Personal Connections in Music

deadmau5 – “Strobe

  • This song starts out slowly, then gradually builds up.

I feel I can connect to this part of the song in that the way I like to do things is slow and steady, then I usually get more

complex in my work, or in my art and build from there.

  • After the build up, the song brings in the beat of the kick bass that sets the rhythm and the tone for the song.

During certain points in my life, everything seems to be going good and to a steady rhythm that keeps everything in place.

  • Following the kick bass are the array of “synths” that carry the melody forward.

I like to think of these as my friends who join me in my times of happiness and are there to have fun and enjoy the time.

  • Eventually the synths start to settle down a little bit and kick bass isn’t as prominent, everything gets a little quieter before the drop.

This is my preparation time, the few moments I have before I do something big. These moments in my life are rare and each time they happen, I savor and remember every single one of them.

  • For a split second, everything is quiet, then the it all “drops” the bass, the beat, the synths, all of it and it becomes this massive harmony of electronic mastery and complete  and total trance of music.

This where my biggest moments in my life happen. This where I shine brightest and I am the happiest I will ever be. This single moment, this single feeling of complete peace are what make me do the things I do, and shape me into the person I am and the person who I will be.

  • The excitement in the music eventually tones down to bring an end to the song slowly and peacefully.

As much as I’d like it to last forever, the huge moment of happiness and inner peace can’t last forever. Eventually things have to settle down and go back to normal. This where my life is stable again, and I am able to walk away with good feeling in my heart and my head held up high.

1. How does this song connect to an event/period of your life?

This is the song that inspired me to get into audio production and to be more musically inclined.

2. What draws you to this song on a personal level?

This song makes me feel so happy and tranquil. It’s like electronic nirvana, nothing can hurt me when I listen to this song.

3. Describe when you would find yourself listening to this song.

I mainly listen to this song when I’m daydreaming or just in the mood for it. Sometimes (just for fun) i like to listen to this song when something awesome is about to happen, like a sports team winning a playoff, or an epic part in a movie.


Daft Punk- “Face to Face” Annotation

  • Strong verb: Tried to forget.
  • Autobiographical Phrase: I turned away.
  • Loaded language: It really didn’t make sense
    Just to leave this unresolved
    It’s not hard to go the distance
    When you finally get involved face to face.
  • Questions: What are they saying when they say the lyrics; “You are dancing”?
  • Is this mainly about Love, Politics, Inequality, or all of the above and more?
  • Four Statements: “It’s not hard to go the distance
    When you finally get involved face to face”
  • “I turned away
    Because I thought you were the problem
    Tried to forget
    Until I hit the bottom
    But when I faced you
    In my blank confusion
    I realized you weren’t wrong,
    It was a mere illusion”
  • “I must admit
    It’s my pride that made me distant
    All because
    I hoped that you’d be someone different”
  • “But the answer is in clear view
    It’s amazing what you’ll find face to face”

Speaker: Daft Punk
Audience: Daft Punk fans, electronic music listeners
Topic/Focus: Coming “Face to Face” with the truth and that everything
isn’t always what you hope for.
Speaker’s Attitude Toward Topic: Daft Punk’s attitude towards this topic is,
in my opinion, serious and at the same time very intimate. They care about the topic, but
also don’t exaggerate it.
Personal Reaction: My personal reaction is that I couldn’t agree more with their message.
You don’t always get what you want, and coming face to face with that fact is sometimes what
you need to realize it and this song speaks the truth on many levels like love, politics, racism,
and more.

Music Video

1. What is the song about?

2. What is the artist’s attitude toward the subject of the song?

3. Although there are no lyrics, I feel this song still tells a lot,
so in absence of lyrics, describe one section of the song that stands out to you and why.

4. Share and support your opinion about this song.

5. What images/lyrics/messages are appealing to the listener?


Deadmau5 ft. Gerard Way – “Professional Griefers
Album: , (2012)
Genre: Progressive House
Daft Punk – “Face to Face
Album: Discovery, (1996)
Genre: House/ Synthpop
Approaching Nirvana –”Fade Away
Album: Evolve (2012)
Genre: Progressive House/ Techno
Russian Red –“Loving Strangers
Album: I Love Your Glasses
Genre: Acoustic Pop/ Easy listening
Deadmau5 –“Strobe
Album: For Lack Of A Better Name
Genre: Progressive House

What I Did On The Internet In Class Today

First, being my electronic music addicted self, i decided to visit to see what was new. To my surprise I found that there are a new pair of deadmau5 professional grade headphones for sale that I have added to my christmas wish list. After wards I felt like looking at some colleges for Audio Production. I found one that I especially liked in L.A, and, after looking at some of the courses they offer, decided it was my dream college! It was also very convienent because my friend also wants to go to college in L.A. We could easily share an appartment! That was class hour on the internet.

Deadmau5 interview

Ever wanted to know a little more about deadmau5? What about just getting to know who he is? Well here is a pretty cool video I found of a recent interview explaining Joel (deadmau5) Zimmerman, and some of his views and background.

1. Who is the artist being interviewed? Who is interviewing the artist? What is the source/medium of the interview?
The artist being interviewed is Joel Zimmerman a.k.a “Deadmau5” and Qtv is interviewing him. The source is
2. What was the focus of the interview?
Basically getting to know Joel, who he is, how he got his start in EDM (Electronic Dance Music), and his views on things like the press, politics, controversy among other artists, as well as drug abuse.
3. What did the artist have to say about the music they make?
Joel enjoys what he does and he does it with a passion. One thing i like to quote from this video is that Joel says; “You can play bad EDM live for an hour, but you can only really play good EDM live for about one song.” What Joel does is the latter, but does it in hours rather than minutes, making him so good and popular.
4. From the interview, what could you gather about the image/lifestyle the artist leads?
Joel does live a wealthy life, but he lives humbly, he earned all of his luxuries through making his music, and although he isn’t much of a philanthropist, Joel sees no point in not helping others with the power you have a celebrity of his status.
5. What connections can you make between the artist’s image/lifestyle and the content of their music?
Joel loves video games and social networking, and makes strong connections to those in his music. He also show his fans live feeds of him in the studio making his music and doing what he does best. By this use of technology, Joel is able to connect with his fans on a much greater level, by bringing them into his world of the music producing process. Fans of Joel know exactly what to expect on a new album just by watching his live streams. This makes his live concerts that much better, because the fans have already experienced the music and can like it all the more.