Monthly Archives: March 2014

Walkie-Talkies to Cell Phones

True Rescue Story from WWIIA small plan crashed in a very remote valley during World War II. The terrain made it very difficult to amass a rescue. In the meantime, an air drop was arranged to give the men and women much needed supplies to help them survive.

One of the most precious items in the cargo was “a portable FM radio that could be used to transmit and receive messages. It was almost certainly a rugged waterproof thirty-five pound two-way radio the size of a small suitcase.

Developed by Motorola for the Army Signal Corps, the device could be carried on a soldier’s back, hence its immortal nickname, the ‘walkie-talkie.’

Its design was a milestone that contributed to a revolution in portal wireless communication.”

Original Walkie Talkie

Imagine if technology hadn’t advanced in the past 50 years. These wireless communication devices have become incredibly compact since their development for the armed forces. Would people be walking around with cumbersome backpacks right now to stay connected.

Would the benefits of being connected outweigh the hassle of lugging around the cumbersome, original walkie-talkie?

Motorola-Cell-Phone

I bet most people don’t realize that the cell phone in their pocket comes courtesy of the armed services. Without the army, we wouldn’t have had two-way wireless communication.

That’s something to think about.

WIHH4: Shay D of Lyrically Challenged

Shay DWe are celebrating International Women’s Day with our 4th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular.

In this chapter of the show, I interview Shay D about her work with the Lyrically Challenged Collective, her solo work, her involvement in the hip-hop community, must-have rap records, and the issues involving women in hip-hop culture.

I also spin some of her great music, including . . .

Reverie and LC Collective – Calm Before the Storm
Lyrically Challenged – I Do It For Hip-Hop
Lyrically Challenged – Struggles
Shay D – A Year in My Thoughts

#WIHH4 coverage continues all week long right here. Come back tomorrow for Part 5.

You can download this show for free or stream it with the player below.

WIHH4: Old School Hip-Hop Mix by Miss DJ

Miss DJMiss DJ is part of an all-female DJ crew based out of Sweden.

She is our special guest deejay for our 4th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular.

I interview her and then she gets on the wheels of steel to drop an amazing mixset of old school and golden-era classics.

NWA – Express Yourself
KRS-One – Step into a World
Onyx – Slam Harder
Beatnuts – Off the Books
A Tribe Called Quest – Check the Rhime
Common – Inspiration
Pete Rock and CL Smooth – T.R.O.Y.
Mos Def – Ms Fat Booty
Little Brother – Speed
Jeru the Damaja – 99.9 Par Cent
J Dilla / Common – So Far to Go
O.C. – The Chosen One
L’il Kim – Crush on You
Gangstarr – Full Clip
Naughty by Nature – Feel Me Flow
Black Moon – I Gotcha Open
Method Man – Break Ups to Make Ups
AZ – Sugarhill
Ice Cube – Steady Mobbin’
Notorious B.I.G. – One More Chance

This is part of  #WIHH4 as we celebrate International Women’s Day by focusing on Hip-Hop’s Better Half.

You can download this show for free or stream it with the player below.

WIHH4: Women in Hip-Hop Roundtable Discussion

WIHH RoundtableWelcome back to the 4th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Radio Spectacular.

Make sure you tune in to Silent Cacophony every day this week to catch all of the different segments from #WIHH4. Right now, we have an incredible discussion with a panel of hip-hop experts.

Our Panel Today

E-Turn is an emcee from Orlando, Florida.

Dessa is a emcee / singer / producer from Minneapolis and is part of Doomtree.

Reverie is an emcee from Los Angeles, California.

Lo-Do is a hip-hop journalist, CEO of Ashy to Jazzy Productions, and a drummer.

Highlights of our discussion

Here are some of the highlights of our discussion

00:00 – Introductions

02:30 – Do you identify yourself as a feminist?

05:30 – Roadblocks of being a female in a male-dominated art-form

11:00 – Gender roles in society

13:55 – Systematic degradation

16:50 – “Hip-Hop is not a positive environment for a young woman”

18:50 – Songwriting

20:00 – The term “Femcee”

30:00 – Music from E-turn “Come Close”

35:00 – Images of women

42:00 – How we got into hip-hop

49:10 – Paying dues

54:42 – Counting Bars

60:00 – Music from Reverie “Locks Without Keys”

63:00 – Top 20 Rappers (Lists are often devoid of female artists)

72:00 – Homophobic lyrics

74:38 – Lyrically Challenged Collective

77:25 – Women in other elements of hip-hop

80:00 – Final thoughts from the panelists

86:26 – Music from Dessa “Fighting Fish”

Download WIHH4 Roundtable Discussion or stream it with the player below.

 

Thanks for tuning in!

See you tomorrow for another installment on #WIHH4

WIHH4: Celebrating International Women’s Day – Hip-Hop Style

WIHH4 podcastWelcome to a very special edition of DOPEfm. For our seven hours of programming tonight we are shining a spotlight on the Women in Hip-Hop.

We are celebrating International Women’s Day like we do every single year. This is our 4th annual show and we have a lot of great content coming your way.

We have a roundtable discussion with Reverie, LoDo, E-Turn, and Dessa. It was an incredible discussion. You won’t want to miss it.

We have a spotlight with Rapsody. We talk to her and play some of her amazing music. We are going to have Dessa back on the program a little but later to do a spotlight on her as well.

We sit down with Shay D, all the way from the UK, for an in-depth interview. We play her music and talk about her work with Lyrically Challenged.

We have a guest DJ who will be dropping some old school classic hip-hop. It’s absolutely incredible what she does on the wheels of steel. Her name is Miss DJ and she is all the way from Sweden.

We have a Know Your History episode focusing on motherhood in hip-hop. We talk to some mothers who are also emcees about how they balance a rap career and a family. We will discuss some of the issues around touring and how difficult that can be when you have a family. It’s a thought-provoking hour of radio, that’s for sure.

I drop an hour-long mix of female-only hip-hop as well.

This is our 4th Annual Women in Hip-Hop Spectacular. It grew out of a little seed of an idea about five years ago when I talked to Shad. I talked to him a few months back and this is what went down on that interview.

Chase: “You inspired me in a way that you probably wouldn’t even believe. Your track ‘Keep Shining’ and then talking to Eternia. Those two things gelled in my mind and set me on the path to feminism, believe it or not. That’s how our International Women’s Day show started and it’s become a yearly tradition now.”

Shad: “That’s awesome!”

Chase: “Keep Shining is an amazing track because quite often in rap we don’t see or hear women portrayed in such a positive light. It really is a shame too. We have some great talent and we have some great female talent. And sometimes that doesn’t get heard.”

That’s what this show is all about – exposing the talent in hip-hop’s better half.

Press play or Download WIHH 4 – Part A

This is the first of 8 parts. Remember to come back tomorrow to get the next installment of this groundbreaking radio program.

Thanks for listening!

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Lip Sync Battle

Radio DJ, Mastermind, shared this on Twitter the other day.

 

I clicked through because it seemed like such an interesting concept. A Lip Sync Battle? I’ve heard of dance battles, beatbox battles, and freestyle rap battles. But a lip sync battle, really?

As I watched the video, the teacher in me immediately saw the educational benefits of trying this in the classroom.

1) It would be a lot of fun.

2) It works on the performance aspect of singing without needing the chops to pull it off.

3) The competitive part will have the audience invested.

4) We could use this as a reward / fun day to entice the students to do their classwork.

I think I am going to try this out. I’ll let you know how it goes in an upcoming Teaching Tip Tuesday post.

Teaching Tip Tuesday – great tips, tricks, lessons, resources, and inspiration every week!

DJing Is Child’s Play

Who says that it doesn’t take talent and effort to be a hip-hop DJ?

DJ Nu-mark makes it all look like child’s play in this clip (and I’m not just saying that because he is using preschool toys to create this incredible turntablist routine)

He makes is look easy, but it really isn’t.

This is talent, skill, practice, and hard work paying off.

I love this routine!

Access: 88 HIPHOP

88 HIPHOP was definitely ahead of its time. It was one of the first Internet hip-hop shows.

When it started, I wasn’t even online at the time. It began as a radio show that was available through the phone lines only. It quickly moved to video and had some very historic broadcasts since its 1996 debut.

Today, we talk to the founder of the hip-hop media conglomerate. Without further ado, here is our interview with Randy of 88 HIPHOP.

Journey to Rainbow Island – Book Giveaway

Journey-to-Rainbow-Island

Journey to Rainbow Island by Christie Hsiao

I was approached by the publisher of this book to do a review of the novel and a giveaway on my blog. The press release sounded interesting, so I agreed. Unfortunately, the novel didn’t live up to that potential.

The story revolves around an eleven year old girl. She lives on Rainbow island, a magical place where there seems to be an abundance of love and where people are able to talk to animals. Despite this, she is skilled with a bow and arrow.

Meanwhile, an evil wizard has conjured up a dragon-like creature and is slowly turning the world into a dark and miserable place. It turns out that the young girl is, in fact, a Darq Render, and the only person capable of defeating the dragon and foiling the evil wizard’s plan.

I had a really hard time getting through the entire book. The characters seemed quite flat. The hero was impossibly sweet and innocent, and the story was way too preachy. It never really captured my interest or attention.

While this book is a fantasy, it really seemed to be a veiled advertisement for Christian living. It almost hits you over the head with the tenants of faith, belief, and love for thy neighbour. It never really comes out and says these things, which almost makes it worse.

There was one scene in the first third of the book that I was able to get into, but it seemed to be a stand-alone story. That happened three times within this novel too. Things just didn’t connect the way they should have.

I struggled to get through the entire book. I wanted to put it down several times. But since I was expected to blog about it and offer this giveaway, I stuck with it hoping it would get better. It didn’t.

I realize that I am probably not selling you on this book. That being said, a young Christian girl might be able to get into the story and enjoy it. I can’t see it appealing to anyone else, however.

If I haven’t scared you away, you can enter for your chance to win a copy of this hardcover.

Enter the Book Giveaway Contest

1) Twitter – tweet this message

I just entered for a chance to win a copy of the book “Journey to Rainbow Island” from @chasemarch on http://chasemarch.com

2) Facebook  – post a similar message to the one above. Make sure you tag me in the message.

3) Leave a Comment below 

I have two copies of the book to giveaway and will randomly pick two winners from everyone who shares this post on Twitter or Facebook. This contest is open to Canada / USA residents only.

Good luck!

My List of 2014 Reads – with links to every title I read this year.

 

GPS – The Road to Musical Success

Grade Performance StepsWhen I started teaching music, I was really disappointed with the method book. It didn’t seem like my students were learning much as we worked through the various lines of music.

I searched for an alternative and found the excellent Band Fundamentals in Easy Steps. It was everything I was looking for in a method book and I was really excited to start out this school year using it.

I was really surprised to find out that my students didn’t like this book though. I wanted to find something that they would buy into. Music that they would be excited to play and learn.

That’s when I discovered GPS – Grade Performance Steps.

It’s a resource developed by OMEA (Onatrio Music Educator’s Association) and it is designed around twenty tasks. As the students work through the tasks, the collect certificates and track their progress.

I connected with a fellow music teacher in my area and he hasn’t used a method book in years. He uses the GPS program and supplements it with band pieces.

Since, we are just starting out Term 2, it seemed like a good time to switch gears and adopt his approach.

I decided to split up the percussion book. The original file had percussionists moving between the snare drum, the full kit, and the xylophone. I have a few students who only play xylophone so I created a Bells book just for them. I also made a book just for drums.

The great thing about this program is that every student gets his or her own book. They can mark it up however they see fit. They can keep track of their progress and move at their own pace. I will write more about that in a future edition of Teaching Tip Tuesday. 

Download the PDF books for each instrument below.

GPS Year One: 0 – Conductor
GPS Year One: 1 – Flute
GPS Year One: 2 – Clarinet
GPS Year One: 3 – Alto Sax
GPS Year One: 4 – Tenor Sax
GPS Year One: 5 – Trumpet
GPS Year One: 6 – French Horn
GPS Year One: 7 – Trombone
GPS Year One: 7 – Baritone / Euphonium
GPS Year One: 8 – Tuba
GPS Year One: 9 – Percussion
GPS Year One: 9 – Drum Kit / Snare
GPS Year One: 9 – Bells / Xylophone

Teaching Tip Tuesday – great resources to help you in the classroom every week!