This is my week one task for representing the city - quite late I know - and I hope I’m able to get this onto the unit’s blog.
My visual representation of Canberra involves little colour/vibrance - as some may argue this is the case in terms of the ‘taste’ of Canberra. I’ve chosen to cut out the lake and place images of people/civility in between, as there is often a sense of a north/south divide when you talk to people about Canberra and locale.
I’ve also placed the youthful types with their backs turned, to represent the notion that a lot of teenage/adolescent people are somewhat resigned and cynical when considering their place in Canberra and it’s communities. I’ve also found there’s an overwhelming sense of Canberra as a stepping-stone to somewhere bigger/better - and Canberra is just the right place to wait for the storm to pass, before moving onto bigger things.

This is my week one task for representing the city - quite late I know - and I hope I’m able to get this onto the unit’s blog.

My visual representation of Canberra involves little colour/vibrance - as some may argue this is the case in terms of the ‘taste’ of Canberra. I’ve chosen to cut out the lake and place images of people/civility in between, as there is often a sense of a north/south divide when you talk to people about Canberra and locale.

I’ve also placed the youthful types with their backs turned, to represent the notion that a lot of teenage/adolescent people are somewhat resigned and cynical when considering their place in Canberra and it’s communities. I’ve also found there’s an overwhelming sense of Canberra as a stepping-stone to somewhere bigger/better - and Canberra is just the right place to wait for the storm to pass, before moving onto bigger things.


METAPOST

Time to reflect on the whoa-that-went-quick-AGAIN term that has been. I’ve really enjoyed using Tumblr as a medium to submit work – and shall continue to use it – and most likely be setting up a new page encapsulating all the knowledge I’ve learned about synthesizing all facets of the web into one. The basic knowledge of HTML I’ve been introduced to has really shown me how Tumblr is by far the best social-networking medium in the way of individualism – which really seems to be the key factor in such a virtual environment.

Regarding my blog’s content – I enjoyed being able to choose many forms of media to roll into a topic (ie. Links, pictures, videos) and I tried to make a conscious effort to write up most of my posts to have more of an opinion-based blog rather than just a gallery. Having chosen an elaborate topic, I felt as though I strayed a little bit from that topic alone – and somewhat included facets which were half relevant. For example I chose video game music, so I posted a few things that related to either just video games OR just music, but I felt my blog kept its overall integrity and appeal.  Although, I think doing this helped my blog span across a larger audience base in the world of network media, as I attracted followers of both musical origins as well as hardcore video game fans. A good example is one LA-native follower who found me through what I’m guessing were my tags which related to music artists, and he turned out to be into some really really cool shit that I also froth on. Even though he didn’t seem like a hardcore video game fan, he was into the music side of things, so I suppose that contributed to my traffic and circulation as well as overall appeal to an audience somewhat.

Not just the music kids, but a lot of my followers were fellow students with video game-related blogs. Some of my classmates turned out to be more learned gamers than myself, with a lot of really interesting tastes and points of discussion that I didn’t think were existent at UC. I also chose to follow a few students whose blogs I just thought were interesting and creative – and although weren’t like mine, were able to help me gain a better understanding of how a ‘blogosphere’ can be one giant continuous chain of various tastes and foundations.

If I was able to start over with all the knowledge I’d gained, I’d definitely choose a different theme, as I liked the layout of mine in the beginning but it didn’t cater too-well to having a lot of content on the page. I’d like to be able to pack everything into every space rather than have it listed top to bottom – just a thought which has come up upon reflection.

In regards to my traffic, I didn’t have the most views (as you’ll see below) Although a couple of my posts were really popular both in the virtual environment of my topic as well as everywhere else. One of my first posts, which was just a basic picture of the Nintendo character ‘Shyguy’ sparked heaps of comments and was reblogged by some forty or fifty people, both from UC as well as around the world. It gave me a great understanding of how the right environment can stem a strong response and recognition from wherever it’s seen.



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Not the most traffic, but some visits are better than none right?


MASHUP

Here is my mashup - Apart of the week 13 task. I’ve chosen to provide the origin locations of some of my favourite and most prolific musicians, there are some of my personal favourites as well as a couple of great video game composers. The blue markers show right where it all began!




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MY LAST.FM

This is my top artist chart from my last.fm account. Feel free to add my ass (my username is ilyakovalchuk)


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SHAKEDOWN, LOCKDOWN, WET DREAMS OF FOX BROWN.
'Doomsday' - MF Doom

map mashup


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Will be including points of interest soon…


LETSA GO!

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Ode to Canberra.

All the pubs are fucken dull,

All the clubs are fucken full,

All the girls are fucken guys with fucken murder in their eyes.


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Here are some of my favourite facets of the Final Fantasy 10 original soundtrack (they’re late again, me scusi) as composed by Nobuo Uematsu. This king has been making music for the FF series since its birth in the late eighties and upheld a touch of class all the way to the 14th game of the series (that’s every single release!)

Alongside that, he’s produced soundtracks for countless other Japanese video games over the last twenty years.

Here is some of the genius in the best of his soundtracks - as chosen by me…



'Travelling Company

This track definitely stands out as one of my favourites among the four-disc monster - mainly because of its memorable place in the game. It’s the song that plays in any of the Inn’s throughout the map - very comforting and relaxing - even in the real world. It’s mainly pianos with light percussion, and a couple of human claps every so often to bring the listener out of the tranquil other-worldliness. One of my friends has banged out a remix… please give it a listen at:

http://www.last.fm/music/Wardbear/Dustcove/Travelling+Company



'Fantasy'

The aptly named, this track is - i’ll say it one more time - otherworldly as fuck. The constant chimes and spacious ambient sounds perfectly match the icy environment of the game in which the track is first heard. Like all the other tracks in this list - this is a must have on the bedtime playlist!



'To the End of the Abyss'

Again; appropriately named, this track shows up in an intense end-game dungeon which is a secret/unlockable location on the map. For those of you who’ve played, you may remember trawling through the Omega Dungeon picking up crispy item after crispy item on your way to fighting Omega then Ultima Weapon. The track has a certain comforting feel amongst the dark atmosphere - the contrast definitely earns it a place in my list.



'Wandering Flame'

Ahhhhhh…. most played track on my last.fm & itunes. If you’ve played the game, you’ll remember it. This track has a certain quality far beyond the soudtrack of the game. I listen to this shit in my sleep, and keep it on the top shelf all day.



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