Week Eight Reflection

There’s not too much to write about this week.

Here’s our radio show!

 

All of this week was spent working on the radio show. I put together and mixed all the audio and wrote a lot of music for it as well as voice acting as a gnome which was a new experience. My post about that can be found here!

Then I did two daily creates. The first was a picture of things about to come:

 

and the next was what dogs would do on the internet:

 

Not much content on this post but a 30 minute radio show is a lot of content so, enjoy!!

Radio Show Progress 2

This week was A LOT.

We all talked over the weekend about what we were going to do, we all met on Wednesday and created the script, recorded separately on Thursday, and I put together the audio today! That part took a lot longer than I thought it would. Just making sure all the audio was level and trying to minimize ambient noises that didn’t fit, create sound effects, and writing background music took the majority of today for me. Our main theme was written by Tyra, and it’s GREAT. The panning work she did was AMAZING and I love it. The opening song was a sample of Monica’s Knock Knock, someone used some Disney music, there’s a Sarah McLachlan song, and I’m not sure what the last audio was, but I created the rest of the music (I think, I’m sorry if I forgot anything else~~!!!). Also really enjoyed everyone piling on my character, it was really funny. I also made a lot of improv transitions and I think the improv nature really comes out towards the end. Hope you enjoy!

 

Here’s our finished audio: https://soundcloud.com/user-727893451-692956115/the-legends-ds106-radio-show

Week Seven Reflection

Week seven already!

This week was more of a collaborative group week, which was great!

My group, group 3, better known now as “The Legends”, landed on what we’re going to do next week for our radio show. We’re going to talk a lot about our characters in a sort of group therapy layout and talk about who exactly our characters are and what makes them them (as our characters). Further explanation can be found here!

 

I had to create a promotional poster for the show, which while enjoyable, actually helped me create Irri more as a character. I talk about it in the post, but I really like the idea of him sort of distorting things and appearing in random places. More of my thoughts about that can be found here!

 

For the audio assignment, we were to use ten stars of assignments to help with the radio show. I made a lot of strange, glitch-esque audio with my assignments to lend to Irri’s weird personality and I guess abilities. First I made a “sick beat” that I made with ambient noise from the storm last night, then I took three songs from the Spirited Away ost and made my own sort of music sampling them, then I played with autotuning one of my favorite songs from the Animal Crossing soundtrack that distorted it to fit Irri’s traits, and lastly I had half a star left so I recreated We Will Rock you with my watch. I doubt that last one will show up in the radio show at all but who knows!

 

For the daily creates, I made a lot of really weird and fun things. On Wednesday, I created a fake image from history by putting Kendrick Lamar into a Beatles concert (I mean no disrespect to the Beatles, just thought the caption was funny!!)

I wrote about the worst job offer I’ve ever received:

And I edited a picture of Joaquin Phoenix as the Joker to add song lyrics. The directions were to create them with blues lyrics but I truly loathe that (just about) every blues song is about evil women who ruin lives, or women that the boys tell ya not to like but ya do, or women that ruined your life by leaving you, or etc etc. SO I took a song by Tomggg that I really like and since the lyrics fit the sort of sombre attitude, I went with that!

All in all it was a great week! I’m really excited about working with my group on the radio show next week!!

Radio Show Ideas

This week, primarily today and yesterday because of midterms, my group talked about what we were going to do for our radio show. We landed on a couple of ideas, but I think we’re sticking with a sort of support group for all of our characters who talk about themselves to a moderator, played by one of our characters. In talking about this, and with a lot of the audio assignments the poster, I think I fleshed out my character a lot more (to be explained next week on the show!). I think I was always struggling with anything other than surface level things for Irri because I didn’t identify with him, but I think giving him more traits and things I enjoy as well has made it so I can talk about him in the coming week on the radio show! We also talked about creating the story better with sound effects and how to go about that, which I’m excited about!

 

Radio Show Promo

I really love this. I realized how much I like putting Irri in random places last week when I put him in space, and I think it’s becoming a personality trait of his, sort of just appearing places. The Legends is our group name and more information on what we’ll be doing will exist in the blog post following this one (or above it I guess)! To make this, I took a picture of a sculpture at Trinity College in Dublin, Ireland (I was there this summer!) and edited it to look like the surrounding area was glitching out (maybe another trait of Irri?). I replaced the sculpture and the finished project has Irri and the sculpture against this distorted background.

“Sick Beat”

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/sick-beat/

This “sick beat” was created with me recording the storm last night, converting it to midi, and making a beat with with sticks from the limb that fell on my car! I thought that was funny enough to create this with. I audio to midi’d the beat I made as well, assigning different frequencies to different parts of a drum kit, and then processed everything for a weird ambient, saturated feeling. I’m not sure if this counts as a conventional “sick beat” but I love it anyways.

 

Mixing Soundtracks

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/mixing-soundtracks/

The directions of this assignment were vague, but I like what I did with them. I found three songs from the Spirited Away soundtrack that I thought went well together, and fed them into each other. They aren’t exactly all just playing at the same time, they’ve been tempo warped to match each other and pitch shifted to create some gross dissonances. I’m really happy with the end result!

 

Autotune Something

http://assignments.ds106.us/assignments/autotune-something/

This was just a really silly exercise for me. I started by autotuning me talking to my dog but I didn’t get the harmonics that I wanted out of it, so I switched over to a song from the Animal Crossing soundtrack. Just using a pitch shifter, I took out a few of the harmonic frequencies in the piece and forced them to fit into a Gb6,9 chord. The results are pretty fun to listen to, especially if you know the source material!

Week Six Reflections

Wow, I feel like I just did week five!

This week was design week! It was a lot of fun to flex some of the photoshop muscles again but to also use some other programs and online resources.

The week started with readings on design and new ways to think about design. I really enjoyed this. While I wrote out my thoughts last in terms of blog posting, I tried to keep them in mind throughout the week. I really loved Kidd’s view of graphic design and how, as I said in the post, uniquely you it is. I also loved in the other reading the passage about ambiguity in art and how important it is, which is a view that I hold very high in the interpretation of my artistic endeavors. My write up on design thoughts can be found here!

 

The big assignment for the week was a design blitz! We were to take pictures of things around us throughout the week in regards to different design elements. I chose, through my pictures, Color, Balance, Proportion, and Typography. I really think that all of them turned out well and I’m glad I found them! My design blitz and rationales behind how they convey these principles can be found here!

 

Next up was twelve stars of design assignments. I decided to do a lot of lower star assignments this time, as I usually aim for a lower amount of high star assignments. I created a license plate, I put Irri in space, I made a word cloud about Irri, I made a postcard, and I created a t-shirt. They were all fun to create were a good mix of challenging and just something new I hadn’t done before.

 

For the daily creates this week, I got to do a lot of cool things. I replace the dough boy in ghost busters, decide what Dunkin is doing now that it dropped the donuts from it’s name in pursuit of other ventures, and put myself in an old, iconic tv show (scooby doo). All of those can be found below!

All in all I really enjoyed this week! It was a lot of fun and I’m looking forward to the next one!
~Drake