Music To Your Ears

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Although I can’t sing a note in key to save myself, the bottom line is – I.LOVE.MUSIC

From dancing to writing about it in magazines, I just can’t seem to get enough of it!

 

My favourite genres are Hip-Hop and Reggaeton but I do dabble in the odd bit of trance and classics every once in a blue moon. Here are some of the tracks I just can’t stop singing in my head. Hopefully you’ll like them too:

 

Freya Ridings – Unconditional

 

The looks of an angel and the voice to match, Freya Ridings first blew me away when I saw her perform at a music publishing company I use to work at here in London. So hauntingly beautiful was her performance then that I thought she must’ve been miming! But no way, her gorgeous tone and aura shone through then just as much live as it does in this scenic video shot in St Pancras Old Church. Definitely check out her songs, I also really like ‘Lost Without You’.

 

Cardi B – Press

 

This song makes me wanna see a text and leave it on read. Definitely a song for the gym or the club. It’s too short though, she needs a longer version of this song, it’s so good I don’t want it to end! Does Cardi B need more press? Loving the cover art, I want her body (on my body)!

 

Anuel AA – Na’Nuevo

 

I wish I knew what he was saying, but then again the beat is so hard I don’t need to! Anuel makes me love Reggaeton and Reggaeton makes me love the Spanish language evenmore. I’ve listened to this track specifically easily 10 times already today. I think I need help. Are you a fan? Do you need to know what the artist is saying to enjoy a song, what’s more important the lyrics or the beat?

 

Murlo – Ferment

 

This song makes me think of the word ‘cute’ for some reason. Not sure if Murlo was going for this adjective exactly but that’s what it evokes in me. Like if I were chasing Bambi through a little pine forest this would be our backing track. Great song to have on in the background if you’re trying to study or drown out the noisy neighbours.

 

Music says alot about your personality I believe.What type of music are you into? Are any of the above your cup of tea?

 

 

 

Disclaimer – I don not own any of the video content or music shown in this post. Full copyright belongs to the copyright owners.

Robots Are The New Songwriters – Is This Morally Right?

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Warner Music Group’s newest addition to their ‘artist’ roster is that of an algorithm addict destined to make your newest jam, pretty much an alexa with an insatiable interest in generating sound while simultaneously reading your heart rate and circadian rhythm. Designed with the aim in mind to produce 20 albums this year, each containing frequencies which will help you in an array of areas of your life, from being more productive in work to reducing your anxiety:

It’s called ‘Endel’, it’s a sound app, it’s ‘Artificial Intelligence’.

Am I the only one who feels slightly uncomfortable with this? With the overall concept being that a robot will be making an album which makes us jump for joy in one track before crying ourselves to sleep with another. Not by using genuine experience, or raw emotion but instead through big data compilation and machine learning.

It’s one thing having electronics play a part in the music making process, we all know that wizkid producers with state of the art technology  open the doors to having the capability to produce unearthly sounds, afterall autotune is such a common element of music currently. With image taking precedence over singing talent (but I’ll save that topic for a rainy day). Back to the point. It’s one thing having a human use machines to assist the music making process but if you remove the human completely can we really call music art then? Will it not fall under ‘engineering’ or ‘technology’? And if so, would you find an issue with that?

If a robot is evoking certain emotions in us when we listen to the sound frequencies it generates as a response to data based off of my internal functioning (heart rate, movements, temperature), it makes me question how will it be able to manipulate us emotionally further down the line? As the late Stephen Hawking highlighted that although AI may host beneficial impacts to us humans, the theoretical physicist also raised the point that artificial intelligence may also pose the threat of kickstarting the beginning of the the end of the human race if used incautiously.

I must stress, I’m not against AI, but I am cautious of it’s capability. My curiosity for its role to play in sound is sparked by my love for music. And perhaps, my disdain for it’s potential domination through the music industry stems from my subliminal believe that music is something innately human, it acted as a glue, binding our ancestors together as they danced at rituals and socials, it bonds us together today, whether sharing a feeling for heartbreak or one of pure ecstasy, music seems to be a vector to share what at its core makes us human – emotions. Do I really want to press a button on an app to release a frequency to calm my nerves or do I want to talk to a human face to face and get something off my chest?

 

Enough about my opinions, whether I agree with its motives or not, it sure is interesting, if you want to learn more about Endel, check it out here.

An Apple A Day…….

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If an apple a day keeps the doctor away then give me the whole goddamn fruit bowl for my experience with the medical industry was anything but pleasant.  Carrying on from this! Let me explain:

(GP practice door) Knock, Knock. Who’s there?

An absolute imbecile that’s who! There’s no room for politeness here. It’s eyesight we are dealing with!

So I wait 45 minutes to be seen. I enter the room and the nurse doesn’t even look at me or says hi (I’m not trying to see superior just looking for manners)  when I walk in. It looked like she was too busy finishing off her crossword. I sit down and the first thing she says is ‘I don’t know if we can help you, you may have to go to A+E’. I didn’t travel the whole way here and wait for 45 minutes to be told to f*ck right off again. So I held my ground and basically said “could you atleast check it” (f*cking look b*tch).

At which point she reached her finger out and starts prodding my eye (like you’d poke a dead jellyfish at the beach with a twig). I told her it was tender and I swear she poked a bit harder (she had no glove on btw or sanitizer).

She then proceeded to do all sorts of tests in completely random parts of my body, knee reflex, blood pressure and heart rate. I kind of get it but you can see how I just wanted her to focus on my eye. Afterall time is of the essence when infection is involved.

She then said “I don’t know what this is, we aren’t eye specialists here, I’ll have to ask my colleague.” Aren’t eye specialists? Aren’t eye specialists? No you aren’t any specialist you’re supposed to be a GENERAL practitioner! Well, she was a nurse. But they’re well trained most of the time, right? So off she goes, probably for a fag break and returns through the door stomping on my foot in the process. My lips tighten. I’m.About.To.Lose.My.Sh*T!!!!!

The colleague arrives and just in the nick of time, I was about to have the nurse sent to A + E……”Amoxicillin, Fexofenadine and chloramphenicol cream” the knowledgeable colleague rhymes off effortlessly. At which point the dumbass nurse didn’t know which way was up or down. Looking like she was having a hot flush or something she fumbles around in her cupboard drawer and pulls out what looks like the ABC guide to bacterium. WTF! My hand is in my heads at this point (in my mind ofcourse). After a few finger licks and scrolls through the book she picks out a lucky little pill for me. Out of fear for not only losing my eye but my life, I had to quickly read over her shoulder to ensure she wasn’t assigning me cyanide or some sh*t like that! After her bit of light reading she returns to planet Earth to quickly rip me off the prescription hot off the printer and I’m hot stepping out the door in a heartbeat.

Will this sh*te work or has she just cost me my eyeball (atleast it’s my weaker eye if so)?

How To Get A Full-Time Job This Summer!

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As I reminisce about the times I slogged over a computer screen instead of sipping on an ice cold drink while sunning myself, I think of how fond I must’ve been of self-torture at the time! Sacrificing the great outdoors for the great world web day after day required discipline and persistence.

No1.  Be persistent – for every hour you aren’t applying for roles is an hour someone else is. And guess what, that someone else WILL get the job! I’m not saying every waking minute of your day needs to be spent job hunting but your chances of getting hired do increase with the more applications you make.

No 2. Network – it’s coming up to summer, more mingling events will be happening around your local town or city. Go to these events, get to know who’s who, this may lead onto internships and work experience which will help land you the full-time job. Or you never know, they may even offer you a full-time job themselves!

No. 3 Work experience – Summer for many industries is their prime money making time, for this reason they will be on the lookout for free labour, it may not be ideal but you can be in with a higher chance of a work placement when the demand for more staff is high. Some examples include nature reserves, coastal and watersports centres, tourist attractions, hotel staff, event promoters.

No 4.Internships – certain companies offer internships and graduate schemes specifically in Summer in order for soon-to-be graduates to get a feel for their potential place of employment in the future. Keep an eye out on company websites in particular or sites such as indeed.com, prospects and here on ERIC.. Companies with ongoing summer schemes include: UBS, L’Oreal, EY and Rolls-Royce

No 5. D.I.Y. – Start your own project to build up your own work experience. Getting internships and work experience is challenging so why not use your own initiative and build make your own e.g. if you wanted to be a full-time events planner then Summer is the perfect time to plan small events in your local area, perhaps a fashion show or charity event at the town hall? A charity fund day or even a fun run. The ideas are endless. Just start!! If someone isn’t bringing it to you, make it appear yourself.

I hope these 5 tips are useful! Please don’t your entire Summer job hunting, afterall, once you get a job you’re Summer will be no more haha (kidding)!

 

**Please note this article is intended solely for ERIC Mag, and I will link to the article on their site if/when it becomes live.