English/Art Showcase Reflection

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

We communicated our experience as a Hong Konger through Claudia and Cindy’s poem. Their poems are about the pollutions in Hong Kong and I think our perspectives are well delivered through the artwork on canvas that Claudia and Cindy created. The acrylic on canvas is a view of mountains, sea, and sky of Hong Kong. When you look closely into the painting, you can see the dirty parts of Hong Kong, and the pollutions that we, humans have made.

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

The music that I made is more of a slower edm music with sounds of HK mixed into the track. I decided to create a song that is more slow paced to show that the pollution in Hong kong in slowly increasing and is becoming more and more dangerous for the world.

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

I think my group mates and I started to relate different subjects and things that we learned in school together to create something better and new. We combined our knowledge from different aspects that we learned from school for example, we read our english poems over and over again to see which one would convey all of our perspectives well and continued to work from there.

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

During the interdisciplinary unit, it took us quite a while to figure out what we were going to set our goals for since we didn’t where to start off first. We didn’t accomplish much in the first session because we didn’t know what to do with our ideas all over the places and sources coming from all different places.


I am a Hong Konger Proposal

I am a Hongkonger Proposal
Group Members and HRs
8A Desiree Lee, Claudia Hui, Cindy Zeng
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 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 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 harbours. 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 at 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
Direct link to your poem, or poem text
What are you success criteria?Must be tangible and measurable… Label this point by point please!
  1. We have to have a finished painting
  2. An original audio track as the background music of the final video
  3. We have to have a filmed time lapse video of our painting progress
  4. The edited video has to be two minutes long
  5. The audio track has to be two minutes long
What materials do you need to complete your project?
For this project, we are going to need 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 our time lapse of our painting process with Desiree’s background music.
Artwork will be presented outside the LLACAll live presentations and videos will be on the LLAC stage.

Project Genesis – Crit D

This is my final product:

Explain the step by step process of this assignment… 
The first thing that I did when I first got told about this assignment is to find inspiration for mashups on youtube. I listened to a lot of different types of mashups, including lo-fi, hip-hop, rap, and slow dance. The next step of my process is deciding what type of mashup I want mine to be, and so I decided to create my mashup with pop songs that I really like. The next step is finding music. I had faced a lot of difficulties finding music because when I try to put my favorite songs together, they often don’t match. So I did some research on how to find songs that would match well together, and I watched a few videos on how to match the tempo and the beat of songs together. The last step was really successful since I learnt a lot about changing the tempo of a song, and how to cut the songs that I chose into pieces. What I did next was inserting the songs into GarageBand, and play with them for a little bit. After experimenting with the songs that I chose, I decided to change the tempo of some songs so they would match well together. This part went really well, so I moved on with cutting the songs that I chose into little bits and pieces. I cut out the parts that would sound good together, and I tried to match them up. I don’t think that went really well, because some parts just sounded really odd, so I spent more time adding and deleting songs. I spent quite a while editing my music, but after a while, I was finally satisfied with my product. Lastly, I let my peers listen to my product and got a lot of feedback from them. I made some final edits and then I exported my product.
Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal… 
I think I met most of the criteria that I set for myself at the beginning of my project process. I said my final products would at least be 2:30 minutes long, and although my product is a bit over the time limit, I think it is necessary that I leave all parts of my song in. In the self assess paragraph that I wrote, I talked about how I want my listeners to not be able to tell that my mashup is a combination of different songs. I wanted my listeners to think that my product is a song that a lot of artists featured in. I personally think that I did pretty well on matching the songs smoothly and make it sound like just one song judging on the feedbacks that I got from my peers. I am surely proud with my final product and I have the confidence to let my peers listen to my final piece and get feedbacks.
 Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. 
From this final project, I learnt a lot about changing tempos and cutting parts of a song in order for them to match well. Before this assignment, I didn’t know that a lot of the tempos for songs are changed in order for them to match well together. I thought that the creators of those mashups just cut up parts of songs and stuck it together. I was always so curious about how people create mashups because they often sound so matched up and I really wanted to learnt how to make one. I feel really accomplished that I had finally learnt how to make a mashup of my own with the help of teachers and friends. I am glad that have got the opportunity to experiment with songs and develop skills that I had no idea I had in me. In the process of this project, I learnt a lot more about how GarageBand works and I got to use a lot more buttons and controls that I never knew existed.
What challenges did you face and overcome? 
In the process of this project, I faced a lot of difficulties with the selection of songs. At first, I just chose songs that I really like at the moment and didn’t really think much about how well they would match together. I ended up deleting all of my previous selections of songs and found new ones. I got the new selection of songs by listening to mashups and getting inspirations from them. I didn’t know what to do with the songs when I first got them inserted into my Garageband, so I watched some videos to get me started off with. I overcame most of my problems by seeking help from Mr. O’toole and my friends. I also searched up a lot of problems within GarageBand on google and watched a lot of videos that helped me solve my problems.

Project Genesis – Criteria Ci

What is the goal for your assignment? *
My goal for my assignment is to create a mashup with soft and mellow songs.


Why this project? *
I chose this project because I have heard a lot of mashups that sound really pleasing to my ear. Those mashups often work out so well and sound so smooth. I think by doing this project well, I would feel so accomplished by making smooth transitions without having mixed up beats.


Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *
For me, no matter what I do, finding inspiration is really important. So needless to say, my first step would have to be doing some research for some mashups on youtube and figure what kind of a style I would want my mashup to be. My next step would be brainstorming some songs that I would l like to incorporate together. I would have to make sure that the beats of the songs that I choose is similar so that my piece wouldn’t be so messy and confusing. My final step for this project is to create smooth transitions between songs to songs because I think that having smooth transitions and not having sudden cuts and stops are so important.


What do you hope to learn? *
I would love to learn more about incorporating songs together and using my previous knowledge of plug-ins to create a successful piece. I also want to know how to figure out a way to match up songs that has different tempos and beats, so that my choices of songs wouldn’t be limited.


What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product? *
I want my listeners to listen to my mashup and think that it’s just one regular song that has different artists featured in it. I don’t want my listeners to think that my mashup is made up of 4 different songs if they won’t match well together. I have to be proud and confident enough to show anyone my piece and ask them for feedback. And lastly, my mashup would have to be smooth and balanced so that I would feel accomplished.

Project Genesis – Crit A Research

Project Genesis – Crit A Research
Link of your research *


What information are you using from this link? *
This video was provided by Mr. OToole on the Unit Info document. This video is crucial to me as I am doing a mash up on garage band because tempo and beats are really important. This video taught me how to get the tempo in time with the tracks that I am using. Before watching this video, I always thought changing the speed of a track would be really difficult, but this video helped me a lot by showing me how I can press “enable flex” to connect the track to the tempo that I change. After getting a hang of speeding up and down my tracks, I started mixing up songs that I thought would sound good together, and made them fit better by changing the speed so that it would match.



What information are you using from this link? *
This link helped me a lot, the producer of this video gave me lots of tips when it comes to my topic of creating a mashup. I learned more about when is the right and better place to cut off a track and where to place it correctly. For example, I need to make sure that I cut off my track right before a beat starts, or else my music is going to sound off beat.



What information are you using from this link? *
This video taught me how to create a smooth transition when I switch between the few songs that I chose. I learnt that I have to be really precise when it comes to looping some of the tracks that I am using, or switching between songs.That is because people might find it odd when I switch from one song to another that sounds completely unmatched. I learnt how to squish or extent the wave line for audio tracks to get rid of small notes that I don’t want my audiences to hear. Lastly, I learnt how to cut properly for the headings or tracks. I often don’t think about it and just stick the endings of tracks to headings of tracks and pray for them to work, but that is not how making a mashup works. I learnt that cutting of extra parts of a track might make the song sound a lot smoother and gentle with the transition.



What information are you using from this link? *
This video is from a really long playlist that gave me ideas on what songs match well together. In all of these videos, two songs are usually combined together that sounds like it is all in one. All of these videos gave me a lot of inspiration, because choosing songs was quite a hard process for me until I came across this playlist. While listening to songs, I have to get the hang of the beat and tempo, and then find a song that has a similar tempo, or find a song that has a similar tone. Two songs that has same tone and atmosphere might not have a same tempo and beat, but I learnt how to speed up or slow down tracks in garage band from the previous links.

Sounds of CDNIS Reflection


Sounds of CDNIS – Criteria Di

Describe the process of this assignment. *
For the first step of my process of this assignment, I had to think of different sounds that I would hear at school. I had many ideas of the sounds that I could record, for example, the sound of my water bottle, and the sound of the zipper on my bag. In the end, I collected all four sounds from all around the school during class time. At last, I have fours sounds including, a water bottle cap track, a water soundtrack, a paper crumple track and lastly, a track of Madame Stephanie saying “I like pants” in French. I thought those sounds were suitable because for the first part of my music, I wanted it to be a chill and slow piece. Those sounds are soft and mellow which is perfect for the first part of my music. After getting all the sounds settled, I sorted them out and added them to the loops that I chose for my piece.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. *
The CDNIS sounds that I found were really useful since they were all featured in different parts of my music. For example, for my water sound, I used it as a background sound in the first part to create a more laid back, and chill atmosphere. For my squeaky chair sound, I cut out the parts where it sounds bad so that I could use the remaining parts of the recording as the beat of some parts of my piece. All of the sounds I have collected are nice undertones as my background track because they make a good chill and slow tone for my piece.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
For this project, I got to learn more about the plugins in garage band, and how to control them. I learnt that in order to get my desired sound, I have to find suitable plugins for my sound that matches my piece instead of choosing a few random plugins that would ruin my recording. I also learnt keyboard control especially playing a software instrument with my computer keyboard. I need to make sure that I know what the keys are on my computer keyboard so that I could easily play desired keys. Lastly, I learnt more about editing in garage band. I got to know a lot more keyboard shortcuts while editing, and the tricks that I can use. For example, after I play a software instrument with my keyboard, I can edit the lengths and the key of the note by pressing command + n.
What challenges did you face and overcome? *
During the editing process, something that I find really challenging is connecting two parts of the song together. In order to create a successful music piece, the transitions should be smooth and subtle and I find it really hard to control. I asked my friends for advice, and most of them said that my transitions were a bit too abrupt, so I had to fix it a bit. To make my transitions smoother, I added a lot of different loops, and changed the volumes of the loops and recordings. I pressed “a” in order to work on the volume change of my tracks.

Software Instrument Assignment

This is my Software Instrument creation based on the song “Amazing Grace”

I chose amazing grace because I made a track with a ukulele and drums on GarageBand last year. I wanted to recreate the same song but with software instruments and see how big of a difference there is.