The art of EDM

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Electronic Dance Music, more famously known as EDM, is a genre of music that uses technology and electronics to create music. Such components are electric instruments, MIDI contollers, synthesizers, and other electronic components to create sounds that are interpreted as music. EDM originated back in the early 1980’s and slowly continued to evolve as technology grew and changed overtime. EDM back then wasn’t famously known or used, as the complexities in technology, and the challenging steps of creating EDM music made it difficult to produce. Even today, the most famously known EDM artists take weeks to create tracks and albums.

For EDM, there are branches of genres for people to take a liking to. The most famous type of EDM, that present artists create, is called: Electronic House Music (EHM). One famously known artist of this genre is Steve Aoki. Steve is one of the most highly acknowledged EDM creators, and DJ producers, and he’s earned many awards including two Grammys for his EDM creations.

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Electronic House Music uses average instruments to create a baseline of melodies, drums, basses, and beats, but EHM also uses vocals and other instruments that the artist can create on their own. Electric Dance Music allows an individual to create sounds and beats virtually, and then place them on a track that they can then alter to create music. The creation of EDM music is really complex and challenging; many artist struggle when they try and create new tracks.

“If I could play it, I would, but since I can’t I have to ‘draw’ it.”

-Deadmau5, Joel Zimmerman

Deadmau5 is another artist who creates EDM. He has uploaded many videos about EDM, and streams for viewers to see and watch how he creates tracks. After the 21st century, MIDI control pads; also known as Musical Intrument Digital Interface, were created with more advance complexities and diverse controls, from sound tuning to octave levels for a sample or track.


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Grammys review

NEW YORK, NY – JANUARY 28: Recording artist Bruno Mars, winner of the Record of the Year award for ’24K Magic,’ Album Of The Year award for ’24K Magic,’ Song of the Year award for ‘That’s What I Like,’ Best R&B Performance award for ‘That’s What I Like,’ and Best R&B Album album for ’24K Magic,’ poses in the press room during the 60th Annual GRAMMY Awards at Madison Square Garden on January 28, 2018 in New York City. (Photo by Michael Loccisano/Getty Images for NARAS)

On Sunday, January 28th, the 60th Grammy Awards occurred. This award show is to honor the biggest artists of 2016. According to the Grammys official website, in order for an artist to be nominated, they have to release their album between October 1, 2016, and September 30,2017. Besides the show itself, Grammy nominations are always anticipated. It’s exciting to see which artist will represent each category.

This year, the show was hosted, for the second year in a row, by James Corden, the host of the Late Late Show with James Corden. His experience with music includes roles in musicals such as Trolls and Into The Woods, and a continuous segment on his show, Carpool Karaoke. The show included great segments of Cordon’s Carpool Karaoke on a train in New York, a skit of various celebrities auditioning for the audiobook of Donald Trump, and he even included his parent in the fun. Overall though, even though he was a great host, the night was all about the music.

Because the Grammys is all about music, the performances were not lacking. Sam Smith, U2, Kendrick Lamar, Lady Gaga, and Kesha were just a few of the performers. Billboard created a list deciding who had the best performance of the night, and amongst the twenty artists, the top three performances of the night were:

3. Kesha, “Praying”

2. Bruno Mars & Cardi B, “Finesse” (Remix)

1. Kendrick Lamar feat. U2 & Dave Chappelle, “Medley”

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When it came to the awards, some artists were more successful than others. The most nominated artist of the night included Jay-Z with 8 nominations, Bruno Mars with 7, and Kendrick Lamar with 6.  Even though he had the most nominations, Jay-Z walked home empty-handed. Bruno had the best night, winning all 7 awards he was nominated for, including Album of the Year (“24K Magic”) and Song of the year (“That’s what I Like”). Kendrick won five out of the six awards he was nominated for.

For the full list of the winners in every category, click the link:

Overall, the Grammys was a great show this year. Everything, down to the visuals, was amazing. From Kesha being joined by various artists, to U2 performing on a moving platform on the New York Upper Bay, the 2018 Grammys weren’t one to miss.

Sports schedule for: Feb 12-17

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Winter Sports: Boys Swimming, Co-Ed Adapted Floor Hockey. Girls Basketball, Girls Hockey, Co-Ed Nordic Ski, Wrestling, Gymnastics, Boys Hockey, Boys Basketball, Alpine Ski

Activities the Week of February 12-17

Monday Feb. 12

Adapted PI Floor Hockey vs. South Suburban @ Bloomington Kennedy 4:30pm

Varsity Boys Hockey vs. Bloomington Kennedy @ Highland Arena 4pm  JV @ Bloomington-Kennedy 3pm (Bus from rink 1:30/5pm)

Co-Ed Nordic Ski @ Phalen 3pm (Bus 2:30/4:30pm)

Tuesday Feb. 13:

Girls Basketball @ Harding C-Squad 4  JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 2:45/8:15pm)

Boys Basketball vs. Harding @ HP  C-Squad & JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm

Wednesday Feb. 14:

Girls Basketball @ Mpls. Southwest C-Squad 4  JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 2:45/8:15pm)

Adapted CI Floor Hockey vs. Dakota United @ Eastview HS 4:30pm

Co – Ed Nordic Ski to State Tournament @ Giants Ridge, Biwabik ( Bus 7:30am)

Thursday, Feb. 15:

Co-Ed Nordic Ski State Tournament @ Giants Ridge- Biwabik (Bus return time 8:30pm)

Girls Basketball vs. Humboldt @ HP  C-Squad 4  JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm

Boys Basketball @ Humboldt  C-Squad 4  JV 5:30  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 3/8:30pm)

Friday Feb. 16:

Boys Hockey vs. Henry Sibley @ Highland Arena  JV 5pm  Varsity @ 7:30pm

Saturday Feb. 17:

Boys Hockey vs. Johnson-Como @ Phalen Arena  JV 5  Varsity @ 7pm (Bus 3:30/9pm)

Go Scots!