The Reed College Quest

  • Thoughts on Sleater-Kinney’s New Single

    Sleater-Kinney, our gem of the Pacific Northwest, based out of our beautiful Portland, is back. Unfortunately for me, I was born at the height of Sleater-Kinney’s ascension into fame. They got together before I was born and broke up before I turned ten. I wasn’t old enough to be a riot grrrl in the proper […]

  • Intro to Music: Rhythm

    This week, I’m going to introduce some basic concepts and language of rhythm. Rhythm, broadly speaking, is the process and organization by which music is set in time. Just as pitch—which is a continuous attribute of sound—is discretized into twelve pitches, rhythm also fits into a system of separate, distinct categories. Additionally, just as pitch […]

  • Intro to Music: Chord Progressions

    To recap from last time: We have triads built from the major scale. Following the exact same procedure as what was described before, you could also construct the triads coming from the minor scale. A note about this: if you construct the dominant triad in a minor scale, you will end up with a minor […]

  • Review: They Want My Soul by Spoon

    The first crunching power chords of the album opener “Rent I Pay” make it apparent that Spoon is back with something to prove. Regardless of whether the glory boys of Austin, Texas have faded into the background of recent alternative rock conversation, their newest release, They Want My Soul, is a cohesive LP that may […]

  • Intro. to Music: Harmony and Chords

    This is the second part of my series on basic music theory. If you want to, you can go to the Quest website (www.reedquest.org) and find the first part. Where we were last time: we have twelve pitches in the interval of an octave, and we can assign letter names to these twelve pitches, so […]

  • Intro to Music: Pitch

    Let’s talk about music. Broadly speaking, there are five or so “essential” elements to music: pitch, how high or low the sounds are; rhythm, the placement of those sounds in time; timbre, how it sounds—voice vs. drum vs. guitar and so on; textual content, if there are words, and the interaction of the words with […]

  • Das Rapist: Should Heems Have Performed at Reed?

    On Saturday, a concert was held in Reed’s Kaul Auditorium featuring Himanshu “Heems” Suri, a rapper formerly affiliated with the group Das Racist. Suri performed alongside Young Braised, who describes himself on Twitter as a “contemporary urban recording artist,” and SneakGuapo, whose most popular song on YouTube, “Suicide Capitol,” has about 9,000 views. Suri’s performance […]

  • Stalk up on some Tarkovsky

    by Lyle Daniel, Max Carpenter and Sammie Massey Three films of Andrei Tarkovsky’s sparse but numinous repertoire will be shown by the Russian House over the coming week in celebration of the monumental director’s 80th birthday. One of these showings, The Mirror, already passed, on Tarkovsky’s true birthday April 4, but there are two other […]

  • Subgenre of the Week: “Disney Shit”

    This week’s subby is a quicky but goodie. Surely, by now, you’ve seen Rebecca Black’s  YouTube gem “Friday” and its subsequent parodies (if not, I would highly recommend watching before continuing reading). It’s terrible, and we all know it. And yet, I really don’t understand what the fuss is all about. Yes, “Friday” is the […]

  • Subgenre of the Week: Plunderphonics (feat. Kanye West)

    We live in an age where our post-modern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has led to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

  • Subgenre of the Week: Nu-disco

    We live in an age where our postmodern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has led to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

  • Subgenre(s) of the Week: Nintendocore (feat. Holiday Pop)

    As the holidays are fast approaching and light radio stations spin seasonal tunes 24/7, it was tempting to go easy with this week’s subgenre installment and discuss my mother’s favorite artist: Josh Groban, that pop-era star so fiendishly notorious for his overwhelmingly sentimental rendition of Christmas songs (especially among the middle-age mom set). But I […]

  • Subgenre of the Week: Electrofunk

    We live in an age where our postmodern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has led to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week (well, most weeks) we here at the Quest do our best to […]

  • Subgenre of the Week: Post-rock

    As lighting rent the sky, the five members of Giants rushed into the boathouse bearing lamps and guitars. In a tiny building more often used for auctions and American Legion dances, this band, illuminated only by the soft glow of a few old lamps, let loose soaring chord structures that rivaled the storm’s blast; to […]

  • Subgenre of the Week: Crunkcore

    We live in an age where our postmodern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has lead to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

  • Subgenre of the Week: Chillwave

    We live in an age where our postmodern sensibilities have translated into flourishing musical creativity. This, paired with the death of radio, has lead to the creation of nearly every subgenre imaginable. But how do you keep track of them all? Each week, we here at the Quest do our best to help you make […]

  • KRRC FALL 2010

    SUNDAY 1pm – Brent Bailey and Mike Kalange – “The Kerr 2 Conundum” 4pm – Reed Arroyo – “Heavy, Fast, and Slow” 5pm – Jensen Maloy – “Punk as Fuck” 6pm – Alden Jones and Cora Walters – “It Was a Good Day” 7pm – Evan Owens-Stively and Creighton Wiedner – “Black Elf Speaks” 8pm […]

  • 5 Songs for the Dirtiest Hipster Prom

    Remember high school? You know, back when you weren’t a hipster? You may not have been preaching the gospel of that obscure freak-folk collective, but nevertheless, the music they played at your senior prom most likely wasn’t tailored to your “alternative” musical proclivities. Instead, you probably had some lame DJ with iTunes crossfader encouraging you […]

  • The Five Songs You Need to Survive Being Sexiled

    At some point in your college career, you’re sure to get sexiled. Instead of taking it lying down (I’m sure there’s a lame pun in there somewhere, forgive me for not taking the time to find it), you should definitely use this playlist to turn what could be a miserable experience into a wonderful opportunity […]

  • Events Calendar: Week of September 15th

    Greek Theatre Performance
    September 16, 12:00pm
    September 17-19, 7:00pm
    Ampitheatre

  • 5 Songs to Bone To

    After a certain Queditor had an unfortunate experience involving copulation to the tunes of Animal Collective (seriously?!), one of our rank decided to rectify the situation with by compiling a short playlist of songs more appropriate for everyone’s favorite extracurricular activity…besides having pretentious conversations about your favorite Lethem book during your downtime –  goddamn hipsters. […]

  • 5 Songs to Get You Through Your Hum Paper

    In an effort to match up the readings with the paper topics, the new syllabus has bumped up the deadline for the first Hum paper to this Saturday. If you’re anything like I was as a freshman, you have sixteen million ideas swirling around in your head and nothing on paper. Or maybe you have […]

  • MusicfestNW comes to Portland

    Andrew Choi and En-Szu Hu-Van Wright If you’re new around here, you’ll quickly find out that Portland is a great place for music. The fact that we’re sandwiched between LA and Seattle means that all the good bands end up coming through here. MusicfestNW (abbreviated as MFNW) is unquestionably Portland’s largest alternative music event. It’s […]

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