Your iFolio is a school provided web space that you will use throughout your time at CDNIS. You will use your iFolio to define your learning goals, show your learning journey, reflect on your learning and how you have developed your Approaches to Learning skills, share your best work and celebrate your achievements.
Your iFolio, in time will provide a better picture of who you are as a learner and as an individual. You are therefore highly encouraged to personalize your iFolio. You can start off by selecting one of the 60+ themes available.
Before you start using your new iFolio, follow the steps below to change the ‘Home’ link within your navigation menu to point to your site:
2. Expand the ‘Home’ menu item by clicking on the downward facing arrow
3. Append the URL to read http://sites.cdnis.edu.hk/students/your_student_number, where your student number is in the form of six digits e.g. 012345 (you can find your student number on your library card)
A final note, please bear in mind that your iFolio is a publicly accessible space, and ensure that the content you post and the language you use is appropriate.
Feel free to delete this post from your Dashboard once you have finished reading it!
Explain the step by step process of this assignment… *
I began this project with the thought of creating a mashup track that would be somehow influential to the world. However, as I proceeded throughout the project, but I realised that it would be difficult to create space for every track. So I decided to create a track out of MIDI instead and use certain sound effects and parts of vocals to add on to the song. I wanted to add something influential at the final part of the song so I added a quote from Morgan Freeman on the CNN interview.
Assess your success against your must haves and desirable qualities from your proposal… *
I think this project ended up a bit differently from the proposal. I began with the idea of mashing up songs yet it was changed after the difficulty and unsatisfying ways that it turned out. I still feel like there was a bright side of success to the project from the proposal. I was able to improve a lot of things that I never knew about or didn’t try throughout the years and the project turned out wonderful.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
Throughout this project, I learned many skills. I got in hand of downloading and distorting, changing the BPM of the track. I was able to learn stuff that I never learnt in the class and it was pretty interesting and was something that satisfied me. It was also pretty sweating for me when I tried to read piano sheet music and recompose everything. I have played the piano before yet it was still difficult for me to try playing it in 5 years.
What challenges did you face and overcome. *
I think I was able to overcome two qualities in this project. The first quality being playing the piano. I had difficulty getting used to the piano notes and thinking of ideas because it had been so long since I played it and it made it more difficult at the fact that it was impossible to play a instrument fluently on the typing keyboard. I had to rearrange the notes with my mouse which was difficult yet I managed. Don’t worry though, because I changed it a lot from the original song. The second quality is the messiness of the track. I had difficulty arranging the notes and there were, and are still, unsatisfying and boring parts throughout the track. Although I managed to fix it a bit, I feel like it’s gonna be something that I have to work on if I’m going to do this properly and often.
There will be some boring bits throughout the track, but I would appreciate it if you still listened to it completely. Thanks. ✌️
What are some cultural considerations people make when designing products?
Creating a certain product and naming it can be seemingly difficult, depending on the customer. The customer can feel annoyed, and even insulted, depending on the design or branding of the product. For example a certain word of a car can seem like a very amazing and positive name to some, while to others, it could seem as a insult towards them. When considering to creating a product it is always important to mind titles and other design themes that don’t make any connection with other cultures.
How does the design of a product communicate traditions and values?
Most designs can vary depending on the theme and purpose. The design can be visually positive to some and shown as negativity to others. In China, the colour red can be a positive colour, symbolizing loyalty. Yet, in other countries, red is depicted as a negative symbol of evil. However if the need is to visualize a tradition, there is no choice to choose a certain traditions like a colour, drawings and words.
Are handmade products an effective way of minimising environmental impact? Why and why not?
Handmade products can use very effective parts to create something. A good example is wood. Since most industrialised products use steel, iron and other materials that is created with machines, they still have the consequence of pollution and emissions. However wood can solve this problem. Wood doesn’t require factories to create and shape out a product.
For Project Genesis, I wanted to try a different way of saving track space to prevent sound overloads. To use constant repeats, I needed to use Cycles. However I had no idea on how to use Cycles during the past projects.
My goal in this assignment is to create a song mashup and adding on dance music elements such as EDM and etc. I wanted to create my own music in a form that can prove the audience that I have learned the past classes well and that I can create my own music and mash it up with other songs to create a better one. I want the audiences to get a certain interest to the music I can create.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *
First Step: Finding at least 3 to 4 songs that I will be able to use for the mashup Second Step: Mashing these songs up together to create music elements like EDM Third Step: Adding on MIDI tracks created by myself Fourth Step: Arranging the track
I also plan to create this piece of music mostly based on my own MIDI file mostly. There will be mash ups yet not too much.
Why this project? *
I always wanted to create my own piece of music and throughout all of the skills I have learned. I wanted to create my own piece of music with a nice clean flow and beat. I wanted to add with my own MIDI files and other song rhythms to see how they end up. This is my first time creating my own music and this could be a new experience for me.
What do you hope to learn? *
I hope to learn new skills like plugins and being able to create a clean flow of music instead of messy tracks like my previous works. It would be also nice to learn if I can use all the past skills properly in this one work. Also, through this experience I want to see if I am capable of creating my own music that I always wanted to.
What are you must haves for this assignment? *
I would need at least three to four songs, at least three MIDI tracks and plugins. I will have to have a certain outline of the music I will be creating. The hook, highlight, and the climax. I need to create a certain beat so I would definitely need to play around with MIDI tracks and loops. I plan on to create a certain outline of my song in order to create a even track with repetitions.
What are your desirable qualities you hope to add in for your assignment? *
I wanted to add qualities like proper plugins, and my own MIDI track that has a nice clean flow. I want to prove that I can solve my own problems through this project. I also want to show the listener that I am capable of creating my own music, and making another music out of it with other songs.
In this assignment, I as the composer of the song was assigned to record 4 sounds of the school. One sound needed to be a recording of a teacher speaking and the rest of the 3 sounds were acquired to be any sounds of the school. I recorded all 4 sounds as required and then began to add plugins and effects. After adding the plugins, I recorded a video of myself explaining the sounds that I have recorded and what they sound like after the distortions. Then I began creating a piece of music using the 4 sounds, loops and midi tracks using previously learned knowledge.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. *
I recorded 4 sounds of CDNIS. The first sound was my homeroom teacher speaking a sentence, the second sound was a sound of water from a sink, the third sound was the sounds of computer keys and the final sound was the sound of a wall being hit couple of times. As I recorded these sounds I made sure to record for at least 8 seconds in order to create a pattern. I wasn’t really going for recording sounds like other instruments since I was able to use loops and midi files. I feel like I was able to create a better beat with other sounds.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
In this assignment we were able to demonstrate for the first time, the plugins that we have learned in our past vocabulary assignment. I was able to learn more about the plugins and get used to them overtime. Moreover, this was a new opportunity for me to create midi tracks. I tried new instruments from electro piano to guitars to pads and it was interesting to see how loops and midi tracks went along together.
What challenges did you face and overcome? *
I had difficulties coming up with ideas and themes for the music at the beginning. However I thought about using a EDM theme and it turned out to work out well. Another challenge I faced was controlling the plugins. I had trouble making the plugins have a nice clear sound and sometimes I had problems of the tracks overloading and sometimes being impossible to play. In the end, I tried my best to make the plugins equal and stand out together so the listener could hear them. However, I was still kind of disappointed how the sounds volumes were still overlapping each other even though equal plugins were made.