Music & History – UK Edition

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The only thing on the day’s schedule was a guest lecture in the morning. Jessica Dannheisser, a British composer, came in to talk about what she does. Her work lays mainly in composing, producing, and orchestrating scores and music in the Film and TV industry. At the start of her lecture, Jessica played the opening scene from the film The Impossible. First, it was played without the score, by class consensus we all came to the conclusion that something ominous, scary, or bad was coming; the general vibe was that close to a Thriller or Horror film. She then played the same sequence with the score, though we were close the score changed it from Horror/Thriller to a more sorrowful and poignant feeling. Her point in this was to show that in this case, the score allowed them to push the film to convey the message they intended. A score is not necessarily needed to have a good film and for the viewer to understand the pictures on the screen (look to the transcendental film style there), but that in many use cases it can nudge the film to where it needs to be or expand on an already present theme.

Jessica also spoke about some of the work she’s done, including the Film Suffragettes With Lucy Worsley (Which premieres on BBC One Monday, June 4th). With that, she also described what it is like to work as a freelancer. She doesn’t have a boss, Jessica is her own boss. With that, there are a lot of benefits and she offered words of encouragement to tell us that, though it can be daunting, working freelance in the TV and Film industries is entirely doable.

After the lecture, we congregated outside of the Accent building (where our classes are held) to figure out what to do next. Since nothing was planned, our fearless leader Troy let us decide. One of us suggested we go to the British Museum. As a class we all made the journey, it was well worth it. The place is so huge that I don’t think we even saw a fraction of the exhibits, but what we did see was spectacular. The Rosetta Stone (THE ACTUAL ROSETTA STONE!!!), Cleopatra’s mummy, and artifacts from Rome and Greece.

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We then split off for lunch and eventually met back up to visit Abbey Road. My first thoughts about going were a small form of excitement but also preparation for a bit of a letdown, after all, it is just a road. But I wasn’t disappointed at all. Even though it is literally just a road (with motorists driving over it very frequently), there is something inspiring about walking where some of the worlds greatest musicians have walked.

“Music & History – UK Edition” By: Jacob McDowell

Bonus: Fam Dinner Round 2 Complete with pasta Aglio e Olio (By Me!) and an egg noodle combination (prepared by Rohan)

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