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  1. @Marie-Lynn

    The Typology of Music: A Glitch Art Story and Portfolio

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    For my final project in DS106, I wanted to take an old project I had worked on in high school and revamp it by combining my knowledge of photography, coding, and writing to create an interesting glitch art photo gallery accompanied by a story. To start off, this project took a lot of time. I took an old typology project from high school where I took thirty pictures of various CDs I own to arrange in a grid format and decided to create glitch art out of that. Glitch art is an aesthetic choice or the unintentional result of a malfunction. For example, that rainbow effect on a broken TV can be considered glitch art! I learned how to create glitch art in Creative Coding with Dr. Whalen earlier this semester and thought it would be cool to apply that knowledge to this class! I became proficient in the use of Audacity (yes the audio software) to create glitch art and decided to generate several interesting galleries of art using the different effects. Glitch art can be achieved in Audacity through a little file conversion and then messing around with the effects menu. The process is a little complex, but luckily I made a Glitch Art Tutorial for anyone interested in learning more! I decided to create six different galleries: Difference, Graphic EQ, Echo, Reverb, Wahwah, and Change Tempo. Each of these are named after the effect I used to produce the images in Audacity. And each gallery contains thirty images each! So that is a total of one-hundred-eighty images I created for this project! This was a long and tiresome process. Creating glitch art with Audacity means converting, saving, and converting files again over and over. After doing this over a hundred times, I got more than a little tired of staring at my computer. Then I had to upload each of these images to Flickr, because I do not have enough storage left on my Domain to upload images directly. Then came the tedious part: embedding all those images into the subdomain I had created for this project. Yep, you heard me right. I created a subdomain that allows me to display each of these galleries like a typical artist or photographer would. Each gallery has a page dedicated to displaying the gallery by type, but the entire Flickr gallery is embedded in several places around the site if you would like to look at it that way. Embedding each of those images into the site took forever and I once again found myself hating my computer. However, once I was finished, I was so happy with the result that I could not stay mad! After getting all the images together I started writing a story to tie it all together. Fair warning, the story is a bit personal but it also include my love of music and CDs, which is part of the reason why I wrote it. I put a lot of thought into it, into this whole project, so I hope everyone enjoys it! This blog post is merely meant to act as an introduction and reflection of my project I will provide the link down below. The link can also be found in the menu of this site, by going under the Digital Studies tab. There is a category for Digital Storytelling, and the project is the only thing linked under it. Once you get to the site, be sure to look around! There are various pages and links to check out! The entire project is not just confined to one page! I hope everyone enjoys! Please be sure to leave a comment down below to let me know what you think! I thank you so much for such an amazing semester in this class!
  2. @Marie-Lynn

    The Typology of Music: A Glitch Art Story and Portfolio

    by
    For my final project in DS106, I wanted to take an old project I had worked on in high school and revamp it by combining my knowledge of photography, coding, and writing to create an interesting glitch art photo gallery accompanied by a story. To start off, this project took a lot of time. I took an old typology project from high school where I took thirty pictures of various CDs I own to arrange in a grid format and decided to create glitch art out of that. Glitch art is an aesthetic choice or the unintentional result of a malfunction. For example, that rainbow effect on a broken TV can be considered glitch art! I learned how to create glitch art in Creative Coding with Dr. Whalen earlier this semester and thought it would be cool to apply that knowledge to this class! I became proficient in the use of Audacity (yes the audio software) to create glitch art and decided to generate several interesting galleries of art using the different effects. Glitch art can be achieved in Audacity through a little file conversion and then messing around with the effects menu. The process is a little complex, but luckily I made a Glitch Art Tutorial for anyone interested in learning more! I decided to create six different galleries: Difference, Graphic EQ, Echo, Reverb, Wahwah, and Change Tempo. Each of these are named after the effect I used to produce the images in Audacity. And each gallery contains thirty images each! So that is a total of one-hundred-eighty images I created for this project! This was a long and tiresome process. Creating glitch art with Audacity means converting, saving, and converting files again over and over. After doing this over a hundred times, I got more than a little tired of staring at my computer. Then I had to upload each of these images to Flickr, because I do not have enough storage left on my Domain to upload images directly. Then came the tedious part: embedding all those images into the subdomain I had created for this project. Yep, you heard me right. I created a subdomain that allows me to display each of these galleries like a typical artist or photographer would. Each gallery has a page dedicated to displaying the gallery by type, but the entire Flickr gallery is embedded in several places around the site if you would like to look at it that way. Embedding each of those images into the site took forever and I once again found myself hating my computer. However, once I was finished, I was so happy with the result that I could not stay mad! After getting all the images together I started writing a story to tie it all together. Fair warning, the story is a bit personal but it also include my love of music and CDs, which is part of the reason why I wrote it. I put a lot of thought into it, into this whole project, so I hope everyone enjoys it! This blog post is merely meant to act as an introduction and reflection of my project I will provide the link down below. The link can also be found in the menu of this site, by going under the Digital Studies tab. There is a category for Digital Storytelling, and the project is the only thing linked under it. Once you get to the site, be sure to look around! There are various pages and links to check out! The entire project is not just confined to one page! I hope everyone enjoys! Please be sure to leave a comment down below to let me know what you think! I thank you so much for such an amazing semester in this class!
  3. @Marie-Lynn

    Remixes and Mashups

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    This week was a week of remixes and mashups! Please consider taking a look at the assignments I did this week by clicking any of the links below! We were supposed to complete eight stars worth of assignments, which I did with two three star assignments and a two star assignment, as well as two remix assignments of our choosing! Please take a look at them! And don’t forget to leave a comment if you see something you like! Good Omens: A Children’s Tale Buffalax! by Nena Breakfast in America Redux Boston With Art from Jackson Pollack The Joy of Painting: Where’s Waldo? Edition This Week’s Daily Creates! We were required to do three this week! Check out mine below! I was a bit vague in some of these creates, so I think using this empty space to explain them would be fun! My first DC references the Fallout: New Vegas DLC Dead Money, which features a casino heist in the post apocalyptic wasteland. The air around the casino is poisonous, and the enemies don’t seem to stay dead. Like I said, terrifying. The second is obviously The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” in reference to Daylight Savings Time. The third is a reference to Lord of the Rings. The password to gain entrance to the Mines of Moria: “Speak friend and enter.” The word for friend in Elvish is “mellon.” This Week’s Comments and Participation! As always, I try to comment on twelve different blog posts every week! Here’s some that I took a look at and left comments on! Spies in Pink Love At First Seuss Where’s Waldo? Mood Swing Country Bob The Mario Movie The Rocketeer Swindon Monthly Broom Accident Password Please Uncle Bob Remix I’m ready for my close up… Thoughts On The Final Project! I’ve already figured out what I’m planning to do for my final project in this class! I mentioned in an earlier post what my plans are, but I don’t mind rehashing them here! For my final project, I want to take some of my old photography projects and create something completely new. When I was a senior in high school, I took Photojournalism and Commercial Photography, which allowed me to experiment with photography quite a bit. I still have all my old photographs saved on a flash drive I keep with me. I once did a project where I took photos of twenty-plus CDs and put them in a a grid for an assignment. I want to combine my experience with coding with the artistic storytelling in this class by taking those individual photos and create a glitch art portfolio. I’ll do this by Pixel Sorting them using Python, which can have some interesting effects on an image. I then want to take the Pixel Sorted image and run it through Audacity and mess around with the effects to glitch the photograph even more. Since these images are all of CDs I own, and all are uniform besides the CDs themselves, they’ll have a common theme yet be unique all on their own. After I have done all this, I want to put them on display. I am planning to create a subdomain dedicated to it, to put it on display like many photographers do. I have very limited storage on my Domain right now, however I think using Flickr to embed things might fix this. I’ll most likely include before and after shots, to demonstrate how different the glitch art is to the original photograph. I’ll even talk about it, discussing why each of the CDs represent who I am, and how the glitch art has created a unique aesthetic. Well, that’s it for this week! Please be sure to check out the things I worked on, and don’t be afraid to comment!
  4. @Marie-Lynn

    Remixes and Mashups

    by
    This week was a week of remixes and mashups! Please consider taking a look at the assignments I did this week by clicking any of the links below! We were supposed to complete eight stars worth of assignments, which I did with two three star assignments and a two star assignment, as well as two remix assignments of our choosing! Please take a look at them! And don’t forget to leave a comment if you see something you like! Good Omens: A Children’s Tale Buffalax! by Nena Breakfast in America Redux Boston With Art from Jackson Pollack The Joy of Painting: Where’s Waldo? Edition This Week’s Daily Creates! We were required to do three this week! Check out mine below! I was a bit vague in some of these creates, so I think using this empty space to explain them would be fun! My first DC references the Fallout: New Vegas DLC Dead Money, which features a casino heist in the post apocalyptic wasteland. The air around the casino is poisonous, and the enemies don’t seem to stay dead. Like I said, terrifying. The second is obviously The Beatles “Here Comes the Sun” in reference to Daylight Savings Time. The third is a reference to Lord of the Rings. The password to gain entrance to the Mines of Moria: “Speak friend and enter.” The word for friend in Elvish is “mellon.” This Week’s Comments and Participation! As always, I try to comment on twelve different blog posts every week! Here’s some that I took a look at and left comments on! Spies in Pink Love At First Seuss Where’s Waldo? Mood Swing Country Bob The Mario Movie The Rocketeer Swindon Monthly Broom Accident Password Please Uncle Bob Remix I’m ready for my close up… Thoughts On The Final Project! I’ve already figured out what I’m planning to do for my final project in this class! I mentioned in an earlier post what my plans are, but I don’t mind rehashing them here! For my final project, I want to take some of my old photography projects and create something completely new. When I was a senior in high school, I took Photojournalism and Commercial Photography, which allowed me to experiment with photography quite a bit. I still have all my old photographs saved on a flash drive I keep with me. I once did a project where I took photos of twenty-plus CDs and put them in a a grid for an assignment. I want to combine my experience with coding with the artistic storytelling in this class by taking those individual photos and create a glitch art portfolio. I’ll do this by Pixel Sorting them using Python, which can have some interesting effects on an image. I then want to take the Pixel Sorted image and run it through Audacity and mess around with the effects to glitch the photograph even more. Since these images are all of CDs I own, and all are uniform besides the CDs themselves, they’ll have a common theme yet be unique all on their own. After I have done all this, I want to put them on display. I am planning to create a subdomain dedicated to it, to put it on display like many photographers do. I have very limited storage on my Domain right now, however I think using Flickr to embed things might fix this. I’ll most likely include before and after shots, to demonstrate how different the glitch art is to the original photograph. I’ll even talk about it, discussing why each of the CDs represent who I am, and how the glitch art has created a unique aesthetic. Well, that’s it for this week! Please be sure to check out the things I worked on, and don’t be afraid to comment!
  5. @Marie-Lynn

    The Joy of Painting: Where’s Waldo? Edition

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    For my second remix assignment this week, I decided to take a look back on an old assignment I did at the beginning of the semester. I originally completed the “Populate the Landscape” visual assignment, where I took a Bob Ross painting and put He-Man into it. I thought it turned out nice and really wanted to remix the assignment in some way. When I remixed this assignment, I got a card that that told me to turn it into a Where’s Waldo? image. I do not think I could have gotten a better card! To start off, I went on the Joy of Painting website to find a Bob Ross painting I could work with. While I could have used my original assignment, I wanted to do something a bit different. I first thought about using Pixlr to drop the people from Where’s Waldo into the painting, but soon found out that would take more time than I had. I then remembered Giphy has stickers and drawing tools that let you animate a still image. So, I took this assignment to the next level by populating the image with animated figures. All the stickers came form Giphy and are winter themed and I included Waldo in his signature striped jumper. I had to post the final result on Twitter and embed the tweet here, because WordPress really did not like the Giphy embed code. You can also view the original on Giphy. What do you think? Please let me know in a comment down below!
  6. @Marie-Lynn

    The Joy of Painting: Where’s Waldo? Edition

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    For my second remix assignment this week, I decided to take a look back on an old assignment I did at the beginning of the semester. I originally completed the “Populate the Landscape” visual assignment, where I took a Bob Ross painting and put He-Man into it. I thought it turned out nice and really wanted to remix the assignment in some way. When I remixed this assignment, I got a card that that told me to turn it into a Where’s Waldo? image. I do not think I could have gotten a better card! To start off, I went on the Joy of Painting website to find a Bob Ross painting I could work with. While I could have used my original assignment, I wanted to do something a bit different. I first thought about using Pixlr to drop the people from Where’s Waldo into the painting, but soon found out that would take more time than I had. I then remembered Giphy has stickers and drawing tools that let you animate a still image. So, I took this assignment to the next level by populating the image with animated figures. All the stickers came form Giphy and are winter themed and I included Waldo in his signature striped jumper. I had to post the final result on Twitter and embed the tweet here, because WordPress really did not like the Giphy embed code. You can also view the original on Giphy. What do you think? Please let me know in a comment down below!
  7. @Marie-Lynn

    Boston… by Jackson Pollack?

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    For my first remix assignment this week, I was inspired by the “Remix an Album Cover” assignment I completed earlier this week. I decided to remix this assignment and became intrigued by the prompt to turn it into a Jackson Pollack painting. I then created the remix assignment, which can be found here: “Remix An Album Cover: Pollack Style.” I mentioned in the original version of this assignment I did this week that I wanted to create a remix of Boston’s debut album. Unfortunately when I was trying to remix it, I couldn’t think of anything. Boston already did a pretty good job at that, creating an album cover than has guitar-shaped spaceships in space. It’s one of my favorite album covers because some people I know didn’t even know this fact until I pointed it out! This was around the time I started looking at remixed projects and found the Jackson Pollock card. I thought, “That sounds cool!” and here we are! I have provided both the original remix and the Jackson Pollock version for reference. The remixed version I did has a blurred background, and I used the smudge tool in Pixlr to make the fire and planet look more abstract. I then used a particle tool in Pixlr to fragment pixels in the image to make it look like a bunch of paint splotches. I messed around with the color, tone, and difference a bit to ensure you could still figure out what it is supposed to be. To be honest, I used so many options in tools it’s kind of hard to explain. I mostly just pressed things, kept them if I liked them, and erased them if I didn’t. The final result turned out good, I think. It looks kind of like a stylized Jackson Pollack painting, and everyone I’ve shown it to seems to think so too! Please let me know what you think in a comment down below! Which version do you like the best?
  8. @Marie-Lynn

    Boston… by Jackson Pollack?

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    For my first remix assignment this week, I was inspired by the “Remix an Album Cover” assignment I completed earlier this week. I decided to remix this assignment and became intrigued by the prompt to turn it into a Jackson Pollack painting. I then created the remix assignment, which can be found here: “Remix An Album Cover: Pollack Style.” I mentioned in the original version of this assignment I did this week that I wanted to create a remix of Boston’s debut album. Unfortunately when I was trying to remix it, I couldn’t think of anything. Boston already did a pretty good job at that, creating an album cover than has guitar-shaped spaceships in space. It’s one of my favorite album covers because some people I know didn’t even know this fact until I pointed it out! This was around the time I started looking at remixed projects and found the Jackson Pollock card. I thought, “That sounds cool!” and here we are! I have provided both the original remix and the Jackson Pollock version for reference. The remixed version I did has a blurred background, and I used the smudge tool in Pixlr to make the fire and planet look more abstract. I then used a particle tool in Pixlr to fragment pixels in the image to make it look like a bunch of paint splotches. I messed around with the color, tone, and difference a bit to ensure you could still figure out what it is supposed to be. To be honest, I used so many options in tools it’s kind of hard to explain. I mostly just pressed things, kept them if I liked them, and erased them if I didn’t. The final result turned out good, I think. It looks kind of like a stylized Jackson Pollack painting, and everyone I’ve shown it to seems to think so too! Please let me know what you think in a comment down below! Which version do you like the best?
  9. @Marie-Lynn

    Breakfast in American Redux

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    For this assignment I decided to remake an album cover. This is for the assignment “Remix An Album Cover” in the assignment bank, which gives you free choice on however you choose to remake it. This was only a two star assignment and it was fairly simple to do. The hardest part was picking an album to remix. Since I’m old-fashioned when it comes to music, I went through every interesting album I could think of. Originally I wanted to remix Boston’s debut album, but later used it for a remix assignment instead. For this assignment, however, I pulled up and interesting album cover to turn back into a more literal representation of itself: Supertramp’s Breakfast in America. Supertramp is one of my favorite bands, and Breakfast in America is one of those albums that is referenced by anyone familiar with them. It has an iconic photograph of a waitress holding a platter with a glass and a menu, much like the Statue of Liberty, while the city of New York is shaped in the background by dishes. I looked at this album and thought, “Hey, why not make the waitress literally the Statue of Liberty?” And thus, I got to work. I’m going to outright admit I’m not good at editing photos, so instead I choose to draw this one by hand using Procreate. The layer feature was a blessing, letting me focus on the waitress before creating the background. Some reference photos to get her general shape in a light shade of blue-green that resembles oxidized copper before creating shadows with a slightly darken color. Since I was drawing it by hand, I opted for a minimalistic approach. Drawing her took the most time and afterwards I made a rough sketch of the New York skyline in the background before coloring it in. I choose a slightly lighter shade of blue to emulate the sky before using the spray-paint tool to create the yellow horizon. I even wrote the name of the band and the album name myself to complete the image. I had to practice writing it a few times before I was happy with the final result. What do you think? Instead of resembling the Statue of Liberty, she is now, quite literally, the State of Liberty. Or a Waitress of Liberty, or something like that. Basically, I broke the metaphor by creating the thing the original album cover was alluding to. I’m quite happy with the result, but have also thought about going back and putting the writing behind her. Please tell me what you think by commenting down below!
  10. @Marie-Lynn

    Breakfast in American Redux

    by
    For this assignment I decided to remake an album cover. This is for the assignment “Remix An Album Cover” in the assignment bank, which gives you free choice on however you choose to remake it. This was only a two star assignment and it was fairly simple to do. The hardest part was picking an album to remix. Since I’m old-fashioned when it comes to music, I went through every interesting album I could think of. Originally I wanted to remix Boston’s debut album, but later used it for a remix assignment instead. For this assignment, however, I pulled up and interesting album cover to turn back into a more literal representation of itself: Supertramp’s Breakfast in America. Supertramp is one of my favorite bands, and Breakfast in America is one of those albums that is referenced by anyone familiar with them. It has an iconic photograph of a waitress holding a platter with a glass and a menu, much like the Statue of Liberty, while the city of New York is shaped in the background by dishes. I looked at this album and thought, “Hey, why not make the waitress literally the Statue of Liberty?” And thus, I got to work. I’m going to outright admit I’m not good at editing photos, so instead I choose to draw this one by hand using Procreate. The layer feature was a blessing, letting me focus on the waitress before creating the background. Some reference photos to get her general shape in a light shade of blue-green that resembles oxidized copper before creating shadows with a slightly darken color. Since I was drawing it by hand, I opted for a minimalistic approach. Drawing her took the most time and afterwards I made a rough sketch of the New York skyline in the background before coloring it in. I choose a slightly lighter shade of blue to emulate the sky before using the spray-paint tool to create the yellow horizon. I even wrote the name of the band and the album name myself to complete the image. I had to practice writing it a few times before I was happy with the final result. What do you think? Instead of resembling the Statue of Liberty, she is now, quite literally, the State of Liberty. Or a Waitress of Liberty, or something like that. Basically, I broke the metaphor by creating the thing the original album cover was alluding to. I’m quite happy with the result, but have also thought about going back and putting the writing behind her. Please tell me what you think by commenting down below!
  11. @Marie-Lynn

    Good Omens: A Children’s Tale

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    For this next assignment this week, I decided to create a children’s book cover for the “Mashedup Children’s Book” assignment. Lately I have been excited with the news of there being a Season Two of the Amazon Prime Show Good Omens, so I wanted to create a mash-up book cover that reveals some of the plot without fully giving it away. For anyone not familiar with it, Good Omens (1990) was written by Neil Gaimen (of Sandman fame) and Terry Prachett (of Discworld fame). They are two of the greatest British authors in recent times, and Good Omens has had a devoted cult following since its release in 1990. Amazon Prime adapted the book into a six-episode show in 2018, starring Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale and David Tennant as the demon Crowley. The show is a marvelous adaptation of the book, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a platonic love story between former enemies, which also has some very dry comic bits in-between. The book does this more than the show, and some parts will have you doubled over laughing as how off-track-without-actually-getting-off-track it is at times. 10/10, glowing recommendation from me! Anyways, I started by looking around for some Good Omens fanart. There’s quite a bit, since the book came out in the 1990s. However, I found a wonderful piece by Chocodile on Twitter that portrays Crowley driving his 1933 (in the show; it’s a 1926 in the book) Bentley as it’s on fire. This is something that occurred in both the book and show, and I immediately knew the title I wanted to go with. First off, I do not own this fanart! Chocodile is the artist, and I only repurposed it for this project! The original Tweet that contains the art can be found below! To make the book cover, I downloaded the image then used Pixlr to create a canvas that was approximately the size of a book cover. I wanted to keep the yellow background, because I liked the way it looked and felt it really complimented the children’s book aesthetic. I messed around with shading a bit before deciding it looks better as the original. From there I generated the title “A Demon’s Guide to Stopping the Apocalypse” by Neil Gaimen and Terry Prachett. I personally like to image there’s a sequel out in the world somewhere, titled “An Angel’s Guide to Stopping the Apocalypse” or something like that. This one is from Crowley’s perspective, so that one could be from Aziraphale’s. There could actually be an entire series! “A Witch’s Guide…,” “A Witch Hunter’s Guide…,” “The Antichrist’s Guide…,” etc., etc.! These are all references to the book/show, by the way, so I apologize to anyone unfamiliar with it. Basically it’s a motley crew consisting of an angel, a demon, the antichrist, three human children, a witch, a witch hunter, a former witch hunter, and a medium who team up to stop the apocalypse. It’s quite fun(ny) actually! Here’s the final product! Please let me know what you think in a comment down below!
  12. @Marie-Lynn

    Buffalax!

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    For my first assignment this week, I decided to complete the “Buffalax!” assignment in the DS106 Assignment Bank. This assignments calls you you to take a video in a language other than English and give it English captions. I knew from the start I wanted to used the music video for Nena’s “99 Luftballons” since it one of my favorite non-English songs. “99 Luftballons” is a song from 1983 that became a hit in the United States. It actually peaked #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1984, which I know from listening to old reruns of American Top 40 on the radio. I’ve known this song for years and consider it to be one of my favorite ones from the 1980s. There’s an English version too, “99 Red Balloons,” but I personally don’t think it’s as good. Plus the English version isn’t a direct translation of the German version. “99 Luftballons” is an antiwar song based on events during the Cold War. The gist of the song is someone released ninety-nine balloons into the air and a missile target defense system mistook them for enemy missiles and fired on them, destroying the country in the process. It’s a very dark song once you know the meaning behind it, but it’s still a favorite of mine. For this assignment, I choose to translate the German lyrics into English using Google Translate. After downloading the original German music video from YouTube, I then captioned the video with the translated lyrics. This was actually a bit harder than I originally thought it would be because I’m not fluent in German. I had to listen to the song over and over again to understand the German words enough to put certain translated lyrics in. On the plus side, I learned some German while doing this assignment! I can probably sing it in German now, which makes me happy! The final product is posted on Vimeo since the YouTube copyright police shut me down before I even got done uploading the video. Thankfully Vimeo is a bit more lenient. Please check it out, and let me know what you think down below!
  13. @Marie-Lynn

    Good Omens: A Children’s Tale

    by
    For this next assignment this week, I decided to create a children’s book cover for the “Mashedup Children’s Book” assignment. Lately I have been excited with the news of there being a Season Two of the Amazon Prime Show Good Omens, so I wanted to create a mash-up book cover that reveals some of the plot without fully giving it away. For anyone not familiar with it, Good Omens (1990) was written by Neil Gaimen (of Sandman fame) and Terry Prachett (of Discworld fame). They are two of the greatest British authors in recent times, and Good Omens has had a devoted cult following since its release in 1990. Amazon Prime adapted the book into a six-episode show in 2018, starring Michael Sheen as the angel Aziraphale and David Tennant as the demon Crowley. The show is a marvelous adaptation of the book, and I would recommend it to anyone looking for a platonic love story between former enemies, which also has some very dry comic bits in-between. The book does this more than the show, and some parts will have you doubled over laughing as how off-track-without-actually-getting-off-track it is at times. 10/10, glowing recommendation from me! Anyways, I started by looking around for some Good Omens fanart. There’s quite a bit, since the book came out in the 1990s. However, I found a wonderful piece by Chocodile on Twitter that portrays Crowley driving his 1933 (in the show; it’s a 1926 in the book) Bentley as it’s on fire. This is something that occurred in both the book and show, and I immediately knew the title I wanted to go with. First off, I do not own this fanart! Chocodile is the artist, and I only repurposed it for this project! The original Tweet that contains the art can be found below! To make the book cover, I downloaded the image then used Pixlr to create a canvas that was approximately the size of a book cover. I wanted to keep the yellow background, because I liked the way it looked and felt it really complimented the children’s book aesthetic. I messed around with shading a bit before deciding it looks better as the original. From there I generated the title “A Demon’s Guide to Stopping the Apocalypse” by Neil Gaimen and Terry Prachett. I personally like to image there’s a sequel out in the world somewhere, titled “An Angel’s Guide to Stopping the Apocalypse” or something like that. This one is from Crowley’s perspective, so that one could be from Aziraphale’s. There could actually be an entire series! “A Witch’s Guide…,” “A Witch Hunter’s Guide…,” “The Antichrist’s Guide…,” etc., etc.! These are all references to the book/show, by the way, so I apologize to anyone unfamiliar with it. Basically it’s a motley crew consisting of an angel, a demon, the antichrist, three human children, a witch, a witch hunter, a former witch hunter, and a medium who team up to stop the apocalypse. It’s quite fun(ny) actually! Here’s the final product! Please let me know what you think in a comment down below!
  14. @Marie-Lynn

    Buffalax!

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    For my first assignment this week, I decided to complete the “Buffalax!” assignment in the DS106 Assignment Bank. This assignments calls you you to take a video in a language other than English and give it English captions. I knew from the start I wanted to used the music video for Nena’s “99 Luftballons” since it one of my favorite non-English songs. “99 Luftballons” is a song from 1983 that became a hit in the United States. It actually peaked #2 on the Billboard Hot 100 Chart in 1984, which I know from listening to old reruns of American Top 40 on the radio. I’ve known this song for years and consider it to be one of my favorite ones from the 1980s. There’s an English version too, “99 Red Balloons,” but I personally don’t think it’s as good. Plus the English version isn’t a direct translation of the German version. “99 Luftballons” is an antiwar song based on events during the Cold War. The gist of the song is someone released ninety-nine balloons into the air and a missile target defense system mistook them for enemy missiles and fired on them, destroying the country in the process. It’s a very dark song once you know the meaning behind it, but it’s still a favorite of mine. For this assignment, I choose to translate the German lyrics into English using Google Translate. After downloading the original German music video from YouTube, I then captioned the video with the translated lyrics. This was actually a bit harder than I originally thought it would be because I’m not fluent in German. I had to listen to the song over and over again to understand the German words enough to put certain translated lyrics in. On the plus side, I learned some German while doing this assignment! I can probably sing it in German now, which makes me happy! The final product is posted on Vimeo since the YouTube copyright police shut me down before I even got done uploading the video. Thankfully Vimeo is a bit more lenient. Please check it out, and let me know what you think down below!
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    Documentaries and Supercuts

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    This week was the second week of video assignments I am both happy and sad to see it go! I only did two assignments this week, but they were both five star assignments I put the work into to create something meaningful for this class. I’m almost positive my documentary film assignment could technically be worth more than five stars, but I was happy to work on something creative once it was over. For anyone not in the know, I create a short documentary film for another class that I got to permission to use here. The due date for this project was November 4th, and I felt this week’s theme fit the video. The documentary is posted in two places on this site. The link below takes you to the post I created for this class, but if anyone is interested in seeing the full history write-up with a complete video transcript and bibliography, it can be found under the history tab. Just be warned, it’s about a subject from the history of mental health and might be upsetting to some people. For my second and final assignment, I created a supercut video from one of my favorite television shows, Supernatural. This took me quite a long time, but not as long as the documentary. I’ve been working on that since Fall Break. I honestly think I learned quite a bit from doing the documentary, making many of the other assignments easier! With that said, please take a look at my assignments from this week! And don’t forget to comment! The Week’s Daily Creates This week we were told to do three Daily Creates! Here’s a select three that I enjoyed! There were some interesting ones this week! This Week’s Comments and Participation! As always, I try to comment on as many posts as possible! Here’s the posts I looked at this week! Please take a look at them and be sure to comment as well! Fab Freddie Final thoughts for final project That’s My Life 5 second video The Batman Silent Trailer What I Eat In A Day Daily Creates for Week 11 Count Down To Christmas Life Is A Journey Falling Leaves What’s Most Important Da Skillzzz As always, thank you for checking out my summary of this week’s posts in DS106! I hope you enjoyed!
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    Documentaries and Supercuts

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    This week was the second week of video assignments I am both happy and sad to see it go! I only did two assignments this week, but they were both five star assignments I put the work into to create something meaningful for this class. I’m almost positive my documentary film assignment could technically be worth more than five stars, but I was happy to work on something creative once it was over. For anyone not in the know, I create a short documentary film for another class that I got to permission to use here. The due date for this project was November 4th, and I felt this week’s theme fit the video. The documentary is posted in two places on this site. The link below takes you to the post I created for this class, but if anyone is interested in seeing the full history write-up with a complete video transcript and bibliography, it can be found under the history tab. Just be warned, it’s about a subject from the history of mental health and might be upsetting to some people. For my second and final assignment, I created a supercut video from one of my favorite television shows, Supernatural. This took me quite a long time, but not as long as the documentary. I’ve been working on that since Fall Break. I honestly think I learned quite a bit from doing the documentary, making many of the other assignments easier! With that said, please take a look at my assignments from this week! And don’t forget to comment! The Week’s Daily Creates This week we were told to do three Daily Creates! Here’s a select three that I enjoyed! There were some interesting ones this week! This Week’s Comments and Participation! As always, I try to comment on as many posts as possible! Here’s the posts I looked at this week! Please take a look at them and be sure to comment as well! Fab Freddie Final thoughts for final project That’s My Life 5 second video The Batman Silent Trailer What I Eat In A Day Daily Creates for Week 11 Count Down To Christmas Life Is A Journey Falling Leaves What’s Most Important Da Skillzzz As always, thank you for checking out my summary of this week’s posts in DS106! I hope you enjoyed!
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    A Supernatural Supercut

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    For my final assignment of the week (which also happens to be one of two five-star assignments I did this week) I decided to create a supercut video. I’ve seen many supercuts, because they seem to be a popular thing on YouTube. I was curious as to why this was labeled as a five star assignment, because it didn’t seem like that much work. I was completely wrong! A supercut video looks simply, but is actually very complex. First I had to come up with something to supercut. At first I considered a continuation of my western theme from last week by making a supercut of every time someone says the word “plan” in Red Dead Redemption 2. I then lowered the bar slightly to focus on one character, but soon discovered I don’t have the time to go through hours worth of cutscenes. I also don’t have anything to record screen-capture on my PS4, so I quickly ditched that idea. But that doesn’t mean I won’t come back to it later! Maybe when I have some free time I’ll continue this idea, but with the semester winding down I have too much going on. My second choice actually came to me as quickly as the first: Supernatural. More specifically, every time Dean Winchester says “Cas” (or “Cass”) or “Castiel.” Castiel is, of course, another character in the show. For anyone unfamiliar with Supernatural, it’s a show about two brothers (Sam and Dean Winchester) who hunt all the supernatural creatures that go bump in the night. You’re introduced to demons as early as Season 1, and then the angels make an appearance in Season 4 with the onslaught of the Apocalypse. The angels turn out to be just as bad as demons, except for one that chooses to hang around the Winchester brothers named Castiel, the Angel of Thursday. There’s a bit of subtext to be talked about in the relationship between Dean and Castiel, especially since the angels in Supernatural can literally appear out of thin air and Cas always shows up when Dean calls. I actually stopped watching the show sometime around Season 9, but I do know it ran for 15 Seasons. I plan to watch the rest one day to finish off the show, but for now I wanted to create a supercut containing the many, many times Dean says Castiel’s name. I discovered immediately that this assignment was a lot of work. Thankfully I didn’t have to scour YouTube for videos because I own the seasons I used on DVD. This was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I had everything at my fingertips. A curse because I had to go through each disc individually and record my screen for the clips I wanted. I used Screen-Cast-O-Matic for this, because I don’t know of any other software that lets you record your screen other than Zoom, and Zoom hasn’t been working good for me lately. Little by little, piece by piece, I recorded clips I wanted to use. Once I did this I laid them out in OpenShot in an order that I though worked well. Some are in order by how they appear in an episode, others are not. Since it’s a supercut I did not think it needed to be in any chronological order, and just ordered it however I wanted. Afterwards I added a title and end screen, before taking an extra step and adding music to the intro and outro. Supernatural contains a lot of rock’n’roll, and “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas is sort of the unofficial theme song of the show. It plays during every season finale so I thought it was a good fit. Thankfully I have the Kansas album this song is on and didn’t have to hunt it down either! I simply ripped the track from the CD, sliced the audio so it covered the intro and outro, and finished the video! I managed to do this all without OpenShot crashing on me, which I consider a miracle in and of itself! After I uploaded it to YouTube and it thankfully didn’t get blocked! So, without further ado, here is my supercut! I hope you enjoy! Please tell me what you think in the comments down below!
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    A Supernatural Supercut

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    For my final assignment of the week (which also happens to be one of two five-star assignments I did this week) I decided to create a supercut video. I’ve seen many supercuts, because they seem to be a popular thing on YouTube. I was curious as to why this was labeled as a five star assignment, because it didn’t seem like that much work. I was completely wrong! A supercut video looks simply, but is actually very complex. First I had to come up with something to supercut. At first I considered a continuation of my western theme from last week by making a supercut of every time someone says the word “plan” in Red Dead Redemption 2. I then lowered the bar slightly to focus on one character, but soon discovered I don’t have the time to go through hours worth of cutscenes. I also don’t have anything to record screen-capture on my PS4, so I quickly ditched that idea. But that doesn’t mean I won’t come back to it later! Maybe when I have some free time I’ll continue this idea, but with the semester winding down I have too much going on. My second choice actually came to me as quickly as the first: Supernatural. More specifically, every time Dean Winchester says “Cas” (or “Cass”) or “Castiel.” Castiel is, of course, another character in the show. For anyone unfamiliar with Supernatural, it’s a show about two brothers (Sam and Dean Winchester) who hunt all the supernatural creatures that go bump in the night. You’re introduced to demons as early as Season 1, and then the angels make an appearance in Season 4 with the onslaught of the Apocalypse. The angels turn out to be just as bad as demons, except for one that chooses to hang around the Winchester brothers named Castiel, the Angel of Thursday. There’s a bit of subtext to be talked about in the relationship between Dean and Castiel, especially since the angels in Supernatural can literally appear out of thin air and Cas always shows up when Dean calls. I actually stopped watching the show sometime around Season 9, but I do know it ran for 15 Seasons. I plan to watch the rest one day to finish off the show, but for now I wanted to create a supercut containing the many, many times Dean says Castiel’s name. I discovered immediately that this assignment was a lot of work. Thankfully I didn’t have to scour YouTube for videos because I own the seasons I used on DVD. This was both a blessing and a curse. A blessing because I had everything at my fingertips. A curse because I had to go through each disc individually and record my screen for the clips I wanted. I used Screen-Cast-O-Matic for this, because I don’t know of any other software that lets you record your screen other than Zoom, and Zoom hasn’t been working good for me lately. Little by little, piece by piece, I recorded clips I wanted to use. Once I did this I laid them out in OpenShot in an order that I though worked well. Some are in order by how they appear in an episode, others are not. Since it’s a supercut I did not think it needed to be in any chronological order, and just ordered it however I wanted. Afterwards I added a title and end screen, before taking an extra step and adding music to the intro and outro. Supernatural contains a lot of rock’n’roll, and “Carry On My Wayward Son” by Kansas is sort of the unofficial theme song of the show. It plays during every season finale so I thought it was a good fit. Thankfully I have the Kansas album this song is on and didn’t have to hunt it down either! I simply ripped the track from the CD, sliced the audio so it covered the intro and outro, and finished the video! I managed to do this all without OpenShot crashing on me, which I consider a miracle in and of itself! After I uploaded it to YouTube and it thankfully didn’t get blocked! So, without further ado, here is my supercut! I hope you enjoy! Please tell me what you think in the comments down below!
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    A Historical Video Documentary (Sensitive Content Warning)

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    My first project this week is actually a bit of a crossover assignment. For this reason I created an assignment worth five stars called “Create a Short Documentary” in the assignment bank, and I will explain why. This project was originally assigned to me in HIST 471G4, otherwise known as History of Mental Health in the U.S. For this class we were told to complete a digitally enhanced research project, and were given the choice of digitally annotated primary sources, creating a digitally enhanced essay, or creating a short 10-15 minute video documentary. I choose to do the final option, and created a short documentary. Now, this documentary might be a bit upsetting to those who choose to watch it. This project is about the history of mental health, and the means I had to cover potentially upsetting topics. The project topic I choose was John Forbes Nash Jr., a mathematician and Nobel Prize winner who had schizophrenia for most of his adult life. Some of the things I cover in the video are a bit upsetting, but it is meant to be a short informative video on Nash and his experiences with schizophrenia. Seeing as this was a 400-level history assignment, I did a lot of thorough research and have cited all my sources I used in the Chicago Manual of Style. Making this video took quite a long time. I have been doing research since the beginning of the semester, and been working on the actual video since Fall Break. Putting it together was not that hard, but doing the research and writing the script took me forever. We had three phases concerning this project: initial bibliography, annotated bibliography, and final project. It just so happened that the week the final project was due is also video week in DS106. Thankfully I had already written out what I wanted to say and had gathered clips to complete the video. There is not a lot of information about John Nash that isn’t in the form of interviews, videos, documentaries, or that one Hollywood movie about his life based off his biography. This is part of the reason why I decided to make a video. Most of my sources ended up being videos, so I choose the project that best reflected my sources. After I got everything together, I recorded the script I wrote for myself in Audacity. I divided the script into sections, so I was less likely to mess up and have to start over from the very beginning. I then used OpenShot to layer the audio over a blank scene so I could estimate how long the video was going to be, and if I had to cut anything. When my professor for this class said 10-15 minutes, he means 10-15 minutes. No more than 15, because he has a bunch of other assignments to grade and needs to manage his time. As a result, I had to cut some sections and decide what I wanted to keep. For instance, I had an entire section where I talked about electro-shock therapy, but cut it in favor of discussing other treatments because I had interesting clips to include about them. Once I figured all that out, the video ended up being roughly fourteen minutes long, which was comfortably in the middle of my required time frame. Next, I began taking a 2002 PBS documentary apart, because it had a lot of interesting clips I wanted to use. I isolated a lot of clips from various documentaries and interviews to possibly include. I created a title slide and lined up all the audio clips so they flowed okay. Then I edited video clips and pictures together in a cohesive way that followed my narrative. This part took a long time, because OpenShot is very finicky. I couldn’t leave OpenShot open for a long time because it likes to crash when left unattended. Thankfully it autosaves most of the time, and I was able to put everything together without messing up. An interesting thing I’d like to mention is that I started this project three different times to get to this part. I first tried to use DaVinci Resolve to create this video. However, despite downloading the free version, I could not use any transitions in the video. Since I was using a lot of video clips and photos from different media sources, I needed transitions to adjust brightness and volume, and to ensure the cuts weren’t so sudden. DaVinci Resolve prompted me one too many times to pay for a basic feature and I uninstalled it. I then tried to use the Windows Video Editor, only to discover transitions do not exist in it. I installed OpenShot as a last resort. While it does crash from time to time, and lags horribly if you leave it open for too long, it was actually the easiest one to use. Plus it’s completely free and had all the transitions and effects I could have ever wanted. Once I finished the video in OpenShot, I actually exported it to use in the Windows Video Editor. I did this so I could use the royalty free music that’s available in the editor. The Windows Video Editor has a feature that automatically aligns music to the length of your video. I’ve never seen this feature in another editor, and it’s one I enjoy using a lot. I had to split my video a few times, export them, and then put them back together with the uploaded music. This was honestly the easiest part of this entire project. Unfortunately, I ran into a bit of trouble with the editor glitching out at the beginning of my video, but it was a minor discoloration issue on a black screen, so I kept it in since it didn’t really disrupt anything. After I did all this, I put a copy of my video transcript on the page I uploaded my video on. This part took a long time because I had to go through all my sources and include footnotes where appropriate. I transcribed all the video clips I used as well, keeping accessibility in mind. I also have a full bibliography linked on a second page. These were honestly the most mundane parts of the assignment, but are crucial if you are a history major like me. The very last thing I did was upload the video to YouTube. You know what the best part was? There weren’t any copyright strikes. None. The longest video I’ve ever made, and I managed to do it within the confines of copyright laws! That made me very happy. I will embed the completed video documentary in this post, but I will also provide a link to the complete project for anyone interested. Follow this link if you want to see the complete project. It can also be found under the “History of Mental Health in the U.S.” sub-tab under “History” in the header of my blog. Please tell me what you think in a comment down below! Also, a big thanks to Professor Bond for allowing me to use this for one of my assignments this week! This project is the result of weeks worth of work and I hope at least some people enjoy it!
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    A Beginner’s Attempt at Videomaking

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    This week we started our unit of videos and video editing. As a person who has hardly no experience with video editing, I decided to start early so it wouldn’t be a struggle by the end of the week. We had two required assignments which had us expand on project ideas and create a short video essay. Then we had a choice to either create a large scale video or complete ten stars worth of assignments. I choose to do the latter, creating a lyric video, a short hand-drawn animation, and a video where the sound is muted and a song is played over it. I had a lot of fun doing these assignment and already have some more planned for next week! Please take the time to go through and check out the work I’ve done this week! I look forward to seeing some new comments! This Week’s Daily Creates! Since this week was all about videos, we were only required to complete two Daily Creates. I did more than two, but here’s two of my favorites from this week! This Week’s Comments and Participation! As always, here’s a list of some of the blog posts I’ve commented on this week! Check them out and be sure to comment! Also, don’t forget to comment on some of my own! I’ve noticed there hasn’t been a lot of activity lately. I try to always respond, too, so please go out and comment! Happy Accidents Bringing It Back! Freshman Memories Every Hour Vlog Project Expansions! James Corden DC Done Early Arrow Dancing Golden Girls Stop Motion Best of Fall 2021 So Far Play It Backward, Jack Overall, this week has been very interesting. I’ve made some short video assignments I never thought I’d be making in my life, and they were all surprising fun! I’ve got some assignments planned out for next week too! Be sure to look out for that!
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    A Short Western Animation

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    For my final assignment this week, I created a short animated trailer for an assignment I created, called “Create Your Own Animated Trailer.” I was inspired to do this by another assignment that had you create a western trailer on a whiteboard, but I wanted to take it a step further and try my hand at animating with my iPad! For this assignment, I used an app called Procreate. Procreate is a neat artistic app that is availably exclusively on iPad, and allows you to make just about any kind of art you want. At first I thought about trying to digitally recreate a Bob Ross painting (which I still might do!) but decided to try and use the animation features for this assignment. To animate using Procreate, you have to draw each frame by hand. I wanted this trailer to have a specific western noir-esque look, so I stuck to certain charcoal looking pens. I mainly used silhouettes to enhance that noir look. I actually drew all the silhouettes myself. You can use photos as references in Procreate, so I used them as references and drew them to look as similar as possible. I took me a long time to do this. I actually started on this project Saturday night and only finished Tuesday evening. The entire project was actually roughly eleven different project files in Procreate before I combined them together using iMovie. You can download animations in Procreate as MP4 files, which made making the video a lot easier. I also created still text slides, so it appears to emulate a silent film. I cannot take credit for the text, though. It comes from the intro of Red Dead Redemption 2, the video game that in-part inspired me to make this animation. The music also comes from RDR2 intro. I thought it fitting to use the haunting music that opens RDR2, because that game does not have a happy ending. I don’t imagine this having a happy ending either. Hopeful, maybe. But not happy. Like the silhouette animations, I made the text stills by using Procreate. The writing is my own, using a Logitech stylus to try my hardest to make it look elegant and fancy. Afterwards, I compiled everything in iMovie, adjusting the zoom and hover settings before adding the music. And that’s the final project! Tell me what you think down below! I know this probably isn’t my best work, but this is my first time doing something like this and I rather like how it turned out!
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    Music That Fits The Movie

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    For my second assignment this week, I decided to complete the “Watching Movies With the Stereo On” assignment. Since my third assignment is going to be one that is worth quite a bit of stars (stay tuned!), I decided to do a smaller one to bump myself up to the ten star mark! This assignment was very easy. Pick a clip, mute the sound, add music, and publish! However, I wanted to pick a clip and a song that fit together. So I got to thinking and remembered one of my favorite fight scenes in a movie. Bruce Willis versus Karl Urban in RED (2010) is one of my favorite scenes, because Urban’s character is surprised when Willis sneaks into the CIA. The two fight, they both end up injuring each other badly, and it’s just hilarious because it shows how an old guy like Willis can still be awesome in a fight, while Urban’s character thinks Willis won’t be that much of an issue. If you haven’t seen the movie, I’d recommend it. RED stands for “Retired, Extremely Dangerous” and features Bruce Willis, a retired CIA agent, on the run after the CIA calls a hit on him. The movie is full of action and doesn’t take itself seriously, making it an excellent comedy as well. In order to do this assignment, I had to first download the clip I wanted to use. Thankfully, YouTube is a goldmine when it comes to these things, and I found a clip that didn’t cut too much of the scene out. The old VLC-Codec trick came in handy here (basically it decodes the video and lets you download it) and I was soon free to start editing. I used the Windows Video Editor. One thing I’d like to point out is that the movie already has a song playing in this scene, Aerosmith’s “Back in the Saddle Again.” The song is faint, and it cuts out when the camera isn’t on the fight. I wanted to take that song and make it the most prominent thing in the video. Thankfully, I own a copy of the song because I have Aerosmith’s Devil’s Got A New Disguise album, which has this song on it. I simply ripped it from the CD and uploaded it to the video. I messed around with the song a bit, so the guitar would really kick in when Willis throws the table, and then tested to see how it played with the rest of the visuals. I really like how it turned out. I think it makes the scene a little funnier too, especially since the song kind of emphasizes Willis’s experience in these matter and implying Urban is a bit of a rookie. Plus the meaning of “back in the saddle” really fits the theme of the movie! Give it a watch! Tell me what you think in a comment down below!
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    Lyrical Aventure

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    For my first assignment of the week, I wanted to create something that people love yet is very controversial on YouTube: a lyric video. This is the “Create A Lyric Video” assignment from the DS106 assignment bank. I decided to start off with this assignment since it is worth a whopping four and a half stars and I am doing the second option we were given for the week that involved us completing tens stars worth of assignments. The song I decided to create a lyric video for is “Tuff Enuff” by the Fabulous Thunderbirds (1986). I first heard this song while driving home from work one night, listening to old reruns of American Top 40 with Casey Kasem. American Top 40 began in 1970 and played the top forty hits from the Billboard charts. There are a few radio stations in Richmond and Fredericksburg that replay the 1980s countdowns, and involve Kasem telling stories about the artists on the countdown, playing long-distance deductions (that arrived by snail-mail), and taking a look back at the 1950s and 1960s at times. I listen to American Top 40 because I love 1980s music and culture, and listening to it is almost like being transported by to the 1980s. I remembered this song in particular because it was one I had somehow never heard before, and I know a lot of ’80s songs. Kasem told a story about the drummer, Fran Christina, and how the Canadian Mounties had to go find him for the band, which was amusing. Then, I forgot the song and the drummer’s name. I spent a month searching for the song before finding it again, and I plan to never let it go! To start off, I tried my hand at creating a presentation that would sync up with the music and highlight text as the corresponding lyrics were sung. I thought it was great, but it failed when I tried to record it. However, I was not deterred! I decided to try and do something with the official music video, which is colorful and amusing in itself. I downloaded the video from YouTube using the VLC Media Player Codec trick (which I won’t describe here, on the offhand chance they try and patch it) and uploaded the video to the Windows Video Editor. I’d like to point out Windows Video Editor and Windows Movie Maker are two different things, and unfortunately Movie Maker is not compatible with my computer. The Video Editor can be found within the Photo Editor, which is both confusing and surprising. I also have OpenShot, but it’s a bit finicky, and did not have the proper tools for what I did to the video. The Video Editor has split and trim tools that let you look at it down to the second. Basically what I did was go through the video, and every time I heard a verse, slit the video. I did this for every verse. This took a long time, since the Video Editor is not that precise and I had to be very precise with my mouse. The result played effortlessly, like the original video, but now I could go through and add animated text for the lyrics without them overlapping. Adding the lyrics was simple, but time consuming. I Googled the lyrics, despite knowing them by heart. I wanted to make sure I had them correct and added them one by one to each of the split sections. Plus, I had to ensure they started and stopped at appropriate times, which took some adjusting in the settings. I wanted it to look cartoonish and used a subtitle option called “Joy” that let me use the colorful subtitle fonts. I personally think it makes the lyrics look more alive as the video plays. A final thing I did was tint the video lightly, using a filter called “Sunset” to make the colors pop out a little more to compliment the lyrics. Now all that was left was to upload it to YouTube. As I’m sure we are all aware, DMCA takedowns can be a pain, meaning videos you upload to YouTube can be blocked, taken down, or have segments removed if they infringe copyright. You are supposed to be able to use copyrighted media for educational use (like in this class), but YouTube doesn’t allow you to identify whether or not your video is educational or not. I seem to remember there being a place to identify that, but I couldn’t find it when uploading this. Thankfully, YouTube let me leave it as unlisted without removing any of the visuals or audio, despite it being blocked just about everywhere. If this is no longer the case at the time of anyone watching this video, please let me know. I can always upload it to Vimeo if something happens. Please leave a comment down below and tell me what you think!
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    Projects & Remixes

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    This week was a fairly light week, which I appreciated after working on the radio projects. I honestly needed a short break after that project and all the other assignments I have been working on this week for other classes. However, I still appreciated the assignments we were required to do and enjoyed doing them immensely. I got to revisit two previous assignments and revise them. I decided to focus on a postcard and a song I made, making sure to challenge myself a bit for both assignments! I also got to listen the our radio shows on DS106 Radio! Afterwards I had some time to brainstorm some project ideas, however I haven’t quite figured out what I want to do! This Week’s Daily Creates! This week we were asked to incorporate three Daily Creates into a story. I was a bit of an overachiever and managed to incorporate four by picking three and using them as a prompt for the National Day on Writing. I won’t be posting my Daily Creates here like normal since I have included all of them in a post of their own! You can check them out, as well as the story I made, by clicking on the link down below! Commenting and Participation! We’re back this week commenting like normal! Like always, I’ve provided links to some of the most interesting blogs I’ve commented on this week! Be sure to check them out! And please check out my own blog as well! Color Changer (Rework) Another Bob Ross moment! Way of Thinking Design Assignment (Rework) Final Project Ideas Graphics Girl Revisited Still My Happy Place Here’s a Thought New and Improved Assignment Redux Superman? Are you there? Take a Guess! (redone) Be sure to check out my work form this week if you haven’t already! This week, while light, was still a lot of fun! I’m looking forward to video assignments now as well as our final projects! Thanks for reading!

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