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Lyrical Seuss Reflection

Lyrical Seuss Reflection


What was the goal of this assignment (ie. what were we trying to achieve?) and how does that connect to our conversations around sound and sound use in media (literature, film & music)?


Our assignment was to recite literature to a beat/create a beat and rap dr. Seuss over it in a 45 second clip. Our goal was to use sounds as well as the words to tell the story, while still maintaining pattern, rhythm, and the rhymes that Dr. Seuss supplied us. We wanted to create something with energy and excitement.


Tell me about your process; in class we discussed the stages of explore, play and create; what did that look like to you (be specific)?


Our first day was spent just exploring the platform given to us (beatmaker by splice)and picking a story that would sound good being rapped. The next day we decided on our story (The Lorax) and made the beat. The next day we recorded ourselves over and over again to get it right. It took us a while to every word correctly spoken while staying on beat. But in the end, we got it.



Tell me about the choices you made… for example; did you use beatmaker by splice? what story did you choose? what were the decisions made about the creation of the beat itself? why did you choose to do it the way that you did?  and most importantly… tell me why you made those decisions!!!


We used beatmaker by splice because we enjoyed the simplicity of the format and found it fun to create a unique beat on. We created a couple of other beats prior to the one we presented just as a practice to the program. We decided to use The Lorax as it has a fun rhythm to it, and we thought it was exciting. Just like The Lorax, we made our beat exciting to try and captivate the story.









Overall, how well did you achieve your goal?

            – 1 being: I didn’t even know what the goal was…

            – 5 being: I achieved my goal and I feel great about it!


1          2          3          4          5


Rate your experience on an enjoyment/fun scale:

            – 1 being: I hated this assignment

            – 3 being: this was surprisingly fun

            – 5 being: from day one to presentation day I really liked this one!


1          2          3          4          5



Tell me (could be just 1 item… could be 20…) what you learnt through this process (it could be skill based: something like learning a new app or how to use a new online platform… it could be something technical to do with literature like the purpose of rhyming to a beat… it could something like how having fun produces good results).  Think outside the box… explore your mind 🙂


As well as learning how to use beatmaker by splice, in this unit I also learned a lot about different ways to rhyme and its significance in the song. We watched video in class about dissecting rap and the ways rhythm is manipulated to better explain the songs meaning. Now listening to rap I can see when they use external or internal rhyming along with other techniques.