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 ====== Final Day! ====== ====== Final Day! ======
-This is the last blog post I will ask you to write... ​+PRACTICE PRESENTATIONS IN THE MORNING!
-Write about your memories from this courseWhat did you learn? What will you remember? What was useful? Was this a unique experience?+  * Please submit the poster for your board game. 
 +  * Startups in China: http://​​inothernews/​how-famous-start-ups-were-started/​ 
 +  * independent games festival in Shanghai: http://​​events/​igf.html
-Post pictures.+ 
 +  - Algorithms (The egg problem, etc) 
 +  - Twine Projects 
 +  - Game AI 
 +  - Processing Animations 
 +  - Ludology and Narratology Debate (Ludus, Paida, Narrative) 
 +  - Simulations 
 +  - Artificial Intelligence 
 +  - Arduino 
 +SEND THIS TO PARENTS AND FRIENDS FOR THE WEBCAST at 14:00 : http://​​stanford2015 
 +These are the last blog post I will ask you to write...  
 +  - **Blog**: Your final project, if you have not be able to. 
 +  - **Blog**: Write about your memories from this course. What did you learn? What will you remember? What was useful? Was this a unique experience? ​Post pictures. ​Wait for me to get you the link. Here it is: http://​​s/​1i3KUmC9 
 +    - **PLEASE THANK EACH TA :D** 
 +  - **Blog**: Thank Benjamin Prunty :D 
 +What were you doing in Highschool, and what did you do in college? 
 +[10:30:50] Benjamin: In high school I was struggling to get decent grades, and playing a lot of videogames like Final Fantasy and Quake. Near the end of high school I got some music-making software and started tinkering with it. I had no formal training, so I was just winging it the whole time. Most of the stuff I made wasn't very good. :D 
 +[10:30:57] sherol: haha.. nice 
 +[10:31:53] Benjamin: ​ I went to college for audio engineering,​ which in this case was recording local bands in a studio. Meanwhile I spent many hours in my dorm room with a synthesizer and drum machine trying to figure out how to make electronic music. Again, I had no teacher to help with this specifically,​ though the audio engineering certainly helped. 
 +[10:32:01] sherol: When you compose, do you use piano/​instruments more or or digital 
 +[10:32:26] sherol: compose on real instruments or digitally 
 +[10:33:03] Benjamin: I'm almost entirely digital. Everything I do is in software. I can play piano and banjo bit and I'm currently teaching myself to play electric guitar. 
 +[10:33:55] sherol: do you ever record yourself playing a real instrument to put in a game? 
 +[10:35:06] Benjamin: I've started to record guitar parts occasionally and I've recorded acoustic drum parts for some things, but it's fairly minimal. 
 +[10:35:24] Benjamin: I'm trying to incorporate more and more real instruments as I go. 
 +[10:35:47] sherol: Our student, Jack organized a Shanghai student music festival. They did had it few days ago. 
 +[10:36:07] Benjamin: Wow, awesome! 
 +[10:36:21] Benjamin: I never did anything that cool when I was in school. 
 +[10:36:25] sherol: mostly it was like rock and punk music.. Some metal. 
 +[10:36:31] sherol: He plays bass 
 +[10:36:38] sherol: another student, Bran was the vocalist 
 +[10:36:55] sherol: I'm telling them all to play FTL, they would love it. 
 +[10:37:12] Benjamin: :D 
 +[10:37:20] sherol: Do you have to work on Sound effects and music? 
 +[10:37:47] Benjamin: I did both sound effects and music on earlier projects like FTL and Gravity Ghost, but these days I'm just a music guy. 
 +[10:38:07] Benjamin: I can send a picture of my studio if you think you guys can receive it okay. 
 +[10:38:13] sherol: ok 
 +[10:38:31] sherol: can you over skype? 
 +[10:38:39] sherol: it seems to be working 
 +[10:38:45] Benjamin: Cool. 
 +[10:38:56] sherol: Mike asks, he wants to do electronic music. Where can he start? 
 +[10:40:47] Benjamin: That's a good question. I don't know what software is available in your region, but the first thing you need is a computer and a digital audio workstation,​ which is software. Most of the nice ones have an entry level version that's relatively cheap. 
 +[10:40:58] sherol: How do you teach yourself to play guitar?... how do you overcome the difficulties to get better at it? 
 +[10:41:20] sherol: (sorry.. i realized you are still answering the last question) 
 +[10:42:13] Benjamin: Check out Ableton, FL Studio, or Cubase. Maybe also get a small USB musical keyboard to go with it. This will be a good start. You'll also need a solid understanding of music theory and the time to train yourself to use the software. 
 +[10:42:37] sherol: They use FL Studio 
 +[10:42:43] sherol: they said 
 +[10:42:43] Benjamin: Yeah, perfect. 
 +[10:44:53] Benjamin: As for teaching myself guitar: I have a couple of books on guitar, plus I simply find sheet music of songs that I like and practice that. My music theory knowledge makes transitioning to a new instrument just a little bit quicker. There'​s also a great game called Rocksmith that I use all the time. I don't know if you guys have played Guitar Hero or Rock Band, but it's like that but with a real guitar, with lessons and everything. 
 +[10:45:28] Benjamin: It's REALLY hard to stick with an instrument. I'm incredibly lazy. So self-discipline is probably the hardest part of learning guitar for me. :D 
 +[10:46:29] sherol: Who's your favorite game composer? 
 +[10:48:17] Benjamin: My favorite soundtrack ever is for EarthBound, so I guess that would make my favorite composer Keiichi Suzuki. Jesper Kyd (Assassin'​s Creed, MDK2) was a also a huge inspiration when I was starting out. 
 +[10:48:50] sherol: Do you do orchestra music ever?.. or what style? 
 +[10:51:02] Benjamin: I've made  exactly two orchestra pieces, entirely in software. I could theoretically write music for orchestra, since I can read and write sheet music and have a rough understanding of how an orchestra works. But it's really not my forte. My influences are on the pop/​rock/​funk/​electronic side. 
 +[10:51:13] Benjamin: I hope to do more orchestra work someday though. 
 +[10:51:26] sherol: Cool 
 +[10:51:40] sherol: Where do you get ideas 
 +[10:52:06] sherol: is it when you are walking or taking a shower? 
 +[10:52:13] Benjamin: Sometimes, yes! 
 +[10:52:20] Benjamin: Or driving. 
 +[10:52:54] Benjamin: Or watching a movie or talking with someone. Really, ideas can happen any time. 
 +[10:53:20] Benjamin: The ideas are not as useful as just experimenting with chord progressions and melodies though. 
 +[10:53:22] sherol: do you start with notes or beats? 
 +[10:53:57] Benjamin: Generally I start with either a chord progression or some kind of rhythm part. 
 +[10:55:06] sherol: ok... We are gonna try to skype you and say goodbye! 
 +[10:55:43] Benjamin: Okay! 
 +[10:55:46] sherol: Thank you so much! 
 +[10:56:00] sherol: We are all interested and greatful :) 
 +[10:56:05] *** Call to Benjamin Prunty *** 
 +[11:01:02] *** Call ended, duration 04:53 *** 
 +[11:01:17] Benjamin: That was awesome! Thanks everyone. 
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