EVERYTHING THAT COULD GO WRONG.
The best word to describe this week would probably be UNFORTUNATE. After the progress we made last week with our project, i was really looking forward to concluding the design and coding this week so we could focus on making our video for the Aulos. This did not go as planned.
As i found out,synth ( a required program for running the aulos) unfortunately is unavailable for Mac Laptops, So i had to resurrect my old windows laptop. Was able to download the synth program and Arduino software, just as i thought it was all going well, ERROR. The worst word when coding or programming has to be ERROR. For some reason, the code would not upload to the board which meant i couldn’t make any improvements to the code or even test that it works.
Even with practicing my processing, i kept running into issues and coding syntax that i could not understanding. With processing, you have to understand the language step by step and i learnt that like a building block, if you skip stages, its almost impossible to improve. So i thought it best to stay confused and wait for explanation/help from our teacher Magnus.
Good thing is with creative technology, you are never short on work. With this set back, i turned my attention to my Sketch book. We are required to keep a sketch book where we document our ideas, sketches and essential images for the course. I am only mentioning this in week 7 as i have been clearly too focused on the other aspects of the course but have always been making little additions to the sketch book.
The sketch book tells its own story in how it maps out our progress during the course. Some what similar to the blogs but in a more visually captivating way. I often had ideas triggered during class or just through simple conversations and when i do, i write them down on anything in hand and transfer them to my sketch book for safe keeping. I have found this to be a helpful reminder of the little triggers that act as inspiration for me. More importantly, i also found that as i look through my sketch book, scanning through the pictures and memories of classes and workshops, it opens me up to more ideas and innovative ways of applying what i learn each week into my ideas.
Creative technology doesn’t just end in the class room, as a creative student, it extends into every aspect of our lives and i am happy to be finding new ways of not only drawing inspiration but also keeping busy. There is always something that needs to be done and keeping active and productive is very important not just as a student but life in general. Applying what we learn into our lives is probably the most important aspect of being a student and maturing as an individual.