Critique #2

For this blog post, I decided to critique Jaybiz’s (Jayson) post How to Get Goulding Singing to Good Ole Soca and Melswimsgood (Melvin) post 5 Song Music Mashup (Girl).

For Jayson’s post, I liked the fact that he used two songs from two different genres and tried to mash them up, rather than using two songs from the same genre, which is more typical. The two songs that he used was Too Real and I Need Your Love. I liked the fact that he used Too Real, because as a soca lover, it was surprising to me that he mashed that song with I Need Your Love, which is a more slower beat. His mashup was very unique. At first when I listened to the audio, I was thinking that it sounded a little weird, but after reading his post, I finally understood his reason behind what he was doing. It was very creative of him. I loved the fact that he included very precise details about his project and the different steps he took when doing it.

For Melvin’s post, I liked how he decided to do a mashup of the word “Girl” rather than doing a mash up of two or more songs together, which is what most students did. It was a very creative idea. I liked that he included links to all the songs that he used so that the viewer know’s the names of the song, and could listen to each song so that they know exactly what parts of the songs he decided to use in his audio assignment. However, the only thing that I would have liked to see was his steps that he took in completing the project. I felt as though his post could have been a little more detailed, just so that the reader has a better understanding of all the hard work he had to do to complete his project.

Both Melvin and Jayson did an excellent job on their assignments! They both did mashups, that’s why I decided to critique the two and compare them. While Jayson wanted to just mash two different genre’s together, Melvin just simply mashed one word from different genres of song together. Even though Jayson used Mixxx and Melvin used Audacity, both assignments came out to be a success! Great Job Guys!

We’re On The AIR!

Yesterday, our CT 244 class all came together and went live on the DS106 live stream radio. To be honest, it was better than I expected! After deciding last week that we were all going to be a part of the radio show, each group quickly came together and started to rehearse and come up with their parts. Lisa and Khalil decided that they were going to be in charge of everything. Jason was our engineer of our show, while everyone else each who decided to be in the radio show, contributed their parts in each segment.


In the beginning, Maya introduced the show and introduced our class. Then, Khalil started his “Turn Down for What?!” segment. This segment was really fun to listen to. After that segment was complete, Alicia, Laywah, and I’s commercial came on, which was us discussing a little about each one of the Zodiac’s sign and how each of their personalities are.


Even though I was unable to stay for the entire radio show, my absolute favorite part was the segment where Melvin and Khalil both rapped. I had no idea that they could rap like that. They did a rap that they both personally wrote themselves. That just shows how creative they both are. It also shows how much thought they put into the radio show. When they were rapping, I could tell that how much passion they have. I liked how Melvin told the audience how he writes best when he’s going through a hard time. It made it look as though he had a strong connection with the listeners. When I heard Khalil’s rap, I was really impressed. He did an amazing job, and he’s a great rapper.


Lisa made a great host. She really should think about being a radio announcer. She showed great enthusiasm and sounded hyped, which is very important for the listeners because then they will enjoy listening to the show more. I would also like to thank Lisa for being in doughnuts for the class before our live show, that was really thoughtful and kind of her. 🙂 However, Jayson, who was our engineer was the most important part of this radio show. He controlled all the sounds, and switched us from “commercial” to “on the air.” He did a great job on that. 20140520_105737

Overall, I think our class did an extraordinary job with the radio show. Everyone who contributed did a great job. Thank you to Professor Smith for giving us the idea of a radio show, and also helping along the way. Our radio show was a success!      20140520_111239

Tiempo para comparar!

The two audio assignments i choosed to do a critique on is Merlo Service by tshauna92 and it’s alive, it aliveee the poem is alive by jaybiz. I found both of these post really interesting because they both mad many similarities as well as many differences.

Merlo Service by tshauna92 was really interesting because it was extremely detailed. The author not only included clips for their time working on it by they also gave step by step on how they completed this project. It allowed me as the reader to understand how they are learning about this information. I also learned alot about Audacity with this blog post because for my projects i use ProTools over Audacity just because they gave a lot of information about the mixing board and its capabilities. This post also allowed me to find out more information of some things that I’m more interested in because the author hyper linked a lot of information that a reader like myself wouldn’t know about. Over all i loved this blog posts because it included pictured, videos and it gave a very detailed outline of how their project went.

It’s alive, it’s aliveee the poem is alivee by jaybiz was really interesting as well as unusual. The title was the first thing that caught my attention and made me want to read more about it. The poem over all was a great choice for this assignment because it allowed the user to play around more with it.When listening to it the author should have stopped recording a little earlier because there was a slight pause at the end. Over all i enjoyed this blog post because it was fun to listen to and the author also provided a video on how to use Audacity which will help alot of readers like myself

*** Both of these posts were really interesting as well as different. They both had many similarities such as they both used Audacity and they both hyper linked to different sites which allowed the reader to get more information. They were also different because both assignments were on different things. tshauna92 assignment was a service learning and jaybiz assignment was an audio assignment.They were different because tshauna included more details because it was somewhat as a field trip where you learn tons of information rather than jaybiz where the author got a chance to experiment with a different form of a program. Both of these blog post were unusual and similar in their own ways. Great job to both of these authors!!!***

Best Radio Show Ever!!

For the last day of class, mostly the entire class decided to do a  live radio show and other students contributed in different ways. The one thing i loved about this was the fact that when we started out the class the beginning of the semester, we were all complete strangers and the only thing we had in common was the fact that we all needed this class, but overtime we all grew into close friends who all learned from one another. Our radio show had the greatest hosts like Maya, Lisa, Klutch and Melvin who all did amazing! Two of my other classmates Stephanie and Laywah along with me contributed an astrology piece talking about all of the different signs, we also had a song verse where our DJ jaybiz would play

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the song and someone would tell what the song means to them.We also had a part of the radio show called “Turn down for what” where Melvin picked what was going on in the news and talked about it which was of course about Beyonce and JayZ, and what happened with the elevator incident.We also had Melvin and Klutch rap their own personal verses that they made. It was amazing to see so much talent in one room. Everything beforehand was hectic especially getting everything together but overall it worked out great. The radio show was something we all talked about and it was great to see it all come together especially for the last day of classes




On this amazing day, I decided to finally go on another field trip. I have seen post about this museum and I found it interesting so I decided to go here: Sony Wonder Technology Lab. This technology lab is amazing and I thought my last field trip was good but this right here was incredible. I did not have to pay for any tickets which I was happy about again because I did not pay for the last one I went on. Sony Wonder opened on May 25, 1994 and is operated and fully-funded by Sony Corporation of America.Sony Wonder

When I first enter, I have to get a ticket and a card to access the machine that is in the lab, ride the elevator all the way to the fourth floor. As soon as you get out the elevator, I have to log into the SWTL experience by setting up your account, including your name, adding your favorite color, musical genre, picture and voice


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The first thing I decided to do was digitizing, where I have to pick up this monitor which I thought was a microphone but it was not(Boooooo!!!!). I have to use that monitor to pass over a screen on the side. Then after that you that you can create your own digital fun with the picture you first took when you came in. As you see, I look cool in my nerd glasses, with two hearts on the side and changing the color of screen picture blue.WP_20140520_001



I do not know if you remember the phone that Zack Morris used in Saved By The Bell as a cell phone. Well in this picture you can see the white phone to it. These types of phones was the hottest thing before cellphone was invented. The telephone was first introduced in 1876, sparked a whole new wave of communication. In this society more than three billion cell phone users across the world send voice, text, photo, and video messages wherever they go and whenever they want to. If you say that is not true then you probably haven’t done it or your just lying to yourself. People do not even use payphone no more since technology got better.


The Robot Zone was very interesting. These robots sense, think and act just like humans which is cool. Program one of six colored robots equipped with light and touch sensors to determine how they act when they encounter other robots or conditions in the Robot Zone.  I did not get my favorite color which is blue but I guess green was okay for now.

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We have the Animation Ramp, where I explore illuminated display cases, and learning the five key elements that go into creating an animated film or video game: Story, Character, Environment, Visual Effects and Final Composite. So as you can see I have Hotel Transylvania( which I must say is a funny movie, if you have not see it then you do not know what you missing), and A Cloudy Chance of Meatballs( I can not brag about this one because I never watched it) but you can see the creation that the artist put in it to make it look awesome.

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I went to the Game Builder where I can create my own racing game, where I select a track shape and manipulate the environment to create mountains and valleys for your course. You can also choose the style and color of your vehicle and play the game you’ve just created!

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I decided to go to the High Definition Theater where they play a short film and the short film is the Sony Bravia Bunnies. In the film the creators are talking about how long it took them to do it, the enjoyment of it, and probably not getting it done. The film was nice.

This is the whole commerical of the bunnies in action

If you have not visit this museum, you should it is amazing. I also plan on going back there soon.


What’s Your Sign?!

For this project, I had a blast! Laywah, Alicia and I all came together and decided to record a little information about each one of the Zodiac Signs. We would always have conversations about each sign and how they each behaved differently. Professor Smith then came up with a great idea that our class should all come together and create a radio show. Everyone was eagerly excited.

Everyone started discussing what they wanted to contribute towards the radio show and talked about who were going to be in charge. While discussing, Laywah came up with a great idea that we should do a segment on the Zodiac Signs, since we’re always talking about it anyways. Alicia and I, without hesitating, agreed to be a part of the idea. So Laywah quickly jotted down a little bit of what she knew about each signs and we decided to pre-record it, rather than going live on the radio show.

We used the Zoom Handy Recorder to record our information. After a few takes, we were finally satisfied with our recording. Laywah decided that she was going to edit the final piece and then we were good to go!


One thing that I would have done differently would be that we should have recorded a little more closer to the recorder because it sounded a bit far when listening back to it. The music in the background was too loud so it made it a little harder to hear us. Besides our editing settings being changed, I think we did a pretty good job. We each were fully dedicated and determined and we work well together! I’m glad to have been a part of this assignment. 🙂

Just Checking out Sun Productions and the Astrology break down

So for my last critique I decided to look at two projects. One done by danny36 and the other by affinitysoup which was a group project done with two other members as a commercial for our radio show.

First let me say to danny36, are you holding back some talent on us man. Who would have guessed we had a real musician in our sound class, I wonder who else is hiding talent. I feel as though your post could have been a level two and be more in depth. I appreciate that you did two separate recordings and honestly I wouldn’t have known you did two separate recordings if you didn’t state that. I think it would be great to know what microphone you used to for the recordings. Was it the same for the voice and the guitar, what settings did you use ? For me I’m hearing a better reproduction of the guitar than the voice, and you said you did some editing in Audacity but I don’t know what you did exactly. But what ever you did it came out great. Good job on the project.

Now to affinitysoup. I want to congratulate you guys for coming together and actually deciding to complete a project. You guys sound good relaxed and rehearsed which is good. However the background music that you used was clever to try to mask the outside noise from the recording but it was very distracting. I like that you experimented and used the wah wah effect, but I don’t think it necessarily helped in this case, because it then sounds like the music is going from one ear to the next which then becomes more annoying with the flanging. But I liked that you guys each had a part in the recording and it came out as though there wasn’t a script, besides hearing the turning of the paper, there were no unnecessary pauses. Overall I think you guys did a good job on coming together.

It’s a Cole World

So i went to a J. Cole concert this semester. The concert was amazing!!! J. Cole is a great performer. He performed a number of songs. These songs ranged from fans who recently started listening to him to fan who have been listening to him for years. The songs he performed were Power Trip, trouble, Blow Up, Runaway, She Knows, Lights Please, Kenny Lofton, Lit, Land of the Snakes, Trouble, Forbidden Fruit, Let Nas Down, New York Times, Crooked Smile, Work Out, In the Morning, Can’t Get Enough, and Nobody’s Perfect.he had a couple other artist come out and perform. Those artist were Bas, Kendrick Lamar, and Jay-Z.


















One thing i noticed during the concert was how the live performances sounded better that the recorded track. This came from how he had a DJ on the turntables, two back up singers, a drummer, a guitarist, and a couple violinist. One track that was noticeably different was the track called “Power Trip.” The recorded track and the live performace is below:

The difference in the tracks is in the live performance the violins can clearly be heard while they are not in the recorded track.


Overall I thought of it as a great experience from not just seeing my favorite artist but also hearingthe differences in the songs. In my opinion, live performances are more unique because of how much more effort go into the beat.