres, although the dividing lines and relationships between music genres are often subtle. Music is also a universal and popular type of entertainment on its own, as many audiences have their own ways of enjoying the concept of music. For example, some audiences expect to listen silently and are entertained by the excellence of the music, its rendition or its interpretation; other audiences of live performances can be entertained by the ambiance and the chance to participate, while more listeners are entertained by private, prerecorded music.

Theatre – Theatre (or theater) is the branch of the performing arts concerned with acting out stories in front of an audience using combinations of speech, gesture, music, dance, and so on – indeed with any one or more elements of the other performing arts. Plays, musicals, monologues, pantomimes, and performance poetry are part of the very long history of theatre which is also the venue for the type of performance known as stand-up comedy. Also, the audience’s experience of the entertainment provided by theatre is affected by their expectations of what is yet to come, the stagecraft, the certain type of stage, and the type and standard of seating provided.

Magic – Magic is one of the oldest performing arts in the world in which audiences are entertained by staged tricks or illusions. Either from a set of instructions or something entirely new and creative, magicians are able to create feats of seemingly impossible or supernatural feats using natural means (such as “levitating” playing cards, “restoring” destroyed objects, mind-reading, etc.) Usually, stage magic is performed for an audience in a variety of media and locations: on stage, on television, in the street, and live at parties or events as a form of entertainment. It is often combined with other forms of entertainment, such as comedy or music and showmanship is often an essential part of magic performances.

Dance – Dance is a performance art form consisting of purposefully selected sequences of human movement. This movement has both aesthetic and symbolic value, and is acknowledged as dance by performers and observers within a particular culture.  In relation to dance, choreography (also known as dance choreography) is the art or practice of designing sequences of movements of physical bodies (or their depictions) in which motion, form, or both are specified.  The many forms of dance (salsa, break-dancing, etc.) provide entertainment for all age groups and cultures. Dance can be serious in tone, such as when it is used to express a culture’s history or important stories; it may be provocative; or it may put in the service of comedy. Since it combines many forms of entertainment (music, movement, storytelling, etc.), it provides a good example of the various ways of how these forms can be combined to create entertainment for different purposes and/or audiences.

Overall, there are different forms of art that are sometimes “mistaken” for forms of entertainment. But is it mistaken? We can possibly conclude that all forms of art, including paintings and literature, can also be considered as entertainment. Art usually expresses the emotions and thoughts of a specific creator while possibly revealing a story, but it can also entertain an audience with certain characteristics such as perspective and appearance. So if you ever are confused whether something is a work of art or a work of entertainment, ask yourself this question: “Can it be both?”