Week Two Reflection

Wow!
I thought the work load last week was large, this upped it quite a bit. That’s not to say that I didn’t enjoy it though! I got to make a lot of things that I definitely wouldn’t have made otherwise. The daily challenges are very diverse and interesting and the assignment bank is a great collection of little pushes to create. Let’s dive into what I did!

For the Daily Challenges, I did the Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday challenges. The Wednesday challenge was great, it’s very similar to an intro to music technology assignment.

For Thursday, the prompt was to take a picture of a double that you see. My roommate and I are very obsessed with pugs and we have little pug decorations everywhere in the apartment, so naturally finding a cute double wasn’t hard!

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Pugs livin’ on my fridge #tdc2430

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For Friday’s, the assignment was to draw something as small as you could. I have a sketch of a ghost that I use for a lot of my music things (a logo I guess) (also the original artist of the ghost I use is @unme on soundcloud) and I decided to draw it. It took a lot more attempts than I thought it would but i’m happy with the final result!

 

The assignment bank assignments were a lot of fun as well! I did one that required you to make a song sound like it was coming from another room and then you had to write a short story about the scene you would be in hearing it. That post can be found here. The next one I did was photoshopping someone into a completely random situation. I took a photo of my friend and moved her up onto a mountain and wrote a little poem about it. Then, the last one I did was an assignment asking you to make a collage of pictures you take of your friends off guard. This was fun because I already had the pictures, the hard part was getting the permission from them to make it! The collage can be found here!

 

Slack took me a really long time to figure out. Once I struggled through that, I found I was assigned to the audio group! Going through the old assignments and listenings, I found two that I think would be beneficial to us as a class in the future. There’s a listening about what to do and what not to do with sound design for stories and there’s an assignment to simply make music and explain how you made it, which is a very freeing exercise in my experience. I made my own assignment that is a blast, creating noise from an audio sample.

 

Comment wise I’m lacking this week but I’m making more! Here are the posts I’ve commented on so far this week:

http://chlovergarden.com/ds-106/assignments/an-un-scene-story/#comment-7

http://ds106.jessicaspranger.com/ds106/daily-creativity-week-two/#comment-7

 

I’m also very happy with how my blog is looking so far!! I put a lot of work into making it look a certain way and visually pleasing. I’m trying to use only my photographs for the whole site, and so far so good!! I did a lot of work with menus and learned a lot about editing just small details to get things to look exactly how you want them to. My blog can be found here!

Looking forward to what’s to come next week!!

~Drake

Song in Another Room

You’re trying to do your homework when your brother’s band starts playing in the garage again. You can’t count how many times you’ve heard this song in a row. Your brother’s friend Cameron’s voice is just so grating this many listens in a row. Your mom calls you to help do the dishes but you only hear on the third call.

This assignment was pretty nifty to come across given my audio engineering experience. I threw a low pass filter on it and added a little bit of distortion but dragged the tone down to about 200hz. Makes the sound in another room effect pretty well!

(Original song: The Ghost of Maiden’s Peak by Cole Masaitis (I play bass on this song!))

Week One Reflection

I enjoyed the assignments of the first week. I did them all in a short period of time because I added the class late but I’m very excited for where this class will go. I worked with a new editing plugin I got for the soundcloud introduction and I made a few pieces of art that I enjoy (the tree glitch and the white/pink picture). I learned a lot about website design (I need to fix my header video) that I didn’t have before. I made one freshman year for a music tech class and never updated it and now I’m working on that site as well. I don’t think I understand how wordpress works and having more knowledge on it now is extremely nice.

The only thing that “drove me crazy” was trying to get all of this done today but that’s a good thing to see that leaving assignments to the last second in this class is not a good idea. The thoughts on the hero’s story were very interesting as well. I’m still not sure where I land on my thinking about it and I’m interested to see where I do land, because right now I’m just angry at it.

Here are some links to the introductory art I made this week:

 

Thanks!~~

Is Every Story the Same?

I think the statement that every story is the same is, at base value, true, but that’s ignoring the complexities of individual stories. Every example I try to think of does fall into the hero’s journey shown in the video, but I think that’s just because it’s such a simple thing that everything has to fall into it. For example in the game Majora’s Mask, the hero starts in the described alternate world and doesn’t return until the end, as fits the narrative, but I think the game begins at step three on the circle. The counter argument to that would be the prequel game where the actions of the previous game would serve to imply the first two stages of the circle. Another example of media that break this that I can think of is the game Journey. The game begins in an unknown place and it is apparent that the protagonist does not know where they are either. While they do travel through the alternate world, they never enter or leave it. There’s nothing gained in the end either, just arriving at another place in the world. I’m sure that with enough reflection, all points on the circle could be found in the game but it’s a good example of something that at least requires more thought to make it fit.

In regards to how we can use this theme as a class, I think the theory is a great way to bring together all of our work but again our individual styles and details of the stories are what will set us apart. I don’t think it’s a bad thing to fall into that preset storyline, as almost everything does and it’s inescapable.