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Arts Showcase Final Reflection

4 Jun , 2019  

Google Forms
English/Arts IDU Crit C and D Reflection Form 2019
8A
Gavin Ho
How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? *
To communicate our experience as a Hong Konger, we decided to create a piece that will describe Hong Kong as an active and brilliant city. Our group comes from different areas of Hong Kong and because Jem’s poem is about the city we wanted to show how diverse Hong Kong is so we made a flip book of the different parts of HK: suburban from Wai Kit, the pier from Jeremy, the harbour from Jem, and the Peak from me. We wanted to create something unique and different from everybody else, so we attempted to create a flip book that shows Hong Kong throughout the day and night. Each page is slightly different from the other ones as the sky changes and the sun and moon moves slowly.  I think we communicated our experience well as our artwork matches with our selected poem’s theme. The poem talks about how Hong Kong is always awake and moving. So we made our artwork an accurate drawing of Hong Kong and how it is always awake and bright. Our art work showed the movement of cars and lights throughout the day and even the night.
How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? *
I think we did okay as we did end up completing it but we had a lot of challenges throughout the assignment. In this unit, I learnt how to combine two different units into one. Since we were combining our english unit into our fine arts, we had to select a poem and recreate it into one of the units we learnt throughout the year (Music, Drama, Art). I think that we succeeded in our assignment as we understood the purpose of our project and it sort of worked out in the end. I think that we improved our art skills by adding our english skills into it. We did this by using the literary features we learnt in english and applied it into our artwork. For example, we had an expression in our poem (hyperbole) which over-exaggerates that Hong Kong is always moving. So each of our drawings included cars and people moving at the bottom.
How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. *
We were able to combine our unit from English and show it in the arts we learnt throughout the year. For example, our poem in English was about Hong Kong’s sunset, so we decided to draw it using the skills we learnt in art. One of the benefits of this interdisciplinary unit is that we learnt how to express our writing and turn into a piece of artwork. Another benefit was that I got to improve my communications skills during group work. For example, we combined ideas and turned it into a better one.
What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples… *
We didn’t have a lot of time to complete this assignment. We rushed our drawings a little as it got quite repetitive. So you can notice that each drawing has less details as you look through the drawings. Another challenge we overcame was that the paper we used (drawing paper) was too thick and we could not flip through the pages smoothly. After finding this out, we wanted to turn it into a stop motion. Since we just found that out on the last day, we did not have enough time to turn our project into a stop motion. So we just decided to lay the drawings out beside each other so the audience can move along with the drawings.


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) *


Self assess using the Crit. D rubric (Question 2-4) *

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Arts Showcase Final Product

4 Jun , 2019  

Our art showcase is a flip book that shows Hong Kong as a city throughout the day from night to the morning.

We decided to create a piece that somehow interacts with the audience.

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I am a Hong Konger Proposal

21 May , 2019  

 

I am a Hongkonger Proposal
Group Members and HRs
Gavin Ho, Wai-Kit Hung  (8A)
What are your Personal Goals and Intention of this project?
To show the everyday life of Hong Kong, it’s uniqueness, and how to appreciate it.

We are going to show footage that we recorded around Hong Kong and the music we use from Garageband will have to relate to the surroundings of Hong Kong. For example, we can use motorcycles and airplane sounds as there are many at night.

Hows does this project connect to your English Poem of choice?
The poem is about the city as a whole at night. It helps express the beauty of Hong Kong and personifies the buildings. The poem talks about the unique atmosphere in Hong Kong such as the colors, sounds, smells, and cultures of Hong Kong. As the title of the poem states, Hong Kong is always awake and full of sounds. This tells us that Hong Kong is alive at all times.
Direct link to your poem, or poem text
Just a hyperlink please!
What are you success criteria?

Must be tangible and measurable… Label this point by point please!

  • We are going to be making a flipbook with drawings.
  • Can be able to tell that the book is moving and the pictures are flowing smoothly.
  • Each book relates to a stanza of the poem.
  • 2 books (20 pages each/1 person)
  • The drawings will be based off a photo.
  • Each book will contain a before and after picture of Hong Kong (one in the morning and one at night)
What materials do you need to complete your project?
  • Art supplies – pencils, colour pencils, markers, erasers, rulers etc…
  • Books – We will go to Mr. Chan and he will teach us how to make one if not, we will go buy one from a stationary store.
  • Pictures of Hong Kong (before and after)
  • Garageband
What equipment will you need to present your project?

(Very important if you are doing a live presentation – we need to organize this in advance!)

We will display it in the LLAC.
Artwork will be presented outside the LLAC

All live presentations and videos will be on the LLAC stage.

 

 

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Music

Project Genesis Crit D

17 May , 2019  

 

Explain the step by step process of this assignment… *
Firstly, since I wanted to do a mashup, I did some research and wrote a proposal and submitted it on Google classroom. I chose to do a mashup because I can pick a few songs that have never been mashed up before. I also chose this project as I had challenges and struggled with the previous remix project that was sort of like the mashup. I also want to explore my skills in Garageband and what I will be able to do given this freedom. I also chose this as I always listen to music and hope that my mashup could be as good as the original ones. After I got my proposal approved, I found a few songs that match or sound a bit like each other and then put them into Garageband. After putting them into Garageband, I went to Mr O’Toole and got some help for the tempo as they sounded off. This helped my project a lot as it sounded really off tune before. I rushed this project a little as it took me a few classes to find songs as I kept changing my mind about them and replacing them with others. Finally, I settled with a fast beat and a few slow songs with a faster tempo that I will add. The four songs I chose for this project were “Timber”, “Stressed Out”, “Heathens”, and “Counting Stars”. I chose Timer to be the beat of my music and increased the tempo of the other three songs as the tempos were all slow before. I separated the songs into different tracks and smaller tracks as we weren’t allowed to have big chunks of music. As a mashup is a song that blends songs together. I also used a loop to help the track flow steadily and smooth. I used plugins such as a compressor to lower sounds and raise the sounds of the softer tracks so they will have the same volume. Another plugin I used was Noise Gate. I used noise gate to remove the background sounds of the audio as there were some parts I did not want in my piece. I said that I wanted around 2 and a half minutes of music but I ended up with 4 minutes so I removed some parts and reduced it to three minutes and thirteen seconds which I was pretty happy with. Overall, I think that I learnt a lot about combining songs and having a good flow throughout my music.
Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal… *
When I was writing my proposal, I set myself a few requirements and goals. For my project to be successful, my mashup will have to have at least four songs, and be a minimum of 2 minutes. I also want my peers and myself to enjoy my mashup and to be able to listen to it over and over. My mashup will also have to sound like there are no cuts and be smooth throughout the piece. I think I did pretty well on the timing of each track as it flowed smoothly throughout the music piece. At first, I struggled with the tempo as I did not know how to change the tempo of each specific track. But after getting some help from my teacher, I learnt how and adjusted the tempo of each track so they would match the flow well and sound good. I also think that each part is balanced well and matches the piece. Overall, I think I did pretty well and was quite successful.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
I learnt a few important things while doing this project. I think the most important thing I learnt in this project was how to adjust the tempo of each specific track as it is important for it to go smoothly. I also improved my knowledge of plugins after trying a few that I have never used in my previous projects. Although I didn’t use any of them, I now know how each of them work and what each do. I also learnt how to find songs that match and sound good together.
What challenges did you face and overcome. *
During this project, I faced a few challenges. Firstly, it took me a few classes to find songs that go together well. To overcome this, I listened to some examples on YouTube to get a good view on how to find songs. The next challenge I faced was that I started piecing my song together without getting my tempo done beforehand. So after changing the tempo of the tracks, I had to restart as it didn’t sound as good anymore. Now I know that I must change the tempo of the tracks before working on the tracks and editing them. The last challenge I faced was trying to get the tracks to sound good and learning how to edit them. I overcame this challenge by asking a few of my peers and see what they thought about it.

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Music

Project Genesis – Proposal and Research

2 May , 2019  

Proposal
What is the goal for your assignment? *
My goal for this assignment is to create a mashup with four songs by using garageband. I can use things such as software instruments and loops to make my piece sound sort of like the actual song. I can add plug-ins to change the tune and volume.

Why this project? *

I can pick two songs that have never been mashed up before. I also chose this project as I had challenges and struggled with the previous remix project that was sort of like the mashup. I also want to explore my skills in Garageband and what I will be able to do given this freedom. I also chose this as I always listen to music and hope that my mashup could be as good as the original ones.

Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *

First, I will have to find two songs that will be able to fit into a mashup well. I will probably have to take a lot of time as there are many songs to pick from and that will be a challenge. Next, I will have to figure out how to add these songs into garageband. Most likely, I will probably have to use some sort of software instrument. This means that I will probably have to find a piano piece on the internet so I would be able to recreate this. I will have to do this for both songs. Next, I will have to cut out some parts and replace it with the other song to mash the two songs together. I can use plug-ins and loops to make the piece sound different and unique. Finally, I can go to my peers and the teacher to get feedback before I submit it.

 

What do you hope to learn? *
I hope that I will be able to learn how to use different skills in Garageband and implement them into one music piece. I want to learn how to change to tempo of songs as I previous struggled quite a lot on that. I also hope to improve my creativity as I think I struggled on coming up with unique and different ideas for my previous assignments. I also want to be able to use these new learnt skills in future Garageband projects as I enjoy using it.

 

What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product? *
For my project to be successful, my mashup will have to have at least four songs, and be a minimum of 2 minutes. I also want my peers and myself to enjoy my mashup and to be able to listen to it over and over. My mashup will also have to sound like there are no cuts and be smooth throughout the piece.
Research
Link of your research *

What information are you using from this link? *
I will use this link to learn how to create a good mashup with Garageband. This website has steps and advice on how to create a good mashup. This link has a lot of information on it and I think it will be able to help me a lot in the process of creating a good mashup.
What information are you using from this link? *
This YouTube video gives me a good visual idea and I will be able to refer to it easily. The visual presentation will help me find things easily as for a website, I might struggle with finding that specific thing.
What information are you using from this link? *
This website gave me an idea on how to control the tempo of the music piece. I had previously struggled on it in my previous music assignments. This will give me good advice and will help me in future Garageband assignments.
What information are you using from this link? *
This is another link that talks about how to create a good mashup on Garageband. This website includes tips and tricks on how to combine the songs to create one smooth and one without any pauses or cut-outs.

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Music

Sounds of CDNIS Summative and Reflection

28 Apr , 2019  

Describe the process of this assignment. *
Our assignment for this unit was to use 4 sounds around our school and put them into Garageband and use software instruments, plug-ins, and loops to create an original song. Since we were required to have a teacher’s voice in our piece, I recorded Mr Chan’s voice saying “One Point Perspective” as he was our art teacher. I then went around the school to record unique sounds. The sounds I used were the lockers opening, the lockers closing, and the elevator voice saying “going up” and “going down”. I then put them into Garageband and used plug-ins. The plug-ins I used for the sounds were Compressor, Pedalboard, Noise Gate, Exciter and more to enhance the sounds and make them unique and different. We were also required to have 2 software instruments and a drum in our piece, so I chose a Clarinet, an Acoustic Guitar and a drum. These instruments are very important in the piece as they add a beat and melody to enhance my music. For Criteria C, we were required to make a screencast talking about our 4 sounds, 3 software instruments, and the plug-ins we applied to our sounds.

Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. *
In this assignment, we were required to use 4 sounds including a teacher’s voice. So I chose a locker opening, one closing, the elevator voice, and Mr Chan’s voice. I picked the two locker sounds as they were both very loud and can be easily effected by plug-ins from GarageBand. I used the elevator voice as I needed something to be a beat drop and that sound fit the part. I used the locker sounds as a beat, and the two voices as beat drops and to start another melody. I think these sounds fit well into my piece.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
I learnt many things in this assignment, at the beginning, I only knew the basics of GarageBand and by the end of this assignment, I knew how to use things such as plug-ins. Plug-ins are very important in music as they are able to change and affect the sounds in the piece. For example, I was able to remove background sound in my piece by using Noise Gate. I also learnt how to add and use software instruments as they were also required in our music piece.

What challenges did you face and overcome? *
One challenge I overcame was finding good loops to use as not many of them sounded good to me. I overcame this by taking my time and listening to a lot of loops to find the perfect ones. I also struggled with what to play on the software instruments as I don’t really have much creativity when it comes to music. I overcame this by testing out notes and beats on the instruments until it sounded right.

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Down in the Valley Software Instrument

28 Mar , 2019  

In this assignment, we used Garageband to create tracks that we used in Grade 7. I used Down in the Valley and recreated it with Garageband using plugins, chords (piano, bass and drum track), and signing.

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Music

Pro Midi Assignment

12 Mar , 2019  

In this assignment,  we took a song and remixed it with loops provided from Garageband. I learnt that you can have a good remixed song only by using garageband loops.

 

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Music

Music Loop Assignment

19 Feb , 2019  

This is my first music loop assignment in music class. We had 2 classes to work on it on Garageband. I found this project very fun and enjoyable as it expressed my creativity and emotions. I would like to work on this in the future.

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