I want a commercial, that’s just the right amount of cheesy, FOR ME

So I made up yet another Ds106 assignment. This time it was to make a fake radio commercial for York College. Now, if it’s one thing I know I do a lot. Is watch a lot of daytime TV, and when in this state of viewing (for the most part) worthless nonsense you tend to see some ridiculously cheesy commercials. And more often then not, they tend to be education programs.

Some have jingles

While others try and go the down and out person looking for a school that has WHAT THEY NEED AND CLASSES FOR THEM! And they want YOU to get of your lazy bum and get into class.

So I wondered, ” What if I made such a commercial for Cuny York?“. Enticed by this interest I gathered three of my friends and forc–I mean, volunteered them to say canned cheesy lines to go perfect with a cheesy radio commercial. A common theme in these types of commercials tends to be how the person in question did want just any other school. So I thought to be as generic as possible. Part of the joke being that the commercial gives actually no real information at all. Also there was an importance on delivering each line as cheeky and peppy as possible.

It wasn’t exactly all that easy to get good recordings from my assistants. Of course when your working with anybody on something that is suppose to be comedic (or even not comedic) laughing is going to happen. Whats interesting though is how confident each of the people I recorded felt at first but when they actually had the mic facing them and the tape recording they mumbled words, forgot lines, and even froze for a second and said “wait”.  It’s always an interesting dynamic when working with people who aren’t used to having themselves recorded.

I used my all time favorite recorder the Marantz 660pmd to record and  Audacity to edit this project. I recorded small 5-10 sec of my voice actors talking as to make it easier for editing and piecing together the sound bits and using interloping different voices so I can one persons lines about york and cut the next persons lines smoothly.

The song I used was “Sense” by  independent 3 piece jazz band  House Of Waters off of their latest album “Revolution”  (which you should totally buy or at least listen to). I thought the song had a real….education-y-library-esq- I wanna learn-good for a commercial-kind of inspiring-vibe to it. I’ve seen these guys live before and I got so hooked I bought their album. Some real good stuff.

 

An average morning in the life of JoDan

 

This a little ditty I’ve been meaning to do. I wanted to tell a story of waking up and getting ready without  any (or at least as few as possible) words. I added a ds106 assignment   so if anyone is interested in taking a crack at it be my guest.

I used a Marantz 660 pmp and a uni directional mic to record. I wrapped the cords around me set up my pathway to make this recording. Had my door opened, any all props places where they should me to make my mobile audio set-up not interfere with the actual recording. My initial purpose was to tell a narrative of a typical morning routine of a slacker getting ready with just sound, using as little words as possible if any where even needed. And no outside sound effects, everything had to be recorded in the moment with things that where actually there.

I started with waking up in bed, tumbling and fumbling around, the bed is against the curtains so you hear the floundering of the curtains to see outside. Then it’s off the bed. Putting on the sandals, and getting out of my room. Then off to the bathroom to do, well….what people normally do when the first wake up….BRUSH THEIR TEETH….and well other stuff too (brownie points if you notice when listening to this there was no flush).

Then it was off the kitchen to make that ambiguous breakfast. I mean, who knows what I (or should I say the character in this narrative) was eating? Was it cereal and I was just heating up the milk in the microwave? Or was I pouring wheat thins next to my delicious hearty Swanson Brand “Hungry Man All Day Breakfast Platter”. Well, the world may never know.After that it was off to whats become apart of most our modern daily routine. Checking the internet.

Overall, I had a lot of fun doing this project, the real difficult part of setting up my environment and trying to get the right sound for recording. Walking around with my whole setup was an interesting challenge. A challenge I’m not really sure if I completed with much grace and finesse. But all that comes with practice.

Pull up selector….Wheel and Spin the Plan Again

This post is going to be an updated plan to the original plan I started here. The first quarter was very lazy for me I’ll admit, and I could have done better. That’s the past however and the ultimate goal still remains to be that 485 or more. Of course that includes getting more familiar with software such as Audition, Pro Tools for editing, and even Mixxx which is a new and free DJ software.

I still want to experiment more with the recorders and mics where possible, but that may extend beyond this class. So going forward, I have 3 quarters left in the semester and some 300+ points to get to reach my goal. Looking back on my first plan, and with feedback I realized that I did not plan for the maximum of work that I could do but rather aimed for the minimum. The first quarter really inspired to try some other projects, since I should have known it would be better to aim closer for the maximum number of overall points. Instead of 2 or 3 blog posts, I’ll aim at doing 5 which is the maximum. These will be done regarding projects, another field trip (which I actually went to before the Paley Center), 2 critique blogs, a tutorial or two and also 2 exams.

One thing I would note is that the quarters are not equal, and that really could be an advantage rather than a disadvantage to get some real work done in the April 11 to May 5 quarter before exams. Overall plans change and this one even though it is re worked could really alter from what it is. How my new total of 541 for 3 quarters which outweighs my original total of 517 is just crazy. Here is the new schedule.

Planned Schedule

March 25 – April 10

Audio Project 3 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) = 27 pts                                                   Audio Project 4 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) = 27 pts                                                 Audio Project 5 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) = 27 pts                                                       Audio Project 6 + Level 2 Blog Post = (15+ 12) = 27 pts                                                     Exam 1: Golden Ears & Mic Basics ======== > 30 pts                                                        3 Creative Blog Comments = (3 x 5) ========> 15 pts                                                                                                  Period 2 total  =  153 pts

April 11 – May 5

Audio Project 7 + Level 3 Blog Post  = (15+25) = 40 pts                                                       Audio Project 8 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) = 27 pts                                                 Audio Project 9 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) = 27 pts                                                   Field Trip 2 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (20 + 12) ==>  32 pts                                                      Exam 2: SWS & MBB ==================> 30 pts                                                    Critique Blog Post = (20 + 12)============ > 32 pts                                                        3 Creative Blog Comment = (3 x 5) ========>  15  pts                                                                                                    Period 3 total  =  203 pts

May 06 – May 20

Audio Project 10 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) ===> 27 pts                                        Tutorial + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) ==========> 27 pts                                            Critique Blog Post = (20 + 12)================ > 32 pts                                       Service Learning + Level 2 Blog Post = (20+12) ===>  32 pts                                              Tutorial 2 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (20 + 12) =======>  32 pts                                               3 Creative Blog Comment = (3 x 5) ============>  10  pts                                                                                                  Period 4 total  =   160 pts

Attendance —-> (3×5) = 15 pts                                                                                          Planning Post ———–>10 pts

Total Points (153+203+160+15+10) = 541 pts

 

Re-Edit Senior Year Syllabus

Here is my updated Syllabus for the remainder of the semester:

March 25- April 10:

  • 1 Audio Assignment
  • 2 Critique Blog Post Comments
  • 1 Exam

April 11- May 5:

  • 1 Field Trip
  • 1 Service Assignment
  • 1 Audio Project

May 6- May 20:

  • Final Exam
  • 2 Critique Blog Post Comments
  • Possible Field Trip/ Self-Presentation

 

  • My workload is pretty realistic and small. I’d rather create resume material work than rush together horrible projects to end up receiving a sloppy grade. The semester is quickly coming to an end so I’m going to try my hardest to accomplish what’s left of it.
  • So far I’ve learned how to use Audacity and Pro-Tools but I don’t know how to use it to nor understand it’s full potential. I want to learn more about production meaning, editing raw files including video. Maybe as a class we can film our own show/movie in the studio and edit pieces of it in teams, that would be very helpful. I want to learn more about software programs that will definitely make me stand out from my competitors in the real world.

TIME TO STEP IT UP A NOTCH

So this was my original plan:

March 4- March 24

Field Trip#1,  Exam#1, 3 audio project,  present/tutorial #1=115

March 25- April 10

Field Trip#2, Critique #1, Service#1, 4 audio project= 120

April 11- May 5

2 audio project, comments, present/tutorial#2, critique #2= 110

May 6- May 20

Service#2, audio project, Exam#2= 65

But as you can see it did not work out the way I want it to. So the first period is gone no need for me to look back on that is there, MOVING ON!!!! Now that I learn about Protools and still learning about Audacity my projects as been coming along fine but now its time to step it up a notch with a new thing call MIXX which Prof Michael introduce to us and best believe I will be using this with the other stuff. Now the new plan goes as follow:

March 25- April 10

Field Trip#1, Exam #1, 4 audio projects, Critique#1, present/tutorial #1= 150

April 11- May 5

Exam#2, 2 audio projects, Field Trip#2, ds106 repo#1, Service#1=105

May 6- May 20

audio project, Critique#2, Service#2, ds 106 repo#2 = 60

Comments is for each period, no worries for that one

Random Attendance: I got one down, probably two or three more to go..

LET US SEE WHERE THE REST OF THIS PERIOD WILL TAKE ME AND HOPE I REACH MY GOAL…WISH ME LUCK!!!!!!

A New Start!

So far in class I’ve learned about ProTools. It has helped me a lot because it’s a great software to use to do lots of my audio projects. I want to learn more about different other software programs that professor has left to show us. I’m especially excited to finally go into the studio. Hopefully it’s SOOOON!!!!

March 25- April 10:

– Service #1 = 20 pts
– Critique #2 = 20 pts

April 11- May 5:
-3 Audio Projects = 45pts
– Field Trip #2 = 20 pts
– Comments = 40 pts

May 6- May 20:
– 1 Audio Project = 15pts
– Present/ Tutorial #2 (group)= 25
– Service #2 = 20pts

*BONUS POINTS*

Do Over!

March 25 – April 10

2 projects (30) + 2 level 2 post (24) —>[54]

3 constructive blog post (3*5) —>[15]

Field trip (20) + level 1 post (6) —>26

**Period 2 Total= 95

April 11- May 5

3 projects (45) + 3 level 2 blogs (36)—-> [81]

1 critique (20) + level 2 post (12)—->[32]

2 constructive blog (2*5)—-> [10]

**Period 3 Total= 123

May 6 – May 20

3 projects (45) + 3 level 2 blogs (36)—-> [81]

2 constructive blogs (2*5)—->[10]

1 Exam “microphones basics”—->[30]

Field trip (20) + level 1 post (6)—->[26]

**Period 4 Total=147

All 4 periods + attendance + any extra credit = [430 and above]

I am really interesting in learning more about Pro tools and other editing softwares.

Let’s start over…

The new point system is genius.

Here is my Plan!

March 4 – March 24

2 Projects (45) + 1 group project (5)+ 3 level 2 blogs (36)—-> [86]

1 critique (20) + level 2 post (12)=—->[32]

2 constructive blog (2*5)—->[10]

**Period 1 Total= 128

March 25 – April 10

3 projects (45)= 3 level 2 blogs (36)—-> [81]

1 critique (20) + level 2 post (12)—-> [32]

Field trip (20) + level 1 post (6)—->[26]

2 constructive blog (2*5)—->[10]

**Period 2 Total= 149 

April 11- May 5

3 projects (45) + 3 level 2 blogs (36)—-> [81]

1 critique (20) + level 2 post (12)—->[32]

2 constructive blog (2*5)—-> [10]

**Period 3 Total= 123

May 6 – May 20

3 projects (45) + 3 level 2 blogs (36)—-> [81]

2 constructive blogs (2*5)—->[10]

1 Exam “microphones basics”—->[30]

Field trip (20) + level 1 post (6)—->[26]

**Period 4 Total=147

5 Attendance (25) —->[25]

Total of all 4 Periods + All 5 Attendance will = [572 which will be a beautiful A]

The Breakdown

Period one
3 audio assignments with level 2 blog posts
Points possible: 27 each, 81 total
2 comments

Period two
One service with level 2 blog post
Possible points: 32
2 comments
2 audio assignments with level 2 blog post
Possible points: 27 each, 54 total
Test points: 30

Period three
4 audio assignments with level 2 blog post
Points 108
Service with blog post, 32
4 comments

Period four
Test
Audio assignment
Tutorial with level two blog post
Critique
Field trip

My Plan, My Learning, Completely Reformatted

This post is one not common to conventional teaching. Rather this is a mission to take control of what I want to meaningfully gain, and not to accept what is deemed the acceptable standard.

This was born out of a need for us students to take control and craft an effective learning plan for the remaining semester. The plan I devised below, was based on the Reset and Bonus posts, and shows the layout for the rest of the semester.

Planned Schedule

March 4 – March 24

Audio Project 1 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) = 27 pts                                                       Audio Project 2 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) = 27 pts                                                      Audio Project 3 + Level 3 Blog Post  = (15+ 25)= 40 pts                                                       Field Trip 1 + Level 1 Blog Post  = (20 + 6) ===> 26 pts                                                       3 Creative Blog Comments = (3 x 5) =======> 15  pts                                                                                                         Period 1 total  =  135 pts

March 25 – April 10

Audio Project 4 + Level 3 Blog Post  = (15+25) = 40 pts                                                       Audio Project 5 + Level 1 Blog Post  = (15+  6) = 21 pts                                                       Exam 1: Golden Ears & Mic Basics ======== > 30 pts                                                       Tutorial 1 + Level 1 Blog Post (20+ 6) =======> 26 pts                                                      3 Creative Blog Comments = (3 x 5) =======> 15 pts                                                                                                       Period 2 total  =  132 pts

April 11 – May 5

Audio Project 6 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) = 27 pts                                                       Audio Project 7 + Level 2 Blog Post  = (15+12) = 27 pts                                                       Exam 2: SWS & MBB ==================> 30 pts                                                      Critique Blog Post   =================== > 20 pts                                                       2 Creative Blog Comment = (2 x 5) =======>  10  pts                                                                                                     Period 3 total  =  120 pts

 May 6 – May 20

Audio Project 8 + Level 1 Blog Post  = (15+6) ===> 21 pts                                                  Service Learning + Level 2 Blog Post = (20+12) =>  22 pts                                                  Field Trip 2 + Level 1 Blog Post  = (20 + 6) ====>   26 pts                                                   Tutorial 2 + Level 1 Blog Post  = (20 + 6) ======>  26 pts                                                  1 Creative Blog Comment = (0 x 5) ==========>  0  pts                                                                                                   Period 4 total  =   95 pts

Attendance – 25 pts                                                                                                              Planning Post – 10 pts

Total Points (135+132+120+95+25+10) = 517 pts