ARM Reflection

For this module I reviewed copyright law and made my own mashup. For both of these, I just googled the heck out of things. I remembered the basics of the copyright stuff from high school and DS106 and just found sources that proved my point or proved some outdated ideas I had wrong. For the mashup, I went to Reddit and mashup guides to see how to do things. I used Audacity since that’s what I was familiar with, and unfortunately it didn’t turn out that great. It’s okay though, it’s expected to have your first mashup sound like noise.

I spent a lot of my time listening to other mashups and trying to see what those creators did to make the songs match. Though this, I learned that Pop Punk and Alt Rock are not the easiest genres to mix because they’re particularly varied in mood, instruments, and style between and within songs. I ended up finding two videos- one of a mashup I wanted to do but had already been done, and one other (better) version of the songs that I mixed.

It’s a bit difficult for me to not be good at things, but I think it’s important. I didn’t make a particularly good mashup, but that means I can only improve. My mashed up album cover was pretty good, but it was more of an afterthought for Youtube than something I had planned. Black box videos are very dull to watch, after all. If I need to do another mashup in the future (say, for LipSync or something) I’ll be able to pull on the things I learned in this module and move forward instead of having to relearn basic skills.

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