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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:

1. Go to your Dashboard menu options (link will open in a new tab)

2. Expand the ‘Home’ menu item by clicking on the downward facing arrow

Home Menu
Change Home Menu Attribute

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)

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Home URL Link

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!

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English/Arts IDU Crit C and D Reflection

How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger?

I communicated my experience in Hong Kong with my artwork (flipbook) very well. I took a picture of a taxi during the afternoon. I then used it to create a flipbook that would match up to my other group-mates. I decided to draw 10 small drawings in rough paper to serve as my flipbook. All 10 of the drawings have similar attributes but have changing objects from time to time. I managed to communicate the transportation in Hong Kong.

How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner?

I managed to combine music and art and I feel like I’ve done decent during the interdisciplinary process. I also tried new things which I haven’t done before such as making a flipbook (which took a long time). The flipbook pictures also had to have a meaning that describes my role/feelings I have towards Hong Kong.

How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples.

Interdisciplinary has benefited me by allowing me to venture into uncomfortable territory of combining and using multiple subjects on a single project. For example, making a flipbook with art techniques while combining suitable music to go along with it.

What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples…

I wasn’t able to combine all 3 subjects into one project as drama is based on acting. My project was based on illustrating Hong Kong, therefore, a flipbook was created and music was also implemented along with it. Tools were also limited as there were many classes sharing them.

Arts Showcase

I am a Hongkonger Proposal
Group Members and HRs

Gavin Ho, Wai-Kit Hung, Jem Wilson, Jeremy Lee (8A)

What are your Personal Goals and Intention of this project?

To show the everyday life of Hong Kong, its 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

https://docs.google.com/document/d/1IVbYL2T6VHMwsHAZUtrv8yR8i_qRxgEMqwe9w8dNyoE/edit

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.
4 books (25 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)
We will make a piece of music with Garageband
Use loops, software instruments, and plugins.

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.

Project Genesis – Crit B/D – Final product

Explain the step by step process of this assignment…

1. I’ve decided to choose to make a mashup.
2. I’ve finished Crit A and Crit C forms. This is where I’ve set the goals that I will complete. I’ve also set the criteria that I will meet.
3. I had to choose 4 different songs and turn them into tracks. The songs I chose were “I’m a Mess”, “Friends”, “Devil’s Work”, and “Silence”. I then downloaded them using Mp3juices.cc.
4. Then, I create a new project and insert all of the songs onto their own track.
5. During the process of cutting the songs into the parts I want, I will mute the other tracks when playing one of them in order to avoid collisions between the music.
6. After cutting the songs into parts I want, I made sure the tracks followed the same beat in order to help smoothen the transition between songs.
7. I mixed “I’m a Mess” with “Friends” because both voices are similar and the songs mix really well together. This way, if the listener isn’t paying too much attention, they won’t even notice it was a mashup.
8. The tactic on mixing tracks will be mixing soft with soft and loud with loud. If the track has a soft tone, I will mix it with a part that has a soft tone while I mix loud tones with loud, and so on.
9. During this process of combining tracks, I also changed the dynamics of tracks from time to time to ease the transition process.
10. While finishing up, I decided to mix the choruses of “I’m a Mess” and “Friends” together as they sounded really good.
11. I distorted the chorus of “Friends” into a robotic + alien-like sound as it created more of a “feel” that would make someone sing along. It also helped separate both songs from each other as they were mixed.

Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal…

I followed the criteria that I set for myself for “Project Genesis – Crit C”. I did use 4 tracks in my mashup. They were “I’m a Mess”, “Friends”, “Devil’s Work”, and “Silence”. I also made my songs consistent and well mixed that prevented ugly sounds and a playlist type of mashup. Every track in my mashup had a purpose and wasn’t put in just to fulfill my criteria.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

I learned how to change the dynamics of each track to make the transition smoother by clicking on “A”. Once I click on “A” there will be lines that show the dynamics of the sounds for each track. Once I adjust it, I also have to remember to adjust the rest of the dynamics since they also change once something is adjusted.

What challenges did you face and overcome?

A challenge I faced while creating my mashup was organizing my tracks. While I cut some tracks to retrieve a potential piece for my mashups, I didn’t know where to put the rest of the unused tracks. I couldn’t delete it due to the fact that I would have to use it again. I overcame this by pulling the track all the way to the hundredth beat and put it there. When I need it again, I will scroll over to the hundredth beat and retrieve the piece I need.

Project Genesis – Criteria Ci

What is the goal for your assignment?

To create a fantastic and ear appealing mashup. I also hope to improve my basic GarageBand skills such as making distortion or playing instruments.

Why this project?

I like listening to mashups in general and I hope to create one of my own. I also would like to improve the basic skills that are related to using GarageBand.

Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal.

1. Find possible music videos
2. Listen to them and determine if they might sound well together.
3. Make sure to think about lyrics-tagging. (for example, one song ends with one and another song starts with one)
4. Create a GarageBand project and attempt to play around with the selected music.
5. Make sure the beats are correctly placed.

What do you hope to learn?

I hope to further learn about distorting sounds and using other GarageBand tools. Learning how to specifically place tracks in the correct beats is another thing I hope to learn.

What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product?

I will be using 4 tracks in my final product and the tracks will start with the same beat. I will make sure my songs are consistent and well mixed in order to avoid unexpected crashes. I will also avoid creating something similar to a Spotify playlist by avoiding random mixes of different songs with no particular order. Each song should mix with a purpose and sound appealing.

Project Genesis – Criteria Aii

Link of your research
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fscxWcRb7u3yUQ0XtsqWPmSfAoWay6jX/view

What information are you using from this link?

In this video, I will be learning how to keep the same beats between tracks in GarageBand. In a mashup, multiple tracks will be put together from time to time and keeping them in the same beat may improve the sound altogether. I also learned how to name tracks. This will avoid confusion between different tracks.

Link of your research

What information are you using from this link?

In this video, I learned how to play a loop, move and zoom to the loops grid, play a column, adjust the volume of instruments, move rows, and how to make a song fade out. This might need to be applied during my mashup during the time when a song fades into another song. This is where I can use the information I’ve learned here into my mashup.

Link of your research
https://thegaragebandguide.com/how-to-use-the-arrangement-track

What information are you using from this link?

After watching this video, I was able to learn about creating arrangement tracks and how it might help my mashup’s flow and organization. Arrangement tracks may let you know if the track is a chorus, bridge, verse, etc. This may help me a lot while making the mashup as I tend to get disorganized and lose track of where my verse/chorus is.

Link of your research

What information are you using from this link?

In this video, I’m able to learn the best ways to start off a project. It’s important to stay organized and try your best to make things as simple as possible. For example, arrangement tracks can be used to determine which track is the verse, which is the chorus, and so on. This may be useful further down into my mashup as there will be many tracks here and there. Therefore, the smoother I start off my mashup, the simpler it will be to complete it.

Music Cultimating Assignment – Crit B & Crit D Reflection – Sounds of CDNIS

Crit B Audio

Crit D Reflection

Describe the process of this assignment.

I had to go around the school to find at least 4 sounds and a teacher’s voice. When choosing the sounds, I had to make sure they had a type of beat to make it more aesthetically pleasing to the ear. Choosing efficient sound helped the process of adding in software instruments and different tracks. I prevented taking random sounds as they don’t accomodate my track as well as the sounds I’ve recorded. I also included a piano track, acoustic guitar track, and some drums. This helped improve the overall result as the sounds are able to create a lighter and smoother tone. I got the teacher’s voice from Mr.Schmalenburg saying “Run to the space!” as he’s a P.E. teacher. Plugins and distortion are also applied to every sound I recorded. Mostly, I changed the tone of the sound and added a bit of distortion. I changed Mr.Schmalenberg’s into a plugin named “Monster” which made Mr.Schmalenberg’s voice sound deep and creature like. I then combined all the sounds and voices into one long piece and took use of each advantage every sound provided me.

Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product.

Basketball Bouncing Twice : This sound is deep and echoed a bit. It helped create a beat sound which accommodated my final product as a beat drop. I mainly recorded this sound due to the possibility of a successful beat drop.

Locker handle turning : This helped create a cool and stretched sound effect which I distorted. This also helped my final product as it now consists of another cool distorted sound effect.

Toilet flushing : Though this sound isn’t appealing, it actually works really well with the rest of my tracks and instruments. The flushing creates this sizzling effect once I added distortion which helped create a sense of relaxation.

Scissors cutting into Air twice : This sound was sharp and clear which is almost opposite to the basketball sound. This sound may be used on beat drops or specific areas where tracks needed to have sharp and clear beats.

Mr.Schmalenberg’s Voice : I recorded Mr.Schmalenberg’s voice saying “Run to the space!” (with consent of course) Mr.Schmalenberg’s voice was changed into a monstrous voice which helped accommodate beat drops. An example is when I used his voice and did something like, “Ru-ru-ru-ru-ru-ru-ru RUN TO THE SPACE!” beat drop.

Every sound here has been applied into my final piece, whether in a beat drop or combined into a track.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

I’ve learned how to add in distortions and modify different sounds, instruments, and voices. I’ve also learned how to separate tracks because if I don’t, the edits I applied on one sound will be applied on the others. Another important thing I’ve learnt how to mute a track which may be useful when I want to listen to a separate track. I also learned drums and software instruments have to be put in specific tracks. They were not allowed to be put in random places as there can be only one same type of instrument. One last thoughtful skill I’ve learned is putting tracks on the right spot. Instructions were to always put tracks on the same beat in order to make sure the music is smooth and appealing to the ears.

What challenges did you face and overcome?

I had a hard time organizing my tracks as I am still inexperienced with Garageband. In return, it was a hard time finding my sounds and editing them. I also had a lot of trouble organizing it as they were already all over the place. I overcame this by taking my time and finding my sounds in order. I also fixed this by deleting unnecessary tracks that have no sounds. In the future, I will make sure to be more organized in adding sounds and modifying them.

Music Culminating Assignment : Sounds/Crit C – Sounds of CDNIS

In this video, it will be a brief account of the sounds I plan on using for the final piece. I will be using a variety of sounds and modifying them by adding in distortion and other different effects. As I introduce each sound, I will also introduce the modified sound. There will also be different software instruments in the modified sounds along with some drums. Apart from that, I will also be talking about placing those modified sounds into tracks.

CAS Week Reflection

The Fujian trip has taught me many values such as cooperation, patience, trust, etc. During the Fujian trip, cooperation was needed in many activities as we had to cooperate in order to succeed. One of the most complicated value I improved in was patience. Patience is really difficult for me to master as I’m always active and impatient. This trip keeps testing my patience as there were many long activities and bus rides. Another important value would be trust as most of our activities were in groups. Trusting your teammates and friends will be the main factor to success. This trip has been an overall excellent experience as I had a lot of fun and improved in many values.