What is Remix?

Instead of writing up an explanation of what you learned, instead formulate your own understanding about remix and mashup, and record a video or audio of you explaining it to someone who is not familiar; this could ba a family member, friend, neighbor, random stranger. The point is to capture a recording of your explanation and make sure we hear the other person, perhaps asking a question. If you show them any examples, do it before you record (we do not need to hear them again).Write up a blog post that includes this recording and anything else you want to share to show your understanding of remix, and explaining how the examples you watched demonstrated the form. Put some thought on whether this is a creative act and as well explore what it means for the entities that retain copyright over the media forms that are remixed. Include links and/or embeds of all media you reference.

I began by watching RiP: A Remix Manifesto and I was really confused at first I thought I was watching Project X. But then they started talking about Girl Talk. A band that remixes music, then they narrator started talking about copyrights and the legality of it. I though the concept of ideas being property was really interesting. Personally I think that ideas should be shared and manipulated in order to create new ideas. I understand copyrighting product ideas in order to make a profit, but ideas of the internet are different. The video focused on music. Asking the question who would have a problem with two videos being put together. When we started thinging about music I think of the Taylor Swift and Spotify debacle. At first I didn’t agree with Taylor Swift but once I heard her side, I thought she was correct in her argument. Swift argues against Spotify allowing listeners so listen to music for free while paying artist minimum by saying,

In my opinion, the value of an album is, and will continue to be, based on the amount of heart and soul an artist has bled into a body of work, and the financial value that artists (and their labels) place on their music when it goes out into the marketplace. Piracy, file sharing and streaming have shrunk the numbers of paid album sales drastically, and every artist has handled this blow differently.

Music is art, and art is important and rare. Important, rare things are valuable. Valuable things should be paid for. It’s my opinion that music should not be free, and my prediction is that individual artists and their labels will someday decide what an album’s price point is. I hope they don’t underestimate themselves or undervalue their art.

This is somewhat different then the argument in the video, but still somewhat relevant. The concepts being brought up include; is creativity being limited?, artist build on past work, singing Happy Birthday is a copyright infringement, copyright was designed to encourage people to create, downloading music from the internet and the copyright infringement problem. I learned about copyright through this video, but I somehow don’t understand how it’s so terrible and worth suing and criminalizing. I liked the comparison of citing an authors work to using video. You can take a passage from an author and cite it and that’s okay, so why can’t you do that with video?

Everything is a Remix Part 1

  • Remix: To combine or edit existing materials to make something new
  • Covers and knockoffs are legal remixing
  • Covers: Performances of other people’s material
  • Knockoffs: Copies that stay within legal boundaries

Part 3

  • Xerox: Modern computer in 70’s- Alto and Star
  • Apple: Lisa and Machintosh
  • Mac copied Xerox but made it a household appliance
    • Combinations

Buffy vs Edward: Twighligh remixes

  • Using scene from both
  • Alternating
  • Making them work coarsely
  • Remix
  • Color difference- creator said intentionally left

I was still confused about the difference between the two so I googled Remix vs. Mashup. I ended up finding a really helpful page where the question was tweeted out and responses were tweeted back. The page was created by Adam Levine, whose name I automatically recognized as a member of the DS106.

  • Particular remix technique utilizing content from multiple sources
  • Creative blending of multiple songs/videos
  • Involved the combination of 2+ works that may be very different from one another
  • Blending multiple things
  • Combining 2+ elements into a coherent whole

Remix

  • Revisiting a piece of content
  • Creative personal reflection of a song/video
  • Reworking or adaptation of an existing work, may be subtle or completely redefined, may add elements from other works, but generally efforts are focused on creating an alternative version of the original
  • Scrambling something
  • Changing a work, adding new elements, reordering

Mashup

  • Particular remix technique utilizing content from multiple sources
  • Creative blending of multiple songs/videos
  • Involved the combination of 2+ works that may be very different from one another
  • Blending multiple things
  • Combining 2+ elements into a coherent whole

I decided to teach my dad about remix and mashups and here’s our recording that I did on Audacity.

x Kelsey

 

 

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9 Lives Commercial

When I first read the assignment I thought we were making a commercial, so I was super excited thinking of all the possibilities. I really wanted to do a commercial for some cat costume or something and put the smelly cat song in the background, but then when I read it again to avoid what I did when I made my bumper I saw that it was suppose to be a commercial to keep your audience listening to the show so I guess something about the show. So I talked about the last two topics of our show, to advertise what was to come in the radio show.

I first recorded myself, then added an organ/spooky sound, then screaming when I talk about Sean and I’s section, then I added the Happy Halloween section to the end, and then finally a creepy laugh. The only editing I did other than cropping was to negatively amplify the organ lower so it wasn’t as loud. I got the organ/ spooky sound and screaming from freesound.org and I got the Happy Halloween section and the creepy laugh from YouTube and then I used the MP3 convertor to covert it so I could drag it to Audacity.

The more audio assignments I do the easier they become. This one was a piece of cake. I learned that I can click on a certain time and then paste a certain sound at that spot which helped a lot.

Here are the screen shots of the audio editor.

commercial 1 commercial 2 commercial 3

x Kelsey

9 Lives Bumper

I decided to start by Googling a song called 9 lives and I found a very funny one, which I then used as background music for my bumper.

Here’s the making of video in case you’re interested.

I used the MP3 converter and downloaded the MP3.

bumper

Then being stupid I though the bumper couldn’t be longer than 10 seconds so I cropped the song and used only the parts I wanted and combined them to make a cool shortened version on the song that works for our show.

I then recorded myself with Audacity saying ” You’re listening to 9 lives put on by the Grumpy Desperadoes, bringing you a spooktacular Halloween special, stay tuned.”

I then added a cat growling (meowing?) when I say spooktacular. I got the cat meowing from freesound.org.

I wish I had realized it was a minimum or 10 seconds not a max 10 seconds, but in the end I was happy with what I had for my bumper.

I can’t wait to see what the rest of the team comes up with for their bumper.

x Kelsey

You Wrote Me?!!

I decided to do a 4 star assignment entitled Line Remix. The assignment was to

Take a famous line from a movie and remix it. to create an entirely new story from just this one line. Get creative, but make sure to have a good balance between what you add and keep to make sure that the line is still regonizable, but tells the story completly differently.

I started my downloading a YouTube video of The Notebook Kissing Scene. I thought it would be funny to take the scene where Noah tells Ally he wrote her and change it into more of a stalkerish feel, than a romantic one.

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I then converted the YouTube video to an MP3 using a YouTube converter. This will allow me to better manipulate the different sound in the video. This is also how you get a video from YouTube to Audacity. I’ve been trying to figure out how to do this for so long and then my roommate said why don’t you just use a converter

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I then uploaded the MP3 to Audacity.When you download the MP3 file from the converter you can just drag the file straight to Audacity and drop it.

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In order to remove the background noise (rain and music) I used Noise Reduction. That left me with a very quiet audio as you can see in the wave lengths below.

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Then I used the Amplify tool to make the audio louder. You can only amplify it so loud. For example below the OK button is faded and you can’t click it because the amplification is too high.

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After amplifying the wavelengths were a lot bigger as you can see below.

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I then cut the empty spaces out so there wasn’t long dramatic breaks. I feel like long dramatic breaks work better for the romantic feel where when your scared it’s shorter sentences and shorter breaks in between. Below you can see the difference in the length compared to above. I did this by selecting a section and then pressing delete. You have to make sure that the file is stopped and not running in order to delete or do any effects to do any alterations to the file.

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I wanted Noah to sound scarier and Allie to sound more shocked so I changed the speed, pitch, and tempo.

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I also played around with Equalization tool. This allowed me to change different points within a selected amount of the audio clip and change the dB and a certain Hz. This tool was very helpful in changing the way the sentences were said.

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I decided to check out some of the blogs while doing this assignment and found that most people just rearranged the words and made different sentences using some of the same words. They then recorded themselves saying the rearranged words. This seemed easier than what I was doing of trying to change the tone of their voices. I looked at a Mean Girls, Princess Diaries, and She’s the Man one and they all did this. There rearrangements were very funny!

If I did the assignment like they did above I would have kept the same line:

Young Noah: I wrote you 365 letters. I wrote you everyday for a year.
Young Allie: You wrote me?
Young Noah: Yes… it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.

And then I would have remixed the line to:

Young Noah: I watched you 365 times. I watched you everyday for a year.

Young Allie : You watched me?

Young Noah: Yes… it wasn’t over, it still isn’t over.

x Kelsey

Every Weekend’s a Weekend

Every weekend has a weekend? Well I guess it does Brad.. No the actual lyrics are every week has a weekend. For this 2.5 star assignment entitled Kiss the Guy you have to sing a song with the words as you thought they were. I thought Brad Paisley’s Crushin’ It said “Every weekend’s a weekend” It wasn’t until I was telling a friend how this line doesn’t make sense that I was told it’s “Every week has a weekend.” Glad I got that figured out before I saw him live.

In preparation for this assignment I reviewed a previous assignment called Confusion in Monkees in which the author thought the line was “and then I saw her face, now I’m going to leave her” instead of “and then I saw her face, now I’m a believer.” This was actually hilarious and I laughed out loud. While looking at this assignment I saw that the author of this blog only posted a little under 30 second of himself singing which made me feel more confident about this assignment.

I had wanted to do this assignment last time we did audio, but couldn’t think of a good example to use. I thought of Boss Ass Bitch by PTAF but I wouldn’t have felt confident or appropriate recording myself. My friend though the lyrics were ” I’m a possessed bitch” instead of “I’m a boss ass bitch” which is hilarious but I didn’t feel it was appropriate. Then while at the Brad Paisley concert two weekends ago I thought “Man I could have used this song” so I was excited when I got the opportunity to do another audio assignment.

In order to do the assignment I looked up a karaoke version of the song and played it off of my phone while I sang the lyrics and recorded it in Audacity.

After having completed the audio week this assignment was a lot simpler and faster. I knew that I couldn’t record while  playing the music off of my computer so I played it off of my phone and then when putting my assignment into Sound Cloud I knew that I had to export the Sound Cloud file so that I could upload it and then embed it into my blog post. This is what my recording looked like it Audacity.

crushin it screen shot

x Kelsey

“Knowledge is of no value, unless you put it into practice”

This week we learned a lot! It was a lot of new information and trial and error. I’ve never used Audacity so that whole process was very new to me. I still do not know how to save a YouTube video from YouTube, but I worked my way around it. I learned that Professor Polack usually gives us the tools we need and that I need to read the instructions better. I learned that SoundCloud does not take Audacity files and you need to convert to an MP3 before you can upload it. I used several new programs this week including Audacity, Sketchbook, Vintage it, VideoMerger, freesound.org and then I downloaded a couple other photo apps and started playing around with them. I’m not a fan of my voice so it was weird to have to record myself for some of the audio assignments. I learned that it is fairly easy to play around and change pitch, tone, etc. Overall I’ve really enjoyed how this week has taken me out of my comfort zone and made me try new things.

x Kelsey

Slowin’ it way down- Audio assignment 1423

The final audio assignment I did this week was 3 stars entitled “Make it 800% slower.”  For this assignment you have to take a song and slow it down to make it sound almost like classical music. The example was U Smile by Justin Bieber. I decided to do Life Happens by Brandon and Leah.

I was trying to figure out how to get a YouTube video into Audacity so I googled it. And this is what I found:

  • Step 1: Install ClipGrab. First of all, you need to install ClipGrab . …
  • Step 2: Copy the video link. …
  • Step 3: Insert the video link in ClipGrab. …
  • Step 4: Select download format and quality. …
  • Step 5: Grab that clip!

So I installed ClipGrab, but couldn’t figure out how to open it, it just kept installing. So I just recorded the song from my phone to Audacity.

While trying to figure out how to get a YouTube video to Audacity (PS if you have any advice please share) I looked at blog post from other people who did this assignment and I found a blog that was helpful in another way. Although the blog, that the blog I was reading, got the information from was shut down, she summed up what she learned enough for me to use their information. She states

Instead of changing the speed of the song using the :change speed button” he suggested that instead you use the “paulstretch” effect. Which basically slows down the song without changing the pitch.

After discovering this glorious tool, the assignment became much easier.

So the first thing I did was play around with the “paulstretch” effect. This effect took approximately 20 minutes to change the original recording, so I was hoping I got it right the first time! And I did! The stretched version sounds very haunted and like a spooky scene in a movie. It seems to be very heavily played by a violin. Because it takes so long to save and upload the videos I’m only going to upload a portion of the stretched version because it is over 2 and a half hours long. Also the song just repeats itself the whole time, so it’s basically the same thing just repeated. I shorted it to about 3 minutes and 30 seconds. I felt like that length encompassed a good amount of sound and was short enough to listen to the whole thing and long enough to get a good idea of how the song sounds slowed down.

The story behind the story: I chose this assignment because it seemed like a fun way to get accustomed to a new Audacity tool. I also thought it would be fun to work with music. I chose Life Happens because I was interested in how the indie, reggae sound would sound slowed way down. I was surprised by how scary and creepy the music sounds. I think this demonstrates the work that goes into music and all the small pieces that make up a song.

Stalking Zac Efron- Audio Assignment 1665

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The first audio assignment I did for the week had 3 stars. It’s called “Have a Phone Conversation WIth Yourself.” I started this assignment by typing up a transcript in word. This way I would have the just of what I wanted to say and what the topic of the phone conversation would be and then I could kinda add in some of my own words and emotions as I read the script. I first tried to record it on my phone with an app called Recorder. However when I then sent this to my email I was unable to convert it to the appropriate file in order to upload it to Audacity to edit. I then tried to play the recording on my computer and record on Audacity, but Audacity did not pick up the sound coming from the computer. So then I played it off of my phone and recorded it through Audacity and that worked. Then I started edited, once I figured out how to select sections of audio, it was quiet easy. I played around for a little bit and then decided that changing the pitch would probably work best. I found a pitch that worked for each character and wrote down what is was so I could replicate it on each segment. In the end I think my assignment turned out fairly well and tells a humorous story with a twist at the end. I uploaded both the original with just my voice and the edited version to my Soundcloud in case anyone wanted to compare the two.

x Kelsey

Fear of War- Audio Assignment 1551

For my second audio assignment I completes “Emotions Through Sounds“. We had to use at least 4 sounds to convey an emotion. I decided to do fear and what I fear most is war. So I clipped together different war sounds; guns shooting, a man screaming in terror, planes flying, and background noise to make this environment. I overlapped the sounds and had the screaming happening first and then die out to represent either the person’s death or maybe his escape. I retrieved the sounds from freesound.org in order to make my audio assignment.