Warning: Undefined array key "elementId" in /home/kbrotman/public_html/wp-content/plugins/gutenverse/includes/style/class-style-abstract.php on line 56
Categories
Sound

Song Mashup

Because I had such good luck with my song I made before this, I decided that I would make a mashup. However, using Audacity was very difficult compared to the application I used to make the song. I actually watched a tutorial on how to make a good mashup but I think I could have done a little better. One of the hardest parts for me was matching the speed of each song that I used. I picked Diamonds by Rihanna and Yellow by Coldplay, which I picked for specific reasons that I will explain below. I watched a tutorial on how to properly match the tempos and pitches of the songs by after playing around with it I was able to fix some parts, but I think in a way these 2 songs just should not be mixed. There is no doubt about the fact that this song is harsh on the ears and extremely unsettling but the skills that I learned to use are more valuable than the mess I have created here.

Not necessarily a song I would pick to play for my friends….

I picked the song Yellow because it holds a lot of meaning to me. As I am sure you know by now, I love Coldplay. I was with my grandma the first time that I heard their music, because she is a huge fan. Yellow was a song that we used to sing together while she played it on piano. I also tried to use the song Clocks by Coldplay, but the tempo did not workout either. When I picked this song I thought I could do it justice by being mixed with beautiful vocals by Rihanna.

I picked Diamonds because the lyrics and the tempo are so versatile. Diamonds is one of my favorite songs to blare in the car and sing along to and I am extremely familiar with the lyrics. I thought that this song would mix well with the piano and slower beat that is present in the instrumental version of Yellow by Coldplay. I tried my best to pick two songs that I am extremely familiar with because I thought that familiarity would help when it came time to mix these two songs together.

Although I was wrong about the song itself, I was able to make myself familiar with the process of using Audacity to help myself in the future.

Categories
Sound

Making A Song

Luckily, I had practice with this one during one of the daily creates during the first week of class. I fine tuned some of the audio in the song I created named “Jackson’s Beat”. I named it after my nephew because every time he hears this song he cannot help but dance, and it makes me super happy. Whenever we are in the car together or he feels like dancing we will turn it on for him… and apparently his friends love it too!

My favorite genre of music this summer is house, which is similar to dance music. The house music vibe is what I really wanted to to capture in this song, and maybe even add it to my playlist for this summer. After fine tuning and tweaking this song, I was not able to get it exactly how I wanted it but it made me feel good that Jackson got a kick out of it. I also had to go easy on myself, because it was the first song that I had ever made.

I had a blast making the song and finding different beats to add and when to add them in, fading the beginning and end of the song, and creating the main sounds. It took me probably close to an hour to pick what instruments and beats to add, and memorize how I wanted them to go and what order they would play in. Overall, the creative process was very enjoyable and allowed me to build something of my own that was unique to me. Since I have had it on Soundcloud it has accumulated 2 likes, 2 reposts, and 18 listens, and that feels really good! I will definitely be playing around with song making in the future.

Categories
Sound

A Day In The Life

A typical day in the life looks pretty boring these days. I am trying my best to really soak in all of the relaxation that I can before school starts this fall. My working week schedule looks a little something like this….

The first thing I do when I wake up which is not featured in my audio here is snooze approximately 5 alarms before getting up for my 7 a.m. shadowing at the dental office. Once I finally decide to get out of bed, I head into my bathroom to brush my teeth, followed by opening my blinds. Opening the blinds in the morning is something that I have found really makes or breaks my morning. Whether is sunny or rainy, it is nice to just let in a new light after having the room dark for 8 hours. Once I do that, I head down to the kitchen to make a large glass of water. One of my goals this summer is to stay hydrated (which I am extremely bad at). After I make my water, I usually make a bagel with peanut butter and banana. I have been hyper fixated on this breakfast all summer, and I don’t plan on finding a replacement anytime soon!

After choking down my bagel at record speed because I am always rushing in the morning, I head back upstairs to throw on my scrubs and tennis shoes, grab my keys, and head out the door. Once I get to the dental office, I attend the morning meeting which summarizes each patient coming in that day and what procedures they are having done (my favorite part of the day). After the meeting I chat and catch up with all of the employees and we get to work. This summer I am shadowing a general dentist and it has grown my love for dentistry even more than I could have imagined. My hours there usually last from 7 a.m. to 5 p.m. When I am all finished up there, I head back to my gym to get in a workout before I head home.

My current gym workout includes a daily 30 minute inclined walk on the treadmill, and either an arm day or leg day following after that. By the time I leave the gym I am STARVING after the day I have had so I arrive home and assist my mom with dinner prep to speed up the process. Once I eat I am ready to shower and get cozy and bed. I usually end my night with a few episodes of Modern Family to unwind. Then I set my alarms and do it all over again!

Categories
Sound

Modern Love Podcast Summary

I chose this podcast because it is relatable, and I thought it would be informational. It is such a well-produced podcast, from the soothing voice of host Anna Martin to the editing and additional music in the background. This podcast drew me in because the idea of dating and getting know people in an intimate way has transformed completely, especially with the addition of social media and the pressures of trying to fit into society. Sexual orientation has played a huge role in a lack of confidence for people in their twenties looking for love, which is one of the points Anna Martin brought up with guest Denny Agassi. Denny Agassi is a transgender woman that moved to NYC looking to hook-up with the locals and live out her Carrie Bradshaw era.

One of the struggles that Denny Agassi struggled with was that people were embarrassed about using apps to find people in the area to meet up with because they were ashamed of their sexuality. She said that many of the guys would have a black screen as their photo on the app, and would later send a selfie to ensure privacy, and so that nobody could find them on the app. While this is such an awful way for any person to feel, Denny was not bothered by the anonymity that these men had because eventually they would warm up to her and she was only looking for something casual to begin with.

However, very quickly, Denny’s opinion was changed. It was another average match made on the app, black screen and all. His name was Jack, one of the cutest matches Denny had ever had. From the short conversations and texting leading up to their initial meet up, Denny could tell he was different. Jack texted first, and upon entering her apartment for the first time, complimented her décor, inquired about personal things, and made sure that Denny felt respected and comfortable. Denny was used to the complete opposite, and she immediately had feelings for him. She said that being vulnerable with men felt illegal and that it was not accepted and could only do it in the comfortability of her own home.

Denny and Jack continued to grow closer, and someone who was so afraid to be vulnerable was experiencing a true love. This is where the story took an unfortunate turn. Jack slowly phased Denny out, texting only but weeks and months at a time. Denny was officially ghosted.

Being ghosted is the worst feeling ever… no matter who you are or what the situation was. But, Denny really changed my perspective on the idea of being ghosted. Rather than being upset or resenting the Jack, Denny had gratitude for Jack because of the experiences and feelings that he gave to her. I think it is important to always remember that it is ok to learn and grow, while being sad which is the biggest takeaway from this podcast.

Categories
Sound

Ira Glass Summary

Ira Glass discusses the important concepts of making and creating a story. During this video he discusses important trial and error methods, and emphasizes the importance of learning and growing, especially when reviewing old work that you have created.

What I could relate to the most was when he talked about how hard it is to come up with a creative story. Ira says, “Often the amount of time spent on the story is greater than the time it takes to produce the story”. I can agree with this statement because for me personally, it is harder to come up with all of the details for the story compared to putting it all together once the story is solidified. Another concept that Ira discussed is that a third to a half of stories get killed, meaning that they made it to the process of being produced but the vision was not brought to life. While this seems like a very deterring feeling, Ira says that it gives the creator a chance to bring something new to life. I think this is very important, because when producing something creative the process of trial and error is something that can make your work stand out.

Additionally, Ira states that it takes a while to prefect the work but to fight through that. In Part 3 of his video, he reviews one of his old stories even from when he was a professional. After listening to the story for just a minute, he has tons of corrections and critiques for himself. My biggest takeaways from this part of the video was that practice makes perfect, and even when you have it perfected there is still room for improvement. In conclusion, Ira puts emphasis on the fact that we should be ourselves, our work should be original, and to keep pushing even if your work isn’t what you had envisioned the first time around

Categories
Design

Design Summary

I really liked the critical thinking that design brought this week. Design is such an important detail in our lives that we do not pay attention to enough. The design blitz that we did actually made me look in depth at items that I use almost everyday, and was equally the most challenging and easiest part of the design lesson. Luckily, I am someone that buys things based on their appearance so I was aware of most of the items that I wanted to use. Reading Vignelli’s booklet and using all of the different sources to help me put together my own designs and help me during the blitz made me think of design in a new light. I think my biggest takeaway is that design does not always have to be some jam packed, colorful, crazy font design, it just has to be functional and informational. I think that in the world of design sometimes this can be forgotten, and it is something that can make or break the design as a whole, and is something I worked on specifically when doing my design assignments. Overall, the thing I enjoyed most was learning all of the planning that goes into designs and getting an idea about the planning and time it takes to make designs on something so small like a bottle of hand soap or a can of soda.

Categories
Design

Sports Poster

Horseback riding is something that has been a part of my life since I was 6 years old. I cannot imagine my life without it and I am so lucky to be able to do what I love at a college level. During my college search, I specifically looked at schools that offered a riding team that was competitive where I could learn and grow. That is exactly how I picked UMW.

The equestrian team has offered me so many amazing friends and an escape from the busy life of a biomedical sciences student. I think that had I not been a part of the team, for my years at Mary Washington I would have an overwhelming amount of stress and anxiety surrounding me during my studies. From the weekly study halls, to the early morning 6 a.m. wake up calls, the barn allows me to escape reality for a bit and relax amidst the craziness of being a student.

I know I am not the only one who feels this way, a few of the girls that I have become close with on the team had mentioned transferring at one point. However, the team gave them an incentive to stay. Yes, being a student-athlete and equestrian for the school has become my entire personally trait, but it has also allowed me to be the best version of my self.

Categories
Design

Vogue Cover

Ever since we were just toddlers at preschool, my best friend Elizabeth and I had the dream to travel to France together to see the Louvre, the Eiffel Tower, and all of the iconic spots. We had planned to wake up every morning, get a latte, and people watch before we started our activity packed days. We also promised that we would end every single night by sitting and watching the Eiffel tower glow.

Two years ago we had the opportunity to make our dreams a reality. We could not have been more stoked to go overseas by ourselves and finally have the vacation that we’ve been wanting for years. We arrived and immediately jumped into the taxi and headed for the Eiffel tower. By the time we got there the sun had set and it was GLOWING! We were so excited to finally be in Paris living the dream.

After our first full day of waking up to get a coffee, pastries, and roaming around the Louvre, we packed our bags with snacks and sweets and headed down to the Eiffel tower.

I had Elizabeth take a few pictures of me to put on my Instagram when the craziest thing happened. A photographer named Lara Denova, who is known for his work in France, approached us during our photoshoot to ask if we could pose for a few pictures. Obviously we said yes, and he explained to us that they were doing a cover that featured the Eiffel tower that shows just how beautiful it looks when it glows at night. So that is exactly what we did!

…and that is how I ended up on the cover of Vogue!

Categories
Design

(Not so) Motivational Poster

The start of sophomore year presented a lot of problems for me, not only as a student, but as an athlete. Freshman year in my opinion was a joke… everything was online and just did not require much effort in the slightest. As soon as I moved into my apartment in Eagle Landing and started classes I realized just how different the college experience was from what I had initially thought. So much more homework, and the idea of in-person classes was pretty foreign to me. I realized I didn’t know how to study and it was hard for me to adjust to the social scene as well. I was working hard… but it felt like I was hardly working.

Sure school was hard, but problems really presented themselves in my riding career. I had been on the riding team freshman year and dare to say it was the best I had ridden in my entire life. Through changing barns for the team, and riding all new horses I was at a loss. My riding had severely taken a turn for the worst and I was starting to lose hope that I would improve before the start of our season.

Sure enough, on October 14th, 2021 I fell off and was kicked in the head by the horse I was on resulting in a severe concussion. As soon as I got home I sobbed for hours. How did something I had loved turn into something that I couldn’t see myself doing anymore? I was defeated. The diagnosis of my concussion resulted in me not being able to look at my computer screen, any sort of light, and not being able to pay attention during class for over a week. My grades reflected it too. The support from my friends and family is the only thing that really proved the grass is greener on the other side. After my fall I was extremely timid to sit in the saddle again and even just walk around, let alone jump around.

My recovery went smoothly, and I continued to improve, but my mental block was still present every time I got on. I tried convincing myself that I was fine, but that was not enough.

I participated in a few shows towards the end of the year, and ended up placing in the top 3 each time. Unfortunately, during our off season towards the end of the year I fell again, injuring my lower back very badly.

Fortunately, summer break allowed for healing mentally and physically.

Junior year I was healthier and felt better than I ever had here at UMW since freshman year. I felt it in my bones that this year was going to get better. Spoiler alert: I was right. Practices were going amazing and my excitement and love for the sport was regained. The first show of the year approached and i won my class! I could have cried happy tears, finally all of my hard work had paid off.

Flash forward to the end of our regular season, I had placed myself into Regionals! I was ecstatic. Sadly, that was the end of my road for this season but I was honored to even be able to tell people that I had qualified.

The end of the year went amazing and I have never felt more comfortable in the saddle, and my confidence is beaming! Although I feel good at where I am at in my riding, I will continue to try my hardest and improve as much as I can during my last year at Mary Washington.

Categories
Design

Design Blitz

For this assignment I stayed inside of my house, mostly because I had all of the products I wanted to use in the back of my mind but also because household items we use everyday are GREAT representations of the different types of designs we see. My designs I pick range from a bottle of shaving cream to a can of Coca-Cola. After reading all of the tips, it is hard to believe the amount of work that goes into such small items just to appeal to the consumer.

Color

This is the packaging that my deodorant comes in. Recently I switched over to natural deodorant and had to find a new brand to pick. Obviously, I picked this one because of the design and color… pink! I think that the use of pink is very appealing and fun to look at. Deodorant is something that we use everyday and it is important that companies are putting out a design that people are willing to look at every morning. Having an aesthetic font and label in addition to the monochrome color design is important for making it appealing to the consumers. The tip I used was taken from “How to Use Color to Enhance Your Design”, and specifically under the category of color meaning. I would say that this packaging incorporates both red tones and warm colors, with a little bit of cool color mixed in. The warm colors/red radiate warmth, energy, happiness, confidence and determination which is all important feelings and emotions that you want to be promoting in a deodorant bottle.

Tip: How To Use Color To Enhance Your Designs

Minimalism

This bottle is my shaving cream, and it is one of the most minimally designed products that I own. By simply putting the title of the product and putting what it is up top allows the consumer to know exactly what they are buying without the hassle of trying to figure out what’s going on. The “white space” as it is called makes it more pleasing to look at because it is less busy. I think one of the hardest parts about design is the feeling that every ounce of space should be filled with something. In this specific scenario the design is flawless with minimal words and information shoved on the sides.

Tip: Creating Minimalist Designs Makes You A Better Designer

Rhythm

I chose to do this Celsius can. Between the flavor name, typography, and the movement shown by the images on the can, it is very aesthetically pleasing. The name fantasy vibe is also reinforced by the palm trees, clouds, and sun that make the can have a warm feel. The patterns repeat throughout the can and adds to the rhythm of the drink as a whole. Another important aspect to notice is the smaller size of the shapes that surround the can and they are smaller than the title of the drink, to not distract.

Tip: Write Design Online: Rhythm

Typography

Of course I chose the Coca-Cola can we had in the fridge. To me, this is the most iconic example of typography used to benefit the company. I am sure that most people in the world can identify the logo and font as Coca-Cola. The font matches the purpose and aesthetic that is desired for a can of soda and is not too overbearing or hard to read. While this font is still “pretty” it is still easy for anyone to recognize and read.

Tip: What is good typography?

css.php