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 ...

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

"Chronos" is a composition by the great jazz pianist, Aaron Parks. Originally arranged for a quartet consisting of piano, upright bass, drums and tenor saxophone, I sought to arrange the piece for a sextet consisting of trombone, alto saxophone, tenor saxophone, guitar, upright, bass, and drums. This thesis outlines my process as I transcribed "Chronos" from the original recording and then arranged it for a new ensemble. It also discusses the difficulties faced in all the phases of the project from transcribing to rehearsing and performing the work. My arrangement is included with the thesis for those who wish to ...

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Mcdaniel, Sean Wesley, Kocour, Michael, Haines, Ryan, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

Independent artists are thriving in the modern music industry, creating and branding their own music, and developing rich concentrations of fans. Indie artists are progressively securing positions within mainstream music while also upholding individuality. With technology advancements, to include self-recording technology, wearable devices, and mobile operating systems, independent artists are able to extend their reach to a variety of audiences. Social media platforms’ progression has further catalyzed artists’ capability of growth, as they have the capacity to personalize marketing content, develop loyal fan-bases, and engage directly with potential consumers. Artists are increasingly fabricating their own unique spaces in an industry ...

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Berk, Ruth C, Ostrom, Lonnie, Schlacter, John, et al.
Created Date
2015-05

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 ...

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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 ...

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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 ...

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

This paper reflects on the processes and outcomes of a multimedia storytelling project on undocumented, queer individuals in Phoenix. It weaves these stories into theories of intersectionality and social movements to give them context. Extensive research has been done on the separate experiences of undocumented immigration and queerness, but little research can as of yet be found on the intersection of both. Participants in this project stand at this intersection, and their stories demonstrate how the UndocuQueer experience brings unique challenges, and thus cannot be solely constructed by existing groups and norms. The web-based project can be found at: http://undoqmented.businesscatalyst.com/

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Cline, Annika Susanne, Grzanka, Patrick, Cheng, Wendy, et al.
Created Date
2014-05

The goal of the creative project “Popular Music Songwriting” was to jump into songwriting with strategy and study on popular music, looking at why songs make the charts. The project had one focus on Max Martin’s songwriting principles, but looked at anything that hit the charts. The conclusion of the project brings an understanding of several rules and patterns in songwriting that hit makers typically obey. A common purpose for pop songs is to keep its listeners engaged but not overwhelmed. The goal is to do something different, but keep things familiar and to make people want to listen to ...

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Dudzinski, Bryce Daniel, Libman, Jeffrey, Wells, Christopher, et al.
Created Date
2017-05

My project focuses on the future of traditional radio and answering the question of whether or not it will be able to survive in a digital age. I provided a literature review to offer background of the history of radio and the challenges it has faced during its existence. I addressed five specific areas: television, satellite radio, Internet radio, podcasts, and mobile devices. My creative element consisted of a radio documentary that compiled interviews from professionals in the broadcast industry. I answered three questions in my research: 1.) Do experts in the industry believe traditional radio will be able to ...

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Brown, Benjamin Donald, Blatt, Rebecca, Rackham, Brian, et al.
Created Date
2016-05

We endeavored to begin the process of writing a musical. We composed a total of three songs, 30 pages of script (non-consecutive) with an outline summarizing the remaining uncompleted pages, seven character summaries/analyses, and a reflection on the process and next steps, and presented them in a “Producer Pitch” format to our readers. In our paper we discuss the birth of inspiration for Girls And Boys—namely philosophical conflicts about the role of biology vs. society in gender identity and real, local events of public districts reevaluating their sex education program—as well as the challenges we experienced during the process and ...

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Doering, Emilie, Moylan, Megan, Yatso, Toby, 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.