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February 2008 Issue

Volume 47 Farewell: We’re moving right along

By Denebola | Published: February 2008
By Olivia DaDalt, Clara Fraden, Jason Kuo, and Alex Schneider 47 is the 15th prime number. It is also a safe prime, a supersingular prime, and a Thabit number (due, of course, to its representation in binary code). 47 is the typical number of strings on a harp. It is Andrei Kirilenko's jersey number and it is also the country dialing code for Norway (we call Norway a LOT). 47 is also the best volume of Denebola ever. Ok, we're a little biased.

Mar 16: MCAS schedule now online

By Denebola | Published: February 2008
Click here for information on the schedule for March 25-27.

Bringing sexy Bach

By Denebola | Published: February 2008
By Amalia Lieberman Classical music, a musical genre traditionally unappreciated by adolescents, differs from other forms of music because of its emphasis on the style of the composers, and the historical context which inspires it. It is beautiful, emotional, fiery, and rambunctious, all in the confines of period and structure. Classical music is built around a variety of strict and complicated forms. It is a very intellectual kind of music that is often hard to appreciate if one does not happen to have a strong classical education. Classical music, even though it can be very emotional, is very much about making the listener and the performer think. To the average ear, all classical music sounds the same, but to a classically trained ear a piece that was written in the Baroque period sounds very different that a Romantic period piece or a classical period piece.
By Moire Corcoran and Antoine Guillaume The song “Richard Parker is the epitome of The Novel Ideas. Lyrical, sincere, and witty, the song tells the story of Pi Patel and his metaphysical tiger, Richard Parker, from the novel Life of Pi by Yann Martel. Last year, South graduate Daniel Radin formed the band The Novel Ideas. Originally, formed to emulate the band My Bloody Valentine, Radin decided to change perspectives when he wasn't satisfied with the music that he created. He decided, instead, to revert to a more acoustic sound and incorporate female vocals much like the conversational style behind the male and female vocals of Stars.

Don’t be hatin’ on rap

By Denebola | Published: February 2008
By Matt Rothendler “Hip hop just died this mornin', and she's dead, she's dead¦ American rapper Nas said. Radio stations and freestyle clubs will argue against that, for if rap is truly dead and gone forever, then rappers such as 50 Cent, Kanye West, Eminem, and Wu-Tang Clan never would have existed. Rap and hip hop began as small franchises in New York, where they spawned countless rappers and MCs that spread like wildfire around the globe. Currently, it seems a new genre of rap has arrived, one that spreads like a virus to every corner of the United States.

Music videos give songs new depth

By Denebola | Published: February 2008
By Diana Burmistrovich Whether a scantily clad, woman is gyrating on a pole or vintage wallpaper and vases are being flashed behind a live band, music videos are a glimpse into the artists' heads. By watching music videos, listeners are sometimes able to further understand the musician's intention of the song. Other times, videos seem completely unrelated and confuse listener even more. When first hearing “Fluorescent Adolescent by the Arctic Monkeys, a listener might think that the song describes a relationship gone sour between a couple because of the lack of excitement in their lives. Rather than a typical video about a forlorn couple struggling with their problems, Arctic Monkeys showed the relationship between a clown and a boy who grow apart after many years of friendship. The video continues to elaborate with a graphic scene of the clown beating up the boy after he's grown. Very strange? Most definitely. Hilarious and unexpected?

Feb 16: New editors appointed

By Denebola | Published: February 2008
Denebola's outgoing senior editors, Olivia DaDalt and Alexander Schneider, have appointed the new senior editors of volume 48.

Music gets lost in the mix

By Denebola | Published: February 2008
By Mara Sahleanu Once upon a time, mix tapes were composed of music on actual cassettes. Synthesizers were completely unheard of, and artists were actually talented. Now, technology is credited for the successes of the absurdly impersonal digitized music world. Programmed machines are posing a threat to human musicians' careers as now almost anyone around the world can press a key to create whatever kind of sound they want to. Innovation has supplied us with such luxuries as the acoustic/electric guitar, the mp3, and the infallible iPod generation. But is the ease of using electronics getting in the way of what matters in music? “Today, pretty much the whole process of recording, distributing and producing music is done through computers, Princeton University professor, Dr. George Tzanetakis said. This change of pace has its advantages, but in the end, the music is left slowly crumbling from its original standard.

Feb 15: President’s day vacation begins

By Denebola | Published: February 2008

Linde jazzes up the music department

By Denebola | Published: February 2008
By Sidrah Baloch Sophomore Sidrah Baloch spoke to South music teacher, Lisa Linde, about the future of South's music program, the students who partake in it, and her experiences as an extensive teacher of music, both past and present. SB: How long have you been working at South? LL: Ten years SB: How many different classes have you taught/currently teach? LL: I teach eight different classes when I am full time (currently on a part time child care leave). They are symphonic band, jazz ensemble, lab jazz ensemble, chamber ensemble, jazz improv I, jazz improv II, jazz combo, music tech, and in the past I have also taught AP music theory, music theory and intro to jazz/rock/pop music.

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