I chose to create portraits as my AHS capstone because I find drawing humans extremely interesting; not only are bodies fascinating and incredible machines, humans also have very distinct personalities. I wanted to explore drawing people that I see every day and using my art as a way to portray some aspect of their personality. I was interested in trying to depict personality because it is something that I see every day, but that the average viewer of a portrait might not necessarily see. I explored multiple ways of doing this and eventually decided on using both composition and medium/approach to show personality.
Various Artists is Olin's premier (and only!) progressive rock band. The group has performed numerous covers of popular and obscure music before, but this capstone project is their first foray into recording original music. Core members Kris Groth, Jea Young Park, and Zach del Rosario composed, recorded, and mixed three pieces over the course of Spring 2014, which are archived here. The piece "Red Disciple" (del Rosario) is a throwback to the simple days of early progressive rock, focusing on simple arrangements, a riff-based writing style, and dynamic time signature changes. "Full Commotion" (Park) is inspired by electronic music, especially drum and bass electronica, and features complex vocal layering. Finally, "Memories" (Groth) is a sweeping composition that melds strange time signatures, flowing melodies, and cold hard rock. The pieces archived here could be described overall as 'pretty dope.'
While the Olin Conductorless Orchestra (OCO) generally plays music that has been reorchestrated to fit its instrumentation, almost everything OCO plays was originally intended for a different type of orchestra than our own. Some music is meant for small, 5piece chamber groups. Other music is meant for large, 150 member orchestras. Nearly all our music was intended to be guided by a single conductor, rather than by the collective listening and movements of the group. Phoenix Flight, in contrast, is an original composition created specifically to highlight the unique aspects of Olin’s Conductorless Orchestra.