May 29, 2013, by LF
For our final project as action, we got the opportunity to help put together a mix-tape for our graduation. We chose our songs bases on our newfound knowledge of pitch, beat, timbre, and acoustics . I chose my two songs because they are both utopic for me in every way. They both have good beats and the timbers of both of the singers interests me.
Daylight – Maroon5 – 3:49
I chose this song because it is upbeat, but it has a sad undertone, owing to the fact that it is about spending the last few hours with someone. I chose this song partly because it is relatable, but I also think this is a good choice for graduation because it has a utopic sound to it. Adam Levine, the lead vocalist, has a very unique, utopic, smooth, well rounded, high-pitched timbre and the beat makes this song fun and pleasant to hear.
Of Monsters and Men – Little Talks – 4:15
I decided to choose this song for the Graduation Mixtape because it reminds me of positive and good times. Ever since I heard this song, it has always made me happy. I feel like these feeling have to do with the calm, slightly high pitched timbre of the singer. The song has a nice medium beat, making it not too fast but not too boring. It is a very upbeat and fun song to listen to and its fast pace makes it entertaining, perfect for playing in the background when talking with friends.
May 2, 2013, by LF
A daunting project was set before me when I was told I had to hand make two instruments and learn a song on them, but I was ready to challenge myself. The purpose of this piece was to discover the impact pitch has on music and songs. I am proud of the fact that I was able to complete this and that my final product sounded remotely like a song. I learned a lot about the impact of pitch and different ways of describing pitch. Thanks for listening! View my artist statement below:
Hedwig’s Theme Remix
Length of song: 1:36
For my Unit two Action Project, my assignment was to recreate a utopic or dystopic song with homemade instruments, focusing on the impact of pitch. The instruments we created from scratch were a Diddley Bow, or a one string guitar, which we were taught to make by a special guest named Jay who is a musician. And a Kalimba, on which we made tines from bobby pins. We used these instruments to mimic our song and it’s pitch. Once we somewhat learned our song on these new instruments, we were to investigate and focus on high and low pitch and how it affects the message of our song. Once we chose our song, we drew a musical graph of the different pitches and we learned ways to describe pitches and using adjectives. Then, we connected our song to a memory or a special moment from the past and we wrote a narrative.
The song I chose is called Hedwig’s Theme. It’s a very recognizable song because Harry Potter is obviously a very well known film, and listening to the song is very utopic for me. It makes me happy because of all the wonderful memories I have associated with it. The song begins on high, sharp, quiet notes, which give me a calm feeling, and then these notes slowly escalate as more instruments join. When a chorus of violins follow the high synthesized piano, it reminds me of sitting in bed late at night with my best friend and excitedly anticipating the start of the first movie in our Harry Potter marathon. A little bit later in the song, some low instruments weave their way in, balancing out the songs higher pitches. From there, more instruments come in, echoing each other and forming the best song ever.
During the process I took to completing this project, I learned to draw out the pitches to Hedwig’s Theme and I utilized the adjectives I was taught to describe the different pitches I drew. Then I made my two instruments. The Diddley Bow was made from a piece of wood, a string, and thumb tacks to hold the string in place and I made my Kalimba from a box, some wood, and bobby pins. Then I recorded my Hedwig’s Theme Remix on my computer. I’m happy and relieved to have a finished product. You can hear it below.
April 17, 2013, by LF
For my Soundtopia action project, our job was to mix eight or more sounds together in order to create the ambiance of a personal memory. The purpose of this was to help us learn more about timbre, and it’s affect on listeners and observers. I’m very happy with the fact that I learned how to use sound editing programs on my computer, which was quite an accomplishment for me. I learned a lot about timbre, and that it can invoke certain feelings into conversations, either positive or negative. Timbre is very powerful.
My Unit 1 assignment for my Soundtopia class was to create a soundtrack based on a personal memory. We were meant to recreate this memory using notable sounds, made by our voices and various props. I learned that as the timbre of my voice changes, the emotion I am portraying changes. I discovered how to use garage band to help the different sounds be heard at different times. I did this to help the listeners get a better idea of what they are supposed to catch. The memory I chose was one I experienced while I was on vacation in Bali.
I remembered sitting in a small restaurant on the beaches of Bali. There was light Balinese music playing in the background, while people’s silverware was clinking lightly and waves crashed on the shore. I really wanted to give the feel if this memory by creating my own sounds, similar to the ones I heard. I recreated the Balinese music using chimes and singing bowls and a piano, I recorded some waves at the lake, and I recorded different members of the family clinking their plates and silverware around to create the ambiance of a restaurant.
After I created all of my sounds, I had to mix them together and edit them. I did that using Garage band, which is a program for music making on my computer. I worked on fading in and out of different sounds, creating the affect that the listener is actually there, listening to different aspects of their surroundings. I am very proud of this project, and I hope you like it.
March 11, 2013, by LF
For my Unit project in my Textile Cultures class, our end of term piece was to create a sculpture out of an original piece of textile, with inspiration from the patter we chose to screen print onto that textile. The purpose of this assignment was to help us think about Textiles in a different way, and to give a look at how the print of textiles impacts or makes a statement about you or the story you want your clothes to tell. I feel proud of the fact that I was able to be independent during my work in this unit. I felt good about my ideas and was comfortable sharing them and diving deep. I learned that every pattern tells a story, whether you are aware of it or not.
My art creation is a pair of angel wings derived from my original screen printed textile. The story behind my choice to make angel wings is related to my original textile because the original pattern on my textile is the symbol ‘OM’. This symbol has a great significance with me and my travels. When I was traveling around the island of Bali, this symbol was a common occurrence. The symbol “OM” is from the Hindu culture, which is a major religion in Bali. It is said that that sound OM was the first sound heard in the universe, and therefore, the creator of all life on earth! Relating back to why I chose wings, the Bali gods could fly and humans wanted to be all powerful like their gods; however, they could not fly. I decided to create wings, using all of my textile, because I am going with the theme of humans trying to be like the gods, like the Balinese people. I think my chosen form of textile art (an interactive sculpture) enhances the story of the printed pattern because Bali gods were the masters for which some of the temples that I saw were built. I am hoping my angel wings will remind me of the Balinese people’s dedication to their gods and their yearning to be like them.
The process of creating my art piece was very simple. First, I looked at examples of different types of textile arts. Once I decided I liked sculpture the best, I drew a blueprint of my idea to make wings. The next step was to break down the blueprint into shapes and create a pattern using measurements and life-size pieces of paper. Then I traced all the shapes onto my textile and cut it out. After sewing everything together and threading wire through the outsides of my wings for structure, I was ready to rock!