Category Archives: Consciousness

Growth EP and the bonus track!

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Contextual Essay:

Concept

Growth (Deluxe) is a musical project that mostly explores spiritual aspects of love, peace and happiness, while briefly, in a bonus song, touching on our material and philosophical relationship with technology. I want to invite the listener to grow as an individual, and inspire them to progress with meaning and be happy. By impacting one person, in consequence a ripple effect could occur for 10, 15 or 20 years. Imagine the inspiration of one human to change themselves, inspiring someone else!

Methodology

The project is F.I.S.T, (fast, inexpensive, simple and tiny). It was put together by using free recording software and a relatively cheap Blue Yeti microphone. I recorded the Whole project at home so there was no paid for studio time. I did all the editing and mastering on each track. To post my songs, I used Sound cloud, a free platform for artists.

Research

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NEW IDEAS! EXCITED! (BETA)

 

Screenshots of feedback outside class:

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Ijumaa_is

My project is called ‘Growth.’ It is an EP that considers the future in 10 – 20 years’ time. I hope to influence the cycle of negative energy that we are currently digesting. The world needs to learn to love and compromise rather than destroy. I have researched the history of performance in Ancient Greece and how music frequency can be engineered to create calm and peacefulness. It is my hope that through the combined effort of my performance, message and frequency that you are all inspired to live and impact positively however you can. I love you all beautiful souls!

WORKING PROTOTYPE!!!

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Pitch Comments

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I don’t have a link to this comment because it is awating moderation and won’t show up normally. Jessica’s Pitch was about the future of online media, through short videos she wants to educate us on the current state of online media, and the overall space of online media in terms of content creation and trends.

My comment set out to ask her how she could veiw her own place in the space of online media and asking how could she mould the future of the online world. As a filmaker/Youtuber I gave a few tips about making her informative videos engaging.

I think my comment was applicable and considerate towards her interests, suggesting another level of perspective into her work (through the lense of the self). Through inviting Jessica to consider how she may edit her videos, I am expressing a desire to see her do well and make…

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Critical analysis of live tweets

 

Critical analysis of live tweets

 

https://twitter.com/Ijumaa_is

I have enjoyed engaging with the BCM325 hashtag and having conversations that get me to think about the future and the current implications of technology. Following are some of those interactions and Tweets that most resonated with my fellow BCM325 classmates. It only seems logical to start with Metropolis!

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This Tweet was one of my more intelligent ones. I feel a little sense of achievement when I get re-tweeted, it is a sure way of knowing if something you said truly resonated with someone or impressed them. To me this was an interesting way to perceive the scene, I think in this example I engaged with the movie thoughtfully and intellectually.

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Unfortunately, my comment did not develop into a conversation. Travis made an interesting point which stood out to me, because at the time I was in that realm of thought. I wanted to add some relate some real-world knowledge to his literal statement about what was occurring in the movie, adding another layer.

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Over the few movies we have watched there are several comedic moments. The trajectory of my tweets in every viewing starts off serious and then at some point will branch off into a sort of unrelated conversation that stems from something about the movie. I think it’s nice to engage with people in a more light-hearted manner sometimes, you don’t always have to get deep and dark and philosophical.

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I am very proud of this Tweet, there were few moments in the movie where I had a perception that was this deep. I really appreciated the two re-tweets as it made me feel validation in what I was saying, the feeling that some understood. Again, I believe this was a moment of true engagement with the movie and the minds of others.

https://twitter.com/Ijumaa_is/status/1103421503314354177

I have provided a link for this tweet as the thread is too big to screenshot. It is another light-hearted post making a meme of a scene. I enjoyed the comment section on this tweet because it got a few humorous contributions and a large amount of like (well from what I am used to anyway). I noticed through experimenting with styles of tweets that humour is a great way to encourage engagement with what you have said, I can only hope to learn how to craft punchy tweets, could it be an artistic endeavour?

Moving on we arrive at 2001: A Space Odyssey

https://twitter.com/FAMOUSGEORGIE_/status/1105953430344851456

This is another example of a conversation that branched off from the topic of the film but stemmed from it. I still think that it was a good engagement, Georgie related her post to food and we related based on how hungry we were.

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Another post that was re-tweeted! I was glad to see how many people liked the score!

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Westworld.

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This Tweet stuck out to me because it was a smart perspective that invited engagement with a question. So, I decided to flesh out his perspective.

Blade Runner:

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Simply to show my engagement. Humorous.

 

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Another retweet, this was a great point and I respected it.

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https://twitter.com/ItsJoshCrawley/status/1111018532752375814

Overall, I think I have engaged to the best of my current abilities, however, I hope to improve!

Ghost In The Shell:

A cool conversation spawned from this tweet. We discussed programming in the context of human lives and to what extent are we programmed.

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I retweeted Chris’ post because I resonated with Motoko’s refusal to be defined by her shell. It got me thinking about how as humans we are also defined by our shell, and the need/want to transcend our ridgid definitions is a very human problem, yet we were seeing this in a cyborg, very interesting.

 

D.A Pitch – ‘Growth’

 

 

In short my D.A is a music project titled, ‘Growth.’ The intetion of the D.A is to consider the future of the planet and humanity. I attempt to represent what I would like to see in the future informed by the now (my current state of being). I want to see the growth of a better world, full of peace, love and compassion. The aim of the EP is to inspire the youth to band together to bring about change and making them realise that if they look within themselves, they have all the power they could ask for!

Here is a link to my D.A, namely my ‘Growth’ EP. I would like the feedback to be on soundcloud, but you are welcome to comment feedback on the blog post!

https://soundcloud.com/ijumaa_is/sets/growth

Research:


http://www.ancientgreece.com/s/Theatre/
https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Queen_live_performances

Artificial and Sentient

Sentient artificial intelligence has been an ongoing preoccupation in science fiction movies, TV shows, books and other media. It’s not limited to science fiction, it’s slowly making its way into popular culture as seen with Marvel’s Avengers 2: Age of Ultron, a film focused on a sentient artificial intelligence (Ultron, voiced by James Spader) becoming cognisant of the needlessness of the human race. The same can be seen with I, Robot and Ex Machina, and is explored in Humans and Almost Human.

George Dvorsky has listed a number of myths about artificial intelligence in the wake of AlphaGo winning two out of three games in the Go tournament against grandmaster Lee Sedol. So it seems like AI is becoming a closer and closer reality but continues to be depicted as something that will replace humanity rather than work with us.

For my project, I’d like to play with this idea and test how people feel about AI walking among us by developing a simple game of deception. The concept of the Turing Test, a test designed to determine if AI is indistinguishable from humanity, underlies this idea.

Things to research from here:

  • Origins of artificial intelligence (definition would be good)
    • R.U.R (Rossum)
  • Golem, automaton, ?
  • Gendered Robots
    • Metropolis
  • Why are people pursuing this?
  • At what point does a human become a robot from cybernetics?
  • With sentience would artificial intelligence be a replacement/challenger or an aid?
  • Ethics
  • Charles Babbage – calculating engine – hand-cranked computational
  • Genie?

Other related texts:

  • Skinners trilogy – brain scans are taken from a terminal car crash victim and imprinted on a cyborg
  • Mr Robot
  • Chappie
  • Her
  • Bicentennial Man
  • Ghost in the Shell
  • Terminator franchise