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Latte Meowcchiato

Daily Create #9

Today’s daily create involved making our own rendition of a weird latte by using the new avocado latte’s as our inspiration. I decided to make mine pun related (what else is new) by photoshopping latte art onto a Tabby kitten. I created this image by using my Samsung Galaxy S7’s built in Gallery app. After I combined the images together I used one of my photography apps. The app Photodirector comes with all these cool features. One of these was the blur option, which I used to try and make the latte art more subtle.

Link to original tweet tagged in ‘Daily Create #9’

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Hearing Double

Audio #2: Combining Covers

Rating: ☆☆☆☆

Stand By Me is a classic song by Ben E. King. But what happens when you mix the original with it’s cover? Well that’s what I had to discover for this assignment. I took Ben E. King’s classic and combined it with Florence + the Machine’s cover version. I chose to do this combination because I wanted to pick a song that was relatively well known. Furthermore, I think it’s rare to find a cover version of a song that is just as good as the original.

For copyright purposes I wasn’t able to post the following song rendition to SoundCloud.

I decided to do this specific assignment because I was curious to see how these two songs would flow together. In the beginning they sounded relatively good, until they became out of sync (around 0:19). I think this rendition had an indie soulful vibe to it. I think the emotion for this combination slightly intensifies. The reasoning being, that the song itself delivers a powerful message, but the way they are both sung gives it the additional ‘oomph’. Creating this rendition only involved using the program Audacity. The procedure is listed below if you would like to recreate this assignment.

Procedure

Step 1: Open Audacity and go to the file tab. Select the import option and click the audio subcatergory. Upload both the original song and its cover in step 1

Step 2: The first audio file should be Stand By Me by Ben King and the second one should be the version by Florence + the Machines. Select the Florence version and highlight the audio frequency, then select the trim audio tool. This will get rid of the end of the song, the fade (seen in the second screenshot below).

Step 3: Move the Florence audio over by using the move tool next to the Record button. Move the audio to where the first big peak of Ben’s song is, so that the beginning of both songs sync up.

Step 4: Go to the file tab and select the export audio option.

Step 5: When saving your new song double check that you save it as an MP3 file. If you do not have the option to save as an MP3 go to this website and download the plug-in for Audacity.

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Audio #2: Combining Covers′

 

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Puppy Power

Audio #1: Sound Effects Story

Rating: ☆☆☆ ½

How many of us have walked into a pet store and are saddened by the lack of dogs there? My audio story is based on an owner who goes to pick up her puppy from the pet store groomer. However, when she walks into the pet store she doesn’t immediately pick up her dog. She walks in, browses the fish, and the dog toys until it’s time to pick up her puppy.

The reason I picked this topic for my project is because my family is thinking about getting their first dog and I thought it would be an interesting approach. However, I couldn’t get all the sounds I wanted. Most of the audio files came from the FreeSound website. The five sounds I used were, the entrance bell, high heels, fish tank noise, squeaky dog toys, and the dog barks.

If you wanted to do this assignment and need assistance, the instructions are posted below.

Part 1: FreeSound

Step 1: Go to this website and download the following sounds. I posted the screenshots to each of the sounds I used in my audio except for the dogs. In order to get the dogs type in the search bar, “dogs barking” and it will be your first result.

Part 2: Audacity

Step 2: Go to File, Import, and select the Audio subcatergory. Import your first audio file. You will be uploading your files SEPARATELY

Step 3: Once you open your first file, select the trim tool. I’ve circled it in red in the screenshot below. After you select this tool highlight the section of the audio that you DO want to use.

Step 4: Repeat steps 2 and 3 by importing your second audio file and trimming the audio.

Step 5: Now that you have a previous audio file (file 1) you don’t want to overlap the sound. Select the Time Shift tool (circled in red on the screenshot below) and slide/move your audio to where it doesn’t interfer with the first audio file

Step 6: Repeat steps 2-5 for the remaining audio files, so for this specific example  it would be for the last three.

Step 7: Once you’ve trimmed your audio and you’ve aligned them it is now time to save your work. Go to File and select Export Audio.

Step 8: When you complete step 7 you should have the option of exporting your audio file as an MP3 file. If you do not, you need to download the plug-in, Lame. Once you download the plug-in, you will see the option to download as an MP3 file. Click the save button!

Part 3: SoundCloud

Step 9: Go to your SoundCloud and log in. Select the upload button on the upper right hand side of the webpage

Step 10: Select the ‘Choose a file…’ option and upload your audacity file.

Step 11: Copy the link to link given and embed it in your blog!

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Audio #1 :Sound Effects Story′

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Space Bound

Reflection: Moon Graffiti

The Moon Graffiti audio has been my favorite audio, thus far. It did a very good job of painting a picture for the audience. It included the teachings that Glass suggested. It had a very good storyline and it also included the moment of reflection.

The effects in this story were phenomenal. The sound effects made it more realistic and it gave me a more vivid picture. Something that personally stood out to me was how they dramatized some scenes by using sound effects. This occurred in the beginning where the astronauts were having difficulties (1:00-1:07). They would also build up to the climax of the story, by abruptly ceasing or raising the background music (4:25). After that each time they get to a different part of the story they que the music or they change the music signaling to the audience that they’re about to tell another part of the story. An example of this is 2:00 and 4:25. They both are different tracks. One is for the narrator and the other one is associated with the astronauts.

Link to assignment is tagged above in ‘Moon Graffiti′

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Low Down Radio

Reflection: TED Radio Hour & ScottLo

The audio for the TED Radio Hour was interesting compared to ScottLo. The TED Radio Hour had all these different elements within the audio. For example, the  different tone of voices was a brilliant thing to do because it keeps the audience engaged. Other things that I noticed included when the background music began, so did the anecdote. When they reached the moment of reflection the music abruptly stopped to dramatize this scene. They also used different tracks throughout the audio that led to good transitions within the story.

The ScottLo audio tapes weren’t as useful to me. He just made suggestions on what audio assignments to do. He also gave examples of each assignment, which I thought was nice. The audio that I thought was the most beneficial was ScottLo episode 10 because he gave examples and explained how those examples had transitions, which will probably my biggest challenge for this week.

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Radio Magic

Reflection: Glass & Abumrad

If you ask several millennials they’ll probably tell you that the radio is not as relevant as it once was. This is because now-a-days many use other applications that provide them with what they want to listen to at that particular moment. However, hearing Glass and Abumrad talk about the radio with so much passion can give one a different perspective.

Glass says that in order to be succesful at storytelling there are two things you must include. The first one is an anecdote and the second thing is a moment of reflection. Something new I learned is if you have these two items the next task is being able to delete and reduce your recordings. While Glass talked about the building blocks of storytelling and the essential steps you must take, Abumrad discussed the uniqueness of storytelling. Something that Abumrad said that stuck with me was that the human voice has such a great potential to tell a story, and he’s right! I like the way he described listening to a speaker. He said it was as if it was the storyteller and his audience being ‘coauthors’ and that they ‘coimagine’ the story together.

Another thing that I learned through the way that the different videos were filmed is that you don’t have to be a great public speaker. When I watched the Glass videos he was so jittery to me that I couldn’t focus. However, when I saw the Abumrad clip I was very tentative. Granted Abumrad’s video was polished and Glass’s wasn’t, but this put Glass’s teaching in perspective. You don’t have to film or record perfectly the first time around because you can always go back and perfect it by cutting sections out of the clip.

 

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Drop & Give Me 20!

Daily Create #8

Today’s daily create involved taking a Hulka Selfie. I’m not one for selfies, but I thought this could be an interesting daily create to accomplish. After I took my selfie I felt like my picture was missing something, so I decided to use a filter. The filter I used on top of my selfie is called Blue Electric I found it in one of my photo editing apps on my phone. You can find the app here.

Link to original tweet tagged in ‘Daily Create #8’

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Keep on Truckin’

Weekly Summary #2

This week was less overwhelming than last week, for sure. It was easier because I had all the social medias set up, so I just had to create the assignment. However, if I had to compare the visual assignments from last week to this week’s design assignments I would pick last week’s. The reasoning being that the design assignments require more trial and error, at least for me. For several of the projects this week I had to use GIMP. At times it would be difficult to use because there are several options, you don’t know which to use. My experience with this program got better towards the end of the week.

Assignments that I enjoyed doing this week were Sorry Mom, Stolen GIFs, and I Hate…GIMP. I enjoyed those two design assignments because Sorry Mom required a more creative aspect to it and Stolen GIFs allowed me to familiarize myself more with GIMP. Using GIMP for the Stolen GIFs project helped me tremendously, that by the time I made my GIF for I Hate…GIMP it was easy.

This week I also expanded my participation by communicating through Twitter, which I didn’t do last week. I also was able to reply to another bloggers comment on one of my posts. Something I think I need to improve on is interacting a little bit more through the different types of social media required. Below are screenshots of the comments and reply’s.

Links for this week:

  1. Reflection on Vignelli Canon
  2. Design Blitz
    1. Findings
    2. Reflection
  3. Daily Creates
    1. #tdc1968
    2. #tdc1969
    3. #tdc1971
    4. #tdc1972
  4. Design Assignments
    1. Sorry Mom
    2. Oh the Places You’ll Go!
    3. Stolen GIFs
    4. Memory Lane
    5. Who Done It
  5. Animated GIFs
    1. What Are the Chances
    2. I Hate… GIMP?
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Fine Designs

Design Blitz Reflection

At the beginning of this week, when I first saw this assignment I was worried. It seemed like a lot of work because of the background information. But like Tim Gunn says, “designers make it work,” and that’s exactly what I did. For this assignment the four concepts I chose to expand on were color, typography, balance, and proportion.

What is color? Most of us experience it in our everyday lives, but never go beyond that. For this assignment I learned a little bit about color theory and what colors compliment each other. The main source that I used for this section was an article by Steven Bradley. This article discusses the meaning of color, types of colors, color schemes, etc. I decided to demonstrate this concept by using the picture below. I thought that the picture I took is effective because it demonstrates the basics by displaying the primary and secondary colors, without it being overwhelmingly unappealing to the eye.

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Out of all the concepts, I learned the most about typography. I thought the terimonology was interesting, especially the video that displayed which fonts to never use because I’ve definitely used some of them before. My image for this portion displays the terms used in the article, The Basics of Typography. I mainly wanted to focus on tracking, kerning, and alignment. Judging from the picture below the tracking in the words is higher than normal. Kerning is a bit more normal because the distance between one subject and another is relatively the same. This picture serves as an ineffective example for alignment and that is one of the main reasons I took it. As you can see below there is no alignment because the words are all over the place.

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Balance was the trickiest concept for me to capture. I think the main reason being that I was overthinking it. I learned about balance through this website. Most of us know that there are two types of symmetry, assymetrical and symmetrical. In my example it’s a lttle difficult to tell, but it is symmetrical. If I were to split the dining table through the middle they would be the same on both sides. Another photo I took, but didn’t include in my previous blog post is my assymetrical photo. The second photo below displays this. The plant is not completely symmetrical because one of the smaller stumps has leaves the other doesn’t. This method is effective because it makes the image pleasing to the eye by having an equal amount of subjects/things in its surroundings.

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The last method I chose was proportions. Proportions is one of my favorite methods that can be incorporated in photography! According to my source, there are two types of proportions. The first one is when an object is compared to a different object, and the second one is when one subject is compared to itself. In my example, I demonstrate the second type of proportion because you have a big succulent plant and then a smaller on. This was my favorite photo that I took during this assignment because it’s aesthetically pleasing. I think it’s an effective method to use in photography because the bigger element has the limelight, while the secondary object supports it.

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