Posted in: music
, South Korea
, eastern culture
, music festivals
, South Korea
, street performers
, the strip
This post is part of new series documenting my travels around South Korea. All Asian cultures are unique in their own respect. They all have their own way of life, all of which is foreign and different to western civilization. South Korea is no different.
For those of you who have been to Hongdae, South Korea, when you think of “Hongdae Street,” the images that come to mind are restaurants, night clubs, graffiti murals, and at it’s beating heart a thriving collection of underground music and festivals. For the United States this is place is similar to 6th Street, Austin, Texas. The atmosphere and hippie art culture presents a déjà vu experience for people visiting Hongdae only on a much larger scale. In the 1990s the non-mainstream artists and performers gathered in the area around Hongik University aka Hongdae to create the center of fashion, music and dance. When stepping off the Subway, walking through the underground up to the surface you are transported into another world apart from the regular walk of life in Seoul. All of the shops and restaurants are jam packed together with signs in every conceivable location where there is space to let the people know they are here. Street performers of every kind from dancers, singers, rap groups, and magic performers set up their microphones and loudspeakers. As the day progresses and the sun rises, the streets become crowded with people from all walks of life.
Hongik University was established in 1956 based on humanitarian ideals (in Korea, the word “Hongik” means to advance the welfare of mankind). Hongik University typically referred to as “Hongdae” for short, is a prestigious university in the Mapo-gu district of central Seoul, South Korea with a second campus in Sejong. This is the source of the young vibrant culture that emanates from the Hongdae area. Hongik University has approximately 14,500 undergraduate and 2,500 graduate students. The university is best known for its Architecture and Fine Arts programs.
In the area surrounding Hongik University, a street art exhibition is Continue Reading
Posted in: Computer Sciences
, blue yeti
So I finally received my microphone from Amazon! I am currently shooting videos for my YouTube Channel which will hopefully be helpful. You should definitely check them out once I get them up, especially if you are struggling with different science problems.
So after receiving my microphone and giving it a try I could not be any happier with it. I was initially worried as I knew how technical and specific the audio field can be sometimes. I hate buying products only to turn around and send them back. My worry was over the quality.
Well lucky for me, I purchased a Blue Yeti USB Microphone – Blackout Edition and it is phenomenal. All of the reviews were correct, this is the best microphone if you want professional quality for cheap. The sound pick-up is superb on this guy! Just unreal! I had to lay a quilt over my fridge in the other room just to dampen the pick up it was pulling when my fridge would kick on. Not really a problem I foresaw when purchasing, but also not one I am complaining about. Talk about my monies worth. This thing has plenty of functions for multiple situations, with source/sound direction pick-up functions ranging from stereo to omnidirectional.
Now if you really do not have much money to invest upfront, I would refer you to the Blue Yeti Snowball iCE Condenser Microphone, with Cardioid pick-up. This mic is the same mic the pathologists in my lab use for dictation and I do NOT have any worries referring it given the exceptional quality I received with the mic I purchased at Blue Yeti.
Long story short, if you want high quality professional audio for cheap then look no further. Between Amazon’s customer service and Blue Yeti’s quality, you won’t regret it.
1) Blue Yeti-USB Microphone
2) Blue yeti “Snowball” iCE Condenser Microphone