Welcome to your iFolio

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)

Home URL
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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Project Genesis

It’s a loop project because I couldn’t do a laptop (i couldn’t put any songs into Garage Band.

Explain the step by step process of this assignment…
1. Open up garage band and make a new project. 2. Search loops for loops that would fit together. 3. Add the first loop and then add a drummer for an obvious beat. 4. Look at other instruments for a loop that would fit together to what I already have. This is hard because even if one beat doesn’t fit, you have to find a different loop to fit perfectly. 5. Redo step 4 until you have 2 minutes of the song. Try and switch up the theme of the song with a smooth transition. 6. Turn the Garage band into an MP3 file and embed the file into a new blog post named project Genesis. 7. Go on Google Classroom and do the Criteria D form. 8. When you finish the Criteria D form, press submit and copy and paste it into the blog post with the embedded audio.

 

Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal…
My success against my assessable criteria from my proposal was not that good. Since my garage band did not let me add original songs, I could not do my original plan of doing a 2017 mash-up. After a long email string, I was allowed to do a loop project instead. This was my criteria from my proposal. – The mashup must flow smoothly. – The mashup’s content has to only involve songs that are part of the theme. – The mashup must include 4 songs. As I have said, my garage band wouldn’t let me drag, insert any songs into Garage band. I did achieve the flow smoothly criteria strand.

 

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
I learned timing again and also smooth transitioning. Smooth transitioning is very important because without a smooth transition, the song is basically ruined. You can do smooth transitioning by slowly dropping some loops. Then you can find a loop that was a different theme or beat than the ones that you used before. After you found your loop, work on the timing which is more important than transitioning since timing will be important during the whole song and transitioning will be important for 2 or 3 parts of the song. You can learn timing by listening if one of the beats isn’t right. Every artist using timing is more likely to get famous and more fans. If I use timing and a good transition.

 

What challenges did you face and overcome.
The biggest challenge that I faced was that I could not put any songs into garage band. This was hard because I need songs for the mashup. I tried to download songs from youtube but I still couldn’t drag them into garage band. I overcome this challenge by emailing my teacher and finding a project that I could do. After a long line of emails, I thought about what I should do and I thought ‘loop project’ because my garage band will let me do it and because I know the skills.

Project Genisis

Link of your research *
https://www.billboard.com/articles/columns/pop/7816683/best-songs-2017-list-so-far
What information are you using from this link? *
The information that is given on the website is what the best songs were in 2017. This information is helpful since it fits the theme of the mashup that I am using. I will be using some of these songs since some of them have the same beat/ track.
Link of your research *
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/List_of_Billboard_Year-End_number-one_singles_and_albums
What information are you using from this link?
This link is “List of Billboard Year-End number-one singles and albums”. They have all of the most streamed and most famous songs of 1946-2019. I will use this information and use some of the songs mentioned in my mash-up. Some of these songs are completely different themes so they would not work together.
Link of your research
https://www.cosmopolitan.com/uk/entertainment/g12095105/songs-that-sound-the-same/
What information are you using from this link? *
 This link’s title is “14 huge songs that basically sound the same as another”. This will help my research because in my mash-up I need the songs to be the same so the same beat or similar lyrics. This will help because it will make a smoother change of songs.
Link of your research *
https://genius.com/
What information are you using from this link?

This is a lyrics website. It can provide every song’s lyrics. I will need this because in my mash-up because I can make a smooth transition using lyrics. For example, if both songs say ‘hi’ at the same speed I can do the transition then.

Mashup

What is the goal for your assignment?
My goal for this assignment is to make a mashup that will be based on songs that were created in 2017 or before that. My goal is to try and find songs with similar lyrics so I can make a smooth transition.

 

Why this project?
I chose this project because I want to challenge myself. It will challenge me because I have never done a mash-up before and there are many skills I have not yet learned. Some of these skills include knowing where beat one is, locking an audio in the template.

 

Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal.
1. Choose songs that are similar or have similar lyrics. 2. Find the audio’s and put them into garage band 3. Find the right time to put the audio’s inside. 4. Edit the track and make sure that the songs don’t play over each other 5. Finish the task and make sure it fits the criteria 6. Submit it to google classroom and the blog

 

What do you hope to learn?
I hope to learn how to make a good mashup that won’t interrupt any songs. This will help me because that would make the track sound better and it would get me a better grade. Having the songs play over themselves will sound weird and sound like two tv shows playing over each other or two songs playing over another.

 

What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product?
The criteria that I will use is like this:
– The mashup must flow smoothly.
– The mashup’s content has to only involve songs that are part of the theme.
– The mashup must include 4 songs.
This criteria will make me have a successful product.

 

Culminating assignment

Describe the process of this assignment. 
The process of the assignment went like this: 1. Collect the sounds. I had to go around the school and find sounds that fit CDNIS. 2. Put them on a garage band and edit them to make them sound completely different. I also had to choose two instruments on garage band 3. Make a screen recording for a Crit C. I had to screen record us explaining what I did to edit the sounds and I had to show the two instruments that I chose. 4. Start the song. I had to use all of our edited sounds, two or more original Melodic software instruments, four or more loops, 1 drum track, the screen recording and more than 2 minutes of a song. 5. Try and figure out what the sounds can be used for. I had to figure out which part of the audio I should use and what it could be used for. 6. Make it into a song. This is where I took everything that I had and put it together, hoping that it would fit into our songs. 7. Then I forgot to save the garage band audio so I had to start the whole process over again but when I did finish it I was ready for the next stage. 7. Turn the document. I had to export the audio into an MP3. After I did all my final edits and cuts, I turned it in and hoped for the best. I turned it in by making a blog post on Ifolio. 8. Finish the Crit D (the form that I’m doing right now.

 

Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. 
My four CDNIS sounds were: Water running on a water fountain, Typing on a keyboard, A teacher shouting at children in French, And a magazine/ Booklet’s pages flipping. I think that the sounds that were not useful at all were: Water running on a water fountain and a magazine/ booklet’s pages flipping. The water running was not useful because the sound was extremely quiet and had no effect on the song since no-one could hear it. It also had no percussion or any beat to it so I couldn’t only cut out one piece to make a beat. I had also attempted to make it louder so that the listener could hear it but it made it sound worse than when it was quiet. The book or magazine flipping also had no effect because it had no beat and it was way too loud. I made it quieter which solved the problem but the no beat problem could not be changed. I tried to edit it by taking parts of it when the page hit the book and cutting that out and repeating it and hoping that it would make a beat. The sounds that were helpful to my audio is the teacher speaking french. I cut out a part of what she said and repeated it to make it sound like the beginning of a rap song. When it repeated the word that sounded like ‘cheese’, it fits one of the loops that I added in.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. 
I have acquired a lot of new skills. Some of them include knowing timing. I have learned timing because timing was used a lot in my audio. It was used so that I would know when to put the sounds of CDNIS in. It is important for the future because now I know when I should put any loops or any instruments. I also learned how to edit any audio tracks. What I learned is that you basically click on the track, and if you scroll to the very bottom, it should say ‘plugins’ and that is where you can edit your sound. Some examples of plugins are Distortion, bit crusher, delay, pitch shifter, noise gate and so on. Plugins make different sounds sound different and unique.
What challenges did you face and overcome? 
 I had the challenge that I forgot to save my work so I had to start from the beginning again. I overcome this by just starting and not complaining about how I have to start again. Another challenge that I faced was trying to get the sounds to sound good in the audio/mix. This was hard because barely any of the sounds had any beat. This makes it hard because our assignment was to make our mix in a way that our audio is important and some of the audios were useless since I didn’t know what I had to use them for. Another challenge that I faced is finding a loop that fits the beat. Most of the loops were fairly fast and all of my beats were either to slow or too fast. The loops I used would stop whenever my sounds came on. However, I faced all my challenges.
To be continued.