This week, we tackled a completely new topic—music and copyrights. We discussed fair use and how it pertains to the world of academics, education, criticism, parody, and the way we use tools in our class. Our new design project is to create a remix out of several songs on Audacity.

While I have used Audacity for my podcast, I use the application extremely minimally and I have not needed to learn how to mix sounds, split vocals and instrumentals, or combine multiple files. My podcasting partner created our theme music/introduction (and our logo)—I do the social media stuff, which won’t really help us in this assignment.

We are planning on using the songs “Thinking Out Loud” by Ed Sheeran, “Truffle Butter” by Nicki Minaj, and one by Lindsey Stirling (the name of which is escaping me now). I still do not know how to take vocals out of a song and add vocals from a different song, or how to mix beats together, but I’m certainly excited to learn. I think that if our group pools all of our collective knowledge/researching skills together, we’ll create a great remix.

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