I began the semester by sharing some of the digital photos I had taken in the past. Among them was one of a butterfly that had landed in my flower garden. I have always been mesmerized by the beauty of butterflies. During the presentations for our first project, I shared the story from my childhood about seeing migrating monarch butterflies cover an entire tree. Using butterflies for my last project was a perfect way for me to end the semester. I had made a video of butterfly images, and had downloaded some songs which mentioned butterflies in them. When I first presented this idea to Professor Winkler, he mentioned that it was a little too simplistic. He suggested that I use Photoshop, to capture the wings in a more abstract way. Plus, it was suggested that I use the contact microphone to record some of my own audio. I wasn’t too thrilled at the time, to redo all of my work, but in hindsight, I am really glad it was suggested! As I looked at each image and focused on each wing, I gained an even greater appreciation for butterflies. When I look at butterflies now, I will definitely see them as little, flying, pieces of artwork! I was also forced to think about how audio could be used to enhance a project dealing with butterflies. Butterflies are not vocal, and I think people do not appreciate them as much because of this. I started to wonder what it would be like, if butterflies could chirp like birds. Hence, the reason I recorded birds. I liked the songs that mentioned butterflies too much, to eliminate them altogether. So, I combined the recorded birds, with the two songs that mention butterflies. There was some computer static, when I did the recording. I would have redone the recording, if I had more time, and the weather had not been so rainy over the weekend.
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