OCR National ICT - Unit 1 - Task 2 - Internet Searches
Task 2: Select and use tools and facilities to download files/information
Firstly I am going to use an internet search engine to find reviews and images of the latest singles and albums.
These are the results of my Google Search for ‘latest singles and albums reviews’
I found a link to a website which matched my search criteria. The website says it includes reviews on albums which is the information I am looking for.
This is the homepage of the website I have chosen ‘www.albumvote.co.uk’ I will use this website to find album reviews and locate images of the album.
In the search box I typed in an album I wanted the review on in this case it was ‘Hot Fuss’ an album by The Killers
These are the results of my search and the page I was looking for is the first result.
This is the page on albumvote.co.uk which has information about the album ‘Hot Fuss’ by The Killers.
This is my first review on ‘Hot Fuss’ by The Killers, the review and image are from .
‘To me this is a great new album, although the 1980's undertones are obvious, the killers have at last provided a rejuvenated form of 80's rock, with a certain extra humph lacking in much of both the 80's and latest rock bands. It excites me to see that at last the new wave of rock bands are coming into the industry, at last perhaps a little competition for the endless tedium brought from the bland uninspired songs brought to us by such characters as Peter Andre and busted...Anyway back to the album...it grew on me steadily each time I listened to it, catchy beats and tunes, with sometimes surreal lyrics...For me this is the best album this year and I enjoyed and am enjoying it immensely! It’s a must listen for the rock fans out their. 9/10’ By Howard Ramsgate
I will now use the same website and searching procedure to find another image and review of another album. The album will be ‘Myths of The Near Future’ by The Klaxons
This is the page on albumvote.co.uk which has information about the album ‘Myths of The Near Future’ by The Klaxons.
This is my album review on ‘Myths of the Near Future’ by The Klaxons, the review and image are from .
‘Startlingly melodic throughout with just enough of an edge to make it a truly memorable album, Klaxons' debut will transcend the five minute trend the indie press have invented for it. Refreshingly vibrant without pandering to clichés, it's a surprisingly uplifting experience with genuine musical depth and mercifully free of the marketing gimmicks some might've expected. 8/10’ By MG
When I saved the pictures of the albums to my network user area I did the following.
I now saved the image in the following directory: U:\OCR National\Unit 1\Task 2\Evidence with drive (U:\) being my personal area on the network.
This is a preview of the whole essay
I will now search for images and text on a local media, for this I will use encarta.
Here is the article and image I have located from local media:
‘Rock Music, group of related music styles that have dominated popular music in the West since about 1955. Rock music began in the United States, but it has influenced and in turn been shaped by a broad field of cultures and musical traditions, including gospel music, the blues, country-and-western music, classical music (see Music, Western), folk music, electronic music, and the popular music of Asia, Africa, and Latin America (see Worldbeat). In addition to its use as a broad designation, the term rock music commonly refers to music styles after 1959 predominantly influenced by white musicians. Other major rock-music styles include rock and roll (also known as rock 'n' roll), the first genre of the music; and rhythm-and-blues music (R&B), influenced mainly by black American musicians (see African American Music). Each of these major genres encompasses a variety of substyles, such as heavy metal, punk, alternative, and grunge. While innovations in rock music have often occurred in regional centers—such as New York City; Kingston, Jamaica; and Liverpool, England—the influence of rock music is now felt worldwide.’ From Encarta 2007
I will now use the advanced search function on Google to search for two singles reviews for my newsletter. The advanced search will allow me no narrow my search results down to only relevant results. You can do this by using “speech marks” this will make the search engine find the exact phrase in the speech marks. You can also use the minus (-) symbol this will make the search engine filter out the word which follows the minus sign. You could also use Boolean operators, however Google does not support these do I will use the speech marks.
This is my results page, it only includes websites with the exact phrase “singles reviews”.
This is a screenshot of the website I have chosen.
‘Songs about dance moves are a hip hop staple. And what could be more old skool than the cutting'n'pasting of unintentionally comedic audio commentaries from '50s educational films - particularly if they involve characters such as Sammy The Salmon? Combine the two, add the lyrical prowess of Fatlip from The Pharcyde and the Chemical Brothers' patented block rocking beats and "The Salmon Dance" should be a guaranteed winner.
Unfortunately, there's always the danger that it could just sound lazy, or worse like a misjudged gimmick, or even worse, like a nursery rhyme with glow sticks. As bad luck would have it, "The Salmon Dance" is all three. "Hello boys and girls, today we're going to teach you some fun facts about salmon and a brand new dance", promises Fatlip before rubbishing what's left of The Pharcyde's credibility. It doesn't help that you can almost hear the humiliation in his voice, or that the backing track's bleeps and whizzes were evidently record by a chuckling Tom and Ed during a lock-in at Toys R Us. Truly, you'll never hear a more irritating record.’ By Dan Gennoe
‘To think that Dave Grohl used to be such a nice chap. Always fun, always smiling, always ready with a comedy video and a little something to hum along to. Truth be told, there's always been a great songwriter lurking just behind the Foo Fighter frontman's disarming grin, but with new album, "Echoes, Silence, Patience And Grace", Grohl has stopped apologising for it, keeping the nods and winks to a minimum and letting out the thinker within.
As a first single, "The Pretender" neatly sums up his new found confidence. Another instant stadium screamer of the "All My Life", "Stacked Actors" mould, it pins Grohl's tried and tested melancholic hope to a crowd surfing riot of pile driving riffs and crashing cymbals, just as he's done a hundred times before. All that's missing is the punch line. For once there's no glint in the eye, just a genuine sadness and pent-up rage as they barrel through the perfect clenched fist anthem to complete a transition from the drummer from Nirvana's hobby project to the biggest rock band going.’ By Dan Gennoe
I will now look at the trustworthiness/validity and date of my sources. Firstly my album reviews. The website where I got my album reviews from is one where users can post there own reviews, this type of site can be abused however the two reviews that I have copied and pasted in to this word document seem to be a professional job. Although some people would say this type of source is un reliable I disagree and think that the people who frequently listen to the music know it best although there may be some bias in the rating of the album depending on whether or not they are a fan of the band. There is no time or date of when the review was posted however this isn’t really relevant as the contents of the albums will never change.
As for the reviews for my singles these were from a completely different source, these were not public reviews but were form a company who employ people to work for their website and write reviews. This means that these reviews should give an un bias opinion on what the single is like. There are exact times and dates to when the reviews were posted i.e. (Foo Fighters – ‘The Pretender’ Friday September 14, 2007 12:52 PM) this means that you can see how old the review is and whether or not it is out of date. This kind of source should theoretically be the most reliable.
I will now show how I used the bookmarks to organise my web pages into folders.
I will use the same process to bookmark other pages I have used.
You can also use the links bar/bookmark toolbar to bookmark pages. (Links bar is Internet Explorer, I am using Mozilla Firefox)
To add bookmarks to the links bar click Bookmarks – Bookmark this page
When you click Ok your link will be in the links bar/bookmark toolbar
Finally I will obtain copyright free text and images which can be used in my newsletter.
I have found a segment of information on the bbc.co.uk website which entitles me to use the content on their website as long as it is for non-commercial or personal use. As this is coursework it does class as personal use as it is for myself. Commercial generally means that it is going to be used for advertising a product or company and to do that you have to obtain a licence from the person or company which owns the material.
All of the following is information that I have obtained from the bbc.co.uk and is therefore copyright free.
I have found another snippet of Terms and Conditions, this time from the NME website saying as the BBC did that I may use their content for personal and non-commercial use only.
All the below information has been obtained from NME.com and is copyright free, there is a copy of any images obtained in my evidence folder for task 2.
50 Cent retirement rumours fuelled as tour scrapped
The rapper cancels his scheduled European dates
50 Cent has added fuel to the rumour he is to quit music by scrapping his previously scheduled European tour.
The rapper had previously claimed that he would quit music if his latest album, 'Curtis', was out-sold by Kanye West's new album, 'Graduation'. West's has now out-sold 'Curtis' in the UK and is expected to do the same in the US.
As well as his own European dates, 50 Cent has scrapped his scheduled performances at the forthcoming MOBO Awards and Vodafone Live Music Awards, both set to be held in London this week, due to 'unforeseen circumstances'.
Dave Grohl finally opens up about Courtney Love
Foo Fighters star even sings about Love on new track
Dave Grohl has finally spoken about his heartbreak over Nirvana frontman Kurt Cobain's rocky relationship with Courtney Love.
In an interview with The Guardian, the Foo Fighters singer addressed rumours that the band's new track 'Let It Die' is about the infamous couple.
The lyrics depicting "a simple man and his blushing bride/intravenous, intertwined" have already courted controversy, with many listeners assuming the lines refer to Cobain and Love.
Addressing the claims, Grohl enigmatically explained that the song was "written about feeling helpless to someone else's demise".
Speaking directly about Cobain and Love, he said: "I've seen people lose it all to drugs and heartbreak and death. It's happened more than once in my life, but the one that's most noted is Kurt."
Grohl added: "There are a lot of people that I've been angry with in my life, but the one that's most noted is Courtney. So it's pretty obvious to me that those correlations are gonna pop up every now and again."
The new Foo Fighters album, 'Echoes, Silence, Patience & Grace', is set for release on September 25.
Kanye West thrills at Emmy afterparty
He rolls out the hits for a star-studded crowd
Kanye West was the highlight of a post Emmy Awards bash held at Hollywood's Les Deux last night (September 16).
A celebrity-filled audience rushed the stage when the rapper began his set at the TV Guide party.
West performed a short set that included his 2005 hit 'Gold Digger' and saw him jumping on top of giant speakers. He worked up the crowd, getting them to shout "Hell yeah!" and "Kan-ye!" reports the Associated Press.
Earlier in the evening, West appeared in a short skit on the Emmy Awards with actor Rainn Wilson, where he spoofed himself and made fun of the fact that he went home from last week's MTV Video Music Awards empty-handed.
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Task 2 Is Now Complete