This was one of my favorite album covers because I loved the way it integrated an old, historical-like photo with a modern design that still upholds the antiquity of the photo and doesn’t really detract from the ancient aesthetic. The band’s name is “The Ant Network,” which also ties in, as you can interpret the tiny dots to be ants, which create a network through the connections they make to spell out the band’s name. I just thought it was a fun twist on an older looking painting that enhances it rather than destroying the integrity of the piece for the sake of being current.
On the editing software, Picasa, I clicked on the first “fun and useful image processing” button (the black paintbrush on the top left that is selected in white) and from there selected the “focal b&w” option. This turned the image black and white, except for one are. I then dragged that colored area to the red hat.
This week I did the following:
Design Project 1, Design Project 2
Response to “Images” by Robert Hass
I am really excited for this visual unit because I love photography, especially when it involves editing and design. I have always wanted to get into graphic design and I feel like with this unit I will finally get a chance to do so. I had a great time making the design projects and I found Robert Hass’s reading to be really interesting!
All of Salvador Dali’s pieces are so poetic. There’s always a message behind the profound images in his paintings and what you see is never what it seems.
First I edited the coloring of the image in iphoto. I went to effects and then put the Antique effect on level 7 and fade on level 1. From there, I used Gimp to add the text. I clicked on the text tool and dragged in a text box, typing in my caption. Then I exported the file as a jpg file and saved.
On befunky.com I uploaded my photo and selected effects on the left side on the page. Then I selected Holgaart and chose Holgaart 4 out of the two options. From there, I adjusted the superimposed clone image until I was satisfied with its position over the original.
Radio 1: Fake Dating Profile
For this piece, I decided to read over a fake dating profile that a friend of mine created, followed by some of the messages she received in response from some of the other users of the dating site. Since the fake profile was intended to be extremely ridiculous, I chose to have my friend read it off in her special, manic voice to further exaggerate the absurdity of this fake girl. I used melodramatic music in the background for this portion to be satirical, making it seem like this girl is serious and that she will find true love on this dating site. I chose to use a voice changer on my own voice for the response messages to stress the absurdity of the people who actually showed interest in this girl. I decided that the most effective way to tell this story would be to read the entirety of this girl’s profile first followed by the responses in order to fully establish her profound character before jumping to conclusions that the men who responded are nuts.
Radio 2: Response To Dove Chocolate Messages
This piece kinda came out of nowhere. I was originally intending to make a self portrait, so one day when I was with a friend, I just started recording our conversation for 45 minutes. We happened to be eating her Valentine’s Day edition of Dove chocolates and kept reading the messages on the wrappers and commenting on how annoying they were. Then I began to think that this could be something that I could edit into my radio show, especially since it kind of fits into the theme of love/dating that we did for our first assignment. So I edited out all the other stuff, since it was all so random and all over the place and chose to go with the Dove theme. I added music that I thought would be kind of ironic. The song “Lovefool” plays in the background as we read annoying Valentine’s day Love messages that we are unable to relate to. It’s very simple, but I tried to edit it and sequence it in a way that made it amusing and fun!
I found this piece to be really moving and informative. By opening with a personal story of a friend who passed away from Cancer, the piece really grabbed my attention and made me emotionally invested in the information to come. It grabbed my full attention to listen to the more clinical information about Cancer that followed. The transitions were really smooth and all the information was presented in a different way. Furthermore, I thought it was very effective that they interviewed a wide variety of people, from actual cancer patients to those connected to cancer patients to doctors and researchers. I learned a lot from this piece and thought it was very stirring throughout.
On transom.org I listened to “Sonic IDs.” “Popcorn Enthusiast” by Robbie Feinberg was only 30 seconds long but I thought it was really well made and well edited. All it did was make me hungry for popcorn even though I wasn’t even hungry to begin with! I though that the use of sound was what made it particularly effective. I also listened to “Psychic in Fall River” which was a minute long. Her voice was different and she had an accent which made things more interesting. What she said was inspiring and I am very intrigued by psychics in general so I found this piece to be interesting. I chose to listen to this segment because I was in Cape Cod this summer and wanted to listen to stories about it.