Monthly Archives: April 2013

A Month Without Sight

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GAME TIME!

IMG_1198food description

 

Here is the photo of the actual dish:

Bu'n mam

Bu’n mam

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The photos are hand-drawn using Paper, and edited using Procreate and Art Studio.

Sound and Emotions

ATTENTION READERS: Below you will find a very boring introduction to the second version of sound object. If so, please go straight to where it says: “Start reading here…”! ENJOY!

This blog is my revision for the sound object of my portfolio. Like my peers have reviewed, this media object seems a bit different that what I have been doing for my other media objects (text and image). Thus, changing the platform to host this object is my hope to explain how this is playing into what I have been doing.

The first version of this was posted on Sound Cloud. It is a very good website to post and share music/audio recording. However, it doesn’t really give much space to elaborate on the background of one’s audio file. Since I didn’t know to put for the title of my first version, it was very generic. Without an appropriate title, one finds it hard to understand the purpose of the audio file since sound is quite abstract in its own right.

One of my peers have suggested to use WordPress to help audience understand better the purpose of the song. She mentioned that WordPress has the option to post audio object. Here is my second version:

You won’t find much difference between the two versions, except for minor enhancement and the cut-out of the clapping at the end. My reason to cut out the clapping even though it was a live performance is because I want the audience to focus on the song.

START READING HERE…

For my other media objects, I have always been focusing on having a physical disadvantage in perceiving information (e.g. loss of sight). For this sound object, I am doing something similar. However, this time I am focusing on social disadvantage rather than a physical disadvantage. Although they both seem to be the same thing, in my opinion.

How on Earth are they the same?–I am not saying they are exactly the same, but to hear something and not understanding what it means is quite similar to deaf. OR or or or………as this sound object is trying to prove, even if you can’t understand the literal meaning of the words being spoken/sung, you still could find yourself feeling something for the music.

Before reading on to the next section, please make sure you have already listened to the song completely.

This song was recorded live at Le Cat Trong Ly’s performance. She is a famous Vietnamese singer. Her songs are famous for thought-provoking, or good to listen to if you are in mood for contemplating about life.

Le Cat Trong Ly

I recorded this song at one of her mini-concerts. I wanted to show how the acoustic instruments are playing together with the sound of her spoken words to create the emotions/feelings that you have. As my peers have said, the song gave them the feeling of loss, or just a sad feeling in general. Are you also feeling the same way?

Below, you will find the lyrics of this song, and my best possible translation (or you could choose to use Google Translate). You might find the translation hard to understand, but that’s how her lyrics are. You could find her performance of this song on Youtube.

I hope after reading the lyrics, you could compare your feelings with those before. To see if the feelings are the same. Because we all know reading and hearing the same thing does not necessarily give you the same feelings.

Như Là (It feels like) – Lê Cát Trọng Lý

Như là người đến thưa tội Like one that has come to confess
Trăm tội, có tội chưa hay? Hundreds of sins, guilty or not?
Như là lòng hết mong đợi Like the heart that has long given up
Mong gì? Bất diệt nơi đây?! Waiting for what? Immortality in this place?

Như là mình đã chết theo thời gian Like I am dead with time
chết theo cơn mê này Long dead in this delusion
Như là mình đã chết đi tình yêu, vì u mê Like my ability to love is dead, due to illusion
Như là mình chết theo thời gian Like I am dead with time
Chết theo cơn mê này Long dead in this delusion
Như là lòng đã chết đi mùa xuân… Like the Spring has died in my heart

Như là lòng hết âm thầm Like me no longer being silent
Ơ hờ đêm hội mưa ngâu Negligent in the festivity of the rain
Như là lòng chẳng u sầu Like myself no longer feel sad
Vui buồn câu chuyện nhân gian Happy or sad about people’s stories
Như là mình đã chết theo thời gian Like I am dead with time
Chết theo cơn mê này Long dead in this delusion
Như là lòng đã chết đi tình yêu, vì u mê Like my ability to love is dead, due to illusion
Như là mình đã chết theo thời gian Like I am dead with time
Chết theo cơn mê này Long dead in this delusion
Như là lòng đã chết đi…Like I have been dead
Như là mình đã chết đi…Like I have been dead
Như là lòng đã chết đi tình yêu…Like my ability to love is long dead