The soundtrack of our lives: Song choices

1.) Disclosure-Latch Ft. Sam Smith

This song literally gives me goose bumps because not only it has got kind of an eerie feel to it but it was a very personal song that meant a lot to me and someone that used to be apart of my life and that person is no longer with me any more. I gotta give it to Disclosure and Sam Smith for creating such an excellent and well-crafted tune. I think that what’s great about this song is they took the traditional love song idea of, “let’s make this a serious, exclusive thing”, but they’ve given it this kind of weird, paranoid, obsessive undercurrent. “Latch” as a word can mean the way it’s used in this song, to be about latching up or tying the knot so to speak, but it usually has that much creepier, parasite connotation of “latching on to” someone or something.

So, in short, it’s a love song that’s about an unstable person wanting to lock down their partner so that they won’t have to be alone anymore, and really hyper-fixating on that aspect of the relationship.

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2.) MGMT-Kids 

This song takes me back, every time and I always get the deja vu feeling. I remember hearing them at a festival with all of my closest friends, it also makes me feel sad too because this song was a part of my youth and teenage year…which I can never go back to but I will always treasure the memories that comes with this song.

I think this song is definitely of the stages of life. You’re a child born so innocent in this world, with a beautiful smile that could make any parent proud. As you grow older you begin to lose your innocence & fall into societies ways. You begin to lose the meaning of whats important in life. & find that you learn from the world & especially learn from your parents,good & BAD. But the bad things you learn from those around you will only haunt you. To avoid this take only what you need from the world. Try your best not to become selfish as the rest of the world. I feel this songs represents a constant battle between good & bad, I feel like they’re speaking from experience. Trying not to get sucked up into the worldy possessions & selfishness of this place. Its a reminder to only take what you need from the world around you, nothing more nothing less. Be happy with what is given to you or fall into a life of unhappiness & obstacles..try to live your life the best way that you can & be the best person that you can, weather your life be hard or easy remember not to become corrupted of the things around you.

Wish I could explain exactly what I feel but words cannot describe everything I think this song means..it is a beautiful song & makes me tear everything I hear it…

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3.) Lana Del Rey- Summertime Sadness

I don’t want to sound like Debbie downer or anything but any music that has a meaningful will always have an emotional impact to me and Lana Del Rey is certainly is one. I have always been her biggest fan, when I saw her live, it was INCREDIBLE! All her songs are beautifully written and poetic, the voice to me is like an angel. The lyrics are very sad and explicit in any of her music because she sings hostly about her life, especially her dark past, I always feel like wanting to give her a hug because this woman had such sad life but she did gained a lot go successes after putting her experiences into music.

In this song, she’s reminiscing about a love that she had during the time and it brings her “summertime sadness.”

This person is someone who made her feel electric, alive, and in love. She feels so invincible with this person that she could die and still be happy. Thinking about how much she loved this person and how this person may have been the best person she’s ever been with, it brings her sadness. “Even if you’re gone, I’m going to drive.” Yes, this person isn’t a part of her life anymore, but she relives her relationship with him by driving down memory lane.

Does anyone else hear “I think I’ll miss you forever like the stars miss the sun in the morning skies”? That makes more sense to me than “I think I’ll love you forever.”
“I think I’ll miss you forever
Like the stars miss the sun in the morning sky.
Late is better than never.
Even if you’re gone, I’m gonna drive.”
This is my favorite part of the song. It’s as if she finally realised how much she’s going to miss this person and has finally told them her true feelings. Even though he’s gone, she’s going to remember and honor how wonderful this time period of her life was. Beautiful…

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The soundtrack of our lives: Experimenting

For this project, the task was to create a poster series, minimum of 3 posters (A2 size), pick three tracks and illustrates and represent the essence of how music that we listen to makes us feel. I was thrilled to do this project because it was something that I have not done before and I was really looking forward to explore my own creativity within this project.

Music is powerful. It can make us feel like we’re on top of the world, but at the same time it could also make us feel like the world is falling apart. To me, music makes me happy, emotional and expressive. I am the type of person who will listen to everything, and I mean EVERYTHING. I will listen to any genres of music with no judgement but just curiosity. I remembered when I was 12 years old, my friend dragged me to a hardcore rock concert and I lied to my parents that I was going to a classical type of concert. Needless to say, it wasn’t glorious and triumphant as I thought it would be. the concert was mental because not only I was too young to probably experienced a mosh pit, I was bloody scared and thought I was going to die. I went from a Taylor Swift fan girl to Linkin Park, My chemical romance, Nickelback, Fall out boy real quick. But despite my fears, it was an experience that will never forget. So yes, music is also like a time travel, our mind just filled with memories when we hear a certain songs.

Because I literally listen to everything, so in the beginning of starting out brainstorming my ideas, I found myself struggling because I don’t know what songs to choose. I looked through all the songs on my spottily list, and I just randomly picked out songs and started to draw how the sounds makes me feel. I did a little experiments of how the sounds that we hear creates patterns and I chosen three songs that are completely in different genres and experiments with listening to the sound and creating patterns through how relax, hard, soft, up beat the tones is of each songs and the results is really interesting.

 

I know, I know, this look like a three years old kid did these but unfortunately I did them (with a blind fold). This is because I wanted to just draw what comes up on my and just illustrates that informations on the papers. I didn’t want to focus too much on how the poster is going to look because at this point I was only just experimenting. I continued to listened to more songs but approach the designs more differently from my initial experiments. Here, I have illustrated an image that is somewhat, story telling.

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Project: Day Travel card book

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Last weekend I was trying to organise some of the things that I have been collecting for many years and they’re starting to piling up. I always find it very hard to throw things that I feel that they have sentimental value to them. Ever since I was little whether it is birthday cards, hand written letters, notes, receipts or in this case train tickets I have been collecting all of these things for so long and I can’t seem to get rid of them. As I was going through my purse I found stacks of train tickets that seems taken over my purse and so I have decided why don’t I create and make something out of it. I thought about the book binding tutorial that Kiran have showed us a while back and I have embarked upon the idea of turning these train tickets into a mini book. The size of the train ticket is perfect and all I need was some tape to hold them together. Yes, I admit that this little book is not perfect and no where near what Kiran have created but this is just a small idea that I have and I didn’t necessary want them to look perfect because the imperfections of the mini book is what going to make it unique.

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I’m not sure what I will do with this little mini book but already, they have contains informations e.g. my travel journey. I could just leave this book like how it is now but I think I will probably want to add random things to it, even though I’m not sure what but there will always be something to add along the way.

Typography Part 2. Letterpress Tutorial

Letterpress was used in everyday printing technique for 5th centuries, until offset lithography took over.

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The inks applied to the surface of metal type, which has a raid surface with a reverse image, like a rubber stamp and the type is pressed against paper to make an impression.

The final outcome, finished article would have a tactile quality, with a thick layer of ink and a slight indention where the type pressed against the paper. Images would use the same process to produce in a similar way, using blocks of wood, metal, lino or nylon.

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I find letterpress printing extremely time consuming and labor intensive and in age of lithography and digital printing it might seem like wasted effort. It isn’t an alternative to modern, commercial printing techniques but it retains its place as craft ideally suited to producing beautiful unique things in small qualities.

To want a good quality outcome when using letterpress, the person would required a incredible amount of skills needs to be put in. When letterpress was the main player in commercial printing, there were specialists who lined up the type (compositors) and there were the machine room staff who operated the presses. An apprenticeship took six years.

These days letterpress is usually done by one person working alone and they will have had to learn all the disciplines involved.

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Typography Part 1. Intro

 

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Typography is the art and technique of arranging type, type design and modifying type glyphs. The type glyphs are created and modified using a variety of illustration techniques. The arrangement of type involves the selection if typefaces, point size, line length, leading, adjusting the spaces between groups of letter and adjusting the space between pairs of letters. Typography is performed by typesetters, compositors, typographers, graphic designer, art director, comic book artists and graffiti artists. Until the digital age, typography was a specialised occupation. Digitisation opened up typography to new generations of visual designers and lay users.

 

Screen Printing: Introduction & History

“Screen printing is one of the early methods of printing. It involves the passing of ink or any other printing medium through a mesh or ‘screen’ that has been stretched on a frame, and to which a stencil has been applied. The stencil openings determined the image that will thus be imprinted.”

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History

Screen printing was a type of technique that was first used by the Chinese almost 2000 years ago. They used human hair stretched across a wooden frame to form the screen. To that they attached a stencil made from leaves stuck together into different shapes. This was the first application of screen printing ever.

Later date, the Japanese adopted the screen printing process and techniques and used woven silk to make the mesh and lacquers to make stencils . The use of silk is where screen printing got its alternative name Silk screening or silk screen printing.

Samuel Simon is the first man who have introduced Screen printing to the west. Samuel who patented the fist ever industrial screen printing process. Many years later close to WW I, John Pilsworth of San Francisco developed the Selectasine method, which basically introduced the concept of multicolour printing using the same screen. Different areas on the screen were blocked out for different colour inks, thus resulting in a multicoloured image. Later this technique then became hugely popular and widely used for printing signs and posters in large quantities.