Alexina Louie: Learning Center

Left click to navigate through the museum, you can press the full screen button if the window is too small for you. I hope you enjoy.

Please comment below if you have any questions. I’ll be here from 6pm-9pm to answer them. -Claire

If you want to learn more about Alexina Louie, click here.

19 thoughts on “Alexina Louie: Learning Center”

  1. Hey Claire! I like how your museum is an open space of information with nice colours and photos. I also liked how your information was straight to the point? Other than commissions, did she write songs for anything else?

    1. Hi Athena,
      Thanks for all the nice comments! Yes, other than commissions, Alexina Louie has written songs for movies, operas, and some TV shows. You can check out her “Burnt Toast” opera on YouTube.

      -Claire

  2. Amazing! you clearly put so much effort into this and I can see why you chose Alexina Louie! I love how you chose an interactive learning center and how organized it is! What movies has Alexina Louie written for?

    1. Hi Ellie,
      Thank you for your kind words! Alexina Louie has written soundtracks for the following movies: Burnt Toast, Last Night, Perfect Pie, and many others.
      If you are interested, you can listen to the soundtracks on YouTube!

      -Claire

  3. Thanks for sharing your insights about Alexina. I had never heard of her until this evening. Do you have a favourite composition of hers you like to play or listen to? Which one and why?

    1. Hello Ms. Mulder,
      Thank you for taking the time to explore my learning center!
      A composition of hers I would like to play is “Dragon Bells” because the concept of prepared piano is really fascinating to me. I’ve heard of this technique before I started to learn more about the history of “modern” music. I wouldn’t try to play this piece at home though, because there is a risk of breaking the strings of the piano.

  4. Great Blog Post!
    I liked how you made just one open to let the viewer explore on their own. I also liked your mix of text and images. The idea of a prepared piano is a really neat concept. How did she learn of this, and what did she put in her piano to implement it?

    1. Hi Ben,
      Thank you for your kind words.
      I believe that Alexina Louie first came across the term “Prepared Piano” from another composer, John Cage. John Cage was actually the first composer who introduced prepared piano, but Alexina expanded the usage of it.
      I actually don’t know what she put in her piano to create the effects she wanted, but they were probably the typical items (like metal scraps, erasers) that John Cage used.

  5. Hi,
    I really like how you highlighted how her style is unique. Another thing that was good was how you explained terms. What influenced Alexina Louie to use techniques that were considered unorthodox?

    1. Hi Tyler,
      Very epic comments. I think she was influenced by a lot of other modern composers like John Cage, who invented the prepared piano, or Phillip Glass, who introduced minimalism.

  6. Cool learning center Claire, the artsteps museum was really unique. I liked how you focused and emphasized the main points you wanted to bring across, it kept the learning center interesting to read. What would you think is Alexina’s most significant contribution (to a movie, person, or even genre etc.)?

    1. Hi Henry,
      Thank you for your comments. I think Alexina’s most significant contribution was to the genre of Contemporary Art Music. It was the genre she mostly wrote in during her career.

  7. Hello Claire! This is such a cool learning centre and I love the way you explained Alexina’s eminence through what she’s changed in the industry and you did a great job using this format to make the learning centre interactive and engaging. I have a lot of respect for your eminent person after reading all of your eminent person project work on her! What is your favourite thing about your eminent person’s composing style?

    1. Hi Bana,
      Thank you for all the kind comments!!
      It is really hard to choose what my favourite thing about her composing style is, but if I really had to choose, I would choose how she bent the rules of music theory to make the piece sound more “interesting”. I don’t know exactly why I chose this over everything else, but it’s probably because I like it when people don’t completely regard the rules to make their piece different and stand out from others’.
      -Claire

  8. Hi Claire,
    Really cool learning centre. The layout of the museum made it very easy to move around from one section to the next and I feel that the colour scheme you used fit your eminent person well – it reminded me of piano keys and the classic “salt and pepper” clothing.
    It sounds like Alexina’s work is very experimental and outside the box. Is there a piece that stood out to you for its use of unique instruments or a combination of instruments?

    1. Hello Matthew,
      Thank you for your kind words. There isn’t a specific piece that stood out to me since all of her music is really abstract. If I really had to choose one, it would be Dragon Bells, since she implements prepared piano nicely in the composition.

      -Claire

  9. Hey Claire! Great learning centre! I didn’t know Louie until you brought her forth for this project. I was wondering if you could talk a little bit about what it is like to be a modern musician working in classical music? Do you think it is more or less challenging than in the past?

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