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Sounds fill the world around us, and they influence us in unique ways. It can change how we feel, how we remember things, and even connect us with one another.
For our project we created a video compilation with an original mix of music, along with an original album cover created for this assignment.
The cover takes inspiration from each of the three songs. The mellowness of Mind over Matter forms the background. The groovy sound of Baby I'm Yours makes up the border, while the brashness of Stuntin Like my Daddy is expressed in our laser shooting faces.
The mix is composed of 3 songs chosen by each of our group members, and shows how although we all have different tastes, our
love of music is something that connects all of us.
In the video we showcase each of us engaging in our artistic passions, and also snippets of who we are.
Dancing by Brian Lai
Album Art by Brian Li
Mixing by Kevin Lee
A superposition of faces and media representative of our group.
The shoes we choose in the morning are the shoes that choose to get us where we know we need to go. It is a choice of personality and practicality (sometimes...). These shoes are imprinted with each one of us, and the journeys through which they have taken us.
In our approach to this project, we were searching for a way to show our different perspectives, while still incorporating aspects of ourselves that we have in common. We discovered that in our own shoes, we visit the same places each day without even knowing, and walk very similar paths. Each of us recorded three short video clips of different views in our lives: at home, walking to class, and at her favorite place in Pittsburgh. The videos start looking down at a favorite pair of shoes, then look up to the surroundings, just as we ourselves would look up. Our goal is to create a visually interesting collage of these video clips, while immersing the viewer in relatable views of our lives. Each column corresponds to a group member; the top row shows our homes, the second corresponds to walking to class, and the bottom shows our favorite places.
The song choice is a favorite of one of the group members, and when she shared it with the others they decided that it fits the story we are trying to tell. Information is always spread through sharing with others. One member shared with three others, who now share with all of you. It is a fun song by the Talking Heads, and we are a fun and colorful bunch. We are happy to share our group with you!
Our group representation powerpoint
Using both physical drawing and 3D modeling and digital fabrication, we took a simple object, the C and C# keys as they are the most recognizable silhouette on the piano, and transformed it into a small representation of using the familiar tools that both of us were used to in order to make an object that represented something wholly unfamiliar to the both of us. Representing ourselves using our favoured techniques traditionally associated with still images, we represent the motion that is our life through an object associated with sound and the associated vibration and movement. We Decided on our Methods of representation of the piano key in order to have the traditional, the digital, and the physical which encompasses both the art and technology that is a part of us.
By exploring an unfamiliar object, we were forced to research its structure and layout. Technical skill was required of us to be able to draw out the exact C and C# key. This began the first of this three step process. The first, a sketch serves as a rough draft or blueprint of the keys. Next, it fuses into a 3D rendering on the computer as a model for what the object will actually look like. The final step, the keys have been created; a 3D printing of both the piano keys joined together to form the finished product. By laying out the process with which this piano key was developed, we wanted to display the true level of complication behind this seemingly simple object. The Piano key was chosen as the specific object we wanted to use because of it's simplicity, iconic representation of sound, and by presenting it in still images, separate from all the other keys on the piano, we created a stillness in something that is associated with motion and sound to contrast the fact that what we do is only a part of who we are. The piano key, silent in the face of these images, is an incomplete representation without the sound and dynamic styles usually associated with it.
Built in Unity, the 16-bit Slideshow is an interactive showcase of the lives of Jacob Slone and Ivan Wang.
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