Wednesday, April 26, 2006

Collaborate (Will's Final)

Hey All,
My final project is based on a collaboration I did with my little sister. Basically, she gave me a very rough version of one of her songs, and asked me to produce it as a rock song. Many interesting issues came up over the course of this project that I thought would be interesting to attempt to convey through an interactive piece. Therefore, when I started brainstorming about what to do as my final project, it wasn't too long before I settled on basing it around my work with Laura. Click below, explore and enjoy!!

Kristin's Final Project

My final project can be found at:

Feel free to e-mail me with any additional feedback. Thank you.

Ben Woods final

click the image for the main blog, and then the poster images can be found here, and here.

Thank you everyone for helping us out with critiques and discussion!

David Kavaler: creating for convergence final project

Here is the link to my final project:

I thought that everyone's presentation went very well. It was a lot of fun to explore everyone's final product, especially since we all took the project in different directions. It was great that so many guests showed up and stayed the whole time. It was the first time m a presentation to professionals in the field, so thanks Ravi for the opportunity. Without a doubt this has been one of the most interesting classes I have taken at Northeastern.

Tuesday, April 25, 2006

The Lost Experience

The creators of Lost are launching a game that involves:

-- web sites
-- telephone messages
-- billboards
-- email
-- TV

Hmmm... does this concept seem familiar to us? They are leveraging the world that they've created to develop new experiences. This will be interesting to check out! And it's not essentially a marketing tool (though of course, to some effect it is), in that the show creator's are behind it (and not the ABC promotion dept.)

New York Times article
E-Online article

Wednesday, April 19, 2006

Reading period meeting

A reminder that we will be meeting tomorrow morning at 8:00 in 303 to run through final projects in anticipation of next Thursday.

I'm "illing" a bit (I'm hip with the kids' lingo), so don't know how long I'll last, but I was thinking we could run through from 8 until 10, with everyone doing about a 20 minute presentation (with Kristin leading off!)

Jain out!

Wednesday, April 12, 2006

04/13 class

It's Donut Day (ie. last class).

Post your donut wishes, else get a plain jane donut in the a.m.

On hand for tomorrow:

1. Fill out teacher evaluation forms (no connection to the donuts, I assure).

2. I'll do a full-semester recap -- I'd like to touch upon some of the themes that we first explored in the first few weeks and restate what our goal/definition of the "Convergence of Media" and the challenges (and opportunities) for creating content that spans across media/distribution.

3. Final Project Presentation Plan discussion (still thinking Tuesday, 4/25 at 5 pm)

Thursday, April 06, 2006

MIT Convergence Culture Consortium

I've added the MIT Convergence Culture Consortium blog to our sidebar -- some engaging posts with links/references to projects that tap into some of the issues we've discussed during the semester.

Pulse Point Wish-list

Hot on the heels of our gabfest/noshfest with DC Denison last week, I throw out the question to all of you:

What would you like to see in a Pulse Point if we could set one up on Campus?

What ideas do you have about content?

Wednesday, April 05, 2006

links for 04/06 class

Some links for customizing blogger templates:

-- Google Groups: Blogger Help Group
-- Blogger for Dummies
-- Blogger Help Pages
-- Paul Stamatiou's How To Make A Blog Header Graphic

QuickTime Tutorials
We'll be looking at using Text Tracks in QuickTime Pro (to add chapters and URLs)

DIY classcast 04/06

Okay kids, here's your chance to create a "live classcast" experience. Follow these easy steps:

1. Put on some funky ambient music
2. Fade music after 5-10 seconds
3. Say, "This is the Special Topics in Multimedia Classcast for April 6th"
4. Fade up music for short blast then fade way, way down.
5. Say, "It's all about final projects from now on. We'll go through some demonstrations that can help you with your final projects: a look at how you can customize your blog templates and some more things we can do in QuickTime Pro and TextEdit to add chapters and/or URL links to your video files. After that we'll have lab time and I can answer any questions you may have. Remember we should have 'an arm' done by now!"
6. Slowly fade music back up.
7. Say, "We'll see you tomorrow... Jain out!"
8. Fade down music.

Tuesday, April 04, 2006


File size: 18 mb Run time: 1minute 16 seconds

Here's the link to Frequency_v2.o, with podsafe audio compliments of The new version is set to the tune of Orthodox Pleasure, a song by the group Bit Rationale.

It is also noteworthy that only by coincidence did kristin and i use music by the same band, how bout that.