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Bad Service on the Death Star

This is the movie voice machines assignment worth 2 1/2 points.

I had a ton of fun with this. I knew it was an assignment I wanted to work on right away when I read the description, but I wasn’t sure what character to try and tackle. I quickly realized that finding uniform sound clips to fit into a coherent, specific message would be difficult for the circumstances, so I went a different route. After playing around with Audacity’s various tools and effects, I realized that a simple combination of lowered pitch and added echo creates a rather convincing Darth Vader effect. Naturally, I went the humor route and had fun doing so. It’s a silly sort of thing, but I think it’s at least worth a chuckle. The Imperial March theme music is just icing on the cake.

Week 5 Summary

Yet another interesting week with a bunch of fun activities.

I talked a bit about the Big Lebowski, “slacker noir,” and my personal comparison of the film’s similar political nature to Chinatown. I also love Blade Runner and Double Indemnity, but there isn’t time for everything.

The design blitz was a fun bit of time that got me scanning my eyes around the world a bit differently. I particularly had fun using an absurd Salvador Dali painting to discuss perspective and metaphor.

The assignments this week were a good time as well.

The four symbols assignment is a real fun activity that seems so much more obvious to the creator. I still think mine’s obvious, but I’ve received mixed signals.

I got a bit frustrated with my DS106 wallpaper assignment, but I still think the final product is cool, even if it’s not as slickĀ as I wish it could be.

The budding entrepreneur assignment is one of the goofiest things I’ve done yet. Literal German-accented wine, Hitler, Nazi’s, what’s not to like? The whole thing is bizarre; I can’t believe it came out of my brain.

I’m really happy with the overall look of my scene poster assignment. The color palate is exactly what I had envisioned. I won’t stop the Taxi Driver party.

Daily creates:


Yeah…this isn’t a bloody wrist, but a jelly bracelet. It was as gross as it looks.

This is a clip of me playing Dark Warrior off of internet arcade. It’s just like so many other games of its type.

Week 4 Summary

Another interesting week.

I played around a bunch with Taxi Driver for my assignments this week. That was a ton of fun. I love that I was able to act out the famous “You talkin’ to me?” speech for the line remix assignment, of course substituting “me” for “him.” I also used the film’s theme music as the basis for my radio bumper, something I knew about but didn’t realize had a name. I’m not a huge fan of my speaking voice, so it was a little eerie hearing myself talk, especially with the dark shtick I was going for. It’s still fun to listen to. I love Hermann’s score in that film; really an underrated aspect. But enough about Taxi Driver.

I really enjoyed both the sound effects assignment and the solo vocal trio. The latter I’ve played around with a bit in the past, but I’ve never attempted to tell a story solely with sound effects. It was a bit of an eye-opening experience realizing how important silence and pacing is in creating mood and atmosphere. I want to continue to play with that idea and incorporate more deliberate pacing in my music and storytelling, which I think has a tendency to fly off of the rails.