In this project, we wanted to capture two people playing basketball and manipulate the actions of the ball in our animation.
Crickets are annoying. Let's drown them out with the sound of everything else in the background.
For our mixes, we decided to change the level of indeterminacy of the final mix not by changing the algorithm for mixing the songs, but by changing the original compositional choice of what songs we were going to play, with increasing levels of chance for each mix. For the first mix, we all chose the same song, for the second we all chose songs in prescribed tempo ranges, and for the third each person chose a song of their own choosing without the other’s knowledge. For the first, there is a low level of change and low level of indeterminacy. For the second there is a slightly higher level of chance, as we could pick any song within that tempo range, and a slightly higher but still low level of indeterminacy. For the third there was the highest level of indeterminacy, as it was more random for the final group mix, and a slightly higher level of chance than the first mix, as there were no prescribed tempo ranges, but still pretty low as it was our own choice. There was additional entropy in our recording sessions due to ambient noise from people and echo from CFA where we were sitting and recording, along with a laptop issue which affected one of the recordings.
Our intended goal is to keep people from jaywalking, and as a result, promote safety in congested intersections. The crosswalk on Forbes Avenue is a perfect example of a place to watch pedestrian behavior. When people intend to cross the street, they’re checking for three factors to allow them to do so - a red traffic light, the crosswalk sound, and the stop hand on the crosswalk sign. Currently, there is a prevalent gap in time between the sound cutoff, when the stop hand on the traffic light turns solid, and when the traffic light turns green.If we were to make the stop hand and crosswalk sound cohesive, this would allow people a better understanding of when to cross the street, and when to not do so.
Our plan is to not only change how the crosswalk signal sounds, but to also change how the stop hand reacts to the crosswalk signal. We believe that if we were to replace the beep-boop sound with notes that speed up to let the pedestrians know when the crossing time is running out, their behavior would change. People generally conform to the beat of music, so if the notes on the crosswalk speed up to indicate that they’re running out of time, a pedestrian would understand whether they should cross quickly or wait until the next light. One major example of this is the classic tune on Jeopardy which signals the elapsing of a contestant's time. Similarly, if we were to replace the stop hand with-- or add to it-- a countdown clock that is synced with the notes, this would prevent several people from jaywalking, thus increasing their chances of crossing the street safely.
After much discussion, we determined that each one of us has a musical history. Jeremy has played the trombone since high school, Raymond played the saxophone and clarinet prior to coming to CMU, and Kristen has played the piano for fifteen years. We also learned that Jeremy and Raymond thoroughly love playing video games-- Super Smash Bros. and Pokemon respectively. Kristen, on the other hand, likes to draw in her free time, and is fascinated with paradox illusions. We decided that the best way to combine these traits was to make an album cover for a hypothetical band-- should we choose to make one. Jeremy’s video game character of choice, Ness, is rockin' out on the trombone. Similarly, Raymond’s chosen character, Squirtle, is jammin' on the saxophone. Kristen’s love of art and paradoxes are depicted as well by a drawing of a hand drawing a hand drawing the album cover.
Naturally, if we decided to take our band on the road, we would instantly become internationally famous. However, we reluctantly decided to put our rock star dreams aside in order to continue being overly-stressed students at Carnegie Mellon.