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

What is the goal for your assignment?

I would like to do a good mashup of a few songs. and I would also like to incorporate all of the techniques that I have learnt into this mashup.

Why this project?

Because I want to learn more about how artists make music and how mashup works. I am very interested in doing a mashup because I have never done a mashup before and I have heard other students’ mashups and they sound really good.

Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal.

1. Pick a few songs (3 or more)
2. Download the vocal only or instrument only version.
3. Cut the tracks.
4. Add some apple loops to the song.
5. Add some software instruments.
6. Record some sounds or voices. (Optional)
7. Arrange the rhythm, lyrics, beat and melody properly and eliminate weird tunes or noises.
8. Export song.
9. Upload to my blog and hand it in.

What do you hope to learn?

I would like to learn how to mix different tracks with different tempos and lyrics together and make a smooth mashup. Also, I would like to improve my skills of using Garage band

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

1. Cannot have parts that are out of tune.
2. Must flow smoothly.
3. Good timing.
4. 3 or more songs.

Culminating Assignment

Describe the process of this assignment.
Firstly, I recorded the sounds around the school, then, I used some plugins like bitcrusher to create different sound effects. Then, I did a screencast of all the plugins that I used and also what software instruments that I will be playing. In the screencast, I used a basketball bouncing, a piece of paper ripping, a printer printing and Madame Norbert saying “Je m’appelle Madame Norbert.” I also used “three violins”, “classic rock organ”, and “Pulsating waves to be my software instruments. Finally I added loops: 1. Hat swing beat 2. Knocking swing beat 3. Record skip disco beat 4. VIP gated synth 5. Tropical air synth chords 6. Straight up gated synth 7. Square arpeggio lead 8. Spike riff synth layers 9. Soul mate arpeggio 10. Cascading echo synth. Then I arranged all the tracks to create a song.

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

Firstly, I recorded a basketball bouncing. I put in effects like bitcrusher, exciter, and an equaliser to bake it sound like a beat.I used this sound effect in the first half of the song. I also trimmed it so there is only one bounce sound instead of multiple bouncing sounds. Secondly, I recorded a piece of paper ripping. I added effects like a flanger and a bitcrusher to make it sound like a shaker and I added this effect into 2 different parts of the song. Thirdly, I recorded a printer printing and added sound effects like an exciter and flanger. I used this sound effect in the final half of the song. Finally, I recorded Madame Norbert saying “Bonjour, Je m’appelle Madame Norbert”  I used this sound as a sort of mood or effect in a part of the song.

 

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

I learnt a lot about sound plugins and what effects they make.
I learnt new loops that I can use in my following assignment.
I learnt about how to use the equaliser to tune different volumes and the frequency range that will make my song sound very different.

 

What challenges did you face and overcome?

Firstly, I couldn’t think of how I could use my recordings in my song, but I eventually made it sound quite good.
Secondly, I forgot how to add effects, but after asking my classmates, I eventually remembered it.
Lastly, my song was too short and I couldn’t think of what to add into my song, so I listened to some songs online and got some inspirations from them.