Jan. 7th, 2013 05:42 pm
edle_gestalt: (la la la)
[personal profile] edle_gestalt
Greetings, everyone, and welcome back!

I do hope that everyone has had a marvelous Christmas. All of the festivities, all of the music got me thinking - I need to write some Christmas music! But it wouldn't be timely anymore, now, would it? I must find another occasion to celebrate. What is next on the calendar - Valentine's Day...!? Well I certanily wouldn't announce if I were planning to write a serenade for a sweetheart; it would ruin the surprise.

That said, I will be taking commissions! You have my word that your beau will have no idea that he or she is having music written for them until 14 February itself. Contact me privately and we can discuss prices or other arrangements. It does seem a bit early to be thinking of Valentine's Day, of course, but bear in mind that I take care with what I compose and would prefer not to do things in a rush. I am not much of a poet but I adore setting poetry to music, so if you've got a favorite, I'd love to work with it.

On another note, what is this dueling fiasco that everyone's whispering about!? I did not think the school would encourage such violence. I'd much prefer to be in my dormitory relaxing. I've never been fond of unnecessary quarrels, let alone ones that turn physical.

In any case, I look forward to hearing from you all. And if anyone is willing to allow me to experiment a bit with adding a bit more... compelling charm to the tune, I would be up for it. I'm still quite interested in making music practical and applicable to magic, though I promise not to sneak anything in that is not requested for specifically.



Nov. 30th, 2012 08:13 pm
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Today was awesome, just like every other day, just because I was in it. Today was definitely one of those reflexive days where I just sat somewhere and wondered just how it could be that a mortal could be so grand. It's a legitimate question. It almost seems to defy logic all together.

Then I came to the conclusion that maybe I'm actually not that awesome. I know, it's a frightening thought! But you see, what happened was I face to face with the absolute personification of awesome. You could also say "boss" "magnificient" and "stunning" here too. You know how people go on those spirit-finding expedition in the woods and don't come back until they've found their spirit animal or something? It's supposed to be some sort of life changing experience. They're completely overwhelmed by it, ect.

It was exactly like that. But even greater. My whole outlook on life has changed.

And then I realised I was looking in a mirror.


[Guess who started writing in the wrong journal? Ooops.]
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[Guess who's absolutely pumped from that game and absolutely going to rub it in everyone's face that called them polite boring. Why yes, yes that would be her. Thus her writing is going to be very scribbled and very hasty, making it a biiiit hard to read.]

YOU BETTER BELIEVE WE WON. Who's "polite boring" now, huh? I'd say we were all pretty vicious out there and deserved each and every single point and move we did, whether you think we did or not. I congratulate the rest of my team on being absolutely amazing except Vald, you're still a total ass and doing their best out there!

Also, Graham. You better hope I don't find you for that crack you made, you won't be walking for a MONTH after I'm done with you.
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I fully expect Hufflepuff and Ravenclaw to have a brilliant match this upcoming weekend! Best of luck to both teams, but extra, EXTRA luck to the Honeybadgers (a.k.a. the Hufflepuffs), I quite like the idea of team mascots. Shall we think of one, Slytherin?

Also, say you are in a bakery filled with cakeys and you see mint chocolate truffles and you see tiramisu, and you like both A LOT, but you cannot have both because it would be A LOT to have, and I mean that A LOT.

Is it better to sample each to figure out which one you want? Or just flip a coin, and the devil-take-the-hindmost?


Nov. 16th, 2012 03:59 pm
edle_gestalt: (rock me amadeus)
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I have been pondering the topic of music. I know, I know - what else is new? But I was wondering if I could get some opinions.

How do people feel about the concept of music as a manipulative device?

I am aware that to some, it may not be effective. But others are quite sensitive to the effect of various tones, producing various results as well based on each individual's personal experience. But think about it - as practitioners of magic, we are constantly manipulating others, manipulating fate, and the physical appearance of those around us.

In terms of human emotion, is making music the closest a muggle can get to using magic?

I've taken conducting classes back home, at summer programs, and I have to say that holding the baton in my hand, taking that command over a large group of people to create exactly what I wanted, was not so different from holding a wand and casting a spell. There is a certain invigorating power that it inspires, having that control to realize exactly what is in your mind at the moment.

Is it dangerous? Can music, too, be used negatively? I wouldn't want to, mind! But it was a thought - obviously it doesn't have as direct an effect as a dark spell might, but if one were to manipulate another person, through music, for selfish reasons - is that dangerous? Think of the Minnesänger troubadours, think of the serenades used to woo women from high towers, think of the patriotic music used to stir loyalty in troops in times of war. In Ancient Greece, it was believed that a king was stirred to battle simply by hearing a tune played on a flute in the Phrygian mode.

Can music, or any sound, really, be used to enhance our own magic? Maybe even to help us defend ourselves? I would also appreciate opinions from those of you who normally aren't as interested in music. Even if just to ensure that I am not thinking too idealistically through the eyes of a musician myself. Objective reassurance would be nice, if you can give it sincerely.



Nov. 16th, 2012 09:33 am
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I have been... not myself lately, yes? I have not been sleeping well. In lieu of upcoming quidditch match, I would like assistance in the methods you all use for calming down and getting a restful night's sleep.

Is there some sort of potion, maybe? Or if not potion, maybe some sort of drink or technique that I could use? I have tried warm milk, counting sheep... but that just frustrates me. Your assistance would be much appreciated!


Oct. 26th, 2012 12:33 am
edle_gestalt: (LOOKIT I'M CUTE)
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[The following comes in at about 7AM.]

26 October

Good Morning! It is not often I am so alert at such an early hour, however: today, I am seventeen. When I return home I can legally drive my father's automobile! If I am lucky, perhaps I will get one of my own.

For now, I will settle for treats. Please leave any sweets you may have for me on my bed, or if you are not in Slytherin then please feel free to respond to arrange a time for me to collect them elsewhere.

I enjoy chocolate. Preferably bold in flavor and not too sugary. Even better if it has taken the form of a baked good.

I do not trust any of you to make Apfelstrudel so please do not attempt it.

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Jesus Christ Gryffindor, get yourselves together! A little bruising and beat'ns here and there is nothing! If it wasn't my last year, I would've grabbed a broom and kicked some Slytherin ass myself!

Don't get me wrong, the match was definitely exciting as always, but next time around, we got to give some pay back to those sneaky bastards!


Oct. 10th, 2012 01:24 am
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[personal profile] hethrewabombatme
It's disappointing that I wasn't able to find everything I wanted in Hogsmeade. Only to be expected though, and I have everything that I need...

Would anyone like to volunteer their time to help me with a little experiment?


Oct. 8th, 2012 09:00 pm
not_a_vampire: (happy)
[personal profile] not_a_vampire
Bună ziua, journal!

It is a good day today! Sun is The sun is bright, birds sing, general goodness! I am wondering if anyone has seen my owl. He seems to have gotten himself into a tight corner. He's rather small, da yes? He looks very strange for owl, easy to pick out. He's small and black, and he's missing feathers in some spots. I promise he is healthy! He is an owl from mountains in Romania.

If you see him, please come find me and tell me! I have mail I would like to send, it's very inconsiderate of him to hide away.

Mulțumesc Thank you!
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[This is slightly awkward, just... slightly. There's a lot of inkblots and scratched out words to the point of where the whole beginning isn't readable. But she finally finds her words.]

Um. With all the weird things that are going on around here has anyone happened to have... like, the clothing they're wearing be changed? I know I didn't put on what I'm wearing today and that's really kind of disturbing that it happened without my knowledge. There's absolutely no way this could have happened, mind you.

Onto another topic, then, to make this... less awkward. With a lot of us coming from different countries and cultures, what kind of cultural things are different for you compared to other people around here? I know it's been a weird experience for me to get used to all the different things, considering it's not just the fact I'm from a different country but one part of my family are part of a distinct different culture. Even though we don't... really practice or adhere to it all the time, it's easier dad says.

Call me curious.

[Next part is specifically written in Polish, a little wonky but it's done for good reason instead of having to write on something else.]

Feliks. I got a letter today from home and you won't believe this but apparently one of the families from father's clan was asking about me. I'm really hoping it's not an attempt to ask what I think they want to ask.


Sep. 25th, 2012 11:47 am
edle_gestalt: (Gun Moang~)
[personal profile] edle_gestalt
25 September


I hope all of you are well. If you are not currently busy, I have a favor to ask. Does anyone recognize this melody? For the life of me I can’t seem to remember if it’s my own or if I heard it somewhere else - perhaps it was a film back home or something of the like - and it won’t leave my mind. I’ll write it below; the charm to play it is simply “audio.” (Latin pronunciation, obviously, but you English-speakers tend to pronounce the a-u combin “Ow-dee-oh.”

manuscript )

Thank you kindly. I think it's quite pretty, and I'm hearing it slowly, almost ethereally. I think an arpeggiated bass line would go nicely with it. And as a precaution in the event that this is indeed my own tune, let the record show that I shared it in with all of you on this date; I trust there will be no plagiarism, yes?


[[ooc: oh my jesus i am so sorry. muggleborns and/or fellow half-bloods, feel free to tear him apart.]]


Sep. 22nd, 2012 03:27 pm
hagyjbeken: (Yeah sure whatever)
[personal profile] hagyjbeken
[Hope you're ready for some scribbling, Hogwarts. Because her writing isn't exactly the easiest to read.]

So! Before I actually get into some important things, is everyone ready for Quidditch season? And I don't just mean the school, I mean all over the place. I know probably a lot of you like your silly little English teams, but there's a lot better teams out there than them. Like, say, the Vratsa Vultures for their amazing pioneering of the long goal and being so kind to give newbies a chance to prove themselves in the big leagues or you could go for the Grodzik Goblins who had the amazing Josef Wronski that all of you seekers can thank for inventing the Wronski Feint.

But, hey, who am I to tell you who to cheer for? Though I have to say we're going to have some problems if you're on the International scene for Germany or England, not that they could compare to Bulgaria. Or a fan of the Heidelberg Harriers, Gorodok Gargoyles, or Quiberon Quafflepunchers. ... If you like that last one, you seriously need to get a better sense of taste and learn what real Quidditch is about. Wearing bright pink uniforms and acting like ballerinas on the pitch is just an insult to the game, you know.

Onto some real business while I've got some time. Has anyone possibly seen my cat Edit around lately? I haven't seen her in a few days and she's not the type to stay out for so long and not come back to me for at least some food or something. She's a female Siamese and should be wearing a red, white, and green collar with a little cross and bell on it. Any information is highly appreciated.


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