Gusto

The title I chose to pursue – ‘Gusto’ – was chosen as I intended for this piece to be played with happiness and joviality. The music depicts a group of hunters, out in the woods to shoot and attack their prey – the birds. Their pride and positivity lies in the way they see their…

Will we starve?

The recent COVID-19 crisis has disrupted global supply chains. While farmers are dumping milk and plowing their crops under instead of harvesting them, it is a cruel irony that many more are going hungry. Singapore has not been exempted from supply chain disruptions – take a closer look at our food security measures in this…

Insanity

This composition is titled “Insanity”, where tension and anxiety in the piece is brought out through a variety of composition techniques learned in my MEP class. The composition is inspired from a horror computer game, “Don’t Starve Together”, focusing on the part where the main characters lose their sanity and turns murderous at night. Therefore, I also borrowed and made use of the game’s theme song, “Don’t Starve”, in my composition. Fig. 1: Theme song of Don’t Starve, melody borrowed from bars 1-8 The tonality of the music centres on a combination of C Phrygian (C Db Eb F G…

To what extent is dissent vital for the growth of societies?

Under the relentless heat of the Middle Eastern sun, a man set himself on fire in front of the government building. His intention – to draw attention to the dire financial situation of Tunisian food vendors. His silent dissent catalysed a series of large-scale uprisings – many of them violent – against the leaders of…

Big Brother is Watching

To what extent is privacy realistic in this technologically-advanced age?

As our modern day society progresses down the path of rapid technological advancements, many activities in our everyday lives are now carried out online, be it communication or work. Although this advancement has no doubt brought about significant convenience in our way of life, which can be seen [by how the] vast majority of individuals…

‘My own heart let me more have pity on’

Hopkins’ poem portrays a mind and self dwelling in a particular moment of turmoil, and the persona self-describes this psychological unravelling as it evolves from a state of anguish and despair into one of elevation and hope. The self, through the presence of this transition, is thus depicted to possess potential for transformation, capable of arriving at a more restful and reassured spiritual state from the disquietude of psychological agitation.