Another Song Remixed
Creativity was really flowing through my veins this week, and I’m pretty happy with what I came up with. On top of that, we had some really phenomenal radio shows to listen to this week. I’m very grateful to have been a part of such an amazing team when creating mine, and it’s clear that every other team took the opportunity to shine as well. Let’s get into it!
Radio Listen and New Ideas
I was only able to catch a few shows all the way through this week, though I was able to catch bits and pieces of some that were amazing. I was grateful to be able to catch the entirety of Death of the Painter because it had so much depth and passion put into it. I believe it was the longest show, which makes sense because of the size of the group, but it never felt like a drag or overwhelming. The story was easy enough to follow for the most part, and though there are some criticisms I made in the blog post above, I think they absolutely knocked the project out of the park. It’s really impressive to see what students can do when paired together, utilizing all sorts of different creative skills to make something stunning.
When it comes to brainstorming new ideas for the next project, I’ll admit I found myself in a bit of a pickle. I’m currently starting work on another extremely creative project that utilizes sound, video, and graphic design that I’d love to work on for this class as well, but I know that may not be a possibility. I’d imagine that the outcome would be much more impressive if I could assign the time I’d spend on the two individual projects for each class all to this one, and it would be something I’d be interested in sharing with this class, but I’d still imagine it would be quite unlikely to happen. So, I came up with an idea to do another audio story using sound effects, music, and voice acting to create a story about a castaway who finds himself on a mystery island with two drastically different groups of natives. To learn more about my idea, make sure to check out the blog post up above.
Remixing Past Work
I didn’t want to take the easy way out on this assignment, instead selecting 2 past assignments that had great potential and/or I wasn’t as pleased with as I wanted to be the first time around. The first was a poster for a foundation, which originally was The Joy of Painting Foundation. It was both minimalistic and detailed, depending on the area you looked at, but ultimately quite simple and easy on the eyes. I liked it, but it didn’t really stand out to me. Because of this, I decided to kind of do the opposite and create an abstract poster. This time, I took a real image of Bob Ross, played around with colors a bit, and added in paint blotches. The color scheme is unique and powerful, and the poster turned out to be super eye-catching and just…interesting to look at.
For the second reimagined assignment, I tried my hand again at the story made from the alphabet assignment. This one was incredibly difficult the first time around, though it probably fell into my lap a bit more than I’d like to admit. This time around, though, I wanted to go for something more thought provoking, reflecting on the world around us. Though it may be a bit more political than what is expected in this class, I’m very happy with the outcome. It’s something that needs to be said, and it’s done in a very creative way. Finding words for the last few letters was difficult, as usual, but I believe what I wrapped it up with works very well.
Daily Create Story
For the Daily Creates, I’ll admit that I completed them on different days than they were posted and purposefully made the content connect. Regardless of this, I think I was able to pull off a very interesting short story about a man named Eric Garner who worked with plants in the Horticultural Department. This entire idea stemmed from one poem that I reversed and edited to make more sense, but it was one that made sense and I wanted to roll with. Plants and nature can be used in many different creative challenges, such as how I used a wreath as the circle of life for plant life in one of my daily creates. Though I completed these assignments in a strange order and technically did the assignment incorrect, I think there’s still some beauty in how it turned out.
This week was a lot about reflection in many ways, with the remix assignments especially standing out to me. Having the opportunity to look back on pieces of work from earlier in the semester and compare where I was mentally and emotionally then to where I am now is incredibly intriguing. The littlest thing can inspire you to do something a certain way, while some other influence at a different time could completely redirect that train of thought. Things like this are one reason I really enjoy and appreciate this class and the thought that goes into it. But, I guess with that, this week is just another song remixed.