Friday, 30 January 2009
An article about an upcoming jazz musician. This could be of a trumpeter, pianist, saxophonist, double bass player, drummer, who plays in a classical jazz style such as Miles Davis or Duke Ellington. This could include information about a debut album, with a short review on one or more of the tracks. The article could also include information about the musician's technique such as approach to improvisation, music that they have composed such as jazz/classical fusion pieces. A good example of a musician in this category is Gwylim Simcock, who is a pianist and composer, who was taught by the same french horn tutor as myself. Gwilym is featured on BBC radio 3's new generation artists program.
This article could also include information of a jazz group that the particular musician plays in such as a miles davis style classical jazz big band. This genre of music, classical jazz, is mostly instrumental with occasional songs for vocalists such as Cole Porter's "Anything Goes", and Gershwin's "I got rhythm".
Information could also be included on how the music of their album was recorded, with details of production and mixing/production techniques. This would attract a further audience of music technology students and those with an interest in production of particularly classical and jazz music. Sound on Sound magazine is a muic production magazine, which covers all genres. However, there is little about recording classical music and mixing this, there is more information on popular music and equipment and new technology. I am going to try and incorporate a little bit of recording information in my magazine, for classical and jazz musicians who are interested in producing their own music, or working with classical musicians in a recording studio environment.
Details of what the musician plans to achieve in the future could also be included, so that readers can see their goals, this will help music students to set their own goals.
I am going to use a writing style that is quite informal, as my target audience is roughly about 16-26. However, I want to include information that will be useful to students work as well as providing something that is fun to read. Also by doing this the magazine will appeal to non musicians who like classical music and classical jazz.
For this article the photographs should be relaxed looking, similar to the miles davis photograph posted earlier, with musicians posing with their instruments as well as portrait style shots. Also action shots of the musicians playing their instruments could be used. Also musicians with small instruments such as trumpets, could be photographed holding their instruments, which could be cut out and placed amongst the text. This is a common feature found in all magazines, not just music magazines. I would like to use very colourful photographs, with a main focal point and a blurred background as I think this is one of the most effective layouts for an image. I would like my photographs to look relaxed, but I will stage my photographs to make sure that they look perfect.
For my contents page, I am going to use a variety of images of many different musicians and instruments. For these I shall stage many photographs and take photographs from different angles to achieve the perfect look. Photographers have taken interesting images of instruments, and I would also like to do this. I have access to a lot of instruments as I play the french horn, trumpet, cornet, and the piano. Also many of my friends are musicians so I will be able to take photographs of a wide range of instruments, then I can choose the best one.
For my front cover, I would like to use a shot of a musician in a medium close up, similar to the one used in my preliminary task, as I like this look and it is used on the cover of Classic Fm magazine, and always works well, and creates a glamorous look. I will then place many secondary images around this. From my preliminary task, I have learnt that the lighting for the photographs makes a huge difference, as my main photograph was a little orange looking. However, I felt that this was a good photograph to use. For my music magazine front cover, I would like to use a similar photograph to this, which relates to the main article, but a photograph which has much more of a glamorous, modern and individual look. This will involve the musician's appearance and also some interesting image editing.
I like the look of photographs that use a colour wash, an example of this is on one of the contents pages that I have reviewed. I think that this is an original look and creates interest in the image, rather than being all natural colours. However, I do not think that this would work for my front cover image, but may look very good in the contents page and/or the double page spread.
Thursday, 29 January 2009
Here is a scanned image of my hand drawn plan of a contents page. This contents page has space for lots of images and information. I chose to have the main "Contents" title in a rounded box, as this was more interesting than a plain rectangle. The overlapping images in the top right hand corner is to allow lots of different images related to different articles instead of having lots of text. The numbers in the top corner of each image are to reduce the amount of text on the page and to create a more visual and artistic look. I have placed lists of features and regulars in boxes to make the layout look neat and tidy. I have also placed a secondary image over the main image to continue the overlapping style. I have used an idea throughout this page of placing three dots after each title, this is a way of keeping the style throughout the page. I think that there may be too many images on this contents page, and it would depend on the images themselves if this contents page would look too crowded. Overall I think that my contents page would be successful, however the images and colours used could make a huge difference to the overall look of the page.
This is my preliminary task front cover. I decided to produce a front cover for a new college magazine for my own college. I chose a colour scheme of black, purple, red and white and I think that these colours go well together. Also, in the main image, the subject was wearing a purple jumper, so I chose the colour scheme around this. I edited by image using photoshop. I cut out the background, as it had no particular purpose as it was just plain white. I then made adjustments to the image to enhance the colours, and to remove a lot of the orange from the original image. I then applied an effect to make the image look more like a painting. This effect made the image much more striking, and made the eyes stand out much more than in the original image. I used a secondary image of a microphone to go with the boxed text, as it is a feature on recording music. I took this photograph of the microphone during the time of music technology recording days. I took lots more images than I used on my cover, but I selected the best two and used these for the main feature. The main image is of Jamie Turner, this links with the main feature(see red and white box). I also added thick black borders to the main page and the magazine title. I felt this gave a more striking and unique look than a thinner border. I decided to use three separate letters for the main title of my magazine so that I could overlap them and create a more unique title. I chose to colour the M in red as this stands for Mary's in St Mary's College. This is the main letter in the title and so this is different. Also I added the "Magazine" text vertically to add more interest. Also by doing this, I was able to group the full title together. I added text referring to articles of a wide range of topics such as music technology, media coursework, fashion, exams etc. I also included information of free gifts inside, as this will attract readers. The production of this front cover took a lot more time than I expected, however I am pleased with the results and I think that this would be a successful front cover of a college magazine.
Tuesday, 20 January 2009
Today I have taken my preliminary task photographs. I have photographed students at college, musical instruments, and the recording studio at college. I have taken a variety of images, and I think they will make a successful front cover of a new college magazine.
Monday, 19 January 2009
This contents page is from an unknown magazine. However, this is a very unique layout, and that is the reason that I have chosen to comment on it. The black background looks very classy, especially with the white writing on it. The font used looks a little distressed, and adds a modern, vintage look to the layout. I like the way that the top image has been made to look torn at the bottom, this gives a handmade and more unique look that is more interesting than a straight finish. Both lots of text on this page are placed at angles, rather than straight. This makes the layout more interesting and unique amongst other magazines. The images used are blended to the background so that there are no sharp edges on them, this looks effective and seamless. I like the use of colour on this layout as more than one colour is used. The main colour scheme is black, white with a touch of yellow. This makes the images stand out from the text. I do not like the image at the bottom of the page, as because this doesn't have a black background which is blended into the background of the page it looks out of place. Despite this, it is still placed interestingly on an angle, and has more interest that it would if it was aligned straight. I like the heading "features" which is placed vertically. This adds another angle to the layout, and looks very effective.
Opposite is the contents page from an overseas piano festival magazine. This contents page uses a simple layout consisting of a plain white background, rectangular image, and black text. However, this contents page looks sophisticated, but also a little uninteresting. Similar to the "Drummer" magazine, the page number of the article which the image relates to is shown in the corner of the image. As before, this is useful to the reader and also requires less text to be used. I feel that the black text on the white background is very uninteresting, and is not a feature I would like to include in my own magazine. The images used in this contents page use similar colours to the rest of the page, fitting with the colour scheme. This is a good use of photography and colour schemes, as the page looks very well co-ordinated. I feel that the straight alignment of everything on this page is very unattractive, and new angles could have been used to add more dimension to the page.
This is a contents page taken from the music magazine: "Drummer", which, as the title suggests, is a magazine for drummers. The layout of this page uses black, orange and white as its main colours. This works well, and everything looks well coordinated. The main image is in black and white, with an aged look, this matches with all of the other images which use this look too. I like the use of a large, bold font for the main title:DRUMMER. I also like the use of the Date "01/07" and Contents in the top left hand corner. This stands out, but not as much as the main title. This causes the reader's eye to be drawn to the main title and the main image. The "Regulars" box, is filled in orange. This is placed in the bottom left hand corner and is out of the way as there is nothing new or eye catching in this section. The main articles are listed under the heading "Features". I also like the use of putting the page number in the top corner of the images, this instantly tells the reader which page that image relates to. This is more interesting than just listing the articles, and more useful than images that may not relate to the rest of the magazine. The word "Exclusive" overlaps the image, this causes the text to stand out amongst the other text, and highlights one particular article.
The image in the bottom right hand corner is coloured black and orange, which matches the colour scheme. This is also a new and interesting effect which the photographer has chosen. This is a technique that I would like to try myself when I produce my own images. I would also like to use large headings that stand out amongst the other text.
Friday, 16 January 2009
ABC, a circulation reporting firm shows that readers are getting their music news elsewhere such as the internet. The magazine "Q" lost 18,000 readers over the last six months. "Uncut" lost 4,000 readers, "NME" magazine lost 8000 readers, and "Kerrang" lost 17,000 readers. A free music magazine "The Fly" produced by the Barfly chain's readership figures increased by at least 2000 readers. It is obvious from the statistics shown above that readers do not want to pay for their music information, and as most of these magazines are in the more expensive £3-£5 bracket.
Below are the circulation figures for January to June 2008(6 months prior)
Classic Rock: 66,632 (67,399)
Kerrang: 60,294 (76,937)
Metal Hammer: 48,540 (45,809)
Mixmag: 34,073 (35,817)
Mojo: 106,367 (106,218)
NME: 56,284 (64,033)
Q: 113,174 (131,330)
Rock Sound: 22,527 (23,021)
Terrorizer: no figures (14,952)
The Fly: 105,212 (103,051)
Uncut: 86,925 (91,028)
Word: 33,775 (33,217)
These statistics show that free magazines are more popular than the more expensive magazines. Because of this I have decided to try and make my magazine as cheap as possible.
Classic Fm magazine is priced at £4.25 which is soon to rise to £4.5o for the March 2009 issue. However, this magazine comes with a free CD, and so is not too much over priced. If I decide to include a free CD, this will make my magazine more expensive. My target audience is teenagers and young adults, who are music students and/or music lovers. Because I am targeting this audience, who usually do not have much money, I am going to try and make my magazine affordable and good value for money.
This contents page taken from "The Austin Independent" is a very modern and unique layout. The image of a guitarist has overlapping text in bright colours, layered on and positioned at different angles. This is a very effective use of design. I especially like the title as it is in a bright colour, but the font is unique with filled in letters which are slightly missed off on the last line. I also like the blue text underneath the diagonal yellow text box, which is aligned with the text box as this adds a new colour and also a new angle. The main contents page uses a plain white background, which is not as effective as the black with colours as the image page was. However, the image of the publisher has been edited so that the man looks green and the background is stripes which give a feeling of dimension to the image. I particularly like this image as it is interesting and unique. The rest of the contents page is plain black text on a white background. I find this very uninteresting, and I feel that it spoils the overall look of the page. I think that if the black background had been used for this part with white and coloured text would have looked much better.
I would like to use some of the ideas of layering shown in this example, mainly from the part of the page which uses an image and a black background. I would also like to experiment with the colours of my images, to make them as interesting as possible, like the images on this layout.
This image is a contents page taken from an issue of rock music magazine. This layout is very simple constisting of straight aligned images and text. A white background has been used, which is rather uninteresting, and plain. The text is in two different font sizes. The smaller text is very difficult to read, however, it causes the larger text to stand out. The use of colour in this magazine is limited and uses mainly black, white and orange. The images have a distressed, vintage look to them and are not very clear. I expect the producers of this magazine were looking to achieve a vintage look for the magazine contents page. This has been successful but it is not something that I wish to reproduce for my own music magazine.
This magazine, Q, sells more copies than most other music magazines and so is a very popular choice. This magazine has a cluttered front cover, which is full of information about the issue. The colours used in this front cover are mainly black, red and white. The title, Q, is in the top left hand corner, and is only just visible due to the overlapping image. I like the way that this image overlaps the title, but the other text such as "MADONNA" covers the image. This makes the main headline of the magazine stand out more than the title. This will help in attracting new customers, such as fans of Madonna, who would not usually purchase the magazine. The overlapping grey band "Women in music", provides a new dimension to the design, as this banner is tilted, it stands out more. However, the main title of "MADONNA" is what stands out the most. I particularly like the use of colour in this image, and the overall layout is very effective. I would like to reproduce some of the features of this design in my own magazine such as the use of the main image which overlaps but is also overlapped by other images and text.
Thursday, 15 January 2009
Below is a list of magazine circulation figures for various music magazines:
http://dezji.wordpress.com/2008/08/15/uk-music-magazine-circulation-figures-2/Classic Rock 66,632 (67,399) January-June 2008
From the Circulation figures listed above, I can see that the magazine, Q sells the most copies in the popular music and rock music category. Classic fm circulation figures were only available for the time period listed above: Jan-Dec 2007. However, from these figures, I can see that Classic fm sells a lot less magazines than other, more rock music based magazines. This is possibly due to the age range of magazine viewers, which are mainly teenagers.
This image of Miles Davis is a famous image of the musician. I think this image is intersting as it has a blue colourwash over it, to fit with the blue text used for the title. I would like to use images like this in my magazine, showing musicians in their usual practice locations in addition to the glamorous, more staged photographs. By using the two types of photograph, it will attract more readers, and also provide a contrast to the more staged photographs.
Because my magazine will combine Classical music and jazz, I would like to use a variety of images to fit with both of these genres. For example, Jazz images are usually less staged than classical music photographs. The contrast can be seen with this image of Miles Davis, compared with the image of Emma johnson, a classical clarinetist shown below. The image of Emma Johnson is staged, and has a more glamorous look than the photograph of Miles Davis.
This year, 2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn. This is very topical in the classical music world at the moment. Because of this, I would like to include at least one thing within my magazine about this topic. This will not be the main article, but it will feature as a minor article in the magazine.
Radio 3: Composers Of The Year 2009 –
By covering this topic, the magazine will appeal to classical music lovers, and will give the impression that the magazine is up to date and covers things that are topical at the time.
Below is some information about this topic, which gives an outline to the event, and will also provide an overview of what the article could be based on.
2009 marks the 200th anniversary of the death of Joseph Haydn (1732 to 1809). With the HaydnYear 2009 the city pays tribute to Joseph Haydn who had started his career as a member of the Vienna Boys' Choir at St. Stephen's Cathedral and went on to become a celebrated composer on the city's musical stages. A comprehensive and varied programme consisting of more than 100 events - many of them at original locations - will offer a broad audience the opportunity to get to know not only Joseph Haydn, the composer, but also Joseph Haydn, the private man.http://www.wien.gv.at/english/culture/haydn/index.html
Radio 3: Composers Of The Year 2009 –
Joseph Haydn (1732-1809)
This magazine, Rolling Stone, is a rock music magazine. i have chosen to analyze this front cover as it is very different to the other magazine covers that I have looked at. This front cover has an overall vintage look, which gives a new look to the music magazine industry. This cover used an image in sepia rather than in full colour. Behind this image is a fire image, and a white background is used. The main title "Rolling Stone" is overlapped by a pig image and a text box:"New clues to JFK's murder". This is an interesting use of design, and makes this magazine stand out amongst others. However, this is not good because the title is covered, a reader may be unsure which magazine it is they are buying. The article title "Pink Floyd" is in the same orange to the background fire image, this helps to bring the colour back, and draw attention to the background. The other article titles are written in white to bring back the white background. This is an effective use of colour, which makes this magazine cover look well co-ordinated. The text at the top of the magazine "THE NEXT WAR ON DOWNLOADING" is in a newspaper style font, which contributes to the overall vintage look of the magazine.
Overall, I think this magazine front cover is successful and unique, but personally I prefer the more sophisticated and brighter look.
This front cover is taken from a music magazine which is also about fashion. By covering two areas, this magazine attracts a new audience and fills a gap in the market. For example music and fashion lovers will be able to buy this one magazine rather than two individual magazines. I have chosen to analyze this front cover because of its interesting layout and use of colour. The main colours used in this layout are mainly pink, gold and black. This is a unique combination, which looks quite feminine but also modern. There are not too many other colours used, which makes this cover look very well colour co-ordinated. Like the Classic fm cover, the main image is used within the background, with the text over the top. I think that this use of image is a good way of using a large image on a cover, and also gives a modern and popular look. I particularly like the star images around the name "Duffy", this gives a glamorous look and also makes the cover look more exciting. In the title, the text has been altered to add a more interesting look to the name. I like this idea of altering text, but I prefer using musical symbols to make the text look more interesting. The image and text in the top right corner "Gnarls Barkley" looks as though it has been added at the last minute, and in my opinion spoils the overall look of the magazine.
Overall, I think this is a successful magazine cover as it looks modern and unique.
Tuesday, 13 January 2009
This article is about the composer John Tavener. This article includes information of his work, interesting facts, a manuscript example of an extract from his work "The Lamb", a quotation from a performer, reviews on some recordings of his work, and other interesting information such as books and concerts.
This layout uses a watercolour style image of the composer with a lamb in a boat. This gives reference to one of his best known works, "The Lamb". Below this is a manuscript example with red circles and letters on, which relate to the text opposite titled "Defining moment". A quotation is also layered onto this image in the top right hand corner. The colours used in this article match and compliment each other well. However they are very dull and boring. I feel that a brighter colour would be more striking. Also this layout is quite boring with the images and text separated, which gives more of a text book feel than a magazine. However, this article contains a lot of information abou the composer, and would be very interesting and useful for students and teachers.
On page 32 of the latest issue of classic fm magazine, an article titled "Seven musical wonders of the world". This page uses an interesting layout of photographs in circles combined with text, which is all layered over a faded globe image. An image of this page is shown opposite.
On page 32 of the latest issue of classic fm magazine, an article titled "Seven musical wonders of the world". This page uses an interesting layout of photographs in circles combined with text, which is all layered over a faded globe image. An image of this page is shown opposite.
This layout is very effective, and is also original and eye catching. The use of circles instead on rectangles, gives the page a more modern and individual look. I like the use of colour on this page, using mainly blue, but with full colour photographs. By doing this, the images stand out from the text, and so the eye is immediately drawn to them. A brighter, more complicated background would not help the images to stand out. However, the font used on this front cover is rather boring, and I feel a more modern font would add to the overall look of the page. I would like to use interesting layouts such as this one myself in my own magazine, but I would like to make them more modern than this one by changing the fonts and maybe adding a border or something, to add further interest.
This music magazine "SOUND ON SOUND" is a music magazine about recording music and music production, rather than the music itself. This magazine is usually read by music technology students, teachers, session musicians, producers and engineers. This magazine contains information about new music based technology such as mixers and microphones, and also a couple of articles about artists and music itself. This music magazine is more of a reference magazine rather than an easy to read informal magazine. However, this magazine is a popular choice.
This front cover has a border in the top corner, which looks more interesting than a regular title across the top, but this takes up a lot of space, which could be occupied by other information. The main title is in a box rather than being super imposed onto the image, like the Classic Fm title. The main image used on the front cover is interesting in the sense that it is not just a regular image of a violin. The photographer has made this photograph unique with the placing of the violin and also the manuscript background.
Like the Classic Fm Magazine cover, there are pieces of information about the articles inside the magazine, which help to show the reader what's inside. Also the image of the Foo Fighters shows that this magazine is not about classical music, and so will attract two audiences as opposed to one. However, this is good as music technology is used for all genres of music.
The colours on this front cover are brighter than Classic FM, but they do not make the magazine more appealing as a whole, this magazine looks a little odd, for example, the blue background would have been better red, as this blue does not really fit with anything else on the cover.
The front cover shown above is taken from a previous issue of Classic Fm magazine. The colour scheme is made up of mainly white, red and black, which is a common colour scheme for this magazine. The header "Free CD! The UK's favourite Classical music magazine" is used on the front cover of every issue. This is effective as readers are attracted to free gifts, so when this magazine is placed in a rack in a news agent, this headline will be seen clearly. Also the free CD is glued to the front cover (shown in this example). I like the use of an image with text and other small images over it. I think that this is an interesting and effective use of the image. Also the front cover is not too busy, and the eye is drawn to the main picture and the free CD. The use of colour in this front cover is unimaginative and not very appealing, Although it looks sophisticated, it will not do very well in attracting the younger audience. I think that to attract a younger audience, brighter colours should be used. There is a lot of information given on the front cover such as "100 CDs, books, DVDs rated", and "Debut CD Interview" with Kate Royal, "Fiddler on the surf", and "New season preview". This gives the audience an insight into the contents of the magazine. Also by including a variety of different article information on the cover, there appears to be something for every reader. The images used are of good quality, and the magazine looks very professional and sophisticated.
Saturday, 10 January 2009
The Main double page spread article will cover one main area of a classical music magazine. Here are my ideas for my main article:
- A report on a new and upcoming star
- An overview of a composers career with information about their music and recordings of their music.
- A full review of a CD or downloadable recording, that has reached the title of "Recording of the month", or "Editor's favourite this month" or a similar title
- A review and information on one particular work by a single composer, with a detailed commentary on the composer's possible intentions for the piece.
- A review of a performers life, with details of their recordings, and their passion for their instrument or voice.
My article will include relevant information to the topic, and also possibly music examples (excerpts from a score or piece of music), in addition to photographs. I would like to include photographs of performers, and also instruments and composers, however composers' normally only have paintings of them, but these are what is normally used in other classical music magazines such as BBC music magazine.
I have thought of a few different names for my Music magazine which are as follows:
- filarmonico- an italian adjective meaning 'music loving'
- The Score
- The Stave
I have decided on the name 'The Score'. I have chosen this because it applies to all instruments and all voices. All music written has a score, and so it covers all areas of music. Also by using this name, which is a predominantly classical term, the audience will be aware that the magazine is about classical music. In addition, 'The Score' is not too long, and will be easy to remember than a longer title such as 'Filarmonico'.
When producing a logo for my magazine, I will be able to add musical symbols to the text in a similar way to the classic fm title, using a forte (f) marking instead of a regular f. This will also alert the reader straight away that this is a Music Magazine.
Friday, 9 January 2009
There are many music magazines at the moment such as Classic fm, BBC music magazine, Sound on Sound, NME, Kerrang and many others.
All of these music magazines cover different aspects and different genres of music. For example, NME covers rock music whilst BBC music magazine covers classical music and classical jazz. Sound on Sound is a magazine based on recording music, and includes information about various technology rather than artists.
I am going to produce a magazine about Classical music and Classical Jazz. I read Classic FM magazine on a regular basis, and find it very useful and informative towards my music studies. The magazine is priced at £4.25 but comes with a free CD each month, and so is very good value for money. This magazine includes the following:
- Information and review of the free CD
- Reader Letters
- Questions and Answers about Classical music
- Current information and news about the world of CLassical music
- Album chart
- Information about classical performers and virtuosos
- Information on a great composer- Discovering the great composers
- Collectors choice which is a review of a must have piece with a choice of recordings, and short reviews of them
- At least one interview with a musician, conductor or composer
- An article about a historical topic
- Information and guidance on careers in music
- A review of a concert hall, opera house or similar venue
- A review of music technology such as Hi-fis and audio products
- Information about a classical music holiday
- Album reviews
- Opera DVD reviews
- Classical book reviews
- A guide to what concerts are on
- A full list of Radio programs for that month
- Information of film music
- Special Offers on concert tickets
- Information about a piece form the Hall of Fame(a collection of the most popular and well liked pieces of all time)
- Cover stories which can vary between information on artists, composers, musical history, instruments, conductors, pieces of music.
I would like my magazine to have some of these features, but some of them I would not include such as advertisements, and radio listings as my magazine will not be produced by a radio station.
My initial ideas for my Music Magazine are as follows:
- A Classical music magazine for teenagers and young adults. Currently, the Classical music magazines are for adults, and so there is a gap in the market, which I am going to attempt to fill.
- The magazine will feature news about upcoming talents, from the younger age group, of a variety of all acoustic instruments such as piano, french horn, violin, oboe, and voices such as soprano, alto, tenor and bass.
- Information on composers will also be included, with details of their works, which would help music students with their general music knowledge.
- The magazine will also contain reviews of new recordings produced by different orchestras such as the hallé and choirs such as the choir of King's College London, and soloists such as Alison Balsom.
- Interviews with artists and conductors could also be included to provide information on their careers and to inspire the younger generation.
- To make the magazine appeal to the younger generation, lots of colours will need to be used, and also interesting uses of photographs and unique layouts that are more stylish and appealing.