Technology 8 Remix Reflection
Here is our technology mashup unit overview.
During this unit, we have been studying about what copyright is and what mashups and remixes were. We have looked at the history of the international copyright law and how things that can be seen or/and heard applies to the copyright law. Then we looked at what a remix is. In this part of the lesson we learnt about what fair use is and how it isn’t a law. Then we planned, designed, and created our remixes and mashups.
In the investigation stage of the unit, we have created a mini-test that can be used to assess our future mashups/remixes. Here is my test and I will be using it to assess my own mashup/remix.
- This is a mashup or a remix.
My mashup have used two or more materials in a form of media.
It includes at least two materials.
The mood, or the purpose of the mashup changed.
The quality of the editing is very high.
The quality of the materials are high, and the media does not include any noise and pixelated images.
The length of the mashup is at least 30sec long and shorter than 4min.
The ways the materials have been used have followed the fair use.
The quality of the mashup is high, and the materials are downloaded legally.
- Over all, you have enjoyed my work and would like to share it with others.
My mashup is a mashup of the two songs, Haunted by Taylor Swift, and Scientist by Coldplay. The main purpose of my mashup is to let the people know how similar the base lines of these two songs are, and how the modern songs also have similar cases like this. Now, most pop songs or popular songs have the similar base lines, melody, or chord progression. In my mashup, I tried to show how the modern songs are basically a kind of remix.
My quality of editing and my sources were not as high as I have expected due to my inexperienced skills of editing. If I were to do the same mashup again, I would not depend on my editing skills, but I would want to depend on how much I know about playing instruments. I would play the background music all by myself and only have the vocals downloaded. This way, the music between the two parts would sound more smooth.
The MYP Design cycle had helped me a lot in the process, but to be honest, I have not been following it correctly. My investigation have been working all the way through every time I google about an application I do not know about, or the musical and editing knowledge I need. My designing and planning phase have been working together in my mind while creating this mashup since these two categories of the design cycle have a very close relationship. I began the creating phase and the design/planning phase together. In another word, I have been designing while I create. Finally the evaluation part of my project. This part of the project have helped me a lot even in the creating phase in the editing process. The “evaluation” way of thinking helps me looking back to what I’ve done that I could improve while I still have the time.
This is how I have worked throughout the entire unit. Although this is not following the MYP Design Cycle exactly, I do like this way of working.
Overall this was a fun project to do at school, although it is a bit challenging. It would be quite fun if we all made a mashup together as a class.