Charlotte Strethill-Smith

Digital Media Design Student

Design Iterations – Concept Idea 2 — December 29, 2014

Design Iterations – Concept Idea 2

I wanted to experiment with creating sound via processing. I thought of an idea that also incorporates the concept of demonstrating human interaction. My idea involves the camera picking up when someone walks past by registering the brightness of the camera picture, taking one pixel from the middle of the screen and analysing that against the previous capture. If it is darker it means someone has walked past and a dot will appear, representing the person who walked past. This dot will move around the screen making it’s own path and noise. When another person walks past, another dot will appear and make its own path and a different pitch of noise. If the dots collide they bounce off and the impact makes another noise. This project represents how we are constantly surrounded by people everyday, the interactions we have can be minimal and yet our paths can cross at any time. It could also be a comment on how our paths can always cross but never interact.


Processing – Week 8 – Reading and Mapping Values — December 28, 2014

Processing – Week 8 – Reading and Mapping Values

For this Processing Workshop, we started by looking at converting a colour value to a height location on screen. We created the function testColor to map mouse coordinates to the image we have loaded. We did this by creating x and y integers and mapping the mouse points to the width and height. This then returns the images pixels depending on where the mouse is. For this example it creates rectangles which are the colour of whichever pixel the mouse is on.

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The next step is colour to height reading multi values. In this example we are using arrays to store our colour values. We then created three custom methods to  draw all the blocks to screen, build an array of colours and map mouse coordinates to image coordinates to read a colour value.

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Design Iterations – Concept Idea — December 18, 2014

Design Iterations – Concept Idea

I recently downloaded an app called propellerhead – figure. This is a simple app which has three main screens the user can input Drums, Bass and Synth into by dragging their finger to create different sounds and volume. These are all recorded together to produce looped music shorts which can be downloaded and/or exported to different programmes.


I really liked the main concept of this idea and thought about how to execute this in a larger space. By creating sketches I could use three different screens. These would use the camera input to track hand movements and create different sounds based on where the hand coordinates on the screen. One screen would be drums, one synth bass and one synth lead.


This interactive experiment would attempt to engage users in the area to interact with the screen and thus each other by influencing the sounds and communicating with each other using sounds/ another language. This would be a comment on how little we engage with surrounding people, unless through a screen with a sense of anonymity. The users never have to look at each other and yet are communicating with one another through sounds and body movement. This could also look at how we can meet and interact with people on a global level, even if we cannot understand their language , through forums, games and other social mediums. This may also be a good observation of body language. Some may be shy and timid with their body language and create only a few sounds, whereas others may express themselves more fluidly and confidently to play around with the experiment more.

Consumer Culture, Identity and the Media – Week 5 Lecture Notes — December 10, 2014

Consumer Culture, Identity and the Media – Week 5 Lecture Notes

Karl Marx – The Communist Manifesto (1848: Oxford World’s Classics, Oxford) – Written with Frederic Engels.

The economy is at the base of society; everything else is determined by it. Under capitalism, the economy is exploitive: serving only the interests of the ruling class (the Bourgeoisie). This inequality will lead to revolution, which will be characterised by the workers (the Proletariat) seizing control the means of production and the end of capitalist economic exchange.

Frederic Engels – The Communist Manifesto (1848: Oxford World’s Classics, Oxford) – Written with Karl Marx.

Influenced by Hegel and Heraclitus, Engels contribution to the Communist Manifesto is that of ‘Dialectic Materialism’. Change in the economic structure of society works through the dialectic principles of conflict between thesis and antithesis. In his logic the emergence of a synthesis of the two, i.e. a new economic thesis is a characteristic of a new phase in history.

In the Twenty First Century ownership of the means of cultural production is central to political agency?

consider the way in which the accessibility of domestic creative technologies had redefined cultural agency.

consider the wider political implications of the proliferation of western consumer culture, our relationship with the developing world and the way in which abstract global concepts like ‘terror’ rely upon mass media and the internet.

Look at the work of Marx, Adorno, Baudrillard and Giddens.

Look at Communist Manifesto.

Consumer Culture, Identity and the Media – Week 4 Lecture Notes — December 3, 2014

Consumer Culture, Identity and the Media – Week 4 Lecture Notes

Social Grade A

Social Status Upper Middle-class

Occupation High Managerial, administrative or professional

B, Middle Class, Intermediate managerial, administrative or professional

C1, Lower middle-class, Supervisory or clerical, managerial, administrative or professional

C2, skilled working class, skilled manual workers

D, working class, semi and unskilled manual workers

E, those at the lowest, state pensioners or widows (no other earner), casual or lowest grade workers

Pierre Bourdieu – Distinction (1979)

Social class is constructed by cultural taste; cultural taste is produced by education. Social class facilitates access to education and so cultural order replicates itself. In the process of education, the individual acquires cultural capital, which gives the individual the ability to identify culturally noble activity. Culture evolves through the nomination of new cultural activity as noble by individuals who are highly educated in the process of naming.

“The definition of cultural nobility is the stake in a struggle which has gone on unceasingly, from the seventeenth century to the present day, between groups differing in their ideas of culture and of the legitimate relation to culture and to works of art, and therefore differing in the conditions of acquisition of which these dispositions are the product. Even in the classroom, the dominant definition of the legitimate way of appropriating culture and art favors those who have had early access to legitimate culture, in a cultured household, outside of scholastic disciplines.” (Bourdieu, 1979, 2)

“Consumption is, in this case, a stage in the process of communication, that is, an act of deciphering, decoding, which presupposes practical or explicit mastery of a cipher or code”(Bourdieu, 1979,3)