Blog Post Prompt#13: Record Yourself

Hello class,

For the last blog post, I  want to do something fun. Instead of a remix analysis, which we will do in class together, will you, instead, video record each other in regards to our class? I want to make a little movie of our class for future courses, so I thought you might comment on the following things in 2 minute clips: first impressions, what you knew coming in and what you know now, processes, cool things you made, future advice (this one is important–please end your clips with future advice).  

You may include other tidbits. I will then edit this and put it up on our course website (with your permissions, of course) and show it on our last day as a way of reflecting on our time together.  Feel free to just film yourself through iMovie or iPhone.

Since we have a class google drive and email account, I thought you all could upload your video clips there and title them as “class video_yourname”

These will be due by Thanksgiving and they are worth 2 points, so do a good job.

As always, looking forward to it.

tc

Blog Post Prompt #12: Rhythm Science

For this blog post, consider what DJ Spooky is saying on page 016, where he first lectures “young composers” who “need to think about the world around them…” and then laments that “too many people continue looking backwards to 12-tone music and Wagner” (016). He continues on the next page, “The same track? The same beat? Day after day, night after night…”(016). He calls this method or style “the changing same.”

Write a blog post in which you attempt to think *with* DJ Spooky on this issue. You might begin by considering what he means by the changing same? How does it fit into or fall outside of his notion of rhythm science? Remix? Sampling? Or his overall project? Then, examine some implications of this argument in terms of the archive, remix and/or our class.

Stay close to the text, use quotes, and be careful readers. Pose at least one question for class discussion. Try to avoid any large claims or generalities–think specifics and particularities as you articulate a response. 

**Blog post responses, as always, should be proofread, 300 words, and thought-provoking.

***Please categorize your blog posts! Do it for this one and every other one you’ve written for the class. I will not grade the blog post unless it’s in the proper category (because it’s much easier to find this way). 

Blog Post Prompt #11: DIY Audacity

As a reminder:

DIY Blog Posts should provide practical instruction on a particular skill or technique that is not covered by the in-class studio, in-class practice or assigned tutorials but that might be useful for other students in the course. DIY posts should include relevant images (screenshots, etc.) and links to additional web resources or tutorials, as needed.

The idea behind these is that you do a little research and play around with the software. Google something you might want to figure out and then make your own tutorial. Personalize it and make it fun.

tc

**Not due until Friday at 9pm.

Blog Post Prompt #10: Audio Doc. Analysis

Choose your favorite podcast from the three we listened to for this class – Radiolab: Behind the Scenes Who am I?,  This American Life–Superpowers!— and write about it! For example: What do you notice about how it is put together? How does it draw upon the distinct affordances of sound as a mode of storytelling? What will you take away from this piece as you begin your own work in audio documentary? Be sure to point to specific moments in the podcast to illustrate your ideas.

Blog Post #9: DIY Website / Dreamweaver

As a reminder:

DIY Blog Posts should provide practical instruction on a particular skill or technique that is not covered by the in-class studio, in-class practice or assigned tutorials but that might be useful for other students in the course. DIY posts should include relevant images (screenshots, etc.) and links to additional web resources or tutorials, as needed.

The idea behind these is that you do a little research and play around with the software. Google something you might want to figure out and then make your own tutorial. Personalize it and make it fun. Be ready to teach someone your trick on Thursday.

tc