Tuesday June 8th

8 06 2010

Morning all!  I’ve come down with a pretty obnoxious case of the… let’s just say a fairly impressive virus got colonial inside my head and chest.


Your music compositions and your CD cover art needs finishing!  Take this first hour to lock that stuff down.  Here’s your list of objectives for both sides of the project:


  • Song structure finalised
  • Words written
  • All instruments in time, and all loops beginning at the start of a bar
  • All melodic instruments playing parts using the Pentatonic Scale
  • Volume levels mixed tastefully.

Packaging (If you’re missing a template, grab the Large Hole CD/DVD template from here. You may need to resize it once it’s in Pages.

  • Cover art booklet designed
  • Text inserted, including credits, copyright, and appropriate titling/tracklisting
  • Back CD tray design completed, including both spines of the case displaying artist & title
  • Print for the disc itself
  • All of the above formatted to the templates provided.


With all the great progress you’ve made on this project, it’s time to start looking at the process underneath it.  Remember your Research & Development processes?  You’ll need to map the stages of this project to that.  In case you forgot the headings, here they are:

  • Concept (The Big Idea)
  • Research (In this section you might talk about musical style, scales, and timing.)
  • Concept Sketches/Proof of Concept (this one’s more for the cover & packaging, but have a think about what sound you were going for with the music.)
  • Process (How have you actually gone about producing this piece of work?)


Your story synopses for your reworked, modern-day take on Lord of the Flies should be well and truly finished, leaving only your storyboard for the movie trailer to complete.  Here’s a great YouTube clip from Indymogul, a brilliant DIY/independent filmmaker website.  It’s got some excellent down-to-earth advice on constructing a storyboard.


Earthquakes.  Iceland gave us the excuse to take a good look at their overly-dramatic cousins the Volcanoes, so now we need to skip our minds back a bit further in time, and 6500km to the south-west to Haiti, and dig up that zombie of an earthquake that tore Port-au-Prince in Haiti apart.

First of all, have a look at the Pacific Earthquake section in here.  Read the article to take a look at the possible effects of a large quake on a major developed-world city, and some of the implications surrounding prediction and damage prevention.   Then I need you to read the interactive map.  It gives two readings for each quake that it’s marked for 2010.  One for magnitude, and one for depth.

Your job:  Find out how we measure magnitude and depth of an earthquake, and what they each look like.  What’s the difference between a high magnitude quake and a low magnitude one?  How do quakes of different depths look on the surface?  From this… what causes earthquakes?


Use Keynote to construct a Climograph.  Use the build Inspector to construct that climograph one component at a time.  Narrate it and turn it into a short video.  Make sure you include the following, and a CLEAR, DETAILED description of what they are there for:

  • Horizontal axis
  • Two vertical axes
  • Line graph
  • Bar graph
  • Numbering & labelling on each axis
  • ALSO Include an explanation of what a Climograph is, what it’s used for, and what the data on it tells us.  If you’re not sure, talk to each other, and read up on it.  The resources I uploaded last week are a great place to start looking.

This is a simple task – you can get it done and dusted inside one class lesson.  I look forward to seeing them during the next S&E class we have.




2 responses

9 06 2010

finding it really hard to find the precipitation levels for last week. Are there any recorded documents that can be viewed in the form of a climograph

9 06 2010

There’s literally hundreds of climographs available online. If you’re looking for local stuff, check out http://www.bom.gov.au

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