Just wanted to touch base with everyone and looking forward to seeing your mashups. Extra credit for those who design a hybrid album! Lets make these good!!! When posting your mash-ups include a list of all your sources below it.
Please watch Everything is a Remix and write a response post on your WP blogs. I am posting below some best practice posting guidelines. I have adapted Professor Smith’s post on The Making of a Good Blog Post.
1. A Thoughtful Title – This would be a a title that both considers the content of the post and is creative. You are trying to hook your readers after all.
2. Media Embeds – It is always preferable to embed media in a post rather than link to the external site where it is hosted. WP supports almost all social media network embeds, if not there are plug-ins. For common image formats, JPG, GIF, PNG it is always preferable to resize the embedded image so that it fits the width of the post. That way the image fit’s the design of the blog.
3. The Purpose of the Post – At some point in the first paragraph of the post a clear description of what you are presenting should be stated. Whether you are describing your creative and technical process or analyzing an idea, you must succinctly summarize your idea early in the post. This should be stated in as much as possible a conversational tone. Blogging allows for and encourages informal language however this does not mean sloppy syntax or grammar. Remember that you are creating an online presence and you want you posts to reflect your ability to be professional and intelligent!
4. Posting Links to external sources – There is always an opportunity to reference sources that were some how involved in the decisions you made and what you are writing about. This might include research done that influenced your process, an image found and embedded to illustrate a point, or even a simple reference to the assignment. Links should be contextual and the source described. For example, “While searching for techniques to record ducks on a pond, I discovered Avisoft Bioacoustics a company focused on analysis of animal recordings. They hosted a number of examples of animal recordings, I liked the frogs the best, and more importantly a detailed tutorial on how they make choices for microphones, recorders, and microphone placement.”
5. If you are posting material that is not entirely original it is important to label it correctly letting the reader know. “Attribution” is very important for several reasons. Not only does this show respect for the artists you are referencing but it also allows your readers/viewers to form a more informed opinion on the piece.
Remix Theory is an online resource by Eduardo Navas that offers some of his research on Remix. Edward Navas speaks about several different types of mash-ups including regressive and reflexive mash-ups. He defines regressive mash-ups as an extension of a song in which the aura of one song over powers the remix while a reflexive mash-up incorporates two, or more elements with the intention of creating commentary or a new message.
Here are some examples that we looked at in class: Mad Professor No Protection
Dj Spooky’s Rebirth of a Nation is a a mashup/remix experiment which I think illustrates how mash-ups
La Femme Deadly Venoms Female DJS Beat makers - an interesting example of “live” mash-ups/
And of course the amazing Grey Album, Dangermouse’s remix between the Beatle’s White album and Jay-Z’s Black Album.
Free Music Archive is also a cool resource to check out.
Audacity is a great free audio editing program but you should feel free to use any program you are comfortable with.
As mentioned on the tools for audio post when recording please make sure that you can download files to your computer.