Video, Image and Sound Project (Image)

For the image aspect of this project, I used Google images and Adobe’s Photoshop to achieve my creations. I began my process by searching the web for vector graphics to overlay a base face image.

First step for this activity was to Google image search, 'black and white vector graphics'.

First step for this activity was to Google image search, ‘black and white vector graphics’.

For the second step, I needed to find a face in order for the edit to work.

For the second step, I needed to find a face in order for the edit to work.

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For my first image creation, I focused on finding a black and white vector graphic along with a model’s face to overlay the graphic on. During this activity, I aimed to create an experimental set of images. Through Photoshop, I was able to make further adjustments to my original face image. This included removing all saturation to the photo and by adding numerous changes to the contrast/brightness levels on the photo. This allowed the ability for the base image to become a highly contrasted black and white image. Then I imported my black and white vector graphic. Through the transform tool, I was able to move the vector graphic around. This allowed the ability for the image to fully transform and become unrecognisable from its original state. The elements that didn’t work during this activity was further adding contrast/brightness feature, without over whiting the photo. I wanted to continue to keep the model’s key features, so viewers were able to work out the base image along with the placement of the vector graphic.

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FINAL OUTCOME: 

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The process for my second image was the same process as creating the first graphic. I followed the exact same adjustments to the first one. Along with how I selected and flipped the image, which allowed the creation of a symmetrical face.  This allowed me to set the same aim in the second creation. During this process, the elements that worked included the use of the base image flipping clearly. However, there were elements that didn’t work too well. This included the black and white vector graphic. In the process, I edited out another person from the photo and focused on the child. This allowed me to have more room to transform the vector graphic onto my original photo. However, after doing so, I wasn’t too sure on the final result of the photograph. But as I reflect back onto my main aim for this activity, I remained focused on achieving an experimental series of images for this assignment.

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FINAL OUTCOME: 

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For my third graphic, I followed the same steps as stated above. I set out to achieve another unique creation to add my experimental series of vector graphics. As I continued to follow the same steps, I was able to develop a better understanding of Photoshop and its available tools. I made adjustments to the original face image. Then for the vector graphic, I selected a solid black figure from the large selection of individuals. I achieved this through cropping the element of the photo I wanted, then I was able to transform the vector graphic into a unique overlay. Through this edit, I was able to reach the aim I set out in the beginning of the task. Overall, I’m happy with the graphic I was able to create.

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FINAL OUTCOME:

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This is the fourth creation that I achieved through this activity. As this was my first creation for the task, I set out to achieve a similar creation to the steps that Hugh followed in our tutorial. This allowed me to develop a similar outcome in regards to the appearance of the image. Throughout this task, I faced multiple issues in regards to flipping the image and the creation of the symmetrical face. However, after using the transform tool, I was able to follow the instruction onto further make adjustments (contrast/brightness) to the original image. Overall, I’m most happy with this graphic, as I believe the changes made to the contrast/levels/brightness achieved the desired outcome of the task. It worked well with the original photo that I had selected from Google and the vector graphic effect on the overall image.

FINAL OUTCOME: 

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Here are some other graphics that I made for this task:
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Video, Image and Sound Project (Audio task)

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For my first audio piece, I set out to achieve of a remix of three different sounds. To achieve this, I found a base beat for the sound piece, in which I layered with a guitar and drum loop on the top of it. What allowed this piece to work was be able to implement the drum and guitar loops by carefully placing them on parts of the timeline. Also, through Audacity’s tool of repetition, I was able to repeat the beats numerous times. This allowed the combination of sounds to flow with each other better. The elements that didn’t work in this activity was getting the guitar and drum loops to mix in with the base beat. Through Audacity’s effect of speed/tempo, I was able to adjust elements of the sounds. However, I wasn’t able to achieve a perfect remix of sound. Though for this activity, I focused more on experimenting with sound rather than perfecting it.

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This is a screenshot from my first audio clip.

This is a screenshot from my first audio clip.

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For my second audio remix, I used soundcloud and freemusicloops to download my sound bites. Through soundcloud I was able to use a dubstep beat that I aimed to layer with another two loops. Audacity provided me with the ability to experiment with the repeatition tool, along with cut and move the audio footage along the timeline. With this sound clip, I focused on implementing different sound bites throughout the short clip. This allowed the ability to use the fade in and out option through the effect panel. This allowed me to work with the base sound and build upon it through the other downloaded loops. This audio clip was more dance based, as I used synths and electric guitar sounds to gain upon the downloaded dubstep loop. I aimed to match the overlays on particular elements of the base beat, however at times found it difficult to achieve.

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For my third audio piece, I created a more funk sounding remix. This was achieved through the particular use of guitar and bass that I imported into Audacity. From there I was able to add effects of repeating the audio loops, along with speed particular elements up on the guitar riffs. Through adding numerous affect to my downloaded audio clips, I was able to combine, cut and move different sounds throughout the remix. This allowed me to further experiment in Audacity and develop a better understanding on using loops and the tools available.

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This is a screenshot from my third audio experimentation.

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Kutiman Mixes YouTube (Week 4)

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ThruYou is a website developed by Ophir Kutiel (AKA Kutiman), which combines a mix of multiple YouTube clips in order to create his own album and catalogue of music. Kutiman combines raps, drum beats, guitar riffs and piano tunes all uploaded by YouTube’s users together as one song. He credits each borrowed work back to the original uploader, which results in numerous hyperlinks to different artists on YouTube.

With his first work titled, Mother of All Funk Chords, viewed over 1 million times,  he combines the works from fellow artists to create a seven track album. Kutiman also discusses the progress in which he grabs and remixes together other artist’s uploaded content. He researches through the YouTube database for repetitive drum beats, guitars and piano sounds. This allows the basis of the music to be created. Along with this, Kutiman finds original works from singers and rappers that have been uploaded. This allows the repetitive beat to be combined with male and/or female vocals.

At first I took some drummers—before I had the idea about Thru You, I took some drummers from YouTube and I played on top of them—just for fun, you know. And then one day, just before I plugged my guitar to play on top of the drummer from YouTube, I thought to myself, you know—maybe I can find a bass and guitar and other players on YouTube to play with this drummer…(source)

Kutiman dedicated two months of developing the ThruYou project, in which he gathered, cut, remixed and combine numerous videos together. In 2014, Kutiman released his second album titled, Thru You Too. The album was distributed through Kutiman’s website, where it is available for consuming.

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Creative Commons (Week 4)

Creative Commons helps you share your knowledge and creativity with the world.

For today’s tutorial, we focused on the idea of creative commons and the implementation for it to be a part of our blogs. By adding this widget into our wordpress blogs, it allows for the content we create to have license in regards to what’s available for copying/borrowing and what is not. By placing this on our blogs, we allow the idea of Copyleft ideals onto the content we create.

‘Licensing a work is as simple as selecting which of the six licenses best meets your goals, and then marking your work in some way so that others know that you have chosen to release the work under the terms of that license.’

Due to the content that I’ll be creating over the upcoming months, it’s important to implement the creative commons licensing widget onto this blog. As I will be using sampled material, along with borrowing numerous elements from publish works to create my own content. This will include the use of borrowing other individual’s photographs, videos and audio clips.

Audacity Creations (Week 3)

Through the free software of Audacity and the freesounds website, I was able to combine and cut different sounds together. The audio clip that I’ve embedded into this post is a complete experimentation of sounds. The audio clips included into this included a drum beat, looped guitar, along with a vocal loop. Through Audacity I was able to layer these clips on top of one another, which allowed for the creation of different sounds to occur. I was able to achieve repetition through Audacity’s effects tab. From there I was able to listen back and select different aspect of the audio to alter. This included the repetition in the lady’s voice. The original clip had a slower vocals, which I was able to further enhance through Audacity. I was able to completely alter the woman’s pitch and speed for the sound bit. Then I was able to select certain aspects of her dialogue to comprise and cut. This allowed me to further experiment with the beat and vocals being combined together.

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This screen capture demonstrates the numerous audio layers that was included in the progress.

This screen capture demonstrates the numerous audio layers that was included in the progress.

Through this remix03exercise I was able to implement some of my prior skills with using Audacity, along with achieving some new ones. This allows me to further make adjustments and add different effects to my imported audio clips. Overall, my short audio clip embedded below was of experimentation with Audacity and the access we have to free sounds online. This tutorial activity was able to show us the accessibility that we have to free content online and the ability to remix together our own versions of sound clips.

Combining and Looping sounds (Week 3: Tutorial)

Audacity-ScreenshotIn our week 3 tutorial for Remix, we focused on building our skills with the program, Audacity. The free program allows us to mix, cut and add numerous effects to any file types. In the lesson, the aim was create our own beats through the use of sounds found online. For my own experimentation with Audacity, I got my sounds from Freesounds. A site that allows free access to a variety of different audio files that are uploaded by users. Through searching through numerous sounds, I was able to find a few that would successfully work to create a looping beat.

I began by importing the audio files into Audacity. Then I was able to further explore the different options that the audio software offers. I started by selecting different aspects of the audio and cutting it into shorter lengths. This allowed me to create a repetitive beat. As I had download multiple audio files from freesounds, I imported more files and began to alter them. This include adding the effect of repeating the sound, along with adding speed up effects onto the audio. This allowed me to develop a different beat to my sound clip. Throughout the tutorial, I focused on experimenting with the different features provided on Audacity, along with creating a repetitive beat throughout my audio. The current loop I have going is still a working progress and will be uploaded soon.

Hyperlink Essay

Remix culture is a society that allows and encourages derivative works by combining or editing existing materials to produce a new product. A remix culture would be, by default, permissive of efforts to improve upon, change, integrate, or otherwise remix the work of copyright holders.’ – Wikipedia.

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As content creators we continuously find ourselves inspired by the works of the others. Many of cultural and lifestyle arenas – music, fashion, design, art, web applications, user created media, food – are governed by remixes, fusions, collages, or mash-ups. This remix culture allows artists to further expand upon past ideas and make it their own. In the 2009 film, ‘RiP: A Remix Manifesto‘ presents the world of remixing and the issues it has with copyright laws. Brett Gaylor encourages more people to create their own remixes from this movie, using media available from the Open Source Cinema website, or other websites like YouTubeFlickrHulu, or MySpace. The film presents two sides of the copyright argument – CopyLEFT and CopyRIGHTCopyLEFT, promoting the free flow and growth of creativity and ideas. The introduction to Creative Commons movement allows creators to decide how much of their information can be made public, and gives them an opportunity to make it more available than what the copyright legislation outlines. It’s an alternative to the “All Right Reserved” phrase. You can make it “Some Rights Reserved.

The question becomes what is original, and does it even matter? Through the series, ‘Everything is a Remix‘ it presents the argument that nothing is original. The documentary compares the similarities that exist in film and music. Familiar visuals and audio are borrowed and/or rearrange slightly. Through websites like SoundCloud and Tumblr, it allows for content creators to implement copyLEFT ideals. Through allowing this access, artists are able to recreate/borrow elements from other artists. Through borrowing elements from fellow artists, the importance of appropriation comes into play. For example, the internet is filled with numerous appropriations of Leonardo da Vinci’s, Mona Lisa. One of the most famous appropriations of the Mona Lisa is L.H.O.O.Q. by Marcel Duchamp. First conceived in 1919, the work is one of what Duchamp referred to as readymades, or more specifically an assisted ready-made. Readymade involves taking mundane, often utilitarian objects not generally considered to be art and transforming them, by adding to them, changing them.

In a world of infinite options, there is incredible value in thoughtfully assembling and editorializing the work product of others in order to contextualize it for our audiences.  Through the advancements in technology the way content is created has changed. By the capabilities our mobile phones can provide content creators,  it allows for an ‘on the go’ accessibility rather than in a stationed environmentMedia convergence is more than simply a technological shift. Convergence alters the relationship between existing technologies, industries, markets, genres, and audiences. This influences the way viewers consume their content. They are able to have easy access to software that assist with transforming pieces. For example, the introduction to Adobe’s Photoshop and After Effects all have influenced remix culture. Through easy access to these technologies and software, anybody can become a content creator.

Vector Graphics Remixed (Week 2 Tutorial)

Two combined black and white vector images I created in Photoshop.

Two combined black and white vector images I created in Photoshop.

For our week 2 tutorial for Remix, we were encouraged to search and save black and white vector graphics. Through Google images we were able to obtain a number of different black and white graphics that would eventually act as an overlay to another photograph. The first step in our progress was finding a face image. This would act as our base to the black and white vector graphic. Through Adobe Photoshop we were able to alter our base image from colour to black and white. Then we were able to crop one side of the individual’s face and mirror it. This allowed the individual to have a symmetrical face. Which looks slightly odd. Then we made adjustments to the base image, this included adding numerous filters of brightness/contrast on top of the original photo. This allowed the image to intensify in its outlines and features.

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This was one of the base images I used in the task.

With my selected black and white vector graphic, I was able to duplicate its layers and create numerous graphics. This allowed for random creations of remixing a single image into different positions. After successfully creating a new remixed image, it allowed for the piece to be transferred onto our base image. This is the artwork that I was able to create:

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These were the outcomes I was able to achieve through remixing numerous face images and vector graphics.

Throughout the process, I was face with numerous issues. This included unsuccessfully being able to flip images through an easier process. However, I found another way which allowed me to achieve the same result. Other issues I faced was making my base image look more contrasted, without wiping away the individual’s features completely. Overall, I’m happy with my creations and the skills I was able to build through this activity.

A Remix Manifesto (Week 2: Lecture)

The documentary by Brett Gaynor, RiP: A Remix Manifesto follows the life of the remix artist Girl Talk. The film provides insight to the rules and regulations of copyright issues that are faced by remix artist. The documentary encourages other artists to ‘steal’ other creator’s content and make it their own/expand upon that. Much like how Girl Talk collects other artist’s music and combines/mixes/mashes/cuts/edits it all as a dance tune. This way of remixing has become quite popular due to the easy access of being able to download music online. Through websites such as a SoundCloud, it provides users the ability to upload their own creations and remixes from other artists.  By providing this platform, individuals further gain access and knowledge about different artists and music genres. However, there are many issues that occur due to copyright laws. This affects the amount and ability that remixers can obtain and use.

In the lecture, the discussion of how powerful ideas can be as they are communicated through images. Through our own minds we are able to link together understandings of particular visuals we are confronted with. By our own psychology we are able to view an image and develop meaning and understanding through particular elements featured in a visual piece. The power of Tumblr and Pinterest allow the chain of association to occur with the images included on their website. Through their users, people are able to gather different images and/or videos to recreate their own meaning and ideas towards an original work. It also allows for creativity amongst artists, to continue to build upon an original idea.

Everything is a remix (Week 1 Tutorial)

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And I just stole this image from Google… (Source)

Everything is a remix. The song that I’m currently listening to as I write this has been influenced by another song that they listened to. And the process continues to go on. We are continuously influenced by the art around us: whether it’s music, film, photography, paintings – we become influenced by other people’s work. For myself, when I watch television series and/or films I become heavily influenced by their modes of storytelling and how it is portrayed. I find myself saying, ‘I want to do that!’ or ‘I really like how they did this’. It allows myself to continuously change and alter how I want to tell a story or how I want to visually show something. Each of these different medians allows me to further understand and change the way I create content.

Nobody’s ideas are original. Instead they are just the same stories being told in different settings and through slightly different characters. However, each of the stories we view all have the same basis. All of them continue to borrow elements from a past film. As artists, we are continuously influenced by each other. However, over time their has been an alteration to how much can you borrow from someone else. With numerous copyright laws in place, our limitations for remixing content is affected greatly. We aren’t able to just ‘borrow’ a certain element from a song and create our own version without being sued for copyright.

In our first tutorial for Remix, we watched ‘Everything is a Remix‘ by Kirby Ferguson. Which demonstrated through numerous parts that everything in music, film, television, basically anything we have watched, has been influenced by something else. The short documentary series showed comparisons to different content over the years. It was interesting to witness the clear borrowing/influence past films have had on contemporary cinema.