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Week 12: It’s A Wrap!

May 23, 2011

Thanks to everyone for engaging this semester – look forward to seeing your projects.

Submission Details ( DUE BY 5pm, Friday June 3rd ( end of week 13))

Send in an email with –

– Full name and student number
– 1 x URL for your Final Project
– 1 x URL for your blog
– 1 x URL for your delicious account

See the bottom of the course guide for RMIT policy on copyright, plagiarism, late submissions, penalties etc.

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Technical checklist for your blog (also includes useful tips about using links effectively within your writing).

Questions to ask about your blog posts?

Could this post have been written on a phone by a 13 year old on a tram?
( No? Great, move to the next question.. )

What useful points are you making, or what ideas are you exploring, that might be of use to anyone in the course, or in the music industry, or in general?

Are you merely describing something (‘This exists. Here is a link’), or adding any useful analysis, any critique relevant to the course? ((‘This link intrigues for these reasons. As mentioned elsewhere (link), there are many problems with … and site X solves this nicely in these ways. It also brings new problems though (other links) and I think…. etc )). Writing doesn’t have to be academically formal within a blog post, but effective writing still requires some attempt to provide insight / meaning / value to the reader. What value does your post provide?

Have you added any *relevant* links, supporting any of the points made? Have you explained why and how the link is relevant or of interest?

If presenting any interesting examples of media or artists, companies etc – have you explained what opportunities and/or challenges are represented by these examples, or represented by the way they have been developed, produced or distributed?

In general – have you asked yourself – what are the implications ( or opportunities / challenges / risks ) of the topic you are writing about –  for a musician’s research / collaboration / production / feedback / distribution? What are any implications for the music industry as a whole?

Ideas for blog posts?

Have you written any posts about ideas brought up by other students on their blogs?

If so, have you included specific links to their original posts, and outlined any meaningful points / addition thoughts that you get from reading them?

As well as outlining those responses, have you included any relevant research or examples that back up your points? (( The goal here, is to provide interesting feedback, and to explore their points (or some aspect of them) in more detail and nuance.))

Have you written meaningfully about any of the networks you are involved with? Expand your knowledge about some aspect of Soundcloud, Vimeo or Flickr, and explore it in fine detail. Succinctly describe, provide example links, and move quickly to the juicy bits – what does this mean? What are the implications? What insight does this offer us about the music industry today and tomorrow?

Have you been involved in any interesting interactions within your wider online networks? Describe and document these, and tease out the implications.

What gaps exist in your online knowledge? Do a last burst of research, dive in and explore, document your findings and explain their significance in the online ecosystem. What unique opportunities does this provide?

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“The kind of motion picture I am interested in will be like creating the modern LP record. It will be mixed into ways of thinking rather than cut linearly” – FRANCIS FORD COPPOLA ( Academy award winning director of Godfather, Apocalypse Now etc ). And now we have the likes of starwarsuncut and sample based live cinema.

What are your speculations about the future of music? What are some examples or stepping stones towards that?

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What inspires you outside the music industry? Does it provide any interesting lessons, parallels or differences to the music industry that could be fruitfully written about?

Week 11: Critical Thinking About Social Media

May 16, 2011

Beyond describing and documenting a range of tools and techniques, this week we want to explore – what are the implications do our new technologies, communication techniques and emergent social habits? What are the implications of social media? For you? Your music related career? The music industry as a whole? For wider society?

To warm up, we’re going to look at a couple of videos featuring Sherry Turkle. The first discusses the relationship between technology and identity, and the more recent video has her discussing limitations to hyperconnectivity… albeit on the Colbert Report, laugh track included.

And 3 related tasks this week via Ed.

Within those tasks, a challenge to think about what happens to our complex identities, when we are online. What do these words mean for us in an online context: Authenticity? Privacy? Anonymity? Authentication? Fake identities? Stolen identities? Trust? Online reputations? Social capital? Although set in 2005, this conference presentation serves as a useful overview to some of the issues surrounding online identity.

Time Lapse and Audiovisual Relationships

May 2, 2011

Photosounder wall by Joe Fuchsen is a nice example of both time lapse, and the relationship between sound and image. Joe used the program Photosounder to analyse his image and produce related sound, with higher pitches happening when sticking pieces of paper up higher on the wall. Joe has also made a great visual surrounding for that video on one of his HTML project pages.

Some software in a related vein worth a look: Metasynth, and some interesting Max for Live patches for audiovisual uses are being developed by Melbourne musician and artist Zeal – see zealousy.com.

Reflections on Group Blog Posts

April 11, 2011

There’s pretty varied evidence of research in the group blog posts.. different levels of engagement with the course, which in turn will gain different levels of participation marks. Below are a few recent posts of interest:

Morganblack disagrees with an aspect of the McLeod reading for week 7, arguing “a mash-up should not have to rely on people recognising the original songs.” We’ll be discussing that more in our focus on Remix in week 8.

Radioblaster shared some insights (and example code to view) into designing a page with a table on it using CSS, and noted a recent brush with ‘twitter fame‘. Did anyone make it to the demonstration of lighting used by Usher at the Rod Laver Arena? (mentioned earlier by Radioblaster)?

The Patientau prefers Tumblr to WordPress (“WordPress is the worst”), citing Tumblr’s easier customisation options and the payment required to edit CSS on the hosted wordpress.com version we are using. (Note: A free and fully customisable WordPress version is also available for people who wish to host it themselves.) What do other users of both Tumblr + WordPress feel? What are some of the advantages and disadvantages of each in relation to the music industry? Why do you think we have chosen to use wordpress?

Goodfellow has figured out a time lapse idea, and links to some examples, while Glapeshh demonstrates a time lapse ‘work in progress’: emo-style capsicum.

In other project related Starcky writes about the Coburg Trombone monster, and Scott wonders about sampling ‘audio tactile detectors‘ ( aka the buttons pressed by pedestrians at traffic lights).

Final Project Assessment Criteria

April 11, 2011

How will we be assessing the Creative Project? Ed has noted a few guidelines to keep in mind while developing and creating your project. Have a good read through, and think about how your project addresses each of these.

Scanning the Field: Australian Music Blogs

April 4, 2011

The Concept Development group blog posts have yielded a nice list of Australian music blogs. I’ve gathered some of these below, and will add to it as others publish. Although these blogs are made by a wide spectrum of people (artists, labels, radio stations and media outlets, music journalists, music critics, general fans), there are some common threads to within the blogs listed below, some common benchmarks that help each of these succeed – good (web appropriate) writing, clarity of design and a good understanding of their audience /readers / network.

– What are some of the writing techniques used? (within blog posts, comments and the wider site. Voice? Style? How do they include links? How do they maintain or develop interest and sustain desire to return and read more? How often do they write? etc)
– How do they use and prioritise available screen space? What do you notice first?
– How do these blogs include / involve / engage their readers and peers? (Using any novel techniques?)
– What other bloggers and artists seem to be included within their inner network / community / fanbase / set of peers? How does this shape your perception of this blog?

Which of these blogs would you be most excited to see reviewing your music? Aside from directly writing to them, in what other ways might you engage with them and become visible on their network?

via Helise ( who mentioned these blogs, but didn’t link to them) Waycooljnr (discusses music, marketing and social media – and includes a reminder for songwriters to join APRA), The Empire Ship (artist blog), The In Sound From Way Out (EMI blog).
via mickeywsy Cut Copy (artist)s, Open Your Eyes (reviews, gig listings)
via Siblog thetempertrap (artists), entertainmentdepot (news) exp-melb.blogspot.com (experimental music)
via Morganblack Electrorash (also a member of Grindin, a network of blogs ) TheMusicBlogs (collaborative blog with writers all around Australia). The Temper Trap’s blog.
via Crystal Rainbow Pyramid – Cyclic Defrost (electronic music), whiteboydancefloorStoney Roads
via radioblaster – ALIA – Australasian Lighting Industry Association, Channel [V]Triple J version “Home & Hosed”
via Piper at the Gates of Dawn – Fran and Daves Musical adventureCamden Sounds (gear review), Twenty Songs(weekly countdowns of different genres), Who The Hell (event promoters), The Drones (tour diary blog)
via BlogEugene – Momentary Shelter (well networked in rural Victoria), Electrotrash (Aus club scene), Two Bright Lakes (artist+label blog)
via OGMartin – New Weird Australia (NWA coming straight outta Compton Sydney: ‘is a not-for-profit initiative designed to promote and support new eclectic and experimental Australian music.’), Mountain Fold music journal ( Melb based journal), life is noise ( Perth events)
via Starkyblog – Canberra Jazz
via Lucasskinner – Tone Deaf ( Melbourne music), Mess and Noise (National)
via nikkichook – whothehell.net (tour, artist info), electrorashausindies.com.au (awards site)
via alexlikestotravel – Audio technology, The Music Blogs (collaborative blog, anyone can submit reviews).

UPDATES:
via Fight the MCP – The Melbourne Deepcast (Melb tech / house), Everybody Loves a Buzztech (tech / dubstep), Open Your Eyes (band reviews)
via Tashalloyd – New Weird Australia(experimental), Polaroids of Androids ( mostly Sydney)
via Glapeshhh – auscore (Aussie ‘core), Spoz’s rant (Adelaide music), mess+noise (indie)
via Coltdebango – Woo-Ha!! (Melb DJs), There’s Nothing Like Australia (not an Australian blog, but an L.A. music perspective of Australia..), Northside Records (Melb store).
via FisherfisherfisherTONE DEAF (gigs), Rock ‘n’ Rollerdex (contacts), Who The Bloody Hell Are They? (news, reviews)
via TheElectric StrangerPogomix, a DJ/VJ from Perth who remixes tracks by sampling snippets from existing popular films.
via Madddg – Oceans Never Listen (reviews), Who The Hell?  ( & the other blog wasn’t Australian..)

Blog Post Feedback Compilation

April 1, 2011

Scanning the collective blog posts, reveals quite a diversity of interests, some interesting creative projects and a sliding scale of usefulness in the blog posts that are course relevant (the better posts add insight, context, personality, references, links – the less useful posts merely state their approval of a site or idea, but offer nothing further).

Patientau writes about the unusual usbari project, which is a kind of chain-mail USB stick type adventure:
“I thought it might be a good idea to try and bring a little more attention to this project, and maybe get some BA Music people involved. Daniel has recently updated his website, adding some more content to the info page, and a nice faq to the homepage.” Any takers?

Starkyblog offers an excellent post with their perspective of the Gunkel reading on ‘mash-ups’ and remixing. Good? Plenty of reflection, provides comparisons, and is a quite personal response to the reading. Problematic in an academic blog context? Unauthorised used of copyrighted images ( It is relevant for many C.D. bloggers – to re-read the Copyright section in the course document ).

Set Sail & Conquer notes some free software for easy creation of time lapse videos, and (importantly for network dynamics) mentions where they was originally discovered it – over at the blog of Lucas. It’s hard to overestimate how crucial links are to engagement within blog networks.

After we’ve tallied a few more Aus music blogs, I’ll do a compilation post to put them all in one place, which should make for an interesting snapshot, and we can have a look at some of their habits and techniques.

The Concept Development Blog Network

March 28, 2011

Because we are studying the same material, and have similar set goals (the assessment), and because all of our blog posts are gathered in one place and are easily accessible to all classes via RSS feeds, the three separate classes doing Concept Development effectively form a network. What can we learn about online networks, from observing this network? What sorts of writing make sense in this network? What sort of social behaviours make sense in this network? In what ways does the technology influence or shape our group conversations? What technical limitations do we have? What are some interesting possibilities for expression, dialogue, sharing? What makes a good or bad post in this context? What adds value to our network?

Related: Here’s a review of student blogs by Ed, noting that a) many haven’t yet fulfilled basic blog functionality criteria, and b) many are currently failing their participation component by contributing so little to their blog. Next week is week 6, which should represent half a semester’s worth of participation on your blog.

Homework Task:
Identify 3 key blogs in the Australian music industry (including only one by an artist/band). Explore and explain why they are significant, successful or unique. Describe their sphere of online influence, and their strongest online affiliations. Note any unusual or interesting techniques of engagement.

Write a music post and include ‘Aus-Music Blog’ in your blog post subject title. Given that we have 50+ students across the 3 classes, this task should yield a very interesting map of Australian music online, and we should start seeing this reflected in our RSS feeds this week.

Week 3 Checklist for Blogs

March 15, 2011

This is mostly of use for those who didn’t complete the Design Studio subject – but is worth glancing over for everybody.

Blog Checklist:
Does your blog have each of these elements? (wordpress help)

– An about page on your sidebar? ( Or about text – using the text widget )
– An altered tagline ( ie it should not say the default ‘Just another wordpress blog’ )
– Have you successfully inserted an image into a blog post?
– Do you have your own custom header graphic?
– Do you have at least 5 links to others, in your sidebar? ( Why do this? )
– Have you edited / deleted the initial default ‘Hello World’ post?
– Is your blog included in the Yahoo Pipes compiled list of class blogs?
( If not, email your blog address to get added ( sean.healy -at- rmit.ed.au )

And for those new to blogging, some thoughts about writing for the web:

Why should you include links? Writing link text. More about writing link text. Kottke on writing vs editing. How to be a good ‘linkblogger‘. yourhtmlsource – on writing for the web. And yet another article titled writing for the web..

 

Week 2: Research Checklist

March 7, 2011

((Important note for those who didn’t do Design Studio – it’s essential that you spend some time catching up with your understanding of online networks. Please read Weblogs: A History And PerspectiveRebecca Blood, September 7, 2000, and read and explore the links within the posts for Design Studio Week 1,Week 2: Social Media and Writing for the Web and Week 3: The World of Blogging.

Please ensure your blog covers all of the points mentioned in this checklist.

And yes, you should write some blog posts about your reading here. ))

RE-CAP + CHECKLIST
Creative Project. Shared research + feedback. Lots of online Participation. Blog as reflective journal.

To enable shared research and learning, we need to have these steps in place:

– Signed up for a delicious account, delicious button installed in browser, rmitmusic tag used when bookmarking.
– google reader account + multiple subscriptions – including :
– the RSS feed for all the student blogs combined.
– the rmitmusic bookmarks @ delicious )

Research Tasks:
– Browse the combined student blogs, and on your own blog, write a post about something you found interesting. Include a link back to that specific blog post, and provide another relevant link and idea to add depth.
– Browse the delicious bookmarks being collected by everyone under the rmitmusic tag, find an interesting link and see who submitted it. Add that person to your delicious network.

Bonus subscriptions:
Want to learn about these online networks? Get information straight from the creators. These are great sources for finding out about new features. Add these to your google reader subscriptions:

soundcloud blog
vimeo blog
flickr blog