Remixin’ Til the Break of Dawn

So much of our world today is made up of remixes. A movie’s structure, scenes, and camera angles begin to look the same as a movie from the past. Album after album, even within different genres of music, had the same beat as one another. While each new track or take on this media changes the original piece, it is still the same. So as DJ Spooky says “many movie soundtracks sound like heavy-handed treatments of The Ring Cycle’s overtures” and he is correct. We repeat the same song, but by changing it in the slightest way we create something that we can consider to be new and original. Remixing and electronic dance music have allowed for a new style of music to be born. We no longer listen to “the same track” or “the same beat” day after day and night after night. We have created something new. And we have the ability to change that one song as many times as we want to. DJ’s will remix songs together to create a new sound. Most notably, the popular DJ “Girl Talk” in which we discussed in the very beginning of the semester makes a living off of other people’s work. I personally love his music and am so entertained by the sporadic attitude of the musician. For our remix projects, we are attempting to be like Girl Talk. For my group particularly I think our end result will be as sporadic as Girl Talk’s music. The way in which we intend to mix our archives together will keep the listeners/viewers on their toes. We wouldn’t want a set pattern like the old music followed but instead mash everything into one piece to create something new and alive. We were specifically told that we can only use work from our class and that because it is for class copyright laws did not apply. How could the term remix fit into plagiarism and copyright laws?

DIY what the Bleep

Completely spaced on this last night, but here is my DIY post for using audacity.  And I must say I have been having some fun with this editing effect.

In order to bleep out some inappropriate language that some interviewees might use the fix is easy and quick.

Step one: highlight the inappropriate word being used.

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Step two: Click on the tab “Generate” and then “Tone.”  This box should appear:

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Step three: change the Frequency to 1000hz. because thats what the professionals do for television.

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The highlighted word should change its frequency and will look like this:

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You have successfully bleeped out a word! Listen for the play back:

 

-RLB

 

 

Behind the Scenes

Radio lab: Behind the Scenes

“45 minutes for 1 minute”

This quote was taken from “Radio lab: Behind the Scenes,” it has embodied how I felt about the video when I watched it for the first time.  I am shocked that they would spend so much time working on something that would only end up being one minute of their show.

I’m really surprised at how much of practice and multiple takes they do for each piece.  I had always assumed that podcasts were just one person or a couple of people talking on the whim.  I never thought about the process behind each podcast.  It is like hearing a newspaper being read out loud.  A newspaper doesn’t have one single writer writing whatever they wish.  They have ideas, they have writes, and rewrites.  Lots of people, ideas and time go into each newspaper or magazine article so it makes sense that podcasts are done in the same way.

Sound is used in order to do what it is supposed to do.  They want you to hear it all in a specific way.  The two men in the main podcast are two specific and distinct voices.  The main “characters” of the podcast are Jad and Robert.  It is easy to tell the difference between these two people.  Having multiple voices, and multiple personalities shine through with just sound enhances the story for the listener.

Because this is really professional you can see the two Radio lab voices in their professional Radio lab.  The voice quality of their work is much clearer than when listing to the other podcast.

Having these as examples will help with my process as I create my own sound recordings.  I guess when I got the assignment I didn’t really see how I could record “A Day in the Life” without starting with my alarm going off in the morning, the water running as I brush my teeth, and grunts as I take vigorous notes in class.  I do not know how I want to do my piece at all. But at least I know to be a little more creative than an literal day in my life sound clip.

 

-RLB

Rollover Images

For my website I am planning on using a lot of rollover images in order to create links from page to page.  It is similar to how digitialtrishacampbell does it on our course homepage!

I used this for part of my recovery story and I really like what it adds to the page.  It’s such a simple feature but it changes the photos and the overall message.

I’ll use the photos from my recovery story as an example:

I took the original photo and saved it on my computer.  Then I opened the photo and edited it.  For my story I wanted to highlight two people in the photograph without using words or pointing directly to them.  So I used the pencil tool to scratch out the faces of everyone in the photo except for the two people I wanted the audience to notice.  I saved this edited photo as a new jpeg.

Original Image:

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Edited Image:

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Now that I have two photos I can create the rollover in Dreamweaver.

Open the html page that you wish you rollover image to be on.  Click the “Insert” tab at the top, then “Image Objects” to “Rollover Image”

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When this box appears, simply upload your images.  Image one should be the original, or what you want to be on the page.  Image 2 should be the image you wish to see when your cursor rolls over the image.

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Everything else is done like usual.  As long as both images are in your website folder, the images should appear when making this page live to the world.  If you want to see the finished rollover effect, please visit my (still under construction) website.  This specific rollover image is the last one of my recovery story.

-RLB

simple and pretty

I want my website to be professional but still creative. As graduation looms I want a website that will impress future employers. Looking for jobs in the writing and communication fields allows for a lot of room with creativity. I really like the simple websites. I want to utilize lots of white with pops of color in order to draw a viewer’s attention.

My inspiration for my website is from the website/blog called the LoDown. It is run by Lo Bosworth, my favorite Laguna Beach girl. Yup.

 

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I actually started watching her YouTube channel and am even more inspired by her open sequence of footage. I love the way the sun shines through the top of the video. I would like to add a video entry to the website to really show creativity and skill (a skill I would have to teach myself of course…)

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I am also interested in using circles and squares as links to other pages. I am pretty sure that most of that would be created in Photoshop and then hyperlinked in Dreamweaver. I want this photoshoped shapes to be the navigation and links throughout the whole site.

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I found these four websites on siteinspire.com. I really liked these four sites for their basis layouts and minimal amount of colors. These sites are very clean are a result of the simple design and basic colors. Even with a simple design I find it to be very accessible, useable, and professional – all three aspects I wish to create with my website.

 

-RLB