Compositions in Motion

Our final video:


Compositions in Motion – Music Test

While deciding what soundtrack to use for our video, I did this quick sketch. I improvised on the piano letting my left hand react to the male movements and right hand to the female movements. In my vision, this accompanying music would be faster, reacting to the smaller intricate movements, then hold the notes on the freeze frames. Right now it feels a bit slow. It would also be nice to have some light percussion. The video here is just a sketch, and unfortunately the audio did not align with the video, but hopefully it conveys a general direction for the audio. Check it out:

Sick Beats

This project is totally sick!

By me and Andrew!

For our sound project we started out with the idea of making the sounds of sickness(because I had an awful cough) into annoyingly happy music. (~I can see clearly now, the rain is gone…~) And this seemed great except for one problem– that’s really hard to do! After a few moments of distress we simplified our project into just some “Sick Beats” and we were back on a roll and having a great time! We recorded all of the sounds in a screening room in the film department and even enlisted a film student to lend us a “guest sneeze.” We then split up and combined the sounds into beats, then came together to combine them into a finished composition.

To Copy or not to Copy that is the Question

Embrace the Remix     Ecstacy of Influence     Molotov Man     Allergy to Originality

Wow what a bundle of mixed feelings and opinions. While reading and watching I felt pulled in so many directions – I see this issue from three angles.

As a technology enthusiast, I want all the best features in every device. The need for companies to put a name tag on every innovation and prohibit competitors from using it is frustrating. Why can’t my Xbox play music streaming from my iTunes library? It makes me, the consumer, feel like I have to choose between two friends after a breakup. Why can’t everything work with everything? One language would make things easier for everyone!

As a creative business owner, I want to make sure that my creations are unique. I once found another seller with a design very similar to mine before I released it. And, other shops have copied me. The only thing in my control was what I do so it pushed me to take the concept and create a completely different execution (that ended up costing less in time and materials). Although many people can come to the same solution to a problem, I think differences are strengths for both parties!

As a (shift + option+ k) employee I understand the need to protect the brand and the experience that sets it apart. Up until very recently, I could tell what brand made every laptop and smart phone from across the room. Now, as intimately as I work with the products every day, I mistake products for others all the time. I believe that a company has a right to protect it’s identity. Success here is determined by who can match usefulness of ideas with the timing when the public can accept them, so it can be execution of delivery as well as product that can be “stolen.”

Simplicity is hard. It makes me wonder…

Could there be a “Helvetica” of every field? A designer uses Helvetica when they want the reader to ignore the typeface and read the meaning of the text. Maybe “black glass with multi-touch” is the device that becomes invisible to focus solely on the interface underneath. Could each product and art category have it’s own Helvetica? In literature, would a saying like “kill two birds with one stone” ever  try to be claimed? Maybe there are some solutions that are so obviously the answer to a problem that they should be taken off the table and made fair game. So instead of a RACE to the moon, everyone can focus on getting there in style.

Also, my favorite quote from the reading: “Invention, it must be humbly admitted, does not consist in creating out of void but out of chaos.”