Weekly Summary (Week 3)

With my musical background, I had plenty of prior experience working with audio, so I faced very little challenges. I did four audio assignments which I very much enjoyed, and a couple of daily creates (listed below) that I was able to add my sociopolitical twist to. I enjoyed the few comments I received and It was recommended that I focus more on the point of the story, than trying to bulk up the length of it. I’d have to say, I resonate with that. When I write songs, I keep them short and to the point, no need for a prog rock jam if you can make your point in a minute twenty seconds, so I’ll be sure to apply that to stories as well. I feel as if, besides this, I did well on the assignments. I do need to step up on my commenting on other blogs though, and increase my interaction with other posters, ans if I could do things differently, I would probably do that.

Listening to Ira Glass, there were a few key points that make a story great. First, you need to grab people with a question. They will always wait for an answer if they are presented a question. Next, you can keep people waiting for the question if you add suspense. You can be involved in the most boring story ever if you wait, and wait, and wait. Suspense drags people along wo wait for the question. And lastly, you will need trial and error to see if the story will really catch people.

I listened to the first episode of ScottLo, the introduction podcast, where he talked about setting up the podcast and trying to make his contribution to the course. He mainly talks about how easy this can be as long as you’re willing to set up the hardware and software. I also listened to the Ted Radio Hour, where an MIT professor who was very supportive of emerging technology, especially in the field of therapy. It used layers of different sounds, soft music, audio samples from the seal, and the narrator all combining to talk about a comforting example of technology use, from the buildup to the dramatic conclusion.

Speaking over the crackling radio broadcast of a space craft drifting through the void, it makes you feel like you are in the capsule. You hear their voices sound and clear, as if you were standing right next to them when they crashed. Next to them when they died. You are there with them. You were with them. You will always be with them. This could have been real, and exploring the what-ifs through audio gives a glimpse into what-could. You hear the shock in their voices, the tense nature of their speech, not knowing what will happen next. All through the story, you are right there with them.

 

DAILY CREATES:


A little while ago, one man sat on a stage performing, but suddenly he was elevated to the world fame status of Dave Mustaine of Megadeth. At last, it was revealed that this performer was nothing more than an Artificial Intelligence, disappointing everyone who has followed him. Was this whole thing just a facade? Is this the direction entertainment is heading? Is this… the end? The original video can be found here.


It’s known that Chris Christie opposes ending prohibition in any form, including the legalization of medicinal cannabis. Juxtaposing Christie into the protect can convey two things: one, that he’s not willing to do anything to further his point than launch a “sit in”; two, the irony of Christie being anywhere near a pro-cannabis protest. Using GIMP, pasting the PNG onto an existing photo was easy (once I found a rather open area to do so). The original image from here.


Punk Rock is 99% do it yourself. DIY or Die. No one is a bigger sellout than the those who sell their integrity to the corporate machine. Bands usually control the recording and selling of music, directly or through another local musician who specializes in the sort of thing. For example, my band recorded our own demo, and our upcoming LP is being recorded by another local musician who happens to be an audio engineering student. We burn our own CDs, run all of our online distribution services, and as exemplified here, we even press our own cassette tapes. We burn a CD, play it through a CD player, run an aux cord from the CD player output port into the mic port of the tape machine, and hit record. It’s rough, improvised, but at least WE control it, and not some record label. Tapes are very popular in the musical underground, and the more rough, the more DIY, the more awful looking, the better.


I would have chosen something written in the Cherokee Syllabary to pay homage to my Aniyunwiya ancestry, but it was invented by Sequoyah relatively recently, so it can’t really be considered an ‘ancient’ manuscript. Indigenous ‘alphabets’ in the Americas are few and far between, so instead I decided to use the Incan Quipu, which was the record keeping system for the Incan Empire. As it was primarily used for numbers, I thew on “Correct answer, but next time show your work!” to the bottom of it in the infamous red pen of educators. Just remember, Western Civilization is not the only civilization.

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