Retrieving audio

Production is hectic, fun and tiring. I hope it’s worth it!

During this time, I have learnt so much about recording, it’s really fun. I like recording because well, not only I can record myself, but I can help others. I have met so many people wanting to share their talent, but have no idea how. Many of them in my grade, in the form of music. It’s a common passion, and that is why, I have chosen music for my Passion Project. I had no idea so many people related to music, especially the people to our grade. Such wonderful musicians I have as friends! Comment your favourite song below! I want to see what genre people our age like 🙂

Here is the equipment we have used to record:

  • Macbook Pro
  • Rode Microphone
  • Garageband
  • Handheld microphone & stand

Having a sleepover with Emmy was awesome! We had so much fun! Our album consists of 5 originals and 1 cover, 3 originals written by Emmy, the other 2 written by me. The cover is Riptide by Vance Joy. Vance Joy… more like Emmy Joy. *drum clash* We took so many takes but we are happy with the results. We did have problems, it wasn’t only rainbows and butterflies, it’s compromise. 

So, we had these struggles while recording, and the solutions:

  • Not hearing vocals properly – Re-recording over the top of the base track, therefore strengthening the vocals. The reason for not hearing properly in the first place is the instruments being too loud. It is quite difficult to record like a pro and have about 6 different and distinguished tracks, therefore not needing this, but it is difficult on the program I’m using, Garageband. Overall Garageband is pretty easy & amateur.
  • Hearing background noise (wood chopping, TV, siblings) – We either waited or we closed windows. We couldn’t move Emmy’s piano so.. Yeah. We’re so adaptable.
  • Vocals – Emmy was a little sick during our sleepover, so her vocals were a little bit forced. We ended up using a handheld microphone and a stand to record it so that we weren’t straining her beautiful voice. Even so, Emmy’s voice was still amazing. She can sing, even when sick!
  • Laptop with lyrics going onto “sleep” while recording – Quite minor but was annoying. I just had to stand near and help without making any noise, which… didn’t work most of the time but we got there! Thanks for putting up with me Emmy! 😛


Planning. Planning. More planning. Sigh.

Planning for a project is hard, but rewarding. I guess in a way, planning is the an essential thing that can really keep a hectic life together. Other than emotional support and faith, of course. I mean, you can’t build a skyscraper without a good plan. Without a good plan the building would fall. A plan is like a map. When following a plan, you can always see how much you have progressed towards your project goal and how far you are from your destination. Knowing where you are is pretty good for making decisions on where to go or what to do next. Like getting to the treasure. Our treasure is our CD, in many ways.

Emmy and I have been working so hard to achieve the best for our first EP, sure we don’t have studio equipment or a record label (yet) it’s still going to be the best of our abilities at this time. We would have spent a long while doing this, we want it to be perfect, but we are only human. I know, in time we will both get better at it.

Steps to creating our CD:

  1. Writing or perfecting song lyrics, chord progressions and rhythms
  2. Recording the base vocals and instruments in Garageband. Make sure audio not distorted.
  3. Editing those base tracks, then if too quiet with vocals, going back and heightening the vocals by recording more over the top. (This only happens if the vocals are almost indistinguishable. Wow. Such a big word. Didn’t even know I knew how to spell that, or even guess)
  4. Edit sound-waves, play around with vocals and other things. Change pitch, if necessary.
  5. Get feedback. Add it on. 
  6. Render MP3 and burn to CDs.
  7. Create CD covers and booklets.
  8. Relax and enjoy! With ice-cream, of course. 

Here are the things we use to record and things being recorded:

  • Macbook Pro
  • Garageband (Mac)
  • RODE microphone
  • Vocals
  • Guitar (acoustic and electric)
  • Piano
  • Drums

I’m so excited to present our project to everybody but yet again really nervous. I guess I’ll go now and shake it off. Get it? I have a blank space, so I’ll talk about the potential problems.


  • Getting time to record. We are both really busy, so we are working stuff out.
  • The audio gets lost. Please no repeats of last time. Please.


Who/What am I?

Book week is so exciting!

I love seeing everybody’s costumes and everybody getting into character. I like hearing about all these books this week too. This years winner was “Flight” by

So, heres a little quiz for you to solve about books…

Can you guess my character??

  1. The character is from a picture book published by the author Jackie French in 2002 and illustrated by Bruce Whatley.
  2. It got an award for the ALA Notable Children’s Books.
  3. The book is about a native Australian animal that is brown, lives in burrows, short-legged (like me..), muscly, 1m in length and have short stubby tails! They are very strong and are very profuse diggers. Their burrows can be 30m+ long! They are mammals, marsupials, and there are two types. Bare-nosed and hairy-nosed. Both are utterly adorable. Most Australians have actually never seen a wild ______, but I have! They are so stubby and cute. Like little poof balls. _____ are an endangered species. They are only native to Australia.
  4. The animal in the book to eat not only roots, but carrots, trash and doormats.
  5. There are five books I know of about school, babies, christmas, normal life and races.
  6. The book consists of a diary of a _______.
  7. The animal basically just eats, scratches, sleeps and takes dust bathes.
  8. The animal can be light brown, brown, dark brown and black.

?? Japanese Culture ??

?? Japanese Culture ??

Well the 2016 Olympics closing ceremony is soon and I cannot wait till the next! It has been so exciting and cool to see so many atheletes in one place! I chose Japan for my RVE project because it’s hosting the next olympics in 2020. Japanese culture is complex and interesting. It differs greatly from what we see in Australian culture. From holidays to food to clothing. Here is my page about the cultures of Japan and the interesting things they do.



Japanese culture is different to us because they have their main religions, which are Buddhism and Shinto, and we have mainly Christianity in Australia. Shinto is a very unique religion and is as old as Japanese culture itself. The gods are called kami. The kami are sacred spirits taking the form of things and concepts that are important/essential to life like wind, water, rain, mountains, rivers and fertility. The Sun Goddess Amaterasu is considered Shinto’s most important kami/god. Temples and shrines are placed almost everywhere and they believe in many different gods, like greek/roman ones. Christians only believe in one, which is God. If they want to do good on a test they give offering to their god of learning, if they want to get out of a money problem they give an offering to their god of fortune. Shinto shrines are places of worship and the dwellings of the kami, the Shinto “gods”. Sacred objects of worship that represent the gods are kept in the innermost chamber of the shinto shrine where they cannot be seen by anybody. Torii gates are at the entrance of the shrine, usually wood that is painted orange and black. Shimenara is a straw rope found on torii gates signifying something sacred (the shrine). Shimenara are also worn by yokozuwa (high ranked sumo wrestlers) in rituals. Ema have wooden plates on them where you write your wishes and hope they come true from the kami’s power, like getting a good grade by writing on an Ema plate in the kami of Education. Komainu are sculptures that guard the shrines. Inu means dog. They are usually dogs unless it is a Inari shrine (for the kami of rice) which there are foxes, not dogs. There are stages at some for performances of the kagura dance and noh theater. Near the entrance there is a purification trough with clean water fountains for cleaning hands and mouths before approaching the shrine. There are usually a main hall and an offering hall in a shrine building. 

Also, they address each other differently. For example:

Sama (様【さま】): 神- (Translation: God-sama) You would use this to address people superior to themselves or people they admire. It shows respect to that person. To use it on yourself in showing extreme arrogance. You also address, apart from the emperor, you can call the rest of the imperial family “___-sama“. When addressing the emperor you always use “Heika (your majesty)”. Failure to do so is very rude.

Chan (ちゃん): This is used as something to say that they think a person/animal/thing is cute but can be used in multiple ways. For example: (Hello Kaede-chan!) “こんにちは 楓 – ちゃん !”. Kaede (楓) is a unisex name (meaning maple), this could be a boy or a girl but we are implying they are cute or we are saying hello to a friend. In general, chan is used for babies, young children, grandparents and teenagers. It may also be used towards cute animals, lovers, any youthful woman, or between friends. Using chan with a superior’s name is considered to be rude. Also, if you use this on somebody you barely know it can be considered harassment and very rude. 

Kun (君【くん): This is used by people of higher/older status to younger people, or used by anybody when addressing male children/teenagers, when addressing a male they have known for a long time or emotionally attached to or by male friends in social groups.

Also their population is 147 million and Australia’s is 22 million, they have a fairly monocultural society and almost no mineral resources. Japan was not settled by Europeans and Japanese is their native language. Japan did start some wars with other countries in the past. Their main diet is fish. Australia is a democracy, Japan is a constitutional monarchy (according to my dad).


We are similar in the fact that we are both first world countries, have a low birthrate, an ageing population and highly urbanised societies.




Book Week 2016

Book week again! I love seeing all of the costumes and smiles, I guess it’s all part of the week. Well, my favourite part if the week for me. Everybody getting into character is one of the funniest things too! It’s a great memory also, I love getting together and planning ours.

Let’s not forget about the books though, it’s Book Week remember!!        🙂

My favourite book from my childhood is Diary Of A Wombat by Jackie French!

I remember in Junior School (once called Campbell House when I was there) we would have Library every week. I remember lucidly we read it three times in a year once, not including the sequels of this book. Gosh, it’s been so long. If anybody was here since Junior School, please comment your favourite library book reading, or the one you remember.

I also love the simplicity, it makes it funny and lighthearted. I like reading it to my sister, she learnt all the words in the book in a week. That’s how simple it is to understand. Also, the illustrations are so adorable, little wombat are cute in real life too, though! My grandma used to read it to me too when I borrowed it from the library, I used to live with her, I did all my life almost. She passed away two years ago so it’s a good memory for me.

I first heard the book when it was read to me when I borrowed it the first term from the library. My grandma read it to me. It made me laugh so much because there is one occurring sentence that we all do, maybe not as much as the wombat but whatever. A wombat shall do what a wombat shall do! If you remember the book you will know what I am talking about.

My favourite character is…. *coughs for effect* DA DA DA DAH! The dopey wombat.

It made me feel so lighthearted when reading it. It was so much fun this book!

Please comment!

Watching Words


Words are everywhere and they are an important part in out lives! I think they are the most important part of our lives in school. Words are our speech and our writing. Without words we would be mimes, using body language and symbols as communication. Words are language. We owe lots of our daily contact to words.

My book is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins. This is only an evaluation of the first book.

Character Words:

Brave: ready to face and endure danger or pain; showing courage.

One way Katniss showed this was when she volunteered for the games in her sister’s place. She has 1/24 chance that she will not die, so it’s basically a death sentence. She is only a young adult, so this is very special. Even if she was just being kind, she was being brave. The ultimate sacrifice.

Foolish: lacking good sense or judgment; unwise.

She did sacrifice for her district, but some people she was foolish. They see it as she was saying life was something not valuable or she was toying with fate. They believe that she was toying with fate or she was giving away life.

“Katniss showed bravery through what was deemed as a death sentence by all commoners. Some thought she was foolish, most thought she was brave.”

Action Words:

Silently: making no sound; quiet; still: refraining from speech

Katniss was moving silently through the forest to avoid danger in the games. About 16 contestants had already died, she was cautious for her life. She was determined to win. District 1 and 2 were dominating in a team but she was by herself. Her boy acquaintance, Peeta Mellark, was not dead, but somewhere else unknown to her at the time. 

“Katniss was moving swiftly but silently through the dense cover of the forest. She was up to her neck in opponents and she would be choked any second now.”

Setting Words:

Bland: lacking in special interest, liveliness, individuality, etc.; insipid; dull

The place she grew up in, District 12, is very poor and mundane. It mines coal and nothing very exciting happens. Nothing exciting happens, only tragedies. Her father died in a mining accident when she was young.

“Her district was bland.”

Feeling Words:
Endangered: threatened with a danger: scared

She felt endangered in the games, there were only a few left after the first night alone. It was her and Peeta, and a bunch of threats.

“She felt endangered. The berries had almost killed her and her opponents were running after her.”



  1. Mundane: Bland, boring, plain, unexciting. “Rey’s life was mundane.”
  2. Misanthropy: Somebody who has hatred to people in general. “Rey had misanthropy from the abuse as a child. He could never forgive them so easily, most people were cruel.”
  3. Lucid: transparently clear; easily understandable. “Rey’s speech was fluent and lucid, something beautiful.”



Developing a Narrative

Narratives usually consist of three parts orientation, complication and resolution. I’ve never really thought about it much honestly but it’s true. These three parts are in every narrative I have ever written and read.

The orientation basically means the start/introduction. You get to know main characters. Character development happens later usually but you get the main details about characters like names, gender, traits and ties to the main protagonists/antagonists. It also gives you main settings and the situations of the protagonist, antagonist and background characters.

The complication is the problem/conflict/climax of the story. For example, Tarzan and Jane were building a treehouse and they ran out of wood, yet again there was a storm on the way. That’s the problem, they were building the treehouse and they had a problem. It usually is in the start/middle, middle or middle/end from what I’ve seen. It is the thing that makes a story interesting.

The resolution is the ending and the solving of the complication. It is usually placed at the ending of a narrative. It is the ending of a narrative, which usually the characters are changed by the experience of the complication.

The book I am reading is The Hunger Games by Suzanne Collins (third time reading!) and I will be talking about the orientation, complication and the resolution of this book.

The orientation basically introduces the characters, circumstances, setting and connections of characters.

The complication is the conflict and without it the story would suck. A story without a problem makes it boring. It also brings in an array of new characters and further developing some current ones.

The resolution is the finish of the story. It leaves the characters changed from the experience and the story is further continued in the second and third books.

Wonky – turned or twisted toward one side. “One slide was wonky.”

Uncanny – surpassing the ordinary or normal. “The doll was uncanny. Scared, I walked away.”

Rambunctious – noisy and lacking in restraint or discipline. “Jane is rambunctious.”

Building Views || Maths300

Building Views

Building views is a Math activity that involves mostly visualisation. We did it with actual blocks and on Maths3oo. The main difference between Maths300 and actual cubes is that with cubes you had to find the maximum and minimum, meanwhile the Maths300 is just asking for numbers on the plot. This activity is helping you be aware of space and depth. It is about visualising levels of blocks/cubes and stacking them to create levels. Kind of like the buildings in the CBD with the levels, unlike France where they have a limit of how high they can actually build. We placed them on the 4×4 plains, having 16 square foundation blocks. Here are examples of what I have said:Capture

There are numbers inside signifying how high that tower stacks. One level/number is one cube in the stack. So, if it was in the front view in the 4×4 with the numbers, 3, 1, 4, 2, the front view would be this (right).

It would look like this when build with physical cubes on a 4×4 or on Maths300.

My biggest challenge was probably getting the minimums on the Task 1 sheet.

Task 1/Actual Cubes:

Task 1 was basically making us aware of space and making us ready for Task 2. We had to find the maximum and minimum of the blocks we can use to result in the same views from the side and the front. Then you write the maximum and the minimum of blocks you can use without changing the views. The trick with the minimum was to share views where the height was the same with the towers needed and not overpowering another smaller tower. 

Task 2/Maths300:

So with this task you had to find out the towers on the grid and document them . The trick with this one is to find the smallest tower in the view and document it in the grid. Then you press check. It says where you have missed spots and where you are spot on. If you can see some behind, position them where you think they would fit. Then you press check. I didn’t use x-ray very much, but it reveals the behind blocks if there are any. It makes it very easy. Here is an example of finished ones:

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Another Passion Project!

Time has come again this year for another batch of Passion Projects.

Although my new P.P. doesn’t differ much from my first one, I am sure to do it right. I am partnered up with Emmy to make an EP w/ covers. Emmy is an amazing person, plus she plays instruments and can sing great! I don’t know many things Emmy can’t do honestly.

Nothing is set in stone yet with song choices and covers. It depends with time, effort and how much time Emmy and I have together. The genre of the album is unknown. Emmy is going to play instruments/sing and song-write some songs and I play instruments/sing and song-write some songs and edit/mix.

The purpose of this project is to share passions. Of course, I have already shared this (to a certain extent) but honestly I really like this. Also, by having a partner, we have more lyric ideas and things (like instruments) to work with. My dream is to make my passion/s a reality.

I am communicating how music can have many different topics and how music can help people cope with things such as grief and depression.

Our songs are for anyone over 8yrs of age because it takes a bit to appreciate our work, I guess.

I am looking forward to recording and sharing… and not losing my project.

Author Intent

Wonder – R.J.Palacio

The message of this book is to enjoy life and live it to the fullest. If you have not read this book there are major spoilers in the post. Skip the bold italics part if you don’t want spoilers.

The main character, August, was born with a facial abnormality. He gets bullied and put-down for his looks, and his favourite day is not his birthday, it’s Halloween, where he can hide his face. His “best-friend” was bullying him behind his back and was actually assigned to playing with him. His two real best friends moved away from him when he was young to different states in the USA. His old, rescued, beloved dog, Daisy, dies. He thinks his sister is embarrassed of him. He’s had quite a few surgeries.

Pretty hard life, huh?

So. August is amazing. Having so many hardships and still being open to people. R.J.Palacio is a great author. It’s really great how she made the character so in depth and so touching.

He was born with “small anomalies” which basically means when he was being created his face was deformed. He gets bullied for something he was born with, which I think is so terrible. He hasn’t given up. He studies and stays strong. Even without many people in his life he still is a great person.

Here is a prime examples of August’s maturity and understanding of life (he’s supposed to be our age.): “The only reason why I’m not ordinary is because nobody sees me that way.” And “You can’t blend in when you were born to stand out.”

My favourite quote of this book is about his sister when she was born:

“Fate smiled and destiny laughed as she came into my cradle.”

Word Study:

  1. Yearn: To want something badly. “Eva yearned for friendships.”
  2. Xenophobia: Fear of strangers or foreigners. “August has Xenophobia. Leave him be!”
  3. Vermillion: Vivid red/orange colour: “Eva’s bag was vermillion.”
  4. Quixotic: Not sensible in practical matters: “James was quixotic”