Goal: My goal is to create a successful mashup, including the four songs (Demons- Imagine Dragons, Naked- James Arthur, Clarity- Zedd/Foxes, Faded- Alan Walker). and have them work well and complement each other. I also want it to be interesting, and have people to actually like it.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal:
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Find the audio files for the songs (instrumental and audio)
Mashup the lyrics so they fit well together
Somehow fit the instrumental in there.
Edit and make sure everything fits properly
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Why this project?: Because I like mashups; the idea of mixing two or more songs together. I think sometimes the messages of songs can overlap or contrast each other and mashing them up can create a great song; an interesting combination. And the songs I choose are songs that I like. Plus I can’t find vocal only files for other songs I want to do. I hope to learn: how to not suck at making mashups. How to put the tempo together, and create a satisfying sounding song.
In summary of my action plan reflections, some parts of this assignments were easy such as simple tasks including creating a folder, setting up a noodle tools project, summarising my food habits and identifying issues. These tasks were easy enough and simple to carry out. Some challenges I faced were taking notes from some of the articles I found on my food issues. I had trouble finding the main point at times as well as finding relevant information. Another challenge I faced was finding the sources themselves. I didn’t put appropriate words in the search bar and sometimes didn’t get what I intended. Making the presentation was easy, because once I managed to get all the summarised points from the articles, I could just put them in the slides and put in a few photos. The script wasn’t so challenging but wasn’t all that easy either. At first my script only consisted of the bullet points I got from my research, but it wasn’t until I started practicing my speech that it flowed better.
I also found at times I neglected my action plan and barely looked at it, and instead looked at my own homework tracker whenever I was unsure of what to do next.
Before I started this assignment, I did three formatives. The first one was to make a song out of apple loops, the second one was to make a kind of remix out of a already existing song, and the third one was to make a recreation of a song. After those formatives when this project started, I first got the loops I wanted to use, and then went around to school to record sounds. At this point, the screencast was due in a few days, and I haven’t really thought about what kind of song I will be making or how I will add the sounds in. So I made my screencast where I discussed how I will be using these sounds without much thought put in. When I finally got to the point where I had to add in the edited sounds (I pretty much created my whole song before adding in the edited ones), I realised that the sounds did not go with my song. But at that point it was too late to change the whole thing, and I submitted my assignment.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product-
The sounds I got around CDNIS were not useful at all. They sounded weird and didn’t go with the song. I had to struggle to find a good place to insert them. When I was creating my screencast, I haven’t really started doing my song yet, I mean I did choose some loops but I haven’t really put anything together. I didn’t know how my song would go at that point. So some of the information I included in my screencast didn’t work with my song. So in conclusion, the sounds I recorded were more of a burden than anything, and they didn’t enhance my song at all.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired-
I learned more about garage band through out this unit. For example how to edit sounds using plug ins, and how to use apple loops. I didn’t really acquire many new skills I’ve done these kinds of things in previous schools but this unit has just broadened my understanding and knowledge.
What challenges did you face and overcome?
A challenge I faced was that my song wasn’t long enough. And how I overcame it, was I got more loops, reused some stuff that were in my previous projects.
Another challenge I faced was my song not sounding interesting and too similar to my previous ones (because I used some sounds in my previous projects too often). How I overcame those was I downloaded some new midi files and put those in there. I also cut some of the tracks I used from my previous songs to make this one sound different and more original.
A credible scientist does trials multiple times to get more valid results.
Why is the scientific ‘way of knowing’ used in medicine compared to other ways of knowing?
Because other ways of knowing such as religion or spiritual ways of knowing can be sceptical because it cannot be proven but science yields the same result and is more accurate. And also what if your God is angry at you and refuses to heal you? Whoops! But that can’t happen in science because it will work the same (unless you’re allergic to it or something)
Reflecting on scientific investigations is important because you can get more accurate results by repeating investigations with improvements to your method. How would you improve your seed dispersal investigation if you were to repeat it?
I would have controlled some variables better such as how the paperclips were attached to the whirlybird and I would have kept the whirlybird in better condition.
Throughout this week, we made innovative projects. I think this week was useful because it let people be creative and explore different ideas. It it also useful as projects made in this week and be expanded to something more.
I learned how different subjects could be combined to create something new. My group’s project was a website to help raise awareness on issues such as environmental and society issues. We used artwork on this topic to help other people understand what is going on.
I also think our product as a whole could have been improved, or maybe even changed into a whole new thing. There wasn’t a lot of information, and not a lot of content was on there. I think we could have improved our website by adding more details since we didn’t have a lot of information on the issues. For example on environmental issues we could have listed more ways to help save the earth and on society issues, we could have listed ways to help someone if you think they are struggling.
It wasn’t really innovative or creative. A lot of people have already thought of this idea. And even if someone the other projects weren’t totally realistic, they were creative and useful. I know my project couldn’t have helped a lot of people. No one would have bothered to look at our website, much less take some of their own time to create art and submit it. And even if they did look at our website I don’t think they would have done anything to raise awareness.
To improve our website, I think that my group should have made something more useful, not just a website to help raise awareness. We also should have found a real world problem and tried to fix it. Yes, issues like depression and climate change are real world issues, but our website barely did anything to change it. We didn’t directly tackle the problem, we just tried to push people in the right direction of the problem. Which, usually don’t do much good.
Overall, I don’t think our idea is all bad, we had the right idea. I just wish we could have done better to approach it. Also I think that I should have spent more time on it, at least that way it would have been half-way decent.
Debatable: How much of a person’s character is nature vs nurture?
The older you get, the more a person’s personality is nurture over nature. The more events you experience, the more your personality changes because of the event. For example, take two versions of a person. 85 year old compared to a five years old. At five years old, the person is young an innocent, they probably haven’t experienced. After 85 years of living, a person would have experienced betrayal, failure, suffering, and heartbreak. Pain changes who you are. At a young age when you haven’t experienced a lot of things, you tend to not have changed much from what your genetics programmed you to be like. For example a shy person who grew up in a family where they were forced to preform often after they become ten years old. The person would learn to be less shy, compared to their younger self who would probably be very shy.