Category: BCM241

Music Spatial in nature?

The focus of BCM241 has been how media is interacted with in different spaces. This is the study of ethnography.

For my project I studied and personally observed the relationship between music and the environment we are in. I studied facts which appear in the video below, but also I just been aware of the type of music I listen to, based on where I am.

When I’m on the train to uni I find myself listening to RnB or alternative rock. In the gym I listen to metal or hard style. When I’m studying I listen to soft acoustic tracks. When I’m relaxing I listen to either 60’s jazz or pop.

Not only did I observe my personal habits with music, but also when I’m around other people. I notice on the drive out with mates we seem to play hard style or rap, when we’re drinking at pre drinks we listen to Hard Rock, when we’re at parties the music is top 40, and when we are just chilling around having lunch we listen to “chill out” music like Red Hot Chilli peppers.

The below video is a brief summary of some of the spatial habits of music listening I researched and personally observed.

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Week 9-Regulating Audiences

This week took a look at how media content is regulated. What was learned was how the government regulated what media audiences consumed, produced, copied and shared, and how media space and place.

Regulation in media has always been present, some more tamer or stricter than in other media spaces. An example of media regulation in Australia is the list of films which are banned from being consumed in Australia. This can be found here:

http://www.listchallenges.com/refused-classification-movies-banned-in-australia

Many of these films eventually managed to be sold in Australia, but all the films in the this list was once or still is banned in Australia.

A common connection between all these films is that they all fall within the same genre of horror/action. As can imagine, this shows that the level of violence within these films are/were of an extreme level of the time. Upon looking through these films there are also a high level of controversial themes, an example of one of these is The Serbian Film which revolves around a brutal sexually based plot.

While banned films are still able to be viewed within Australia through the internet, the effect of regulation in the case of banned films are more targeted towards the younger audience, and how this content is stopped from reaching the interests of young audiences. This means some 9 year old kid walking through the shopping centre doesn’t come across the DVD case of The Serbian Film, and through reading the plot, gains an interest into what it is about.

Other things which the Australian media regulate are advertisements, video games, books and other media.

To conclude this week’s blog, here’s a compilation of banned advertisements:

 

Week 8-Attention, Presence and Space

During out tutorials this week we were given a handful of videos to watch which tested our attention to detail within a space.

These videos I found really interesting, especially how simple yet complicated they were which were awesome. Our task for this week is to make a test of our own, test it on someone and write on my blog what happened.

It took a while but I made a simple test that didn’t need much thinking. So what I did was I put a horror movie on called Don’t Breathe which is a pretty intense movie, and I watched it with my parents and my sister at home. All I did was just watch how many times they lose attention or check their phones throughout the movie.

At the end of the movie I had observed that they had not lost much attention at all throughout the movie as it was a high paced film. Only during the beginning of the movie where nothing was happening was when I saw my sister check her phone, and my parents weren’t so into it. What I also noticed was as I got stuck into the movie, my attention slowly drifted away from checking on their attention.

This was a really interesting exercise and really makes me think about how the maintenance of attention in media products is highly important.

 

Week 5- Cinemas

For this week’s blog we were asked to recount a successful or failed cinema experience. I go to the cinemas very often and besides seeing some pretty bad movies that I thought would be good e.g Batman vs Superman, I couldn’t really think of any failed experiences, and a successful experience would fall under every good movie I enjoyed

However

A distinct memory I had of a cinema experience which sucked that was more what happened to me rather than seeing a bad movie was when I was around 14 years old.

Being only 14, we weren’t able to view MA15+ movies in the cinema, but we still tried. One of the movies we attempted to see was American Pie Reunion. To get into the cinemas me and 4 mates bought tickets to some kid’s movie, and we thought it was a genius idea at the time. The kids movie started at around 3pm, while American Pie started at 4pm, so we sat down watching the kid’s movie for an hour. When 4pm hit, we walked out of the cinema and went into the one showing American Pie Reunion. We thought we were genius.

10 minutes into the movie, 3 of the workers walk up the stairs, points us out and tells us to leave. At the point everyone in the cinema looked at us and laughed, but the worst part is some of my older friends who were already 15 were in that Cinema and recognised me. I was teased for weeks after that

Week 3: Reflection

Last week we were tasked with engaging in a conversation about television with someone older than us. I chose to interview both my dad and my uncle Tommy who’s opinions were identical. I learnt from them back where they grew up in the Phillipines, the most popular form of television and film amongst the young were action TV shows such as the A-Team.

After creating my blog, I proceeded to check twitter and read everyone else’s blogs. What I noticed immediately is that they went for a more formal interview type of approach whilst mine was simply a casual conversation which I took mental notes and then wrote down. Both my father and uncle grew up in the Phillipines too, so I immediately noticed a culture difference as many other people who’s interviewees are from Australia seemed to have similar habits. I read 3 blogs where they had a grandparent who were heavily into watching Australian television programs such as Countdown.

During my tutorial we had an activity where we would talk in a group about our interviews and likewise to reading blogs, they have questioned their parents and they had similar television experiences. I found this activity highly informative about the topic as the other people in the group recounted their interview and I started to notice common trends within the older age group. This lead to comparisons made between our generation watching television and the older generation who would watch television. One thing that both generations did have high similarities with is watching cartoons as children. While our generation consisted of watching The Simpsons and other shows on ABC, the older generation were highly into Looney Tunes programs such as Bugs Bunny, some programs that we also were watching as well.

One thing which was highly interesting was the parents recounting the moon landing, the JFK assassination and 9/11, and those were moments involving television which have still impacted them to this day. From the different stories, the interviewees always recall going about their day normally, and then turning on the TV to watch the news reports of 9/11 occurring. Most of us children were infants at the time so we couldn’t really comprehend what was happening, but fro asking other people they do recall seeing their parents highly intrigued in the event and couldn’t keep their eyes away from the TV throughout the duration of 9/11.

This method of research is highly effective and I personally do not see any weaknesses in this method. The main strength is that through your reflection you are able to learn a lot about your own habits with television, and through knowing others, you gain a wide understanding of how similar or different our habits with television are, and thus we further reflect on different aspects such as the trends that are present in society, in same or different generations.

 

 

 

BCM241 Week2: Television Habits+Project Pitch

Growing up with television I’m sure was different yet very similar for everyone. It all boils down to ritual.

When I was a child I do remember my TV watching habits revolved around shows like Hi 5, The Wiggles, Arthur, Shaun The Sheep and many many more.

For me when I was in high school it was:
Toast TV then Sunrise in the mornings before school
Then from 6pm onwards it’d be The Simpsons, Neighbours, Two and a Half Men then CSI.
After these shows would be done I then would put in my disc set of Friends until 11 when I would go to sleep.

My favourite television show growing would have to be Friends. I could literally talk through each line of each episode word by word. By the time I was 16 I’m pretty sure I’d have watched every single episode of Friends AT LEAST 20 times. When I got older it got to the point where I would stop watching what was on the TV and just put on any season of Friends on the TV, and me and my sister would just watch from 5pm til 11pm nonstop. Once thing me and my sister have in common is our love for this show, and I’m sure when we are older and we talk about television we used to watch, both of us would reflect and say Friends was our favourite show.

Talking to other people my age about their experiences growing up watching television it highlighted to me how similar childhood’s we all had. Even the shows we don’t remember watching, when talking to someone and they explain it to you, you instantly click it back into your memory and you end up saying “OMG I REMEMBER THAT SHOW”.

However when I’d talk to someone older than me, in this case my father and my uncle Tommy, it was ALOT different. Firstly though it was more of a casual conversation rather than an interview. Soon after the tutorial I went home and talked to Dad and just brought up what TV shows he’d watch when he was younger was like. Similar, I had a chat to my uncle who lived in the same area as dad in the Phillipines, and asked him the same questions. What I noticed from them was that there was a lesser presence of kids shows. Both my dad and uncle said they would watch the A-Team and Tom Selleck action films. They both were big fans of the action movies of the time. The only kids television I heard from them was the live action Superman films. My uncle said that back then, action movies and shows with guns blazing, explosions and violence was what most teenagers were heavily into.

Comparing both my childhood experiences of watching television to their’s, it’s evident that I was more centred towards kids TV shows, but in time I developed a taste in more M rated programs when I reached 10, looking more towards action based film or television.

Project Pitch

In retrospect to this task of reflecting on television habits, an idea I have come up with for my project for this subject is a reflection on music habits. The idea of my project is a short video which focuses on how the environment and what someone is doing influences what music they choose to listen to.

For e.g
When on the train to uni I would listen to 80’s and 90’s ballads while I close my eyes and sleep
When I go for a run or to the gym I like to listen to hard rock, metal or hardstyle etc
When I’m working on assignments I like to listen to soft acoustic

With this video I will also integrate research on listening habits and statistics which would either support my habits or contrast it.

BCM241 Week 1: Media Spaces

Being a second year Communications and Media student, of course I’d have been exposed to a range of different media spaces. Such includes the recording studio for CAMS102, an art space for MEDA201, and the computer room in general for projects.

One experience that struck me in fact was before university, as in year 12 I did Industrial Multimedia as a subject, and for my final project I created a short film. After high school I deleted all traces of any school work I did so I couldn’t put any photos from the project, but my film was about a young teenager who showed symptoms of being mentally ill, having psychopathic thoughts. I used 3 of my friends to appear in the movie in return for me shouting them food after filming. We wrote the script and lines on the spot, I didn’t storyboard until the film was done, the filming wasn’t organised really. I just had an idea of a story, and just went for it.

While the film was dark in themes and the mood that was aimed for was dark. The actual filming process was absolutely hilarious. The film went for 5 minutes, but there must have been an hour and a half of outtakes of us just laughing at each other messing up our takes. Since we were all close friends, we just found hilarity, in each other acting. It came to the point where we’d say “Action” to start a scene and there’d already be someone laughing uncontrollably, which was both frustrating especially towards the closing in time to submit the film, but looking back, it was one of the most funniest experiences.

One specific filming memory was us doing a scene in the bushes close to our houses, but what I thought would be an incredibly easy scene of us just walking in the bushes, it turned out a lot harder than I’d expected. At first we decided to film in the afternoon, and it lasted a span of 2 hours. When I went to edit the film, the differences in lighting due to the sunsetting was a nightmare to the point where we had to reshoot the next day. On top of that, filming in the location we experienced running into a snake which had us shook and not want to go back there.

Filming for this project impacted me more than any media spaces as the experience has helped me know what to look out for during these uni projects I’ve had in the past 2 years which require filming.

The most important lesson I learned from this was:

If you want to make a solid film, with solid acting, with ease. DO NOT use your close friends.