Sunday, August 30, 2009

Vis. Lang: Find + Share

images are from FFFFOUND

A interesting image:
I consider this image to be hyperbole since this president (unknown) is big enough to hold the Earth and an airplane, as well as, allegory to the reference of political views. Also possibly antithesis for the freedom above and the controlled area below.

Apple of the World:

I would consider it to be antithesis because it has a contrasting idea in education and the map of the world, but it isn't necessarily differences. It also could be a pun? maybe.

Saturday, August 29, 2009

Vis. Lang: Part One: Tropes+ Signs= Concepts

Semiotics taken from the Mind Map:

Icon: bass, jazz museum, Philadelphia, big apple (NY), Grammy, travel, acoustic

Index: time, rhythm (toe-tapping), fusion, funk, smooth, microphone, melody, composer, writer, notes

Symbol: innovative, award, warmth, loose, traditional, fresh, rain, bond, his father and uncle

Friday, August 28, 2009

Type: Minion


-designed by Robert Slimbach in 1990 for the AdobeSystems
-name comes from traditional naming system for type sizes (between nonpareil and breviry)
-inspired by late Renaissance-era
-inspired by classical, old style typefaces, a period of elegant, beautiful, and highly readable type designs
-combines the aesthetic and functional qualities that make text type highly readable with versatility of OpenType digital technology, yielding unprecedented flexibility and typographic control, whether for lengthy text or display settings
-the font family contains 3 weights and 2 widths, each with optical size variants, supporting full range of Western languages
-with many ligatures, small caps, old style figures, swashes, and other added glyphs, Minion Pro is ideal for uses ranging from limited edition books to newsletters to packaging

Thursday, August 27, 2009

Narrative in Sound: Storyboards/ Sketches

First person story board

3rd Person story board

Key Moment of the girl putting on her shoe

Key Moment of actually running

Key Moment of stretching

Vis. Lang: Jazz Research

So in jazz of the 80s, the music came up with a development of acid jazz, which blended jazz influences into funk and hiphop. Acid jazz is particularly looped beats in the music. In the late 80s that is when nu jazz(influenced by jazz harmony and melodies, as well as no improvisational aspects) and jazz rap(fused jazz and hip-hop) brought in another fused jazz part. In 2000s straight ahead jazz (keeping the traditional form of the jazz music and can be contrasted with smooth jazz) appeals to a core group of listeners into today.

Christian McBride

Christian McBride was born in 1972, where his mentors were his father, Lee Smith, and great uncle, Howard Cooper who are well known for playing bass. In the jazz community Christian is considers to be one of the best bassist of his generation. He had classical studies at Julliard. He primarily plays upright bass but can play electric bass equally well. He is one of the most important and original American musicians to the point he got a Grammy award-winning as being virtuoso of bass.

Christian is a composer as well as an arranger. He has over 200 recordings and has backed up artists from McCoy Tyner and Sting to Kathleem Battle and Diana Krall. When he isn't playing he is the spokeperson for the music. In 1997, he spoke of former President Clinton's town hall meeting for "Racism in the Performing Arts."

Since then Christian is the Co-Director of the National Jazz Museum at Harlem. He is playing within a quintet that he put together and is called "Christian McBride and Inside Straight." The band members include Eric Reed(pianist), Steve Wilson(sax.), Carl Allen(drummer), Warren Wolf(vibraphonist).

Wednesday, August 26, 2009

Narrative in Sound: Narrowed Down Idea Choosen

So in the end of making a list and comparing my options I had at the beginning, my decision to do it Running/ working out. Some of the reasons of pointing this one out more was the different ways of interpreting the hobby/sport by either position of the hair straight down to the movement in the space. So now I will begin to draw up more ideas to go with it.

Vis. Lang: Jazz Visual Inspiration

And this is Christian McBride himself. And I choose the one with him standing next to his bass as a sign of devotion he has to his instrument. Also the color helped give a mood too.

These colors I choose were for the warmth that I get while listening to the music as well as brings the energy of the music too.

With this inspiration, I was looking for rhythm, and movement since Christain McBride's music has a fast pace feel to it and is playful. The reason why I choose rain as inspiration was by thinking how every time rain hits a window it has a beat to it if you listen close enough and separate the sounds. Lines are also to demonstrate how fast and how far apart some notes are from each other.

The text I think that would work for the music that Christian McBride & Inside Straight would relate to would be either Universe or Grotesque condensed sense it can have an open feeling and also bring a cleanness to a page but for the smaller text I might use a sans serif.

Narrative in Sound: Ideas for Project 1

Here are some of my ideas for project one that I think have a good possibility.

-grocery shopping*
-running/ working out*
-ordering food
-picking out an outfit
-making a bed
-brushing/ flossing teeth*
-playing w/a dog
-painting a picture

*the ones I will go further on to then narrow down to one

Tuesday, August 25, 2009

Type: The Gutenberg Press

Throughout the film, I realized that no matter what I was thinking during the film Gutenburg became an engineer, a merchant, and a intelligent man to invent the press that started mass production. With his invention, manuscripts would slowly disappear and put ease to those who wrote for the manuscripts for a living. The outcome of his invention gave the availability to those that would want to read the Bible, but the downfall to those who couldn't afford the book, they were more likely not to go to church.

The most fascinating thing about Gutenburg was remaking his press now would become a journey to those who would build it. This also brought that supposedly Gutenburg kept close to the water because he was playing with fire since him and his workers made the letter forms. Just watching how they would have made each letter was fascinating in itself by just how the mold that held the form then left an empty space to pour metal in for the outcome of the letter. The process was mind-bottling that I watched that scene a couple of times to figure how it worked.