Time to Mix it UP! (Weeks 13 & 14 Remix and Mashup)

Can’t….feel my fingers anymore…been remixing and mashing SO much these past 2 weeks! On top of studying for final exams and doing final projects for other classes, I think these have been the busiest 2 weeks of the entire semester. But I got through them with all of the assignments done in time, and I even had some extra leeway time to put effort into them! I bet Youtube is sick of my uploads and having to give me all these copyright notices by now, but all these uploads were for a good purpose; EDUCATION! Since I pretty much summed up everything I did in the blog posts for these assignments, I think I’ll just list them here to spare anymore excessive finger injury.

Remix the Vacation (Alan’s Trip to Mars) Blog Post
This assignment was hilarious because I got to send the professor to another planet. I hope my ticket to Mars comes in the mail soon. I need a vacation!

Recycle the Media Assignment Blog Post

Reduce, Reuse, Recycle! This was where I took everyone’s unneeded junk media and turned it into a work of art. It’s a media party and everyone’s invited!

“Post-Photographic Portrait” Challenge Blog Post

This assignment was one of the funnest ones since I got to turn a man into a machine. I was so happy when Jonathan Worth himself liked it! :)

Countrify Yourself! (Remix Generator Assignment)

I had to take an a capella song and somehow countrify it according to the remix generator. I had this song stuck in my head all night even though I came up with the horrible lyrics in like 2 minutes!

Remixed Album Cover (3 stars)

This was the first remix assignment I did. I created a parody of the Gorillaz album cover “Demon Days” by using characters from the show “Death Note.” I think the Death Note crew would make an awesome metal band.

Vocal Instrumental Mashup (3 stars)

For this remix assignment I took the vocals of one song and mashed them up with the instrumental of another song to create a totally new song. Couldn’t even tell it was a mashup really since both songs sound extremely similar!

Final Project Idea Blog Post
This is my final project idea to create a 4 minute tribute to my favorite pony, Rainbow Dash. It’s gonna have alot of awesome effects, transitions, and clips of her being spectacular.  I’m sure she’d be proud if she saw it.

Remix vs. Mashup

According to Webster’s dictionary, a “remix” is defined as “a variant of an original recording (as of a song) made by rearranging or adding to the original.” I discovered the meaning of the word this week, without looking up the definition, and how it slightly differs from a mashup. My definition of remixing is altering preexisting content and transforming it into a new piece of media with a different message. This could be done with any sort of content; such as photos, music, and videos. The image below is a remix of Leonardo Da Vinci’s “The Last Supper”. This is only one of MANY remixes since the painting is so well known. Although the characters in the picture change throughout each of the remixes, the message of the famous portrait still remains the same in a sense that the individual in the center is meant to be the most important and is the main focus.

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A mashup is very similar in the sense that it still an alteration of some form of media. However, what makes a mashup different from a remix is that it needs at least one other piece of media to create something new. This could be done without changing the content itself and just adding something else to it. An example of this one of my favorite videos called “Cant Touch Mormon Jesus” where the author mashed up an animated video about Mormonism and the MC Hammer song “Can’t Touch This.” What makes this a legendary mashup is the fact that not only is the video clip matched to music, but the voices in the clip also sync with the music, as if the narrator was rapping to the beat. “Stop! Mormon time!”

A remix and a mashup follow similar concepts in that they are a transformation of preexisting material, but what makes them different is the fact that one of them is a transformation of itself without the aid of any other media element.
Whew…I thought I would never get through these 2 weeks, but I made it through with one extra paddle to sail with. I learned now that the videos I’d been making since I was younger were really mashups, and I’d actually been crafting stories by creating them; stories about ghosts were turned into music videos, stories about serious topics were lipsynced with funny audio ect. Remixes and mashups can be used to convey messages that are different than what was intended in the original media clip. This can have the power to change a person’s feelings about a situation; just as I discussed in a previous post about political mashups being able to make an individual see a candidate differently. I feel there are endless possibilities to give meaning to a lifeless work.

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.