These past two weeks really taught me about remixes and mashups. I was very familiar with what a remix was before these assignments, but only when it came to music and movies. However, these past two weeks have taught that pretty much anything digital can be remade and almost everything in our society can have a remix. Whether it be for storytelling such as the web or videos, or it can be for products that are sold to customers such as chairs, cars, and etc. But these assignments have taught me the different ways you can remix an original assignment and even other things that I never knew could be remixed such as web pages. I was not as familiar with mashups as I was with remixes, but doing these assignments taught me what mashups were and how effective they are at entertaining people or telling them a story. These past two weeks have been challenging in some aspects but they have been a great teaching tool as well.
What is Remix?
In this assignment we had to analyze examples of remixes and mashups and create a video or audio with someone else and explain what each of them are. I create an audio track with my little sister, and we had a discussion about them. I am very familiar with what a remix is especially when it comes to music and the remake of movies. I have listen to so many songs that are remixes off of the original and I have seen so many remakes of movies. Remixes and mashups are just another form of storytelling that are more unique compared to the main ones we are us too. Instead of creating or producing an original, you are combing or making significant changes to original works in order to tell a story. I think remixes are good, in the fact that it doesn’t make you start over with your work, it allows you to use someone else’s work and personalize it in order to tell you story, and these changes show very significant differences from the original one while paying respect to the people who made it before you.
Remixing A DS106 Assignment:
In this assignment, we had to take an original assignment and remix it with one of the 28 remix cards. After a few refreshes I finally got a remixing assignment that I was able to do. I had to take the original assignment of telling taking emojis and finding actual photos that matched them and also tell a mini story with the emojis as well. After completing the assignment for my remix card I had to add mustaches to all of the pictures. Overall, this was not a difficult assignment except for trying to crop the mustaches onto the original pictures. The story I was trying to tell with the emojis is when you are surprised with your first puppy or any kind of pet. This assignment really brought back great memories of when we got our first dog and the joy it brought to everyone. Even though he past away, I still hold on to the great times we had together and the first time when I saw him was one of them.
Remixing Using Popcorn:
For this assignment we had to remix an assignment using a software called Mozilla Popcorn Maker. We had to use the software to remix a video of where Alan should go on vacation. I found this to be the most difficult and most frustrating assignment of all of them this week. It really took me a long time to understand how the Popcorn software works but once I finally got a hold of the tools, it became a little easier to remix the video. As for the video itself I wanted to try to make it funny with the images I used. As for the music I tried to pick a old school song that I think most people would recognize and I also picked a very popular vacation spot as well in Paris, France. Overall, this was challenging but it did teach me about another tool that I can use to help create digital stories.
In this assignment we had to mash together different music clips and sound effects. This assignment was not too difficult since I know how to use Audacity now. I took some songs from AC/DC and combined them with some popular songs from today. I didn’t want to overlap them because I did not think they sounded as good, but I did line them up with the lyrics used in the songs which I think sounds better. I did add a couple sound effects such as a gun being shot and a motorcycle engine. I did overlap those with the music being played. I really wanted to create something that was uptempo and interesting to listen too, and I think I was able to create that with this audio track.
Tutorial for this Assignment:
At the end of the same blog I also gave my Tutorial on how to do this assignment. I broke up the assignment into 4 step process with very detailed instructions on how to create the assignment and how Audacity works. along with the steps I added photos for certain aspects of the project just to help give people visual directions as well.
10 Second Mashup of My Favorite Songs:
For this assignment we had to create a 10 second audio track of four or five songs either our favorite songs or from our favorite artists. For me I picked four of my favorite songs of all time. Part of the assignment was to make it a guessing game with the songs we chose, so I tried to pick segments of each song that were popular and would make it easier for people to guess what songs they were. The process to create this was fairly simple all I did was take the 4 songs and put them into Audacity. Then from there I just edited and cut out all the parts of the songs I didn’t need. This was a really fun assignment, I love listening to all kinds of music and this assignment allowed me to show some of the different types I listen too.
In this assignment we had to show the transformation of an actor or actress through their different movie scenes. The process to create this was pretty simple, I used Windows Live Movie Maker. I was able to find all of the movie scenes I wanted off of YouTube and then add them into Movie Maker. Then I cut out and trimmed the parts I didn’t want and put the movie scenes together. The actor I chose was Shia LaBeouf, as a kid I grew up watching his work in “Even Stevens” on the Disney Channel and his movie Holes. As I got older, he began to get into more action-packed roles which were really entertaining to watch. With this assignment I think I was able to capture his growth as an actor and person, as well as showing his qualities that make people love to watch his movies.
This week I created two assignments. Since I did not create one a couple of weeks ago when we were assigned too, I decided to create an extra one this week in order to make up for it.
Favorite Actor/Actress Highlight Reel:
The first assignment I created this week was a video assignment. In my assignment you have to create a 30 to 60 second highlight reel of one of your favorite actor or actress’s best movie scenes to you. I gave this assignment 3 stars because I felt it was in the middle, for someone who has experience with video software they could easily create this assignment, where as someone who has never used software like this before could have some trouble with making this highlight reel. I did do this assignment myself I created mine on Gerard Butler. The process for me was pretty easy since I am very familiar with Movie Maker now. Gerard Butler is a very talented actor who can play a wide-range of roles in movies. In this highlight reel that is what I tried to capture with all of the movie scenes I chose. I think this assignment is something students could use to help them learn about storytelling and using the tools, and it will not stressed them out to much while they are going through the process of creating it.
Comparing the Past to the Present:
The second assignment I created this weeks was a visual assignment where students compare two photos that are similar together. The assignment requires a student to take two photos one of their parents and one of themselves or a sibling that are posing the same way and when they were around the same age. I gave it a 2 star rating because the assignment is fairly easy but it does require some use of software to put the photos together. I did the comparison of my sister Merritt and my mom when they were 3 years old. My mother loves to have my sisters pose the same way when she was a child and many of them are hanging up in the house. I thought this assignment would allow students tell a story about them and their parents using visual aspects.