The Library

The Ryerson university library is a great source for online resources or printed resources as opposed to google or google scholar which only has online resources available. The Ryerson university library is also a good resource for finding archives and peer reviewed articles. Theres are certain tricks to using the online Ryerson library to help find results that better pertain to what the user was trying to search. For example using quotation marks around phrases or groups of words to keep them grouped while searching for results that will better resemble what had initially been searched. Also when searching you can look for information in different categories, for example: articles, ebooks and peer reviewed articles. Also using words such as ‘and’ or ‘or’ also helps specify what you are searching for and will better suit the search to your needs. This is different than using google to search because its difficult to find scholarly information unless you are using google scholar.

Remix Culture

Kelly’s presentation on remix culture brought the idea of remixing into a whole new perspective for me. This is because i had previously thought that remixing could only refer to a song being mixed again by another artist, henceforth the name ‘remix’. However the idea of remixing seems much more expansive and open ended than that. As I understand it remixing is any collaboration between two artists where one creates an idea or product and the other artists either alters it to fit their own perspective on the idea or product, or created another rendition of the initial concept once again to fit their own style of creating. This can be done in any medium of art whether it be music, visual art or even dramatic art to dance i suppose.


10: What is the difference between the web and a FTP server? the main difference is that a web server is just a server that hosts web pages, which includes text, hyper text and other forms of data where as an FTP server is a File Transfer Protocol server which means there is an ability to transfer files by means of uploading as well as downloading.

11: What is an IP adress? IP is an acronym for Internet Protocol, it refers to a string of numbers that pertains to an individual computer that communicates over the network of the internet. This helps with transferring of information of data as it allows the networks and servers being communicated with understand where certain data and information is coming from as well as where to send data/information. 

12:How do you transfer files from a computer to a server? Transferring a file from a computer to a server requires the act of uploading and it also requires an FTP server to upload to. Some servers make it easier to transfer information than others but the standard protocol for uploading files goes as follows:

     1. Find the url of the website or server you wish to upload to.

     2.Add a network location to ‘My Computer’ where a set up box should appear.

     3.choose a “custom network location” and enter in the url found previously.

     4.Enter a password if needed, otherwise enter anonymously. 

     5.Choose a name for your location, and you’re done!


Works cited:
“HowStuffWorks “What is an IP address?”.” HowStuffWorks. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.
“File Transfer Protocol.” Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia. Wikimedia Foundation, Inc, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.
“How to Upload Files to an Ftp Server: 10 Steps (with Pictures).” wikiHow. N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2013.

Article Reflection

Brenda Dervin and CarrieLynn D. Reinhard’s article: “Comparing situated sense-making processes in virtual worlds: Application of Dervin’s Sense-Making Methodology to media reception situations” investigates what it’s like for users experiencing virtual media such as film, console video games, massively multiplayer online role-playing games and social worlds for the first time. It focusses on what the user experiences and how they make sense out of their virtual media encounter.

When engaged in a new platform of digital/virtual any user has to make sense of what is being presented to them or what they are experiencing. This relies on the user to analyze the interface and interpret how to navigate or at least how it can relate to themselves. This requires mapping and examining of any information or exploring any tools given. This sort of methodology dictates how the user will understand the specific virtual media and how they can begin to utilize it. The performance level of the user will depend on their level of sense making skills and ability of application in terms of what they have previously analyzed. This sort of situation management is key in narrative to adapting to new technology and new forms of virtual media.

New Media Innovators

Carlos Sabbah – Eric Whitacre

Before describing how Eric Whitacre is a “New Media Innovator”, let me first start by defining these:                                                                                                                          

  New Media Art: A genre that encompasses artworks created with new media technologies, including digital art, computer graphics, computer animation, virtual art, Internet art, interactive art, video games, computer robotics, and art as biotechnology.                          New Media: Usually refers to relatively recent mass media based on new information technology.                                                                                                                                   Art: The quality, production, expression, or realm, according to aesthetic principles, of what is beautiful, appealing, or of more than ordinary significance.

After taking in what I said above about the different types of art, I’ve come to the conclusion that Eirc Whietacre is a new media artist for the following reasons; He takes music, specifically symphonies to another level of understanding by putting together technology that was never to be nonexistent and created art to his satisfaction. While being considered highly a new media artist, he is considered an innovator because for the first time, he introduced a new line of production, which was highly popular and revolutionary. That revolutionary line of work consisted of a numerous amount of people singing in a choir form led by one producer. But what’s amazing is that the people were not physically there, they are actually all separated recordings from different places that have been cropped into the frame next to each other, including the producer. In other words, the creation of the virtual collaboration, and this kind of music is highly distinguished from normal music today because it’s completely different than from what we’re used to. For example, in a choir, the music is composed of people who are physically beside each other rather then from different places and in different cropped slides. So, In my opinion, being a new media artist isn’t about going against societies expectations, but rather, to create something completely different and making it work in a new way that exceeds societies expectation and makes them wonder how it was possible in the first place. It seems like Eric Whitacre did a perfect job at presenting this, and one can only question, what more can he create? And in what way?


Lucas Figliuzzi – Antonio Vivaldi

Antonio Vivaldi was a baroque composer and virtuoso violinist from Venice. He is considered to be one of the greatest baroque composers of all time with several popular pieces including concertos (particularly violin), operas and choral works. A piece in particular that has been known as his best work was the series of violin concertos known as “The Four Seasons”. This piece utilizes several effects to emulate aspects of the four seasons, from violinists utilizing pizzicato technique on high strings to provide the image of icy rain in “Winter” to a sonic re-creation of a thunderstorm in “Summer”. Additionally he accompanied each piece with four sonnets providing visualizations using text and written instructions throughout to cue other images (ex: “The Barking Dog” – second movement in “Spring” and “The drunkards have fallen asleep” – second movement in “Autumn”). Vivaldi can be considered a new media artist as he explored the concepts of imagery without visuals which was uncommon in that time period. The approach in the composition of “The Four Seasons” was to create a visual experience of real world environments using merely sound and text. Vivaldi was an innovator in that these techniques and contents were fairly unexplored and sought out to find the limits to what sound and written work can do in the absence of visual stimuli.


Aaron Labbe – John Cage, and Evelyn Glennie

John Cage was an American Composer known as one of the most influential Experimental Music creators of all time. He was a pioneer in the areas of indeterminacy in music compositions (pieces that are able to be played in several different ways), electroacoustic music (incorporating electronics in standard musical compositions/performances) and non-standard use of musical instruments. Cage was also known for his controversial concept work, most notably his piece 4’33″, which is performed in the complete absence of deliberate sound. Musicians would be instructed to present the piece then do nothing for the duration of the work aside from being in attendance; it was written for any instrumental combination and is designed to demonstrate the beauty in accidental noises occurring all around the audience as well as the importance of silence in music. He is also known for his invention of the “prepared piano” which was a standard piano with several objects placed on the strings and hammers altering the sound completely. John Cage is a new media innovator for several reasons; he created numerous variations of standard musical instruments providing a very unique effect to his musical works and pioneered several new philosophies towards musical creation and reception. He explored new ways to utilize musical inspiration and viewed the legitimacy in all things sound within his compositions, including silence.

Evelyn Glennie is a scottish percussionist known for her philosophical approach to sound, extensive touring career and virtuosity of her instrument. At age 8 she began to loose her hearing and by age 12 was completely deaf. In the “TED Talks” video she demonstrates that this has not slowed her down by any means if anything has enhanced her understanding of how sound works and the physical connection to the instrument. New Media innovation is all about the extensions that are created to our body and what is within our physical capabilities. Throughout the talk she continues to teach us what it is to truly hear; she demonstrates that sounds are merely vibrations through the air and through refining her other senses she is able to feel the music. Utilizing vibrations alone she demonstrates her ability to play complicated works of music with great proficiency. She explains that by simply loosening her hands she is able to feel the vibrations enter her body and interpret the sound being created by the instrument. Through her music education she used these techniques along with the written music to create the expressive nature of musical performances. She is an innovator in that her views on human hearing challenge the predisposed notion of what it is to perceive sound. Many music educators would find it impossible for someone with her condition to succeed at the things that she has done but she proves that even without the ears themselves, we are still able to listen. These concepts have the potential to create huge strides in media production as artists can now be inspired to explore the vibrations of sound and how we can perceive them through designed experiences.

Andrew – Golan Levin, Scott Gibbons, Gregory Shakar, Yasmin Sohrawardy

Dialtones is live musical act by a collective of musical artists and new media thinkers: Golan Levin, Scott Gibbons, Gregory Shakar, Yasmin Sohrawardy. The concept of their work is that they integrate not only the audience in to their live musical performance but actually the audience’s mobile ringtones from their mobile devices. This is the definition of new media as they are using so many concepts and tools with and regarding modern technology and how we humans interact with it. How these innovators achieve this type of new media performance is by using custom technology and computer software to dial up to 60 of the audience members cellular phones based on their location in the audience and the tone of their phone. These musicians are great examples of new media innovators as they are not only expanding on what it means to make and perform musical works, but also what it means to incorporate the audience in performance art and how thats all actually executed.

Leighton – Kutiman

Kuitman is an artist that has taken a bunch of different random solo artists on YouTube and put them together to create one big mash up. He is also a producer, animator and musician. He is best known for his piece ThruYou which is the mash up of different artists on YouTube all put together. This project specifically, received over 10 million hits in two weeks. This piece was also named one of the fifty greatest inventions in 2009. Kuitman’s success made his popularity sky rocket and began to receive more credit for his other works. Kuitman is an innovator because he is displaying something that a bunch of people made in a different way and changed it into something different. This is an example of New Media because it is an extension of these original artists work into something bigger that had an effect on more people.

(Soares, Andrew) Work cited:



“Dialtones (A Telesymphony) – Interactive Art by Golan Levin and Collaborators.” Flong – Interactive Art by Golan Levin and Collaborators. N.p., n.d. Web. 23 Oct. 2013.


(Aaron Labbe) Work Cited:

Photo from Google Images –

“The Four Seasons.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia Foundation, Inc., 20 Oct 2013. Web. 22 Oct 2013. <;.

“John Cage.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia Foundation, Inc., 15 Oct 2013. Web. 22 Oct 2013.<;.

“Evelyn Glennie.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia Foundation, Inc., 18 Jul 2013. Web. 22 Oct 2013. <;.

TEDTalks – Evelyn Glennie: How to Truly Listen. 2007. Video. YouTube – Google, Inc.Web. 22 Oct 2013. <;.



(Carlos Sabbah) Work Cited:                                                                                                                               

“Eric Whitare’s Virtual Choir – ‘Lux Aurumque’” Youtube. EricWhitacresVrtlChr. March 21st 2010

“Eric Whitare” Wikipedia. The Public.  August 2012 -”New Media Art.” Wikipedia.

“WHAT IS NEW MEDIA?” WHAT IS NEW MEDIA? N.p., n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <;.

”New Media Art.” Wikipedia. Wikimedia Foundation, 30 Oct. 2012. Web. 30 Oct. 2012.


“Art.”, n.d. Web. 30 Oct. 2012. <;.

(Lucas Figliuzzi) Work Cited:

Vivaldi – Four Seasons (Winter). 2008. Video. YouTube – Google, Inc.Web. 22 Oct 2013.<;.

“Antonio Vivaldi.” Wikipedia. Wikipedia Foundation, Inc., 14 Oct 2013. Web. 22 Oct 2013. <;.

(Leighton Tingley) Work cited:

Kuitman. THRU YOU, YouTube