Category Archives: Thoughts and Ideas

Get A Clue Review

This was a very well put together radio show.  Every characters dialogue was amazing. They each told there stories so well and the background music for each person made it much more interesting to listen too. I really like how this show brought me in and made me think about who killed Lawrence by the things they said about him. If you check out my twitter account (@Cuyler_Matteson) you will see I thought almost every person that talked committed the crime.

There are not many parts of this show that would make me believe this is not a professional radio show, besides some hiccups while talking, but other then that I was entertained the entire time.

Lastly I liked how almost ever action that happened a sound effect came with it. For example when Lawrence died and when the police came. That adds tons of effect to the show.

Amanda Thacker’s Website Banner- 4th Inspire

This website banner inspires me by the use of color. Ever since we first learned about design elements I have thought that color is the most important design aspect. It really makes the design pop out at the viewer and it draws in more viewers by its colorfullness. The color brings in the viewer then all of the other pieces in the picture make this banner interesting. Like the balls of yarn and the play snake just keeps my eye on this design.

Barbara Hall’s Vocal Trio- Inspire 3

This work inspired me by how hard this assignment is and how close to perfect it is. Everyone taking this class are novices when it comes to this high tech audio equipment. So for Barbara to be that close to sinking her voice using audacity, is a very talented skill and I am impressed with how close it is. I can tell not having the music playing also made it harder so I am overall impressed by this work. It looks like it took a lot of time and effort.

Amanda Thacker’s Multipersonality- 2nd Inspire

This inspired me because of how well Amanda does when she talks in different personalities. When I talk to a microphone I can’t seem to get the words out correctly. I get nervous that I am going to mess up then when I think I do it right I play it back and it sounds awful. I guess I am just not meant to be a radio talk show host but I think Amanda could be one for sure!

Keep Knocking by CodingCrows- 1st inspire

This assignment inspires me because I have not had the easiest time with audio and this theme song is put together so well. After reading the intro to the track and it saying that this is the theme song to Harvey walking around knocking on doors for a living. The theme song had knocking noises the entire time. It also had music that depicted a long country travel. Like to me the music I heard in this theme song was something I would hear in a soundtrack for a movie about a cross country trip.

Lebowski Review

The space in The Big Lebowski has a ghettoish feel. Everywhere the dude went was an ugly broken part of Los Angeles (except for the other Lebowskis house). This helps frame the design of this film by whoever created the design had to focus on this ghettoish type. They gave the dude a crappy car and he went to a trashy bowling alley and the dude lived in an ugly house. These design aspects explain the noir that is in this film very well.

Another example of noir in this film would be how almost every time there was some sort of suspense involving the dude it was at night. And it was usually secluded part of town where only the dude and the people that were involved in the conflict on the scene. This brings out a sense of unknowing of what the outcome will be which keeps the viewer wanting to watch more.

I would say that the bowling alley could be a noir design that is not specific to a time or place. This is because it is a rundown bowling alley that has guns pulled from patrons in it, and it has a lot more drama that one would expect ever to go down in a bowling alley. It is not specific to a time because it is just a bowling alley and there is the same designed bowling alleys today as the one depicted in the 1990’s.

Vignelli Canon review

After reading The Vignelli Canon I could compare almost everything Vignelli says to computer science. Computer science is using a programming language that uses a computer to solve a certain problem. Being a designer of a program is how Vignelli describes how he designs, and the computer is the audience that is viewing the design. In a computer program the designer must have semantics, which is meaning. Without this the computer will not execute what the designer wants and will be confused as to what the designer is making. Vignelli states that there cannot just be a random slash across a design that has no meaning because the viewer will be confused as to why it is there. The same rule applies in computer science because if there is a random input statement in the middle of a program it will confuse the computer and the computer will output something that the designer was too lazy to fix.

This brings me to another way design is like computer science. The program designer has to worry about two main factors when making a program. These two factors are input and output. If the program designer is lazy and puts in bad input, the output will be ugly. This is how Vignelli describes design. If the designer does not put work into his design the design is useless and shows nothing.

I also learned from the Vignelli Canon that there is great design all around me and I do not even notice it. One piece of design that I took a liking to was the picture of the church pews. I like how it is a bunch of geometric shapes all grouped together that break off into other geometric shapes. The church organ in the back is neat as well by how the cracks make a V-shape. The picture of this church shows that it takes time and patience to get a design to look good and for people to admire it. If there was no design in this picture the pews would be facing any what way and it would not matter what order the organ pipes were in.

Athletes Backgrounds Talkshow

For a radio talk show I think it would be a good idea to have a show that talks about athletes stats, and there backgrounds. I know that some NFL players have some pretty wild backgrounds and I think it would be cool to talk about those. Maybe if there is nothing to talk about they could air narrations of story’s like the Killers one on ds106 radio. I would personally like to here all the backgrounds and stories of the athletes that play the sports that I enjoy to watch.

Noir Likes the 1950’s

I decided to watch Killers Kiss and He Walked by Night for my two film climatology reviews. Both of these films had great examples of what I learned about photography and scene catching. Two examples are below of still captures that really attracted me to the  screen.

This shot of Killers Kiss is interesting because it has you focused on many things at once

This picture from Killers Kiss is noir because of the whole scandalous and unclear motives of the two men. The one going to talk to Gloria is obviously up to something and you have to wonder what the one smoking the cigarette is thinking. I like the the watch your step sign because it is ironic in the way that the sign is meant so people do not get hurt even though the two men’s plan is to kill Davey.

A shot from He Walked by Night

This still capture is a good example of noir due to the gun and the poorly lighten atmosphere. I think if this was a still picture this would intrigue me because of the dark sense and that there is a gun pointed somewhere on the screen.


My Thoughts on the Visuals of Storytelling

I never used to be very interested in picture taking as a child. I would never ask for a phone with a camera on it or any pictures, or did I care pictures people would show me. It was not until about my sophomore year of high school when I became interested in photography. This is because when I played baseball my hitting coach would take frame by frame pictures of my swing. This would help me with my game so that is when I decided to invest in a camera phone.

My experience with my swing pictures turned into me being active in the photography world. I started using my camera phone to take pictures of a lot of stuff (mostly goofy pictures). I would take pictures of my friends posing weird, funny signs I saw, Ironic situations, and myself making weird faces. My approach to taking these photos would be for the people I was taking the picture of to not see it or not be expecting me to take the picture. This approach was used to capture the humor and surprise in a picture. I would say I have been pretty successful at it because I have a lot of friends who are not too happy that I captured them in a certain picture.

After I reviewed the elements on the noir106 website I would say that the most useful thing I could do to improve my pictures would be to find something that stands out in the picture that makes them keep looking at it. Like Jason Eskenazi said there is a picture that has a lady with a band-aid on and it gets you thinking about the band-aid. Without me even seeing the picture I was wondering about all the  possibilities as of why the  band-aid was on the finger. It could have been burnt, cut, blistered, severed, etc.. That idea got me thinking that in my pictures I need to find something that gets people to stop and look longer at my photo.