Countrify Yourself! (Remix Assignment)

Time to take off the Barber Shop Quartet outfits and slap on some leather boots and a 10 gallon hat! For this assignment, I decided to go back to the previous audio assignment I’d created called “A Capella With Yourself”, and click the Remix button. I ended up choosing the 3rd remix card option, entitled “Countrify It.” The challenge was to take the existing assignment and find a way to make it sound country. In this case, I would have to take 3 vocal tracks to create an A Capella song AND somehow make it country. Here’s what I came up with!

I wrote the lyrics myself for this one; using the most stereotypical country tropes ever, a partner leaving the protagonist and they go to the bar to get a drink and spend the night hungover from the alcohol. Out of the 2 weeks worth of assignments, which are mainly focused on blogging, I figured it’d be nice to take a break and revisit audio. I created this using my main audio weapon, Garageband (long time no see!) I’ll be a well-known country singer in no time!

“Paralyze Me Out” (Vocal Instrumental Mashup ***)

I swear I’m gonna be swimming in copyright strikes by the end of this course. This is a mashup of the 2 songs “Paralyzer” by Finger Eleven and “Take Me Out” by Franz Ferdinand. This was made for the Vocal Instrumental Mashup assignment where the task was to take the vocals of 1 song and mash them up with the instrumental of another song. For this, I had the vocals of Paralyzer sync with the background music of Take Me Out.

 

First I downloaded the instrumental of Take Me Out then the vocals of Paralyzer. To make this, I used Garageband to edit the 2 tracks to match one another. The hard part was trying to match up the beats of both songs so they’d sound well together. The reason I specifically picked these songs was because not only did they sound similar, but they had similar beats per minute (bpm.) The bpm of Paralyzer is between 128 and 135 while Take me out was 123. Because of this small difference, I had to chop up the Paralyzer vocals to make them fit within the 2/2 time signature (meaning 2 beats in every measure.) You can sort of hear these gaps in the song.

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In the picture, the bottom track has the music part, while the top track is the chopped up vocals.

These 2 songs work so well together that you cant really tell it’s a mashup!

Death Note Album Cover (Remix an Album Cover***)

What do you get when you cross a Japanese cartoon with an English band? You get a remixed album cover!
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This cover was created for the Remix an Album Cover remix assignment. This image is a parody of the Gorillaz Demon Days album cover which features all four of the Gorillaz members on a white background facing the same direction. Instead of Murdoc, 2D, Noodle and Russel, I replaced them with Light, L, Misa, and Ryuk from the anime called Death Note. I changed the title of the album from “Demon Days” to “The New World” because in the show, Light and Misa are trying their hardest to create a perfect world free of crime by bringing the criminals to a deadly justice. (Seriously, I love this show!)

I made this album cover in GIMP by taking the original Gorillaz cover and erasing the text and characters. After that I went through a bunch of Death Note clips to find the 4 main characters with a side view, to make it match the original album as much as possible. This was what took me so long because they were always facing the camera straight on in the shot. I fuzzy erased the backgrounds they were in and pasted them in their respective white squares. Hm, I would love to see these 4 in a band, too bad they couldn’t work together since they’d be fighting all the time.

Artificial Intelligence

In an age where artificial intelligence is becoming more and more prominent, we must become weary of those who walk among us. Who is real, and who is a machine? As the decades go by, it will become more difficult to answer this question. Your best friend could be a cyborg and you would never know.

(My blog makes the image seem like it’s squished together. Right click it and choose “View Image” to see the right proportions.)

Artificial Intelligence

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This activity was done for the “For the Remix” assignment. I made this image using a portrait from Jonathan Worth’s website, Creative Commons images of a metal skull and bar code, and GIMP. First I turned the whole image’s color to a silvery-blue to try to mimic the dramatic lighting found in a Terminator movie or something. Then I selected half of his face, cut it away, and pasted it as a new layer. Making it a new layer allowed me to freely rotate the piece without messing up the rest of the face. When I rotated it, I wanted it to look like half of his face was breaking open like a pinata to reveal his metal skull.

The skull was another layer in itself and it was was moved to fit directly under the face layer. The problem I had with this was that the skull was an image that faced directly forward while the face was turned at an angle. I tried to fix this by slightly warping the skull to turn it a bit. The red eye inside the skull was done with a series of fuzzy brushes and Gaussian blurs (to add the glow) Meanwhile the other eye was red to show that there was also a red light behind that part of the face too.  Finally, I added the bar code to his forehead to show that he is just a product; an android that could be bought at an AI industry. (this layer’s opacity had to be turned down to make it look like it was naturally printed into is forehead.)

I had ALOT of fun making this and I was impressed with how it turned out. My first idea was to open his head and inside there was going to be the inside of an apple, symbolizing knowledge. But that would’ve been too easy and I went with something much cooler. I mean, would you rather have a fruit for a brain or an advanced piece of technology that could grant you the power to do unimaginable things? Yeah, I thought so.

Living the Dream (Final Project Idea)

After 3 days of thinking this week, I’ve finally discovered what I wanted to do for the final project! Throughout my 13 weeks of being apart of this class, I believe I’ve mentioned something My Little Pony related a good number of times. I’ve decided that this final project will be no different! Ladies and gentlemen take your seats and prepare to admire the crazy adventures of the fastest, toughest, and most energetic pony in all of Equestria, Rainbow Dash!

Living the DreamPoster

Pretty nice poster huh!

Okay so here’s the plan! I want to make a mashup of Rainbow Dash’s best scenes and have them explain how her determination and spirit brought her to the top of her class. Sort of a zero to hero kind of tribute.

The forms of media I plan to use are audio, design, and mashup. For the design portion, which I already got a jump on, I created a movie poster to advertise the “movie.” I made it in GIMP and used a vectored image of RD looking tough (this image was over 7000 pixels tall so naturally it crashed my weak browser when I opened it,) a picture of her cutie mark to go in her pupil, and a black border to wrap it all up. I also used one of her most known quotes that pretty much sums up her personality. The white background may not seem elaborate, but the video will be the complete opposite.

In the video, there will be multiple clips of RD demonstrating her agility, quickness, determination, and overall awesomness. Along with these clips will be an immense amount of flashy effects to lead her flashy flying moves. Actually there’s this image distortion effect that I’ve been dying to try that makes the video seem “ultra wide screen,” like the screen encases itself by extending farther on both sides (don’t know how else to explain it, but when you see it you’re gonna LOVE it!) There will also be clips of her ultimate idols, The Wonderbolts, the greatest team of flyers in the land and whom she’d do anything to meet and be apart of. The inclusion of the Wonderbolts in the video will remind us what RD is working toward.

For the video’s audio, I wanted to use a fanmade song called “The Wonderbolts Take Flight” by Kristen Cooper. I’m using this song because I personally know Kristen and can get permission to use it without getting sued for copyright or something. Plus this song has just the amount of energy I need without having words. Also, to overlay the music I’m going to have a handful of audio clips from some of the MLP episodes. Since the background music wont have words, you’ll be able to hear them.

As you can probably tell by now, I envy Dash’s courage and wish I could be like her, which is why she’s my absolute favorite pony and deserves an awesome tribute!. It’d also be the perfect way to top off the Ds106 experience.

Recycled Media Mashup

Reduce, Reuse, RECYCLE!

I’ve taken 5 pieces of unused media from the Ds106 junked media bucket and created this…I don’t know what it is, but it seems like an awesome party to be invited to!! I mean penguin suits?? Sign me up!

This video was created for the Recycle the Media assignment where we had to take only 5 pieces of media and mash it up to tell a story. The 5 materials I selected were 4 pictures and 1 audio file. The images I chose at random were: a guy and his reflective shades, a girl in a penguin suit, a girl sticking her tongue out, and a party scene. The audio I used was simply labeled “Scrap_yeah_yeah” so I’m assuming the song is called “Yeah Yeah.”

Since I still couldn’t get the Popcorn remixing program to work because of the flash player crisis I mentioned in my last blog entry, I had to use Final Cut again (not that I have a problem with it, it just takes a while for things to render sometimes.) I guess the story here is that the people in the pictures have waited all week for this day, and it’s finally here. They must buy all the snacks, prepare their costumes, and put on their game faces because tonight they’re going to stop everything they’re doing and PARTY like there’s no tomorrow!

Alan’s Trip to Mars!

After a loooong semester, the Cogdog himself decides to take a vacation…to the planet Mars! Watch him prepare for the long journey!

How he got to Mars with JUST Monopoly money I’ll never know.

This is the first remix video that I’ve done this week, and so far it’s my favorite because we can make our professor do silly things through MOVIE MAGIC! At first I tried to use Mozilla Popcorn to remix the video, but the problem was that it wasn’t running properly in any of my browsers. This was because the flash player on the site is a newer version of the flash player that I currently have on my computer. “But Amber, why not just update your flash player?” Welp…turns out the newest version of flash player only runs on Mac OS X 10.6 or higher; I only have OS X 10.5. “But Amber, why not just update your computer so you can get the new flash player?” In order to update my computer, I’d need to order the 10.6 package through the Apple website and have it sent to my parents house 2hrs away from me, since the school’s mail system is very unreliable. The process is extremely long, so I decided to create this remix my old fashion way, with my trusty sidekick Final Cut Pro.

The first thing I had to do in the video was to replace his blank laptop screen with a crazy highlight from this semester. This moment deserved the craziest thing I’ve ever done this semester, my Epic Instrument Woman video! Next, he wanted to listen to some tunes on his old fashioned record player. He explained how the song was oldschool, so I had to think “what do I like that’s also from his generation?” I ended up cranking up one of my favorite Mowtown oldies, “And the Beat Goes On” by The Whispers. Very fitting right! After that came some of the tricky stuff. Almost everything in the video that I added was done so by keyframe overlaying, which means you can overlay the original footage and edit each frame’s appearance by timecode. I’m not experienced enough to know how to crop out specifice designs from a rectangular image, other than the left, right, top, and bottom, which is why when I put the Mars image on the map, I couldn’t draw the map around his arm. However, I WAS able to crop out the left side of it when he moved the laptop toward it. This was also done on the laptop for a brief second with the Wikipedia page before the scene switched to the full laptop. This same keyframing nonsense went on for the rest of the video for any of the added images. In order to write on the grading page, I changed the duration of the screen by taking a screenshot of the page. I then used Final Cut’s typewriter function to create 3 typewriter tracks for my name, grade, and evaluation. (The “next Tarantino” joke has been something I’ve been saying the whole semester in my blogs!) The last scene was an actual panorama video of the planet Mars. I took this from a youtube video.

Some of you may be wondering “why Mars?” Well Mars is the final frontier and it’s WORTH exploring!! Sure it may take 10 months to get there, but once you’re there it’s a life changing voyage! That monopoly money he used was just enough to get him a round trip ticket, and even a complimentary stop on the moon! Hope he brings back souvenirs and an alien or 2.

5 Second Film: Caesar is Rude (5 Seconds of Fame **)

Yet another video that shows how Caesar is a jerk sometimes. You try to say something to him and he walks off! How rude!

Dialogue:
Caesar: “What’s up Amber! I gotta ask you something!”
Me: “Hi puppy!”
Caesar:”…oh wait…I forgot. Nevermind.”

This video pretty much sums up my dog’s personality in 5 seconds. This was created for the “5 Seconds of Fame” video assignment where you had to make some aspect of your life funny, but only in 5 seconds.  This footage actually came from a larger home video that I’d taken with my family during New Years. As I was walking around my house with the camera, Caesar came up to me, acting like he wanted something or had something to say to me. Instead when I tried to greet him, he suddenly forgot what he came to me for and left. What’s funny is he did the exact same thing in his puppy video where he was playing with a squeaky toy and he suddenly lost interest in it and left it. I guess he’s got the attention span of an armpit…

I tried to match the 5 Second Film style as much as possible by having the same opening/closing font and durations. I used Final Cut Pro to make this rather than iMovie because I needed the exact font layout (Lucida Grande, Centered) if I wanted to stay true to the style. Sadly when I recorded this I was using an IPod Touch, and it was turned sideways. That’s why the irremovable black bars of death are on the sides.

I liked this assignment because showed that one doesn’t need a 20min long sitcom to be funny, and that simplicity is all one really needs. 5 seconds could be worth 1000 words!

Caesar the Tough Puppy! (What Do Pets Think About? **)

I swear, if I were to read my dog’s thoughts, they would always say something about being the roughest toughest dog in the neighborhood! Well now I finally get to see what this dog is thinking! Introducing Caesar the Tough Puppy for the “What Do Pets Think About” video assignment!

Caesar is my Labrador Walker Hound mix and he’s currently 3 years old, but in the video he was only a few weeks old. Caesar was always a tough little guy. This stems back to when he was just a puppy and he would always steal things from the other puppies in his litter. Now that he’s older, you could be sitting on the couch watching TV, and he’d come up and jump on you for no reason wanting to wrestle. He tries to act like a big champ, but he’s just hiding the fact that he’s a total sweetie!

This is him older!

Caesar

I made the video using a mix of iMovie, Final Cut Pro, Garageband, and GIMP. I used GIMP to create the introduction photo using a picture of Caesar trying to jump out of his box. In Garageband, I used one of the royalty free songs called “Vintage” because it sounded really…triumphant! Then in iMovie I uploaded some video that I’d taken when he was a puppy and then did the voiceover there since I could watch the video at the same time to match the voice up. After I created that, I moved the product to Final Cut to add the introduction photo, transitions, music, and outro.

Caesar has sort of calmed down as he’s gotten older, and now he’s got another puppy to worry about. That’s right, we just got him a playmate last month named Prince. After Goldie, Caesar’s older playmate died, Caesar was devastated and hated being alone. Ever since we got Prince, Caesar has been A LOT happier, running around playing with him. Sorry Caesar, looks like there’s a new tough puppy in town!

Reverse Rip (Play It Backwards, Jack! *)

This is me ripping a piece of paper in reverse for the “Play It Backward, Jack” video assignment. Um…nothing analytically in depth about this, but I do admit it looks sort of cool.

I’m sorry that this reversal isn’t extremely creative, but the reason for this is because, unlike in video editing where anything can be fixed, if I were to damage, spill, or drop something in real life there would be consequences. Its not like I can knock over a glass of chocolate milk somewhere or drop a bag of Skittles and reverse the spill to clean it up (although that’d be pretty cool.) Every action has a reaction, and only with movie magic can it be reversed.