How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? *
I believe our group did a good job communicating our Hong Kong experience. In our project, we showed how Hong Kong Teenagers are full of stress and their dreams are buried in a fast paced and never ending Hong Kong. They were forced to put all their attention on their grades, instead of talents they enjoy and have. We used the poem “Stars Don’t Die” to elaborate and further explain our topic of this project. We also used the video to demonstrate different ways of dreams being buried on Hong Kong teenagers.
How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? *
We successfully blend in the different subjects into our project, including, fine arts, drama, music and English. We used elements of art to create the models and masks we made to show the topic “stars don’t die”. In our video, we used drama skills as well as music. The drama is used to show how different dreams are being buried. Music is used to give a better tone and let the audience “go into” our topic, so they can feel the emotions during the video. The poetry unit is written in our English Poetry unit. We used different skills and techniques in our poetry to let the reader understand the emotions developed in the poem.
How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. *
Using different elements benefits us in our project as we can further elaborate on our idea, “Stars Don’t Die” and also to do a better job in demonstrating the big idea we are trying to present. As an example, the models and masks were used to demonstrate the broken dreams and buried dreams. We also had a chance to have a deeper understanding as well as a better reflection on our poem. We can explore more on the poem and present our poem to another in a different way and method. It can also help us more in learning to bond different skills and techniques learnt in class together to make a project as our project is a combination of arts and English. During our class, we also had to learn to cooperate with each other. We have to give understanding and appreciation to groupmates in what they have done and worked hard for.
What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples… *
In this unit, we had a limited amount of time and materials for our project. We only had a few classes to complete the project and needed extra time for doing the project. We also have limited amount of materials, therefore, we had to include a lot of consideration when we were making our product. We also only had a choice to include english and arts into this project, therefore, we are very limited when we tried to out different subjects into it. There were many restriction which can’t let us elaborate more when completing this project.
Grade yourself using the IDU Specifications. Easy if you have followed the above instructions!
Communication of the interdisciplinary theme.
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 Crit. C rubric (question 1) * 6
Self assess using the Crit. D rubric (Question 2-4) * 6
In this project, Stars Don’t Die, we tried to show how dreams die in Hong Kong Teenagers. The three models are split into halves to represent the inner and outer self of the teenagers. The first one is “dreams become nightmares” In that model, the girl is wearing a uniform and a broken shirt to represent how the dreams are broken into pieces and become a nightmare. For the mask, it is trying to represent the fear in the girl. The second model is tied up with strings, to represent that the teenager still has dreams but she can’t succeed because parents and friends don’t support her. this mask represents the anger in the girls that she cannot succeed her dreams. The last models tell the audience that the teenager never had dreams because of all the stress and pressure given by others. As for this mask, it represents the sadness of the girl without any dreams. This further explains the poems Stars Don’t Die that is written by Pearlie. In her poem, she explains that teenagers dreams cannot succeed and slowly dies. We also made a video for this project to demonstrate how dreams die which can give a clearer idea of “Stars Don’t Die”.
What are your Personal Goals and Intention of this project?
To represent thoughts and situation of local teenagers as well as showing one of the most representative views and symbols of Hong Kong (Avenue of Stars); By creating a torn mask, and a painted t-shirt with Hong Kong skylines.
Hows does this project connect to your English Poem of choice?
Aspects of the Avenue of Stars will be incorporated into the artwork; by painting the views seen from the avenue of stars on the t-shirt, and creating a mask that represents our own point of view of the place. Half of the mask will be cut out, and the other half will be used for painting. The mask represents the outlook of what it is like to be a teenager in Hong Kong, while the painted face of the group member wearing the mask will represent the inner self of teenagers. In addition, concepts of stars and the artist of the Avenue will be included.
This year 2019, I went to Yangshuo. In Yangshuo, we did community service for 2 days in a school named Min An Primary School. We were told to complete three projects, volleyball court, stone wall and the stairs. I was one of the members doing the stairs. Through those two days, we made cement and building blocks in order to build the stairs. Although the process isn’t complicated but tiring. We needed to repetitively do the same job over and over again. Although it wasn’t the easiest job, I was really happy with the result after all the hard work. The first step was to do the math. Finding the area of the whole stair that would take up, then divide them into 4 as each of step would be divided evenly and nice to walk on. Next would be making the foundation for the stairs. We chose to use small bricks and cement to make the stairs stable as well as to flatten the bumpy ground. This job was pretty easy as I just needed to move the blocks around and help to make cement. Next would be building the stairs. We needed to build those steps one by one which took a pretty long time. During this session, I was in charge of spreading cement and making cement. I didn’t do much help in moving blocks as most blocks were big and heavy and I didn’t have the strength to lift it up and move. Making cement was tiring as the cement was heavy and the transfer from the stations to our area wasn’t that close. Also we did not use the machines when making the cement. We did it all by ourselves and we needed a huge amount of cement during the building process. Therefore, the process was hard. Spreading cement wasn’t too hard, it was just like how we spread butter. We didn’t need to make it perfect and pretty as they were only used to stick the bricks together. After the building, we need to beautify the whole stairs. Therefore, we used another type of cement, in order to smoothen the surface and let students walk on it more safely. The stairs might not be the best stairs, but I am pretty happy about how successful we were at last. Through this project, we learnt how to cooperate as a group as well as to trust each other. I really hope these stairs are useful to the school. In these two days, I have gained more understanding of the true meaning of contributing to a community.
Through this project, I have understood and learnt more about how to use the different techniques to produce the material I want from the mixture. This project, I believe that we are quite successful, we have separated all different substance in the mixture. Although the outcome is not the best and still have many things to improve, I think that we have completed our goal, which is to separate the substance. Next time, I would be more cautious and precise in order to create a better outcome. The planning should be improved as we basically followed the plan and separated all the substance. Through making better planning, I believe that I would be better next time as well as have a better product. Overall, I think our group did well, but there is still room for improvement.
Explain the step by step process of this assignment…*
First, I chose A desired musical presentation – Write a song. Later, I composed the melody which sounded nice. Then, then I played the chords for the melody. Next, I inserted apple loops and drum into the music and melody. Next, I made up the lyrics matching with the melody and sang the song. Last, I did final touches, such as sound and transitions.
Assess your success against your must haves and desirable qualities from your proposal… *
My composition overall covered most must-haves and desirable points. For the must-have, I build a melody as it plays a very important role for songwriting. I also made lyrics for my song which matches the style of the melody. However, I didn’t add instruments into the song, due to the limited time and inconvenience. Therefore, as a replacement for the instruments, I chose midi instruments that I get to choose on GarageBand. As GarageBand has a variety of instruments as well as a simple format of playing, it allows me to include as many instruments I wanted. As for instruments, I might not have enough choices to do as I might not play the music I want to use for my song as well as time-consuming when needed to learn new or practise a new song. Therefore, as a better and convenient choice, I chose midi instruments. For my desired qualities, I added quite a wide range of instruments compared to the previous projects I did. I added three different kinds of midi instrument, including piano, saxophone and guitar. I also added double chords to make the song has more dimension and less plain. As for the innovative part, I added drumming beats. Overall, I did complete quite a lot must have the desired quality. therefore, I am quite impressed with my song.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
This project has taught me a lot of learning and new skills. Composing a melody was a new thing for me, and I worked hard for that as I know that the melody was a main and key feature for songwriting. Also, I needed to learn more about drums in GarageBand. I watched youtube links the teacher gave us and learned more about it. Last was lyrics, lyrics wasn’t a hard thing but finding inspiration was very hard. I struggled when making lyrics especially making the first few lines, but it was later easier.
What challenges did you face and overcome. *
This project has quite a lot of challenges as this whole thing was quite a new thing for me. One main struggle was composing the melody. I had no idea, the style of music as well as how to compose it. However, after finding help from more experienced people, I understood more about making lyrics, under some help from them, I made up a song that I am pretty impressed with. Next, I also had some trouble making lyric that matches it with the theme for my melody, however, I went on the web and searched for some ideas and inspiration for the lyrics.
What are some cultural consideration people make when designing the products?
This project has a very strong Chinese background and culture included in, as the design we are making is filled with the Chinese blessings. Therefore, we would need to consider the blessing and design on the acrylic plate when designing the product.
How does the design of a product communicate traditions and values?
The design is filled with Chinese tradition and values as our topic this time was to use them. Therefore, the product I made had the element of a blessing, “xinxiangshicheng” and also a drawing which is two koi. This communicates my blessing, wishing her dreams come true as well as a smooth and happy life.
Are hand made product an effective way of minimizing environmental impacts? why and why not?
Hand made products can be an effective way of minimizing the environment as they don’t produce greenhouse gases and eco-friendly. Comparing to factory product hand made may have more step to do, however, handmade products give people a warm feeling.
This link helps to learn more about writing a song overall. It tells me the elements and steps to compose a song. Also, it gives me step by step information about making all the elements. Therefore, this website helps me a lot in creating a song.
This link helps me a lot when doing the chords in Garageband. Before watching this video, I never knew there was ‘smart string’ in garageband and I needed to play the chords one by one, and having a lot of troublesome during the creating process. This makes the step for making chords simple and fast, and makes my pace faster, and use more effort on other things.
This link helps me a lot when doing drums. This drum gives me more advanced information than normal drums. It teaches me ways to create a unique set of the drum. This video gives me information to change different beats and fillings into my project. This really helps me to make a good drum track by myself rather than getting them from apple loops. This time I get to choose my own type of drums.
This link helps me a lot in creating lyrics. Creating lyrics for me has always been a hard job for me as I don’t usually get inspiration. However, this video teaches me basic ideas to create lyrics and gives me an idea of what area my lyrics would be. This video allows me to know more about creating lyrics and find inspiration during the things near me.
For this project, my goal is to create a lyrical song. I would like to compose a song that includes different components, like lyrics, melody, chords, etc, and to make all these elements work together in harmony within the song.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *
First, I would need to compose a lyrical melody that sounds nice. Then I would write a set of lyrics that suits the feeling of the melody. After that I would compose chords and drums for the song. At last I would record the vocal part of the song.
Why this project? *
I chose this project because I want to try new things and learn more about composing songs. I am interested in writing a song because it is a new experience for me. I also would like to sharpen my skills with using garageband through this project.
What do you hope to learn? *
I hope to learn how to compose a nice melody and meaningful lyrics. With my sharpened garageband skills, I am sure that it would be help me in the future, such as when promoting events and making videos. I also want to learn more about the different characteristics of various instruments. Through this project, I get to make use of different instruments when composing and learn about them more in depth.
What are you must haves for this assignment? *
My composition must be at least 2 minutes, which is just right, not too long nor too short. I also need to include a melody as it is the main part for a song. I would also need a lyrics because it is a key part for a song. Lastly would be instruments, which is used to support and set off the music.
What are your desirable qualities you hope to add in for your assignment? *
I would like my composed song to include a wide range of instruments when producing music, either from Garageband or actual instruments. I want to add some dimension in the song, rather than writing a piece of plain music. I want my song to have a unique and innovative feeling to it. For example beats, I would be adding different patterns of drum beats in it to make the song more interesting.
During the unit, I learnt more about Garageband. The Terminology Doc improved my understanding of the use of the plugins. Also the assignments we had done also helped me explore more about them. Through this assignment, I learnt the use of those plugins and the effects on them. With many practise of using Garageband of different requirements included, such as, plugins, loops, midi track, it further helps me understand the use of Garageband. For the last assignment we did, we needed to use different equipment and sounds from CDNIS, including teacher’s sound. For me, I used the doors, plant, basketball and a teacher voice to represent the sound of CDNIS. After recording the sounds, we needed to use different plugins to change the sound and combine it with the other tracks.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. *
It was a requirement to make 3 more extra sounds and one teacher speaking. I added basketball bouncing off the floor, shaking the plant, knocking the door and Ms Adair speaking. As we had to add plugins to all those recordings, I use the terminology as reference and find a sound I want to use. The sound of CDNIS helped me a lot in the transitions and blending in the different tracks. At first, after adding plugins to the sounds of CDNIS, I don’t find it useful to my track is my track has many Chinese elements which does not fit with the sounds of music I had. However, when I started to combine the music, I found the sound of CDNIS very useful for using transitions and to blend things in.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
I learnt about the use of plugins, midi tracks and plugins during this unit. Plugins was a big component in this unit and I believe I finally take hold of the use of them. I understand the use of it as well as the effect and changes after adding the plugins. Different plugins presents a different type of change. Through combining different kind of plugins to make a new track. It might be hard at first as I am still not familiar with Garageband, however, after using it for a longer time, it helps me to extend my composition. Next would be using loops. Apple loops helped my a lot with my song, as there are a variety of different instruments with all different kinds of simple melody. Combining them with my own melody, makes the piece flowing well. Last would be using midi tracks. Midi tracks was important in most of my pieces. Using them can make the melody of the piece using all different kinds of instrument from violin to chinese instrument which had helped me a lot in the final assessment
What challenges did you face and overcome? *
Through this unit, I find time management a challenge. Time was very tight for most of the assignment, with only one week or less to finish them. Therefore, I made a plan for each assignment, to ensure that I would finish the assignment on time. I also find using the keyboard on Garageband hard. I tried to play some notes on the keyboard but it didn’t come out what I expected. To solve this problem, I practised a lot with the fingering on the keyboard, and correct it manually after recording.