On Wednesday, the grade 10 koto ensemble had our winter concert with the other grades. We played Gojyusoukyoku. Overall I think that we were able to play much better than we have expected, mainly because of our chemistry. I think that I was able to play my solo parts with the right notes but I could’ve played louder. I think that I should’ve played much louder throughout the whole piece. I messed up a bit in the sukui sections but I was able to play most of the notes and was able to get back on track. I think that we were listening to each other more than usual without getting mad at each other like last year. I defiantly think we built more chemistry through this performance.
Here is the theme and variations I have composed on noteflight.
When I first started composing the theme, I was just playing around with the notes and modifying them by listening to it over and over again. I only added the harmony after I created my first version. For the first version, I changed the melody by adding notes. When I was adding notes, I tried to just add notes in between the notes in the theme. Many of the measurements have the same notes on the same beat as the theme. For the second variation, I changed the harmony and kept the melody the same. The pattern for the harmony was ascending for 4 eighth notes, descending for 2 eighth notes, ascending 1 and then a rest. The second pattern was the opposite of this. I mostly started on C because I was using the C major scale. For the third version, I took away notes and also slowed the tempo down a little (115 BPM). This version is very simple. I wanted to change it up a bit because I have been using a lot of eighth notes in the versions before. For the fourth variation, which is the last one, I changed the melody and the harmony by adding notes. I also returned to the same tempo as before (120 BPM). For the last variation, I wasn’t really thinking a lot about patterns but instead just purely playing around with the notes. I found this hard because I had to listen to how it sounds over and over again until I got it to sound the way I wanted to. In the end , I finished the piece by playing the theme again.
Criteria A: We have to create a design brief that solves our problem based on the analysis of the research also conducted in this stage. The research will have a constructed plan, which will state and prioritise primary and secondary research needed to develop a solution for the problem. The research would all so analyse existing products that would inspire our solution to our problem.
I think that this criteria would be the most time needed out of all which will be a challenge, especially organising and analysing researched conducted.
Criteria B: We would have to create a design specification that explains the success of the solution based on the analysis of the research. We would also have to develop a range of feasible design ideas that can be easily interpreted by others and one design must be chosen for the solution and justified using the design specification. We would have to create a plan for the design with drawings/diagrams and outline the requirements needed for the creation of it.
The challenge in this criteria would be the same challenge I had last year which is developing a range of different ideas because when I already have an idea for a design, it’s hard to think of a design that is completely different to what I had in mind.
Criteria C: The first part of this criteria is to develop a logical plan to create the solution which describes efficient use of time and resources. Then we would have to create our solution, following our plan and demonstrating our technical skills. We would also have to justify any changes made to the design and/or plan if there are any.
I think that the challenge in criteria C is to create the solution by following the plan because last year it was hard since my plan wasn’t very feasible and I had to cram everything to the last minute.
Criteria D: We would have to design a product test and evaluate out solution against it and the design specification. We also have to explain how the solution can be improved and what kind of impact it could have on the client/target audience.
I think that it is better that we create the product test in criteria D because it was hard to create a test last year when we didn’t know much about what we were actually going to create. The challenge would be to create a test that wouldn’t be just rephrasing the design specifications.
“What would your world be like if you could’t see, hear, smell, taste, move or feel?”
I set my phone so it would not vibrate and opened the timer. The room was pitch dark and I had my earphones in my ears so I wouldn’t hear a word from anyone or anything in my house. I laid down on my bed and pressed “start”. When I started this experiment, I thought that I would be perfectly content with it because I was just laying down in my bed. I thought that 20 minutes without the 5 senses and the ability to move was going to be no problem at all. I wasn’t thinking of anything besides how it was going to be really easy. I was relaxed and felt comfortable but that was only the start.
After about 5 minutes, I had itches and tingles in my legs and arms. Every single itch felt like someone was tickling me under my feet. Every single tingle felt like someone has shocked me with an wire. My body started to get tense and restless. I was frustrated about how I couldn’t move. My frustration was ranting sentences in my head so fast. So fast that I felt like my head was going to explode.
My breathing got quicker, trying to get more air in my frozen body. My head started to hurt, probably because of the ranting. Then my stomach started to feel sick. One of the only things I thought about during this experience was, Why did I eat so much? The headache and sickness just kept on getting worse. I started to give up on even being mad and felt hopeless and powerless even though it was my own body. It was about 10 minutes when I couldn’t handle it anymore and got up.
If this was my world, I wouldn’t be able to handle it. I just wouldn’t have any motivation to do anything. Not even to think. What would your world be like if you could’t see, hear, smell, taste, move or feel?
Theme is a main melody in a piece. When there are variations to the theme, the theme will be very simple. There can be a number of variations in a piece. The ways to vary a theme can by by changing the melody, key, time signature, rhythm, chords and texture. The melody can be changed by adding or taking away notes from the original melody. In Mozart’s Ah! Vous dirai-je, Maman, he added a lot of notes and changing the rhythm of them. In the piece, the texture also thickens in several variations by adding layers.
We had our koto concert on Thursday last week and I thought that it went well. During practice, I think that I was able to work well on the first movement. I think that it was hard for me to remember and get the third movement right. Especially after we started practicing faster. I think that it was hard for me to listen to other people playing since we did practice with our different parts. I think that I did much better on the concert than when we performed in class. I would like to work on techniques like tsuru and presses. I think that I need to practice listening to the notes of the presses and get them right. I also would like to work with each other better. Overall, I think that we did well at the concert which was a good things but I should also practice more to be able to play it well anytime.
I tried coding for the first time today in math class. I tried the game on code.org. In the game I used blocks that had commands like ‘move forward’ and connected them to make the characters get to their destination. I found it very interesting to see the codes behind the blocks and how it is actually written. I didn’t understand the code of repeating so I would like to learn about the more. I completed all the levels and even got a certificate. I also tried making a holiday card on Scratch. I made the bell ring and was able to add different sprites. I would like to try and make snowflakes fall from the sky. I think that coding is looks very hard but would be useful and helpful for the future.
Here is the video of me solving one of the word problems including simultaneous equations for my math class.
In tech class, we created a PSA (Public Service Announcement). My PSA was about breaking the dress code and its consequences. Here is the video.