Barrett, The Honors College Thesis/Creative Project Collection

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This project is an arrangement of three movements from Igor Stravinsky’s most famous and beloved ballets for performance by classical guitar quartet. The movements arranged were “Augurs of Spring” from The Rite of Spring (1913), “Russian Dance” from Petrouchka (1911), and “Infernal Dance of All Kastchei’s Subjects” from The Firebird (1910). Because the appeal of this music is largely based on the exciting rhythms and interesting harmonies, these works translate from full orchestra to guitar quite well. The arrangement process involved studying both the orchestral scores and Stravinsky’s own piano reductions. The sheet music for these arrangements is accompanied by ...

Contributors
Sample, Katherine Elizabeth, Koonce, Frank, Lake, Brendan, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

This project began when I heard a story that made my mind turn. The story was about a five- year-old girl who left her glove in the car on a chilly morning before school. Upon reaching the school entrance, she turned to her mother and cried, “Oh no! Mom! I’m Doomed!!” because she neglected to put on one of her gloves (Snow, 2012). Her mother, astonished by her daughter’s mature answer, asked her daughter where she had heard that word before. The daughter explained that The Marley brothers told Scrooge this in the production of “A Christmas Carol” that she ...

Contributors
Isenberg, Bailey Marie, Ballantyne, Cindy, Weber, Catherine, et al.
Created Date
2013-05
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This creative project is a visual and sonic exploration of emotion in a video game format. The game is a 2D side-scroller created using PyGame and Python that focuses on a character who uses “emotions” to navigate their increasingly unrecognizable world. This project was taken on to explore the ways in which technologically-created media can relate to the human experience of emotion, and the ways in which emotions are like software to the human body’s hardware. Additionally, this project conceptually comments on and rejects the idea that human situations always require a specific “appropriate” human emotion in response. Credit for ...

Contributors
Bennett, Ashley Laura, Ingalls, Todd, Kautz, Luke, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

This project is a small scale investigation of various factors concerning “Flow” in Piano Performance. “Flow” is the sweet spot where ability and challenge are about equal, and usually high (Csikszentmihalyi 1990). Piano performance is a state of playing the piano with some intent to perform. In this case, the intent is to create something new or improvise. Improvisation is one form of expressive creativity on the piano stemming from some knowledge and extrapolation upon that knowledge (Nachmanovitch 82). Creativity is essential to the development of new music, and though extensive literature exists on both creativity and music independently, there ...

Contributors
Dorr, Alexander Nathan, Kaplan, Robert, Parker, John, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

Labyrinths is my Capstone/Honors Creative Project, blending my proclivity for music composition and the inspiring stories of Jorge Luis Borges. Originally, the project was outlined as a collection of five to eight songs named for and based on stories in Borges’ collection Labyrinths, to be written, recorded, and performed by me. Over time other aspects were included, making me a director of a large-scale creative project which now included three other musicians and two artists. In this paper, I give a brief overview of Borges’ life and the context surrounding his collection Labyrinths, an in-depth description of the project as ...

Contributors
Videan, Matthew Cutter, Stauffer, Sandra, Feisst, Sabine, et al.
Created Date
2014-12

Sound is immediate and ever-present, pushing in, around, and through physical boundaries to blend together in whichever way it best sees fit, no matter the controls we seek to impose on it. It builds associations for us: physical spaces become distinctive based on the quality and familiarity of sounds which inhabit them. With this spirit, I see sound as the central arbiter of sense of place, particularly in alternative community spaces, wherein individual and collaborative expression is not only encouraged, but essential to its experience, separating it from commonly-held mainstream and/or programmed social space. By recording the sounds of three ...

Contributors
Descheemaker, Connor Patrick, McHugh, Kevin, McKay, John, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Barrett, the Honors College accepts high performing, academically engaged students and works with them in collaboration with all of the other academic units at Arizona State University. All Barrett students complete a thesis or creative project, supervised and defended in front of a faculty committee. The thesis or creative project allows students to explore an intellectual interest and produce an original piece of scholarly research. The thesis or creative project is a student’s opportunity to explore areas of academic interest with greater intensity than is possible in a single course. It is also an opportunity to engage with professors, nationally recognized in their fields and specifically interested and committed to working with honors students. This work provides tangible evidence of a student’s research, writing and creative skills to graduate schools and/or prospective employers.