Arty McArtface Reflection

Items to discuss for your interdisciplinary learning reflection in the following question…

In our final piece, we used our poems from English, and used the themes and messages from them to create a piece of artwork that got put into a video representing the essence of Hong Kong. It allowed us to have a deeper understanding of our poems and how we could create a product using our opinions and perspectives on Hong Kong. We used the piece of artwork to show symbolism of the different themes of our poems, and how they represent the city. For example, the print out of the Victoria Harbour acting as the view outside the window, symbolises how people view Hong Kong as, but it is really just the Facade of Hong Kong. This is why the choice was made to print it out instead of draw it, so it’s like the view is fake. The real Hong Kong lies behind that facade, and there is a more negative side of our city, which is shown through the objects inside the room (ex. Cage home, 紅白藍 – red bag etc.). We used these skills from art, as well as the music (for the atmosphere) to show the culture of Hong Kong, and the people, which is evident through our video and how it relates to each aspect of our artwork. We were successful creating a piece of artwork that shows our view of Hong Kong, and what it means to us, using the art piece, the video to explain, and the background music to set the tone. We overall achieved our goal in representing our English poems in a piece of artwork and is clear as to what aspect(s) of Hong we were focusing on.

Some students had created pieces of artwork, integrated into a play, with background music to set the atmosphere. This shows what their opinions and perspectives on specific aspects of Hong Kong, and also incorporates different art forms in a final product. This was a creative choice to show interesting topics like the different lives of Hong Kong citizens, and their individual stories. They also recited lines from their poems in the play, which strengthened the serene atmosphere and helped the audience understand their goal and what they are trying to convey. They used art when creating masks, music for background, and drama when they were performing live. They successfully integrated the work they did in both English and Arts, and used all of these aspects to show a final product representing the culture of Hong Kong. They also did it in a creative way, with unique portrayal of different individuals within the Hong Kong society, further emphasising the connection with the play and the poem. Even though they had many aspects to their play, including ALL of the arts, as well as their poems, it was still clear to the audience what they were trying to portray and what aspect of Hong Kong they wanted to convey.

Some students had minimal aspects in their final product, for example some of the videos which showed a time lapse of Hong Kong with some background music (which sometimes wasn’t even their own). Although it does show what they see as Hong Kong, it doesn’t really capture the essence of the citizens and the culture behind what they see. It didn’t connect with their poem, and it doesn’t clearly show the audience what about Hong Kong their poems are talking about, as the video only showed time lapses of cars and people. Some videos incorporated random videos that didn’t connect to each other (mountains, then roads, then people), and it didn’t show a recurring theme which may match to their poems. Even though it might be based off of their English work, they could have made it more clear what their perspectives on Hong Kong were, and what they think best represents the culture of Hong Kong.

Grade yourself using the IDU Specifications. 

Personal success as a interdisciplinary learner.
Benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.
Limitations of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.

Self-assess using the rubric.

Please write your justification for your interdisciplinary learning reflection assessment here.

I put “excellent” for both personal success and benefits, as I believe that I had pulled specific parts from both my own piece, as well as others, and explained what was good/bad about them. I also explained how they show our perspectives on the culture of Hong Kong, and how they connect to our English poems. I put “substantial” for limitations as I couldn’t specifically list out what was limited about some students’ final products, and instead generally explained the types of videos that I saw and what was limited about them vaguely. I didn’t pick a specific group to focus on and point out their limitations.

Arty McArtface Proposal

Proposal:

Personal goals and intentions of the unit

The objective of our Arty McArtface project is to combine forms of both art and music to compliment the different aspects of Hong Kong that reflect our identity within the city. The 3 primary concepts we want to focus on is the facade Hong Kong holds up; the energy and collectiveness of Hong Kong’s citizens; as well as the commotion and hecticness of the city.

Hong Kong Identity:

  • Facade – Figuratively representing the way we present ourselves to conceal anything we are enduring.
  • Collectiveness – the connection and the support between individuals in Hong Kong
  • Energy – the crowds of people and the hectic hoards around Hong Kong

Why was this process/project chosen?

We chose this project because it was the most appropriate way to represent our topic and communicate our intentions. It also was a good choice as it demonstrates our skills that translate our knowledge and understandings of Hong Kong and how it reflects our identity. These components put together will use all of our combined skills to present a final piece.

Achievable guidelines for success

Our piece will utilize music to communicate the atmosphere of the people in Hong Kong, which appears in two of our poems. The atmosphere we will try to show is the atmosphere of being in Hong Kong; and the chaos of its citizens, also the collectiveness of being together with our peers. We will also use art to show the facade Hong Kong holds up which is present in one of our poems. We can use an A3 sheet of thick watercolour paper, along with the use of colour pencils to create a piece which shows the darkness and chaos under the bright face of Hong Kong. Using both aspects of art and music, we can create a video of the art piece with background music to show our poems and the meanings behind them.

Essential Features: Desirable features:
The video must be under 5 minutes long. Use of dynamics and articulation within the piece
The video should include both artwork and music.

Music:

  • Piano
  • Slow song

Art:

  • Colour pencils
  • A3 Paper
The video could have cool animations that move around aspects of our artwork.
The art piece has to be size A3. The piece of paper could be manipulated to better match the theme or the meaning behind the piece. (Cut the piece of paper into shapes of a city etc.)
The medium of art is colour pencils Water could be used to make the piece more dramatic and intensify the general mood.
The video has to include an image and a background track. The backing track should match the overall mood (sad, chaotic) of the poems and the themes of our pieces.
The artwork has to include aspects of Hong Kong. There could be symbolism behind images and objects drawn on the final art piece to represent the meaning behind the poems.

Problem assessment for the process and strategies to overcome these

Some of the problems we may face in this process includes how we’re going to blend everything together as in the art piece and the music; by this I mean the way we overlap our music piece over a recording or photo of our artwork. Doing this can affect the way the audience interprets our message. We will know we have achieved this by having our artwork match the music in the background, and the mood being significant when watching the video. We will also know when we have achieved our goal when the essential features are met, as well as the optional desirable features. A significant obstacle we are and will continue to encounter is racing against the time; seeing as we have a limited time, we must be subject to create a timeline and execute all factors of the project within the time frame while implementing it to a proficient and adept level.

Innovation Day

Today was Gr8 Innovation Day, and we were challenged to create a solution that allows students to have a modern learning space in the 6th-floor cafeteria.

I used to think a modern learning space was a space that people used technology that involved screens and devices, but after completing this challenge, I now think a modern learning space is an area that allows individuals to explore ideas and create things in a comfortable learning environment. This environment is diverse and allows students to experience different ideas and work collaboratively or individually. The learning space includes technology like devices, but also contains objects and resources that don’t involve technology, and instead involves making and creating new things. It is a flexible learning space that allows students to explore various types of creations and experiments and is a free learning environment.

My biggest takeaway from today was that when designing for this type of challenge we have to take into account multiple variables such as what others want, and what is best for the learning environment. We also have to take into account things that we need in order for this workspace to be effective in providing a good working environment. Overall, this experience taught me what a flexible modern learning environment is, and how it works.

Misleading Graphs

Source: http://www.statisticshowto.com/misleading-graphs/

During this lesson of maths, we were looking into misleading graphs. This is one example of a misleading graph that was presented by Fox News. This graph is misleading because the intervals on the y-axis are not equal, as it started off with 8, and went up by 0.5 from that point. by using this tactic, they were able to make the data seem as if it was inclining and increasing when the numbers are all close together at 9%. This graph wants the viewer to draw a conclusion that the unemployment rate increased by high percentages when Obama was president. By using the small intervals on the y-axis, the data was able to be manipulated to seem more inclined, thus causing the viewer to be tricked into thinking the numbers went significantly higher. Looking at this graph, the motives behind Fox New’s decision to present this data were evidently negative, as it is obvious the data presented looked down upon the president at the time. The manipulated percentages had a negative outlook on the president, with unemployment rates seemingly increasing under his control.

It is important to recognize misleading graphs as misleading graphs could greatly sway your opinion on subjects, and could trick you into believing false information and data. Both the presenter and the consumer are responsible to ensure the data is represented and interpreted fairly. But the presenter has a bigger responsibility, as the representing of the data would greatly impact the interpreted data, even if the data is interpreted wrong. Overall, if the data is not represented correctly, it will never be interpreted correctly. But if the information is represented correctly, the information will be interpreted correctly, even if not consistently.

 

CAS 2018 Trip Reflection

This year, I went on a trip to Yangshuo, Guilin for experience week. On this trip, by trying many new things, and learning to become a risk taker, it allowed me to become more open to new cultures and experiences. During my time in Yangshuo, I enjoyed many of the sports and activities that I did such as caving and rock climbing. It was new to me, and I achieved some things that I have never thought that I would have. Through these different experiences, it has allowed me to become more open-minded and become more of a risk taker in trying new cultures, activities, and foods. I also got the chance to meet new people and individuals that are not in my grade and that I would never have thought I would ever be able to talk to. I got to get closer to students not just in grade 8, but also in grade 7 as well. During this trip, we got to go to a school to help them build a road and a wall. It allowed me to see how different their school is to ours in Hong Kong. Building the wall for them was a lot of work, but looking at the end product and how much effort we put into making it to the best of our ability, the product was worth the effort. Overall, this experience was a good eye-opening experience that allowed me to meet new individuals, try new things, and do service for the school. I had a lot of fun, and I hope that in the coming years, I will get to experience many more new things.

Project Genesis Final Submission

Final Mashup Tape:

Proposal:

I want to create a pop mashup song using Garageband, using a few popular songs from the past few years. I will need to research about using Garageband and the techniques and skills needed, as well as how popular mashups these days are created. I want to make a mashup because I want to learn how to create music using technology, and how to use other ideas to build my own. I am interested in how other artists can use other pieces to make it their own by using different skills and tools. Using videos such as Garageband tutorials, and popular mashups, I can inform myself about the different techniques needed to create a successful mashup on Garageband. In order to be able to learn new skills, I also need to experiment with Garageband on my own and get familiar with the different tools that I can use to create my product. Skills I can benefit from consist of changing the pitch of songs, tempo, altering different tracks, as well as how to modify the sounds in the song using the tools provided by Garageband. The aim and goal of my project is to be able to learn new skills about how to create successful music and how to use Garageband to help me create my piece. In the end, I want to be able to learn to use Garageband and the tools provided, as well as how to create a successful piece of music. I will know when I have reached my goal when my piece meets the design specifications, and I am able to explain what I did and how I did it, showing my learning and progress in understanding.

Design Criteria:

Must Haves Desirable Qualities
The mashup should contain more than one song. The mashup could contain other songs overlapping of the main song, some of the main songs could be added to the remix so the song doesn’t travel far from the original.
Must have a backing track and a vocal track. The backing track is instrumental, while the vocal track is only singing. The backing track and the vocal track could have the same beat and also in the same key, to make it easier to cut and mix.
Should be under 2 minutes long, as it is ideal and easier as well considering this is a beginner project and making it longer would mean more complications as well. The song ends when the backing track ends, so it sounds like a whole, instead of being cut off in the middle. (meaning the track ends with an actual ending instead of just fading out)
The mashup should have a constant beat throughout the song, it should be a consistent pattern. The songs included in the mashup should sound relatively the same, or with the same feel/tone. This could make the whole sound more together and balanced.
There should be a target audience, my target audience should mainly be students or kids my age. Because the target audience is kids my age, the songs should be popular songs in the present and should be upbeat and fun.
The switch between songs should be seamless, both the songs together sound like a whole. The whole song could be cut and changed so that it doesn’t sound like it changed at all. No jumps between songs can be heard throughout.

Research:

Pop Danthology

  • In the beginning, most mashups play the main songs that are going to be in the piece
  • In these mashups, there is a consistent background track with different vocals and songs overlapping on top
  • This example consists of different beats overlapping the backing track, with different songs that were altered in the beat, tempo, as well as the pitch
  • All of these songs go together as they have the same beat, as well as the same key
  • Sometimes the backing track changes into another song, but it always goes with the song before, so it doesn’t sound clumpy.
  • This was picked as inspiration because it is one of the songs that got me interested in how people created mashups from songs that are already made

Pop songs world 2017 Mashup

  • This video shows a simpler mashup than Pop Danthology, with just a backing track that runs through the whole song
  • Other songs are added on top of the backing track
  • The songs go from one song to another, which is easier than overlapping many at a time, but they all end when the verse ends, so it doesn’t sound cut off
  • This is a good example because the concept is easier to understand, with one backing track, and different songs that fade into each other
  • It shows how each song has to have the same beat in order for them to go together well, and some cuts were made to fit with the other songs
  • Different choruses were added together to make the main chorus, which is a really creative choice, as it went from simple one song to one song to multiple songs added together with the main beat, making the song sound really appealing

Garageband tutorial

  • In order to be successful in creating a piece that sounds nice, there should be a backing track which is instrumental, with vocals added to it from another song
  • Different vocal tracks and background tracks can be added together, but there should be one of both
  • Changing the pitch of the backing tracks and the vocals at specific times is also important to creating a good product, it provides depth
  • This video is important as it shows briefly how to insert tracks into Garageband and how to split clips to fit together as a whole

Mashup Tutorial

  • The beat of the song is important to make a seamless product
  • Changing the tempo of the song to fit together helps make it more seamless and clean
  • You can also drag the different tracks to start and end at different times, to make it sound more appealing
  • Using the song’s beat and vocals, you can match them up at different times so that other songs can fit in, the more cuts you put in may make it sound better, or sometimes worse, so the cutting of the backing track and vocals need to be specific
  • The backing track should be cut as little as possible as it is the foundation of the song, and it provides the beat, when the beat changes halfway through, the rest of the song will be altered
  • The beat should be relatively kept the same throughout the song if the backing track is consistent
  • This is a good video to have as it shows a step by step tutorial on how to start off your mashup, as well as describes how to insert different tracks onto the GarageBand project successfully

Mashup Tutorial #2

  • When mashing up, you should cut the music to specific parts so it sounds more appealing
  • The sound is important in a mashup and using the volume manage tool, you can alter the sounds to make the song run smoothly
  • There are also two ways you can cut your songs depending on the precision
    • You could highlight the part you want to delete
    • Or you can highlight the part you want to keep
  • This is a good video as it shows clearly what you should do and how you should go about doing it

Checkup and Sharing:

During the creation of this clip, some challenges I have encountered was changing tempo. There is a button that I have learned to use from research videos and inspiration videos, that alters the audio clips so that the tempo of those in the section would follow the tempo of the other audio clips in the mix. This enable flex button automatically changes the tempo of the audio clips that were selected, into the same tempo as the other clips that have enabled flex. Although this is a very useful tool when creating a mashup, a problem I came across was that even if the enable flex button was not selected, if the tempo of that specific clip was increased or decreased, it alters the sounds of the other clips even if they were not selected. If the tempo of the clip was increased, then the rest of the clips would decrease in tempo so that the selected clip would sound faster. This is still a challenge, but through this process, I am slowly learning and mastering changing tempo in my mix.

The most enjoyable thing up to this point was researching and listening to different songs to find the ones best suited to my mashup. I enjoy the trial and error during this process because it allows you to play with different songs and alter them to your liking. This also allows you to explore different songs and have fun with the different beats and tempos.

I didn’t expect to learn how to change the sounds of each clip or use different shortcuts to cut audio clips and insert a point in the audio that changes the volume. I also didn’t expect to learn how the enable flex button works, as this process took a lot of trial and error to finally understand how it works and what situations it would be useful in.

Overall, there are still many skills I need to learn in order to master the skill of mashing up songs, and there are still many things I need to accomplish to reach my goal. Although there were many challenges, I still enjoyed the process thus far, and look forward to reaching my goal.

Final Reflection:

My mashup contained multiple songs, overlapped onto the main track, which was These Days by Mike Stud. In total, I have included 10 songs in my final track. One of my desirable qualities was to add parts of the original song, but because of the already busy amount of songs, I didn’t include cuts of the original song in the mashup. My mashup does have a backing track, and multiple vocal tracks. Although songs like Havana, as well as the backing track These Days, are in the same key, other songs such as Wolves did not fit in with the beat or the key, so it had to be altered in order to fit in with the mashup. My mashup is successfully under two minutes long, at 1:49, and it does end with the ending of the actual backing track, making it sound more like one full song. Although the beat in my mashup is sufficiently consistent, the songs in my mashup did not sound very similar, with different feels and tones. The tone of the song Wolves as well as Faded throughout the song was changed with pitch correction, but the feel still didn’t come out very balanced. My mashup did contain popular songs which appeal to kids and students my age, the beat was also fun and upbeat. Although the beat stayed the same throughout the song, the switch between songs was not as smooth as I anticipated. I found it challenging to try to make songs with different feels and beats to sounds like one, in the end, the transition between the drop and back to the main soundtrack was rough, and could be improved, as the feel and tone of both the songs were vastly different. The main challenges that came across were matching the beats, and the pitch/key. Most of the songs in my mashup had different beats, and they had to be matched in order to sound smooth. My backing track was the backbone of my mashup, and the vocal tracks had to be cut and altered to fit with the backing track, as changing the backing track could impact the song as a whole. I cut different vocals such as Bad at Love to match the backing track, but the seam between the cuts could have been smoother. The keys and pitches of the backing track and the vocals were very different, so I had to find a way to change the sounds of the track. In the end, I used a bar at the bottom to change the pitch of the vocals to try to match it with the backing track. Overall, I have been successful in making a mashup that falls under the time limit and has a consistent beat and backing track throughout. Although there are still major improvements to be made to my mashup, I think that I have met most of my must-haves and desirable qualities. In the end, I was satisfied with my results, and pointers and tips learned from this experience could help me next time improve my mashup.

Project Genesis Checkup and Sharing

During Project Genisis, I have decided to create a mashup using current songs. This is what I have created so far into this project.

During the creation of this clip, some challenges I have encountered was changing tempo. There is a button that I have learned to use from research videos and inspiration videos, that alters the audio clips so that the tempo of those in the section would follow the tempo of the other audio clips in the mix. This enable flex button automatically changes the tempo of the audio clips that were selected, into the same tempo as the other clips that have enabled flex. Although this is a very useful tool when creating a mashup, a problem I came across was that even if the enable flex button was not selected, if the tempo of that specific clip was increased or decreased, it alters the sounds of the other clips even if they were not selected. If the tempo of the clip was increased, then the rest of the clips would decrease in tempo so that the selected clip would sound faster. This is still a challenge, but through this process, I am slowly learning and mastering changing tempo in my mix.

The most enjoyable thing up to this point was researching and listening to different songs to find the ones best suited to my mashup. I enjoy the trial and error during this process because it allows you to play with different songs and alter them to your liking. This also allows you to explore different songs and have fun with the different beats and tempos.

I didn’t expect to learn how to change the sounds of each clip or use different shortcuts to cut audio clips and insert a point in the audio that changes the volume. I also didn’t expect to learn how the enable flex button works, as this process took a lot of trial and error to finally understand how it works and what situations it would be useful in.

Overall, there are still many skills I need to learn in order to master the skill of mashing up songs, and there are still many things I need to accomplish to reach my goal. Although there were many challenges, I still enjoyed the process thus far, and look forward to reaching my goal.

Big Take Aways From Chemistry Unit

During this unit, we learned about multiple important concepts relating to chemistry, but a big concept that I learned was how temperature has a significant effect on physical properties, and how the movements of particles affect how we see the substance. I know that this is a physical change because no new substances were formed, and the atoms and particles within the substance did not change. I know that the temperature of a substance greatly affects how the particles move around in a substance. For example, water: when the temperature increases, the pressure within the particles increases, making their movements more excited. But when the temperature decreases, the particles become more calmed, with less movement, and stronger bonds. This is important to know because it helps explain the way a lot of particles work, and why physical changes in matter are discovered in different substances. It makes clearer why the changes are possible, and why they work. This is why the KMT (kinetic molecular theory) exists, and why it is so important to know, in order to be able to explain the stages and states of matter different substances can be in because of the temperature.

Overall, the big takeaway for me in this unit was that to understand how things change in state of matter and why it happens, you also have to understand the way the particles move and what that says about the substance. Understanding this, you can explain many physical changes that happen to objects, as well as why they are able to do such things.

Math Algebra Unit Reflection

During this unit, we have been learning a lot about exponents and using them in our equations and expressions. Using the laws of indices, we are able to do our math problems and solve complex equations, as the laws allow us to do our work without having to figure out each of the exponents one by one. This algebra technique really helped me when we got into more complicated problems, like solving the multiplied, added, subtracted or divided exponents one by one before actually getting to the equation took much longer. Using the laws of indices, it has helped greatly with efficiency and making it easier to solve harder problems without making it more complicated for myself. 

During these practices, using the laws of indices, I was able to solve the bigger problems without worrying that I got the exponents wrong. When doing more complicated problems, using the laws of indices was really helpful, for example expanding binomials, as we had to simplify terms with exponents. The laws of indices helped me simplify the equations because if I had gotten any of them wrong I would have to start again, but using the laws, I was able to do it all correctly without having troubles.

Overall, using these laws helped me understand the equations and made it more efficient as well as more simple to solve.