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Cabinet of Curiosities ( Part2)

 

Here is the second part of cabinet of curiosities, composed of object which I noticed the worth throughout the year.

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The first object is my notepad: I bought it two years ago but I only used it properly this year. As a journalist, I have it with me all the time, it is always in my bag. I am never without it. I think this should be a journalist’s best friend to write anything he witness, and in order not to forget anything.

I use mine when I have interviews to make, to prepare the questions I am going to ask. When I visit a place and something overwhelms me I write it down in it, or when I have a special feeling about something special that happened and I don’t want to forget it. Because time flies and we easily forget things as we see a lot of people and a lot of spaces.

I know that we have iphones and tablet etc.. equipped with notes app but I’m old-fashioned and I like having my notepad with me .

Regarding ethics, it might not be ideal because a journalist must protect his sources so if a jour no’s notepad (with sources details) falls into bad hands it can lead to problems.

 

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The second object of my cabinet is my library. I used to be very sad and I wasn’t really keen on going out and I used to read a lot in order to forget my sorrow.

 

It’s thanks to all  the books I read I acquired my general knowledge and I first broaden my horizons.

It’s also through reading that I forged my personality, indeed by reading about different ideologies and philosophies made me realise what kind of people I wanted to be and also how and what to think about society and the world that surrounds us.

My books are very precious to me however I don’t mind lending them to my friends because knowledge is the most precious asset to share.

 

This is my piano. My love, he (yes I consider him as a person) taught me loIMG_4530ve; through music.

I shared so much moments with him,  together we went through different states of mind : happiness, sadness, exhaustion, anger. Thanks to him, I have developed my sensitivity. I am not the kind of person that can be easily touch however there is an exception when it comes to music. I have faith in music, more than in humans. Because it’s difficult to trust them and also because they are not going to be here forever, everyone leaves one day. Although music will be always here and even when a composer dies he carries on living through people playing their master pieces.

Music also taught me to be persevering, to fight and not to give up. I have spent hours on my piano playing a music piece all over again, with different nuances because it had to be perfect.

 

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Coventry Music Museum (TV package)

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For this item, I went to the Coventry  Music Museum to have information about the place, I have used sources. Sources are the essence of a journalist work because it’s thanks to them that we are able to have information and clues about what is newsworthy. There are two kind of sources, the primary sources and the secondary sources. For most of my work I have contacted primary sources, it means that I went out to talk to the people involved with story I wanted to talk about.

I have used social media to find my contact, via twitter. This primary sources are very useful and essential to make a good work.

For this OOV as you can obviously see some camera problem occurred. To be fair, I have no idea about  what happened, but I swear to god that I wasn’t drunk!

Gig: Evolve

The Town Crier was  welcoming the band ‘Evolve’ to play live. Matt (the drummer), David (the bassists ), Steve (guitar player) and Rich the main singer gathered  to give a life performance in one of their Coventry’s favourite pub, city where some of them are originally from.

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For 10 years, the band has been making covers of a vast array of songs in an indie rock’n’roll style.  They have an extraordinary wide repertoire going from  the 70’s  with Richard Ash, the Beatles or the Undertones covers but also more recent bands like Razorlight, Kings of Leon and even Franz Ferdinand.

They  pleased  a larger audience by adapting themselves to such a wide range of covers.

What is noticeable is that they don’t  do dry covers but they try to adapt it to their genre of music. Though they keep the soul of the original song, they also try to put a part of them in the music. If you want to know a little bit more about the band you can visit their website.

The band celebrated their 10th anniversary  this year and for the occasion they took part in a momentous gig organised by the fundraising  Charity ‘Make a Wish’ .

As they have been playing together for 10 years, they have been used to play in weddings, clubs, pubs, birthdays and local gigs.When I asked them about their best memory in their career so far they all exchanged glances of complicity and laughed at the same time. Then they said: ‘ For sure it was for a live performance in a Pub in Coventry called the rainbow (doesn’t exist anymore , editors note). We were very excited about playing live and a live performance demands long shifts: it’s a lot of setting up, anyway we arrived at the venue with all our equipment and we were not prepared to what was going to happen. We discovered the place we were going to play we all looked surprised; in our head we just were all thinking where are we going to play? There was literally no place, we had a little and miserable square to fit all our instruments and lights and everything. It was terrible; I (Matt, the drummer) was almost sited on the floor to play. It’s a moment we are not going to forget.’ Laugh

The band seems to be like  a family that makes you  easily comfortable, there was no dull moments . We talked about music and its evolution. And they said: ‘ Music has radically changed thanks to all the thriving inventions that was made in the industry, with the arrival of the DJS music has gained something. Sometimes people wonder if DJS can be considered as musicians but they  worked with some of them, they really bring a touch to our music’.

Evolve, used to play original songs but  gradually they decided to cover a wide range of genre and age of music by mainly doing covers.

You can hear a rock’n’roll version of the song Price Tag originally performed by Jessie J :

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The interview ended with a piece of advice of from Evolve to aspiring artists:  ‘Just enjoy it! No matter how you learn music in a conservatory or you are self taught, you must enjoy it!’

Every Saturday the town Crier welcomes bands (usually local) to give a live performance. The pub attracts mainly middle aged people but also welcomes people of all ages. It’s a lovely traditional English pub where one can have fun.  It’s 3-5 minutes walk from Coventry City Centre.

The atmosphere at the Town Crier

The Town Crier, Corporation Street, Coventry, West Midlands, CV1 1PB
t: 02476 632317 | e: the_town_crier@hotmail.co.uk

Reflection: 

The reason why I have chosen to include this artefact in my portfolio is because it was one of the first artefacts I produced for an online content and I find that it shows perfectly the progresses I have made since the beginning of the scholar year.

Nowadays, each journalists must be a multi-platform journalist but witing for online content is different : ‘Online journalism provides the ability to go beyond the text of a story or outside it to give background and present supporting materials’ (Craig  2011:9).Due to the ubiquitous nature of news and information in today’s online environment ‘, the journalist has to become far more skilful story- teller, which includes guiding the reader through the ‘myriad of websites and other forms of online content… and establish which forms are reliable’. (Herbert, 2001:9)

Also a key of being a good journalist is to know which material to use and use it in an effective way. Each platform,  need a specific equipment. For this article I wrote a review about the gig but I also did an interview with the band. The only material I had this night was  a notepad and I think that it’s during this night that I bond with it, now wherever I go I have it with me. This is one component that a journalist should always have with him.

When  I wrote this article I wasn’t really aware of the professional conventions that were wanted for online purposes or the specific requirements asked for online media.I think my  story wasn’t brief enough, it was too much detailed.  In the present days people live very fast and don’t have time anymore. Information must go fast otherwise you loose your reader.

Silverside

 

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Silverside performed at the Town Crier, a local pub of Coventry located near Ikea. The band essentially performed covers. The pub was busy that night while they were performing energetic covers of the White Stripes and the Kings of Leon.
The Town Crier organises open music stage every Saturday where local bands can have the chance to perform in order to share their talent.

One of our uni task was to transpose the same story but  on two different type of text. I have transformed an interview into an OOV.

This is the basic interview, my friend and I wrote the questions together, but she chaired the interview and I was doing the camera work. we attributed the role on an equal footing because both of these jobs are important.

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And this is the OOV made from the interview, OOV means Out Of Vision literally it means that we are talking about the story and we focus on this story without having any journalist interacting on the plan. To make a good OOV it’s primordial to have stills and it must not be over 35 seconds.

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Banksy, one the most well known street artist didn’t finished to amazed us. He decided to overthrown the codes of street art by selling his work. Traditionally you would find his work along the street, because what characterizes street art from another art is the fact that it won’t last and that an other graffiti will be recovering his drawing. It’s the rules of street.

The other astonishing fact is that since Banksy has began his activity he always remainded anynymous and nobody knows his real identity. We just know that he was born in Bristol (where we can find several of his work).As a  street artist he is worldly acknowledged.

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One of Banksy’s painting in Bristol
But he left his hometown to settle down in New York for his project “Better Out Than In”;  he took his fans into a treasure hunting all around the big apple streets. He draws on the wall and then posts a picture of his work  upon his blog and people take pleasure to find the place in the city.To make the  buzz he  set up a stall in New York Central Park, where original and signed canvasses of his painting were sold for 60 dollars each (around £38). Usually his work is estimated  to be worth up to £20,000 each. He didn’t tell a word to anyone, he just posted a video on his blog with the simple legend : “Please note: This was a one off. The stall will not be there again today” .

The video of the stall he put on his blog

Though the old man, settled his stall from 11 am he made his first sale at 3.30 pm : a woman bought 2  canvasses after negotiating a 50% discount as well  a New Zealander .To thank her the old man gave him a kiss on the cheek. The last buyer was a man from Chicago who needed something “only to decorate the walls” of the new house he just acquired. At 6pm the graybeard packs up his stuff, he earned 420 dollars.

A lot of people have been traveling around Bristol or New York especially to gaze at his work,his videos have been watched by millions of people all around the world (more that 5 millions people have already watched the video of the sale). Despite this worldwide succes only 3 persons stopped at the stall and bought canvasses. We could wonder if when people buy painting they are rather buying the signature that is on it.

This story reminds me of a experience made by the Washington Post in 2007. In Washington’s underground a  man  starts playing the violin : 45 minutes and 6 pieces of Bach performed with excellence, talent and grace.  As  the performance took place during rush hour, it was calculated that thousands of people cross the station, most of them were on their way to work.

The video of the talented violinist entitled Stop and hear the music

Only a man recognized that the street musician was in reality a world famous violin virtuoso and gave him a 10 dollar note. An other one leant against the wall to listen to him but he looked at his watch and carry on walking. A woman throws a coin to the violinist without stopping by. Several children fell on the musician to admire him but all the parents (without exception) forced them to walk because they were in a hurry.

During the 45 minutes he played only 6 persons stopped by and stayed a while, 20 gave him some money and carry on walking. He received 32 dollars overall. When he finished to play nobody noticed and there was no standing ovation. In fact this musician playing anonymously was  Joshua Bell,one of the best violinist in the world    and the violin he was playing on was nothing but a stradivarius (a very rare violin worthing 3,5 millions of dollar) . Two days before he was to playing  to a full house and the ticked were sold out for 100 dollars.

These surprising stories raises concern about people view on art in general and about how our world is evolving. Nowadays things are going faster and faster, and people don’t take necessarily take the  time to appreciate what is going on around them.In the recent  years, the world witness a fresh outbreak  of  lack of time that transformed our lifestyles. Fast food, frozen food sales  have significantly increased. Because of the social networks we don’t take time to call or to drop a line to a friend anymore. New technologies (smartphones, tablet, laptop) are ruling our lives we became a connected society. Though all this thriving inventions  helped  us to improve our everyday life it,  tends to make us miss the essential of what living is. What is the point of having everything if we can’t take advantage of it.

Art is everywhere, even though we don’t always pay attention we are surrounded by it. If we don’t see the music of one of the best musician on this globe what else are we missing? Can we recognize the talent by itself, for it’s own value? For what it really is ?

If we were a little bit less selfish and sensitive to the world we are living in, I’m sure we’ll be overwhelmed by the all beauty we can find on earth.

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