How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? *
I feel like my piece, although inspired by Cindy and I’s poems, did not really relate to Hong Kong, as there are no obvious signs of Hong Kong and the audience would not be able to make a connection between our artwork and Hong Kong. Because I have lived in Hong Kong my entire life, My experience in Hong Kong isn’t as unique as others, what others deem as special I see as everyday life. My experience as a Hong Konger is understanding the beauty of Hong Kong is being hidden under the mounds of pollution we cause daily.
How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? *
Our artwork perfectly combines our poems into one unified piece that accurately shows our experience in Hong Kong as grade 8 students. We managed to carry our themes and convey it as well as we could on a non-verbal piece of art. We chose 2 of the 3 arts to focus on, music and visual arts, because we felt like those two media could best carry out our theme and intentions from our original poem. This project helped me a lot in understanding more about my poem because I need help from pictures to fully understand a topic.
How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. *
It allows students to carry one subject to another. We can use the skills learnt in one subject and use it in others, making none our learning pointless, also improving our real life skills. Students might be better at visual learning than verbal learning so putting those two together would mean students can understand a topic fully and deeply.
What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples… *
This time it was only arts and english, but if the teachers incorporate more subjects for students to choose from, the students would have more space to work with. Also the expectations were a little unclear so it was a little confusing to decide on a piece to work on.
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.
What are your Personal Goals and Intention of this project?
We are going to do a palette knife painting of the Hong Kong sea and recording a timelapse of our project and create some music to go over the time lapse. Since Hong Kong is surrounded by water and we hope to capture the beauty of Hong Kong and express it with something tangible. We hope to convey the feeling of amazement and wonder we both see when we see Hong Kong’s scenery and we hope that the audience can understand how beautiful Hong Kong is Because Hongkongers are very busy and they always rush everywhere, we hope to encourage the audience to slow down and appreciate Hong Kong like we do. Desiree will have to create the 2-minute long audio track while Claudia and Cindy will work on the final artwork.
Hows does this project connect to your English Poem of choice?
Both poems include a lot of imagery and descriptions so having a visual component helps the audience envision what the poem is trying to describe. Cindy’s poem describes the beautiful sunsets of Hong Kong and Claudia’s poem talks about the pollution in Hong Kong’s oceans and harbors. With the painting of the sunset overlooking the ocean, we want the audience to first read our poems and envision what they read and after we show our final artwork. Both our poems are very descriptive and look at Hong Kong in a positive way and because there is a motif of painting/photo in Claudia’s poem, we choose a picture as our media of choice
Must be tangible and measurable… Label this point by point, please!
We have to have a finished painting
An original audio track as the background music of the final video
We have to have a filmed time-lapse video of our painting progress
The edited video has to be two minutes long
The audio track has to be two minutes long
The audio track has to have at least 3 sounds from Hong Kong
The audio track has to have at least 3 loops from Garageband
The audio track has to have a piano background throughout some parts of the song
The audio track has to have at least 1 software instrument (not including piano)
What materials do you need to complete your project?
For this project, we are going to need a canvas, acrylic/oil paint, acrylic/oil painting tools (painting knives), brushes.
What equipment will you need to present your project?
(Very important if you are doing a live presentation – we need to organise this in advance!)
The equipment we will need to present our project is a canvas stand, a computer, and headphones so that the audience can see our final artwork, view the time lapse of our painting process with Desiree’s background music. (LLAC projector)
Artwork will be presented outside the LLAC
All live presentations and videos will be on the LLAC stage.
Explain the step by step process of this assignment… *
The first step was deciding what to do for my project genesis after I’ve decided that I wanted to do mashups, I needed to do research. I searched up how to match beats and how to speed up and slow down songs. After all the necessary research had been done and I have a basic understanding of garage band’s mechanics, I found bpm calculators and youtube to mp3 converter. The hardest step was to find songs that matched the same bpm but also fitted in with my “different genres” aspiration. Most of my favourite songs (which are what I had in mind in the beginning) did not fit it together, whether it be a tempo problem or the fact that they just didn’t fit together well. After downloading the songs, while was confusing because the school blocked all the websites and I had to hotspot my computer and my phone, I had to edit them for them to fit better together, so like speeding up and slowing down songs and making them different pitches. And through the process of trial and error, and changing the songs to make them better fitted together, I slowly found something that I was proud of and was excited to show to friends and family. After I was done with my first draft, I showed Mr O’Toole and he gave me feedback, I tried my best to improve the song with the feedback and advice he gave.
Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal… *
After looking back at the Crit A proposal, I realised that I have achieved my goals. I used 5 songs instead of 4 as I mentioned, and used a lot of plugins. Because my songs don’t fit that well together, I had to slow them up and down and sometimes even make them more high pitched. I originally wanted my song to be 2-3 minutes long and my product is 3 minutes exactly. My transitions included a lot of fade-outs and stuff like that, so it is not as ideal as I would have wanted it to be. There is no consistent background unlike as I mentioned in the proposal, but 3 that switches with each other so the listener will still find familiarity in the whole song.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
Overall, I learnt how to use GarageBand to its extent. Plug-ins was an unfamiliar topic at first but the more I researched the more I learnt about it. I also learnt what bpm is, and how to match a song with another of the same bpm. I also learnt how to change a bpm of a song by just a few simple buttons. Learning how to make several very different songs fit together and transition smoothly is a skill I have yet to master but I would like to explore more in the future. With Mr O’Toole’s help, I have also learnt how to count the beats in a song (3/4, 4/4).
What challenges did you face and overcome? *
I didn’t face a lot of challenges throughout this project but I encountered a couple that I overcame after some help from Google or Mr O’Toole. The hardest thing to do was to find the songs. As I mentioned above, all the songs I like do not fit together well at all. So all of my initial plans and hopes had been destroyed. I had to start over from scratch. I spent so much of my time just trying to find songs to put in my projects (2 whole lessons), it took so long that I contemplated changing my project to acapella. But after asking my friends for advice, I had settled on some of their favourite songs mixed in with mine. Match tempo was hard too, even after watching Mr O’Toole’s video, I still didn’t know how to make the tempo the same as the metronome, but after using a bpm calculator, this problem was easily solved.
I want to make a mashup that includes 4 songs from four different genres like rap, hip hop, r&b and lo-fi. I am planning to take inspiration from the yearly mashups (like top pop songs of 2018 ) and I will try my best to get the same sort of flow and vibe.
Why this project?
I like listening to all genres of songs especially I’ve always liked mashups of one artist’s best songs or several from the same genre and I wanted to step out of my comfort zone and try stuff out. The process of a mashup is so cool cause there are so many steps that all work together to create a song that flows smoothly together. I also want to use the plug-in skills I have learned from the last unit to make the songs fit together better, this a perfect chance to work on my plug-in skills.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal.
Firstly I have research. I have to research how to choose correct songs to mash up together and how to match the tempo together so that the final product can flow smoothly and fit together perfectly. Once I’ve decided what songs I want to put into my final product and what software I’m going to use, I will start downloading the songs. I had to research a bit on copyright issues and as long as I give credit to all the singers and producers I should be able to avoid copyright infringement. I will start trying to fit all my songs together. This step might take a little longer than the others but it is the most important cause everything I do in this step will be reflected through my final product. Once I am satisfied with what I’ve done, I will ask Mr. O’Toole to look at my product and I will ask my friends to give feedback.
What do you hope to learn?
I hope to improve my plug-in skills and my GarageBand skills since they will come useful in future years if I decide to continue doing music as my final arts course. I hope I can improve my skills in editing music and altering them to how I want by watching youtube tutorials or asking Mr. O’Toole.
What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product?
I have to use at least four songs for throughout my mashup, adding in software instruments and loops, using plugins to edit my work, try to make it between 2 to 3 minutes while including all the parts I want to, and having transitions that allow one song to flow smoothly to another one. I also hope to add an instrumental track as a constant background but is a new subject to me and I have to research how to get this. Also just trying to make it consistent overall, with everything that is included. I want all parts of the song to make the listener fall in love with the song.
First I went around school to find sounds that were unique and could potentially create a beat or a melody for my final product and could fit in with everything else. Since I really like laid-back music and I noticed there were a lot of natural sounds in there that mostly belong from nature, so I went outside to find noises. The track also had to include a teacher’s voice which I chose Mme. Perrault. After obtaining all the noises I had to put on add ons and I made sure all of the noises well well disguised but still had some of its natural elements that makes it distinctive. The loops gave me a bit of idea for how the song should start. I made the tune myself and I repeated it several times to make the listener more familiar with the tune. I also put the loop that inspired me into the song so it flows better and isn’t just the same tune repeated over and over again. And since multiple loops had inspired me, I put the ones that suited best with the tune in the song and if the loop had a good beat, I would lay them under the more melodic ones, just quietly
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product.
As I mentioned above, I was majorly inspired by laid-back chill music (lo-fi) and after listening to a lot of them I noticed that they take a lot of regular daily noises that are soothing like the rain or the waves and put them as a beat for the song. So for my first noise it’s me stepping on a leaf with add ons and after the I put on the add on I realised that the noise sounded too unnatural to be disguised as some part of nature so I cut some parts and made it sound like a clock ticking noise and put it in the whole song all the way through so it’s like a steady beat for the song. The second noise is me crushing a leaf with my hand. With my add ons it sounded like stepping into mud so I kept it and played it during the second part of the song. It’s a very descriptive song and you can also imagine crushing the leaf yourself. The third noise was the wind. During the time of recording the noises, it was very windy. The noise was originally me banging some wall but the wind part came through and I cut all the banging noises so it was just a short sharp wind noise. I made Mme. Perrault’s voice deeper than usual because it suited the overall mood of the song more and adjusting the pitch made all the wind and chatter in the classroom disappear.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
Mr. O’Toole gave us a lot of time to get used to all the loops and add ons so it was easy to adapt to the final project. However, the one main factor that I really learned how to use effectively and really help me finish and improve my song, is Plugins. In the beginning, I didn’t know anything about plugins and I was completely new to it. I had a lot of problems with it, however, through lots of experimenting and tips from Mr. O’Toole, I found out how to use each and every plugins to its fullest, which was really effective for me personally in this project.
What challenges did you face and overcome?
It was really hard to fit all the different noises together at first. It was really crowded at some parts and really calm at some and that did not fit what I had imagined in my head at all. So the noises had to be further altered several times until they could all fit in together and not be so crowded. The flow of the song was originally very choppy since after a melody was played there would be no transition to the next one, so I use the recording of Mme. Perrault to act as a transition in between every part. The ending of the song was really hard to make because I didn’t know whether to fade out or refer back to past moments. Fading out proved to be difficult because there wasn’t a good enough ending so I went with the tactic of using the recording as a final transition.
So this is my new rendition of Au clair de la lune using piano, drums and my voice (with a few other instruments). last year we had to use ukulele and thus year we could use whatever we liked plus plug ins, i feel like i improved.