Storyscaping – a side quest

I always imagine what kind of simulation I would run in virtual space. I have made attempts to run my own groups in Facebook, but they were never as successful as my groups I managed in the earlier years in Myspace. Now with the growth of social networking and digital business and marketing, things are definitely different stages now with larger frames to fill in the aspects of creativity and communication. As I ponder on these things, I just know that music will always be my standby and I will never let down that favorable interest of mine.

My side quest would be taking music on the internet to whole completely different levels, especially with the works that virtual spaces like Second Life has to offer. Of course there’s sites that you can host your music, places to share it like Facebook and twitter, and perhaps even post your own album artwork and designs on sites like Instagram or Pinterest, but I see things in a way that could put all of such media through these sites into Second Life as a sort of music store/promotion museum.

I put myself in the shoes of a person that would want to visit my own creation first. I think to myself “What would I want to see here? What would make me think ‘Wow!’?”. This space to me would be a place that could be a full market that could lead someone to want to buy some music that they would enjoy and also want to inspire other artists and musicians to come along and participate in showcasing their work. To me this space would cover all the aspects of telling the stories of the music that would be presented there. Here, the space would be an absolute haven to the musical world in digital space.

My side quest would be a craft of passion in my interests of music and as well as the love of music that everyone shares as well. Artists and musicians can come and represent themselves as well as market their sound. With these kinds of interactions, we can discover, contribute, promote, collaborate, create, and become collective. This side quest will lead to a whole new fully managed quest in it’s own to help the growth of online music interaction.

While putting the 5 stages of creating a Story System into consideration with this side quest, the ideas came natural with the aspect of how universal music can be to everyone. These stages are truly vital to guide the way in the process of making this project. Here are those 5 stages and how they will work with the side quest.

1. Cast

The cast is important here as anyone can be the cast in this project. Newcomers are always welcome, be it music admirers, musicians, or even just people looking for something new. I personally see myself as all these roles, but also as the “music store owner”, I want to keep the circulation flowing and the music love as loud as possible. Visually and soundly, the side quest is full of characters in every way shape and form, as long as there is the love of music being kept alive.

2. Score

Music contends on all levels, with how powerful as a tool that the internet is, music can spread like wild fire. Artists and musicians can truly promote their work to the full extent while connecting all and any links that relate to their creativity in this space. All forms of media would be expected, music videos, links to online music purchases, rare material, and even their own merchandise both in real world and Second Life.

3. Tag

Tagging has become a social media must-do technique while spreading information. The mapping of media and information found here would defined into every aspect that music is shaped from. Making sure people are well informed is truly important in this process, we would feature the importance of genres, labels, instruments/methods, bands/artists, and even venues. Tagging these trends will give guidance to new paths to everyone that will be experiencing the project.

4. Inspire

Music is all around inspirational, so for this project, inspiration comes in all levels. Artists and Musician can inspire each other by sound, but also for those that want to become musicians or artists as well. Even just sharing music can inspire the listeners to all of their own personal interests also.

5. Optimize

Optimizing this project would indeed be a major commitment, but once it is in full effect, this project would become something meaningful to all those interested and participating. This space will be optimized visually and interactively with limitless bounds that can only have room to further it’s development. As music as the center of interest, this project would be a space that would be heard through out all of Second Life.

With this side quest circulating in my thoughts, I am definitely imagining it coming to life. I want to see things shared, connections coming together, music being made, and creativity to flourish. The thoughts of springing this project into action is a definite possibility, it sounds too good to let fade out.


Audio Importance and Your Favorite Soundtrack

For this assignment blog in Intro to Digital Video we think about the importance of audio in film.

As much as we view in video, we are captivated by the visuals displayed. Now think about your favorite films or shows without audio effects, dialog, or music. It’s pretty important to see how our sense to combine sight and sound together.

There is different type of impact that we can sense when sound is added to what we see. Sound effects give us the sense of realism towards things in motion or action that occurs. We can get a feel that when we hear something that we see in a film, it brings it to life and gives a more broader spectrum to the senses.

Our emotions and responses as humans respond best while adding sound and sight together. In horror films we can sense danger, in action we can sense impact, and in comedy we can catch the bite of the punch line. Audio attributes towards many different layers of what we get from film and television.

One of these aspects that has a long lasting impression on us is the ever-so enjoyable soundtracks of what we watch. There’s nothing better than enjoying the songs that accompanies the stories that we follow and taking in all the connections that the songs hold to the plots, characters, and scenes. For my selection for one of my favorite soundtracks in films, is the soundtrack to Nick & Norah’s Infinite Playlist.

To give a listen to some of the songs used in the song, here is a sample playlist of what’s featured in the song.

The reason why the sound track stands out as one of my favorites is the songs that were chosen and written for this film fits perfectly towards the story. Each song defines each character we see in the film and keeps us glued to what is going on in the film. Since the film is truly based on music appreciation, it gives us that feel that each track is just as important from the next in the films structure and settings. It’s bold and easily grasping towards our focus from beginning to end. My favorites from the soundtrack that are featured on the film are the songs Speed of Sound by Chris Bell, Lover by Devendra Banhart, Baby You’re My Light by Richard Hawley, and How to Say Goodbye by Paul Tiernan. If you’re able to find these songs and listen to them, I highly recommend checking them out.