FineArts Final Reflection Blogpost

How well did you communicate your experience as a Hong Konger? 
I think we communicated our experience well with the concept of Hong Kong getting controlled by the United Kingdom. I think the lines dividing the picture into eight parts was a good way to resemble the UK, and I think it was a unique and interesting concept. This way of communication might have helped the audience understand our intended concept more quicker and easier. Our concepts are shown pretty well, and they were not too direct for the audience to understand, because we wanted them to take some time to understand what our intention was. For the music, we decided to use a very relaxing piano song because our picture showed a very peaceful shape of Hong Kong, and I think it fit well with out visual artwork and I think it might have helped the audience understand our concept.
How would you describe your personal success as an interdisciplinary learner? 
We tried to use different techniques while we worked on our artwork, and also I think it was a good chance to learn and apply different skills at one project. We tried using concepts that we have learned from the previous classes we had, and I think it worked well with our artwork. We used midi tracks and drum tracks for our music which we have learned in music class, and we used color blending in our visual artwork, which I have used for my surrealism artwork. I think these combinations worked pretty well, and I think our poetry skills helped a bit by giving us what atmosphere and what kinds of concepts we could be using and applying them on our final artwork. Our artwork, poetry, music, and visual arts combined, showed a good harmony in my opinion, and I think it was a good chance to understand different techniques at once.
How would you describe benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples. 
I think we were able to show what we have learned throughout the unit. The mixture of music and visual arts was a challenge, because I have never tried making a song based on a visual or a literary subject. At first I thought I could try to make music based on our poems, but I felt like it would be very depressing because most of our poems were pessimistic. However, when we decided to draw our visual artwork, it looked a bit more calm and peaceful. I thought the theme of Hong Kong and the UK would turn out negative, but the idea of drawing things about Hong Kong in spaces between the lines of the UK flag, made the artwork much more positive. Therefore, I think my song turned out to work out very well, and I think it made the combination of music and visual arts much more better.
What were the limitations of the interdisciplinary unit? Give specific examples.
I think the limitations might have been the difference of the overall atmosphere of our visual artwork and our song. It is because even though our artwork turned out to have a positive look, our intention and our poems were a bit negative, and the song that I made was very peaceful, rather than negative. I knew it was a challenge to make a song based on a specific subject, and it was very difficult for me. While I was working on the music, I should have known that the song had to have at least a part negativity, but it only had optimistic feelings, and I could have improved it a bit. I think we could have done a good job if our music fit our concept, not only the look of our visual artwork.
Communication of the interdisciplinary theme: Excellent
Personal success as a interdisciplinary learner: Substantial
Benefits of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples: Substantial
Limitations of the interdisciplinary unit with specific examples: Substantial
 Self assess using the Crit. C rubric (question 1) : 7
Self assess using the Crit. D rubric (Question 2-4) : 5

Artwork Showcase Blogpost

Grade 8 Art Fair Showcase

Title One View
Artist Mike Zhu, Sungwoo Jung, Anthony Kim
Media Water Color, Acrylic, Color Pencils, and GarageBand
Artist Statement We wanted to show the audience Hong Kong, based on our poem. We included scenes like the ferry, the MTR, buildings, mountains, etc. We decided to use different tools to color because we wanted to give contrast, so the audience could focus on a certain part of the picture. We printed out images of the main thing for one part to emphasize what each part resembles. There is a contrast leading to the Hong Kong map, and the map resembles independence and influence by China. The contrasting lines represent the British and Chinese influence. 


I am a Hongkonger Proposal
Group Members and HRs
Anthony Kim, Mike Zhu, Sungwoo Jung
What are your Personal Goals and Intention of this project?
It is to understand more about Hong Kong
Hows does this project connect to your English Poem of choice?
They both help me understand about Hong Kong because I am not very familiar with Hong Kong
Direct link to your poem, or poem text
What are you success criteria?

Must be tangible and measurable… Label this point by point please!

Describing the things about Hong Kong in a visual way.
What materials do you need to complete your project?
Color pencils, thick paper, illustrator (maybe)
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!)

Small wall for display, frame (optional), speakers, one stool for laptop.
Artwork will be presented outside the LLAC

All live presentations and videos will be on the LLAC stage.

How science can cause and solve environmental problems

Give an brief description of an oil spill and how it can be cleaned up using science.

Oil spills can be solved by different kinds of methods. One of the methods I have researched about are oil booms. Oil booms help solving oil spills because it is one of the easiest ways to. Oil booms contain the oil by using the density of oil. Since oil have less density, they get to float on water. The oil booms are also floatable devices that surround the oil from spreading. This is not a method that removes the oil itself, and it needs people who clean up the oil that is being contained by the booms.

Is science good for humanity? Do the benefits of scientific discovery outweigh the problems it causes?

Science is good for humanity in some way because humanity needs science to survive. For example, medication is needed for people who have diseases, and they can help them survive. Science also helped ‘engineering’ become a thing, so now we can use machines and vehicles to live a much easier life. Without science, we are almost not able to do anything, but live like primitive people. We would not have developing technology, which causes us to not develop. Even though science sometimes hurts people, it may be worth it.

Scientific discoveries can outweigh the problems it causes, but depending on how big the problem is. Generally, science has caused pollution, which is now massively hard to solve. Plastic is a very useful material and can be used for almost everything, but also it causes massive pollution. Therefore it is hard to say that all of the scientific discoveries can outweigh the problems it causes.

Music Project Genesis

Explain the step by step process of this assignment.
I wanted to make a song with my own melody, so it was a little hard to come up with a melody. I decided to make random chords until I finally got a good chord. I started with the chord, making melodies and made drum beats, which were a bit simple in my opinion. I had to think of additional melodies because the song would be repetitive, so I tried some notes that fit with the song. The bass was tricky. I had to research how to make good bass, and I kinda made one, but it was not that interesting. I wanted to add vocal loops because they had a similar atmosphere with the song. I think the final product was well done.
 Assess your success against your must haves and desirable qualities from your proposal.
I wanted to make a chilling melody, and it actually turned out to be okay. It sounded pretty chilling, thanks to the instruments. Since the drum sounds were not loud it helped the song not to be too energetic.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
Even though I had a lot of experience with Medly, I still learned how to make my own melody with drum beats and bass lines. The bass lines were not that good,  but I still think it is better than not having one. Remix is much easier because you can use another melody and change the instruments or sounds, but since I had to make one, it was a good experience.
What challenges did you face and overcome?
Making my own melody itself was a big challenge for me because I only make remixes of my favorite songs. Making random chords actually helped me a lot because it gave me an idea how to start a song. My drummer friend helped me think of a nice drum beat. I had to research and make my own bass, and the bass ended up being a bit boring. However, I think it still sounds nice with the song.

vLog Reflection Design Unit 2 Post

What are some cultural considerations people make when designing products?

The cultural considerations people should make when designing products are the language. The name of the product can be offensive towards other countries. The symbols or the thing sin the product can also look offensive. Since cultures are different in different countries, there can be unintended problems caused, that makes us need considerations.

How does the design of a product communicate traditions and values? 

The design of a product can communicate traditions and values by showing different kinds of symbols. Symbols can symbolize different meanings in different countries, which is because of different cultures and traditions. A design can show their cultures and traditions to other people, which lets them communicate their traditions.

Are handmade products an effective way of minimizing environmental impact? Why or why not?

Handmade products are a more effective way to minimize environmental impact because it causes less pollution than factory products for sure. People seem to use less effort and does not try making handmade products.

Music Proposal Research

Link 1:

I needed to know how to make a good bass melody for my song. To make my song feel less empty, I needed a bass to fill the song and sound better.

Link 2:–audio-5135

I used to make the drum beats with my help of my friend, who is good at drums. However, now I had to use my own effort to create a good drum beat. With this link, I learned how to make a decent drum beat. I had to make the beats repetitive, because I actually had no idea how to make more continuous beats.

Link 3:

This information seemed to be for band groups, but by reading this, I learned how to end the song. The link said to change the texture of the song. The number of instruments you can hear playing at the end can increase to the whole band or decrease to just vocals, but I decided to use a single melody instead of vocals, because it sounded a bit empty with the vocal-ish instruments.

Link 4:

This link helped me understand how to control the mood of my song. My goal is to make a relaxing but also a bouncy song, so I needed to learn how to control the mood and atmosphere to get the right feeling that I want. If this fails, my song will be very boring or too exciting, therefore I needed to be careful.

Project Genesis Proposal Forms

What is the goal for your assignment:
My goal for this assignment is to make a song with an app called Medly. I decided not to make a mashup because first, it was a little bit hard to find songs that fit together and sounded good. Also, I wanted to try making my own melody because I almost always used another melody of a song and made a remix of it. This assignment will help me get creative.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal:
First, I have to make my own song and melody. I should not make a remix of another song. Medly, the app I will use, has less loops and instruments, but some of them sound better than Garage Band, so I will try making a song not with Garage Band. Making my own melody is hard, but once you get the right feeling, it gets easier to continue the song. It might get a little repetitive.
Why this project:
I thought about playing the violin, but I think like to make music more, so I decided to make one instead. I have used Medly since grade 5, so it was more easier for me. When I started Garage Band this year, it was similar, but some things were new for me and the controls were not the same. I still do not know some of the features of Garage Band. However, I know everything about Medly, so I think it would be better if I used Medly instead.
What do you hope to learn:
I would like to learn to make my own songs instead of using other songs for inspiration. Once again, this will help me get more creative. This is extremely important to me because I almost always cannot think of a melody, so I use another melody for a song. Copyright is a thing, so I should start making my own stuff.
What are you must haves for this assignment:
I want to make a very chilling and bright atmosphere instead of a song that has a dubstep feeling. My goal is to make a relaxing song instead of electric songs, so I should not use instruments that are too loud or complicated. The melody should not be fast. If I use loops, I must need instruments and loops that match the song.
What are your desirable qualities you hope to add in for your assignment:
I do not want the song to sound empty and slow. Even though the song should be a chill and relaxing song, I do not want the song to get too boring. The song should not be too slow. I thought 100 BPS would be enough because I tried 95, but it was slow for me. 120 was kind of fast and kind of hard to follow in my opinion.

Music Criteria Assignment

Hopes and Liquorice

I used 4 sounds from school: Scissors, Zipper, Mr.Lee saying “8E needs more liquorice”, and a part of a drum. Sorry for making it a little bad 🙁

Describe the process of this assignment:
The assignment was kind of new for me. I have tried making music with an app called Medly with my phone, so it helped me finish the assignment much easier. Choosing the sounds from CDNIS was quite difficult, but after finding them and distorting them, they helped the song get better. I tried my best to make the loops fit with the song, so I pitched them a bit. In my opinion, my final product was good, and I think it was a good experience to learn more about music.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product:
Two of the sounds, scissors and a metal bar of a drum, were good sounds for additional drums, and the distorted voice of Mr. Lee gave the song a little bit of dubstep effects. A sound of a zipper also kind of made a rising/sweeping sound. These sounds definitely helped me make my product better.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired:
I learned something new, which is how to distort sounds and make them interesting. Distortion was not an option in Medly, so it was completely new for me, and I think it helped me understand the concept of distortion.
What challenges did you face and overcome:
Since I did not use Garage Band before, it was a bit hard to control the things, but  with my experience making music helped me a bit. Also I did not know how to distort sounds, but my friends helped me understand how to use them, so now I know all the basics of changing the sounds.