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Sawasdeekrap (Hello in Thai)! My name is Lamtharn and I am a sophomore in Morse College from Bangkok, Thailand. Most people call me me by my nickname, Hanoi. I love to compose jazz, contemporary and electronic music and enjoy playing piano, guitar and the awesome Thai traditional fiddle called the "Saw-U"! I'm doing a Double Major in Applied Physics and Music and alongside working at the Admissions Office, I am involved in the Yale Jazz Ensemble, the composition community at Yale, an independent ensemble called "Suite Spot" and a student-run record label called 17O1 Records.
Some of you may have read my previous blog on the DJ midterm I was preparing for as part of Music 395: Composition and Performance of Music, Multimedia Art and Technology taught by Prof. Kathryn Alexander.
If not, check it out here: http://admissions.yale.edu/bulldogs-blogs/lamtharn/2012/02/04/my-midterm...
Just before Spring Break, all of us in class had the chance to perform our electronic music sets live to the class. The performance put to test our skills in clip launching, sequencing and live effects that we had been learning throughout the semester.
I can say with certainty that this midterm was definitely the most exciting and fun exam I have ever taken! To see what I mean, check out the embedded YouTube link of my Dubstep Midterm!
For this project, I collaborated with Alex Vourtsanis, a sophomore in Trumbull Double Majoring in Mathematics and Music (Whenever Alex is not composing, he does research with Prof. Richard Cohn in the connections between Music Theory, Lie Algebra and Group Theory). We had a tremendous amount of fun sharing ideas, composing the synth lines, putting the song together and performing the piece during class. This is the first time Alex and I have used the software Ableton Live (for all you musicians out there, we’re both Logic Pro users!), but I think we did a really good job pulling off some great and “filthy” sounding dubstep.
Even better, that awesome jam out counts towards 20% of our grade!
I was also very inspired by the pieces that other classmates had written and the afternoon featured music in the styles of Hip Hop, remixes, House music, mash-ups and Drum n Bass.
That’s not it though! We are currently working on a joint project with students from Theatre Studies 387: Advanced Dance Composition and videographers from the School of Drama to create an original music and dance interpretation of verses from Shakespeare.
This Spring, there is a campus wide celebration of “Shakespeare at Yale” featuring exhibitions of Shakespeare’s early work in the Beinecke Library, the production of A Winter’s Tale at the Yale Repertory Theatre, Shakespearian paintings on display at the Yale University Art Gallery and many more. Another exciting project is under way!
“If music be the food of love, play on [that filthy dubstep]”
Duke Orsino, Twelfth Night Act 1, scene 1, 1-3