Making – The End…?

Despite what the title of this post may say, no this is not the end of Just Jess OR Just Music. It is however the end of BCM114, which means I need to reflect on my process, what I have learnt and where I intend to go from here. So here we go…

I’ve already spoken about some of the setbacks I have experienced throughout the duration of this project in my prototyping blog, so instead I want to use this post to talk about what I have learnt, both about myself and my own limitations and about media and what it takes to create content in a digitally saturated world.

Despite what other people might tell you (including everyone who tells you that a media degree ‘isn’t real’) creating engaging content regularly is HARD. After completing BCM112 in Semester 1 (with a somewhat failed DA), I went into BCM114 knowing that establishing and maintaining a Digital Artefact could be difficult, but I assumed that if I changed my topic and platform to something I enjoyed and understood more, it would be easier. Boy was I wrong.

In creating ‘Just Music’, I expected to be able to easily create content on (semi) regular basis because I was writing about something to close to my heart. While this may have lasted for a few weeks, the reality is that no matter how much you may think you will enjoy something, when it comes to actually doing it, it’s not as easy.

In terms of my own limitations, I think maintaining this DA has taught me that I need to consider other things going on in my life before I make a commitment to a work load. When I started the blog, I said I was going to make weekly posts on a Friday along with other posts when relevant things happened in the music industry. I quickly realised that saying you’ll do something and actually finding the time to do it are two completely different things and sometimes life just gets in the way. While I realise it’s important to maintain somewhat of a regular posting schedule, it’s also important to look after yourself and make sure you don’t commit to more than what you’re physically capable of.

Working in media isn’t something I’ve wanted to since I was a kid, like some people. This ‘dream’ has only developed in the last 2 years or so, and after (almost) completing my first year of the degree, I think I can safely say that I have made the right decision. I think I have learnt that while many people look at what people do in media and call it easy, it’s far from it and only with practice will it start to come easy to me. This year is only the start of the journey and I’m excited for where it’s headed.

So where to from here? I want to keep up Just Music, but for now, I’m not commit myself to a rigorous posting schedule. I’m going to write when I want to write and when inspiration strikes. If that’s once every three weeks, then so be it. Obviously, in the future I will more than likely (try) get back to a regular schedule, but for now I’m comfortable with posting when possible. Having said that, if anyone has any suggestions of any music related topics I should write about, let me know.

I guess that’s it for BCM114.

Catch ya next year?

Jess x

 

Anne-Marie @ Metro Theatre 15/10/18

Anne-Marie made her solo Australian debut in Sydney on Tuesday night to a sold out Metro Theatre. The rising British pop star is straight off the back of an extended stint as Ed Sheeran’s supporting act around Europe and America, but has finally made her way down under to perform two very special sold out shows, promoting her April debut album release ‘Speak Your Mind’

Her support act, Los Angeles based Australian duo NAATIONS, certainly got the crowd jumping early. Playing a mixture of tracks known to the audience and tracks they may not have heard certainly paid off as they built hype for the main act of the night. Their performance of their Duke Dumont collaboration ‘Real Life’ was a highlight of their set, as the crowd shouted back the chorus.

Following NAATIONS’s set came the main event of the night. Entering the stage to a crowd shouting her name, Anne-Marie opened her first Australian headline show with album opener ‘Cry’. Straight off the bat, she was jumping around the stage, interacting with the crowd. This was followed by one of her oldest releases, ‘Do It Right’, which proved that her fanbase has done their research as they shouted the lyrics back.

Her newest single ‘Perfect’ and last single ‘2002’ both had the entire crowd singing at their loudest, encouraged by Anne-Marie’s playful mannerisms. Crowd favourites throughout the night included  ‘Trigger’, as she taught the crowd the chorus and had them sing it back to her and ‘Bad Girlfriend’ which had Anne-Marie showing her skills as a ‘real musician’ (her words) by using a electronic sound machine. She took a moment to sit on the edge of the stage whilst singing ‘Then’, as she delved into what is arguably her most emotional song on her debut album, bringing herself and much of the audience to tears.  Her final song, her collaboration with Marshmello, ‘FRIENDS’ predictably had the crowd jumping and screaming until the very last moment.

Anne-Marie’s Australian debut was a high energy, interactive show, giving us just a taste of what the rising British pop star has to offer, as well as showing that the Australian support for her is only growing.

Anne-Marie will be back in the country next March and April, playing shows in Brisbane, Sydney, Melbourne, Adelaide and Perth. Tickets go on sale Tuesday 23 October, all details can be found here

 

 

 Enjoy some kind crappy photos from the night, taken on my phone

“Alexa, Play Smart House”

As a kid, I remember watching the Disney movie ‘Smart House’ and thinking how ridiculously crazy all the things the house could do were. 19 years later, and while not every feature of the house has become a reality, the rise of ‘smart house systems’ such as Amazon’s Alexa and Google Home systems mean literally every aspect of our everyday lives are more connected to the internet than ever before.

Let’s use the example of Alexa. Alexa can tell you the weather, place orders for you, connect to Bluetooth devices, set and stop your alarm, look up who’s the actor in that movie, when the movie you want to see is showing next, order you an Uber and the list goes on and on.

While not quite up to the standard of ‘Smart House’s’ self absorbing floors and full holographic screen walls, the advancements made in recent years in terms of the internet of things is remarkable and indicates that maybe one day in the not too distant future, ‘Smart House’ will become a reality.

Catch ya on the flip side,

Jess x

Like an Elephant, the Internet never forgets

As the internet becomes more and more integrated with our everyday life, it is important that we realise that the things we put on the internet are permanent. 

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Every single tweet, Facebook update, Snapchat sent, Instagram liked, Tumblr reblogged, YouTube video made is able to served by servers or by screenshotting. This means that even if you delete something at a later date, it will still be out there somewhere, floating around in cyberspace. And with the growing presence of the mobile internet meaning we are always connected, their is the potential for our each and every action to be captured.

This means that it is more important than ever to not make what is considered a mistake in the eyes of the internet (so defintely nothing racist, sexist, homophobic) because you can guarantee that it will come back to bite eventually.

Catch ya on the flip side,

Jess x

 

 

The Roots of Hacktivism

When we think of hacking today, most people would probably think of a nerdy, mid-20s guy, sitting in a dark room with a hoodie on, fingers moving across the keyboard at the speed of light (just like in the movies you know). In reality, this couldn’t really be further from the truth of the roots of hacktivism.

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Alan Turing was the creator of the first automated decryption device which was used to hack into and translate German messages sent using the Enigma. He doesn’t really look like hackers do in the movies does he?

The reason I think this is important is because it should be acknowledged that ‘hacking’ is not a dirty word. Hacking can be used in favour of activism, or hacktivism. And the sooner this stereotype is destroyed, the better.

Catch ya on the flip side,

Jess x