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“Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” by John Branch

First: I’m playing this song in my wind ensemble, and it’s all about a winter storm. To read this evaluation and the article it concerns correctly, listen to this at the same time. https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ihtxVtLa6UE Summary The article begins with a title screen depicting harsh winds tearing snow from the ground. It’s ominous, sets a frosty…… Continue reading “Snow Fall: The Avalanche at Tunnel Creek” by John Branch

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“RIP: A Remix Manifesto” by Laurant LaSalle

Summary Having such wide access to texts via media raises questions about ways to defend intellectual property. This makes sense. After all, including information in a paper without a citation is plagiarism, but do the same rules apply to creative content online? Do these laws limit our freedom to create and use the intellectual property…… Continue reading “RIP: A Remix Manifesto” by Laurant LaSalle

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“Subtitles as Visual Art” by Sean Zdenek

Summary Captioning is a rhetorically rich and complex process in which experiences are felt through text that is transformed by emotion. Significance is created through astute attention to context, and universal laws of communication draw together people who need and don’t need captioning as a function of their viewing experience. In relation to multimodality, captions…… Continue reading “Subtitles as Visual Art” by Sean Zdenek

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“Reading Sounds or an Essay on Sounds, Music, Knowledge, Rock & Society” By Philip Tagg

Summary Non-verbal sounds are incredibly important. Human brains begin monitoring them from about five months before birth until deafness or death occur. People use their hearing to learn, to communicate, to relax, and more. It’s an integral part of the human experience that cannot be ignored. Tagg points out that “we have no earlids,” meaning…… Continue reading “Reading Sounds or an Essay on Sounds, Music, Knowledge, Rock & Society” By Philip Tagg

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“The Movement of Air, the Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal” By Cynthia L. Selfe

Summary This text explores the history of the aural mode and how they’re used in English and composition classes. She argues that the priority we give to the lexical mode in the classroom limits students who think in multimodal terms. Communication has expanded past traditional limits, and composition is an increasingly multimodal field. Writing and…… Continue reading “The Movement of Air, the Breath of Meaning: Aurality and Multimodal” By Cynthia L. Selfe

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Middle C Podcast and “Sound Matters: Notes toward the analysis and design of sound in multimodal webtexts” By Heidi McKee

  Summary In herĀ 2006 article, “Sound Matters: Notes toward the analysis and design of sound in multimodal webtexts,” McKee analyzes four concepts within the aural mode: vocal delivery, music, sound effects, and silence. Vocal delivery changes the message of what’s being said. The tension, pitch, loudness, breathiness of your voice gives cues to your audience.…… Continue reading Middle C Podcast and “Sound Matters: Notes toward the analysis and design of sound in multimodal webtexts” By Heidi McKee