Remix

Our second short project will ask you to compose with audio and images. You will produce either a short audio file, video, or collection of images, and you will also write a short reflection on your work. Your work does not need to be polished. The goal here is to experiment with remixing in hopes of producing something interesting, fun, funny, critical, inspiring, or anything else that moves us. Here are the expectations for the various approaches.

Audio
Audio remixing offers an opportunity to splice together or layer different audio files and sound sources. Your work could go in a few different directions. You could remix multiple songs or pieces of music to create a mashup; you could take a speech or other vocal recording and add music or other sound to the background; you could take various audio sources and combine them in a unique way to create a sound collage. One challenge will be thinking about purpose: what are you hoping to achieve here? Is this for humor, for satire or critique, something artistic? Be mindful of your purpose when you select materials and put them together.

If you are looking for audio files to incorporate, I would recommend checking out these sites for public domain or Creative Commons licensed materials: the Free Music ArchiveMusopenAmerican RhetoricWikipedia Sound/listLOC Sound Recordings, and the Internet Archive. If there is audio you want to use on YouTube, you can download it.

You might have audio editing and production software on your computer (e.g., GarageBand), and you are welcome to use this. Otherwise, you will need to download software onto your computer or onto a Bonaventure computer. I would recommend Audacity. You might also try DJ software like Mixxx.

Video
Video remixing offers an opportunity to splice together or layer different video and audio files and images. Your work could go in a few different directions. You could remix multiple videos or images and audio files to create a mashup; you could play music or a speech or other sound source over a set of videos or images; you could take various video and audio sources and combine them in a unique way to create a story or collage. One challenge will be thinking about purpose: what are you hoping to achieve here? Is this for humor, for satire or critique, something artistic? Be mindful of your purpose when you select materials and put them together.

If you are looking for video files and images to incorporate, I would recommend checking out these sites for public domain or Creative Commons licensed materials: the Public Domain Review, the Internet ArchiveWikimedia Commons, the Library of Congress, and Flickr. Keep in mind that sites like YouTube and Flickr allow you to search for Creative Commons licensed material. On YouTube, you can select a “Creative Commons” filter on your search. On Flickr, you can do this under the advanced search option. If there is video you want to use on YouTube, you can download it or get a screen capture using software like Debut.

You might have video editing and production software on your computer (e.g., iMovie or Final Cut Pro), and you are welcome to use this. Otherwise, you will need to download software onto your computer or onto a Bonaventure computer. I would recommend VideoPad.

Images
For image remixing, we’re looking for ways to repurpose images. Your work could go in a few different directions. You could create a set of memes by taking existing memes or new images and adding your own words to them using a site like imgflip. You could create a collage by combining a series of images and laying them out in a specific way. You can create a comic strip using a platform like StoryboardThat or ToonDoo. One challenge will be thinking about purpose: what are you hoping to achieve here? Is this for humor, for satire or critique, something artistic? Be mindful of your purpose when you select materials and put them together.

Reflection
Your work on the project should be organized on your website on a “Remix” post or page. If possible, you should embed your work on the page. For example, if you post a video to YouTube, embed the YouTube video on the page; if you create a set of memes, include the images on the page. Any work that is not embedded or linked to on this page can be submitted through a class folder on Dropbox.

In addition to the multimedia composition you produce, you should also post a reflection (400-700 words) on your class site that addresses your work on the remix. Your reflection should address the following prompts.

  • What was the main purpose of your remix work? What did you hope to achieve or communicate here? Where were you most successful in achieving this purpose? Least successful? Point to specific aspects of your work and explain how they add to your project.
  • How did you spend your time on the remix? What challenges did you encounter? How would you describe the challenge of writing with audio and images? What can you do with these media that you can’t do with words?
  • Comment on your work for this project in relation to the question of fair use. Where did you incorporate the work of others into your project? How would you defend your use of these materials with reference to the principles of fair use?

The Remix is worth 10% of our final grade, and you will thus be graded on a 10 pt scale that corresponds roughly to letter grades (10 = A+, 9 = A, 8 = B, 7 = C, etc.). You will be graded on the purpose (does your remix work have a clear sense of purpose? is it doing something engaging and interesting?) and execution (not in terms of technical proficiency but rather in terms of selecting relevant materials and using them effectively) of the remix and your remix reflection.