Monday, October 20, 2008

It’s your golden time

If you see Rockepreneur recently, I often post about my time at APRES ITB. Well, actually I just want to feel settled in different environment, met different and more various people beside SBM-ITB. APRES ITB is the only environment that I could express my interest and met other people who have the same interest as me, like music. I could chat with other friends form different faculty and ITB, and involved in the events that is being held by APRES or maybe other invitation from other people and places that related to music. It seems that everybody needs music there. :)

I always remind a quote from my guide lecture, Mr. Dedi Permadi always told us again and again in every lecture meeting per half semester.

“It’s your golden time! You only have 3 years to involve in ITB environment. Make good friends as much as you can and be part of them. Don’t just be in this small SBM-ITB building all the time. You would only meet the same people as usual.”

That’s why I choose APRES as my other environment in ITB than just SBM-ITB. I don’t know why, although there are a lot of events that sometime made me tired and spent much time, mind, and some money, I feel comfortable being part of them. I think APRES ITB is the only campus unit that ignores seniority. We could meet and greet other campus friends from all majors and level in ITB, and we'll just be friends together. There is no jealousy or hard feelings if we interact with people from different majors and levels in APRES ITB. We just have to respect them as younger persons.

If you see my track record in APRES ITB, I personally has been contribute in some of APRES’s events such as Mustang (Musik Petang), Dor-dor Tough, and recently Jargh Vhua Vhua and Diklat, as I contribute as the person in charge. Although sometime it spent much time, but actually it’s time for me to apply management “learning by doing”. I have to be able to manage my time in SBM-ITB, with the tight schedule of activities, side by side with events in APRES ITB. It’s just like how to release over informed management theories in SBM-ITB to events and activities in APRES ITB. So it’s like symbiotic mutualism! :)

I enjoy what I’m doing right now and I hope I could spread all the positivity by it.


Edited in Jakarta, 11/11/08 by Aunt Parlin

Sunday, October 19, 2008

Diklat Basic Music JVV 2008

Finally, I finished up the busy week after the last Diklat Musik Elektronik and Diklat JVV Basic Music that was held on Friday and yesterday. Thanks for all who's helped to make both events ran successfully!

Well actually I didn't have a lot of time to prepare for this Diklat JVV Basic Music because 2 days that I had finished Diklat Musik Elektronik on Thursday. Just after Diklat Musik Elektronik ended successful and made evaluation, we started to talk about Diklat JVV Basic Music. :) I planned to held this Diklat JVV Basic Music long before the fasting month. But apparently, just few days after that, I was being choosen as PJ/Head of Diklat APRES 2008-2009 and got the schedule to create minimum of 5 diklat/clinics, which the second of the diklat (which is Diklat Musik Elektronik) was just set 2 days before Diklat JVV Basic Music. So, I got to be healthy and fit to manage this 2 diklat's without forgetting the schedule at SBM-ITB.

The preparation

At 7.30 in the morning, I already arrived at Sekre APRES, but actually there were still no one at that time and Sekre APRES was still locked. I opened it and started to bring out the logistics needed, which actually was Elmar's job as logistic coordinator. I met Geri at that time passing Sekre APRES. He was going to attend a class, but I asked him to help me to bring some logistics to SBM-ITB parking lot. After we finished bringing some of the logistic, Geri decided to attend class and left Sekre APRES.

After a moment, TB came with a keyboard for his diklat/clinic performance, and helped me to bring some other stuffs to the diklat site. As we got back from the site, finally Elmar came with the help of Aul and another person to bring an amplifier to the site. As I arrived and check the site, the electricity was still off, so I decided to remind the security of SBM-ITB to turn it on.

As Diko and Luthfan came to the site, we decided to do the briefing for the material to be shared to the Capres. We decided to share about tone, scale, interval, and chord for the basic music contents. We did some kind of rehearsal for the presentation with added some jamming to feel relax at the presentation.

The event

As written on the schedule, Capres started mobilized from Sekre APRES to SBM-ITB parking lot at 10 o’clock, and I, Luthfan and TB greet them with Turkish March anthem that recently has been performed in OHU 2008. I opened the show by telling the purpose why we study basic music and give a mindset that say music is easy and fun. We started by explaining about tone that actually, is the basic foundation how music is being read, written and standardized. We continued to the scale section which discussed that music has a pattern from major scale to minor scale. TB, with the help of Diko, explained about the material to be applied directly to the piano.

Next is the interval section that TB asked me to explain first. I explained about the name of intervals that could be segmented in major, minor and perfect interval. Luthfan also explain some examples of intervals to be applied to count the measure of tone. We did an ice breaking by doing funny aerobic movement that is conducted by Diko that followed by all Capres and APRES members there. It effectively refreshed the event and feels like new again. :)

Every Capres who made questions about the materials were given presents from Diko such as Ultra Milk, Nu Green Tea, Pop Mie, Kratingdaeng (spells right? :)), AQUA, etc. It’s to satisfy and keep Capres to focus and critical to the material explained which would be beneficial for further music exploration. We continue discussing about chords. This section, Luthfan, Diko, and TB collaboratively explained about the function and most usual cords that are used in popular music. They explained about what basic tone is used in building chords and the first step to explore extended chord that could be built further.

The Diklat JVV Basic Music was closed by a final test that Capres should answer ten questions related to the materials and 2 more questions related to the Jarg Vhua Vhua in general. The event was closed by telling the Capres that they have to create a final project for their initiation to organize a musical event that would be held next month. The musical event whould present musical performances from bands, acoustics, and non-band performances.

Finally, Diko closed the JVV meeting with the new Capres “Zordon!” yell, which I think is very catchy. :)

Edited in Jakarta, 11/11/08 by Aunt Parlin

Friday, October 17, 2008

Diklat Musik Elektronik 2008

After being separated for 2 weeks of lebaran, finally Diklat Music Elektronik was successfully held yesterday evening. :) This is the first time ever APRES ITB held a music electronic clinic to introduce what’s beyond the world of music electronic in Indonesian local scene. This diklat/clinic was presented by Pepi from These R’ Fake and Nathan and Diza from m.u.s.i.k. [elektrik]. All of them are originally ITB students which actually members of OPENLABS Common Room community.

The diklat/clinic, started at 5 o’clock and I opened the show with an introductory about what’s actually electronic music and why APRES ITB presents something about it. Because electronic music is a type that became popular with various music these days. People often judge electronic, music with “disco ajep-ajep” music that spread negatives, but actually electronic music itself could create more dynamic and colorful . Let’s say Homogenic from Bandung or Good Night Electric from Jakarta, which present the hype of electronic music with different colors. Operating and applying electronic music has its own skill, knowledge, and taste of art that I think is important to share and give more musical knowledge to others.

The tutors explained about Reason and other stuff

At the first part of the event, Pepi explained about how to operate Reason Software. FYI, Reason Music software is one of the most popular computer software electronic music used nowadays beside Fruity Loops, and Ableton. She explained more technical about how to operate the software and create loops. She created a sample sounds on stage that is being arrange with her other loops that has been prepared before the event. She create a simple electronic music the first 35 minutes of her explanation.

Nathan shared his electronic music experiences

Next, it’s time for Nathan to share the knowledge. He continued what Pepi explained before and finished the song by completing and adding more effects. The music became more up beat and has more color. Then, Nathan used another feature of the Reason how to create beat and mixing it with other sound samples. With a simple touch, he create a simple upbeat tempo that could be used as the template of the song that is able to add more color.

Diza explained about the gadgets

Diza then explained about MIDI Controller that he brought to add more real-time effects to the music. The controller is actually useful for electronic musicians performance because it could bring the musician to do more dynamic actions on stage. With the help from Nathan, Diza played his MIDI Controller and rotating the switch which added more tone dynamic from close to open. The action is often used by bands such as Rocket Rockers or Pee Wee Gaskins to add dynamic synthesizer sound in their songs.

The attendances are given the opportunity to ask questions and many of them seem to be excited and wanted to know more about the electronic music. There's someone asked about MIDI or other samples used in the music and answered by the tutors. There's also an attendances who asked about the price to create electronic music. The tutors answered that actually creating electronic music is cheaper than conventional music because, software piracy are actually more reachable than the original. But the tutors pointed that the reason is the need of applying creativity.

Giving APRES charter for the tutors

I closed the show by asking them to contact if necessary Pepi, Nathan, Diza’s MySpace or band websites that are attached in the handout. We gave the tutors an APRES charter as an appreciation for having shared the knowledge to the attendances. The charter was given by the head of diklat/clinic by myself, head of Unit APRES ITB 2009/2010, Mahar, and head of music division, Fay.

Pepi received the APRES charter

After the show, many attendances meet with the tutors since they want to know more about electronic music, included my friend TB who were very excited as an electronic music expert with his keyboard skill background. Overall, this is one of the best diklat/clinic APRES has ever made, and I personally are satisfied. I received a lot of appreciation from the tutors having held the diklat/clinic. Thanks for everyone who has helped to create the show especially for the committee!

See you at the next diklat/clinic!

Edited in Jakarta, 11/11/08 by Aunt Parlin

Sunday, October 12, 2008

Eyang Retno Sriningsih passed away

Inalillahi wa inna ilaihi rajiun

My grandmother from my mother side, Retno Sriningsih Satmoko binti Martosudirmo just passed away on Friday, October 10th 2008 in Semarang, Central Java, at 19.45 because of her illness. She has total 10 children and 25 grandchildren at the age of 77. All of our family and relatives attended the funeral on October 11th at Bergota Cemetery that afternoon. I personally informed the information to my friends and others that related to my grandmother that I know.

The news spread to friends and family very quickly, and personally, I went straight from Bandung to Jakarta in evening to catch the flight to Semarang, the next morning. I arrived at Semarang with my sister Indri, and my cousins Yoni and Santi at 07.15. We went to Jl. Kelud Raya no. 4 by taxi and met our other relatives. Thanks God, we still got the chance to read Surat Yasin and Shalat Jenazah for Eyang Putri Satmoko.

Still "sungkeman" at Idul Fitri

After my grandfather passed away 2 years ago, my grandmother started to be sick because of being feeling lonely. She fast everyday and often without sahur that periodically decrease her health. Moreover, she has a tumor in her stomach just a few months ago, although the surgery successful. She actually has enough physical health to live normal, but feeling being left by her husband still defect her health after all.

We still did "sungkeman" (traditional culture of forgiving and giving and receiving wise advice from the old to the young that usually held in Lebaran Idul Fitri day after finishing 30 days of fasting for the Muslims) and meet and greet just a week ago at 2nd and 3rd of October, and Eyang Putri (the name we usually called my grandmother) still gave us wise advices to keep Satmoko family to be solid and harmony to do the best in helping other people in a good way.

The funeral

Actually, my Eyang Putri was involved in Indonesian veteran and was a "guru besar" of Universitas Negeri Semarang. So the funeral was organized by both the university and the military way. The corpse was brought first to the Masjid Universitas Negeri Semarang to do the Shalat Jenazah, than to the auditorium of (Unnes) to be honored as one of Indonesian education person who struggle especially for the Unnes by the president of (Unnes).

I hope all of the good things that my grandmother did is being blessed by Allah SWT, forgiven all of her mistakes, and placed in the best heaven.

Goodbye Eyang Satmoko Putri! :')

Edited in Jakarta, 11/11/08 by Aunt Parlin