Joshua (United States of America)
A very big thanks to:
- Mr Donald Hyatt (firstname.lastname@example.org)
- Mr Ilango Rengaramanujam (email@example.com)
- Mr Yang Lee Job Tan (firstname.lastname@example.org)
Educational Objectives of our entry:
Our entry aims to teach the Western and European world about the Asian style of music. The Western world does not have very many interactions with Asian countries in contrast to European countries, and so does not really know much about Asian music or culture. This Entry aims to break these barriers and enlighten the Western world and share some part of a different and ancient culture, much of which has remained self contained in the past.
Specifically, this Entry teaches a user about approximately 60 different instruments from several countries including Japan, China, Malaysia, and India, the different music styles in popular use with these instruments and the composition of Asian style music, folk songs, and how it is different from common Western music, and the different types of ensembles and their purposes and the types of music each one plays. After learning about this, the user can employ this knowledge by actually creating music using the different instruments, ensembles, and styles of music that they learned about.
In addition, they can communicate with other users of the site about anything related to Asian music through a message board, and can look at songs that other users have made.
What we did:
Joshua: I was the technical person. I actually created each page, all of the images, scripts, and code. I used my creativity to create a simple but elegant user interface, and technical knowledge to create the interactivity. In addition to creating code, I also helped keep us on target and on time. I suggested things to my team members and asked for things, and when it was important for us to get something done immediately, I didn't hesitate to take on a leadership role and tell them that we need to get something done now.
- Jason : I was the primary information gatherer and involved in video shooting,
sound recording and encoding work. Jianghai and I create most of the sounds
and videos on our site. I did all the write-ups on the information of countries'
music and their instruments after going through many books and website. I
think of new ways to present our website and methods to let users of different
platforms to be able to view our site at its best.
- Ho : I was the design person. I designed all the VRMLs and encoded all the
video and audio files for our website. I also sourced for a lot of the raw
information with. Jason was involved in the setup of the videos and contacting
the players for the video shoots, while I did the video shooting, processed
the shots and also the "post-production of the videos. Besides that, I also
scanned some pictures for our website and sourced for alternative sources
of the music clips.
How we collaborated to make this entry possible:
As our team is being split into different parts of the world, when two of us are experiencing daylight, the other member is working at night. Therefore, we often had to work until very late to be able to reach each other. We made full us of the Internet to help us collaborate. We use ICQ and emails. We feel that we must really thank ICQ for allowing us to exchange files and ideas over the Internet.
Software used in creating our entry:
- Microsoft Windows 98
- Mac OS 8.6
- Microsoft Office 97
- Microsoft Office 98
- Internet Explorer 4.5
- Internet Explorer 5
- Adobe Photoshop 5 (Edit the Pictures)
- Adobe Premiere 5 (Creating the Audio and video clips)
- QuickTime 4 (Testing and creating audio and video clips)
- Macromedia Flash 4 (Making web animations)
- 3D Studio Max (Making VRML Files)
Hardware used in creating our entry:
5 Computers (3 Macs and 2 PCs)
Sony PC3E Digital Video Camera (to capture video and audio clips)
Music Cultures of the Pacific, The Near East, And Asia, by William P.Malm
Published in United States of America by Prentice-Hall, 1967
Music of Indonesia, by R. Anderson Sutton
Published in Indonesia by The Festival of Indonesia Foundation, 1991
Music Instruments of South-East Asia, by Eric Taylor
Published in New York by Oxford University Press, 1989
The Music of ASEAN, by ASEAN Committee on Culture and Information
Published by ASIAN Committee on Culture and Information, 1995
Singapore Chinese Orchestra’s Homepage
The Chinese High School Chinese Orchestra (Teacher-in-charge: Mr Tan Guan Chye)
- Er-hu (二胡): Tan Yan Hao
Song Name: 赛马
- Pi-pa （琵琶): Chia Xiquan
Song Name: 遗族
- Zhong-hu (中胡) : Ng Sheng Yong
Song Name: 丰收罗鼓
- Di-zi (笛子) : Zhang Kang Yi
Song Name: 姑苏行
2. Singapore National Library (for vast amount of information found in books)