Art Technology Project

Susan Archie, a grammy award-winning CD design artist will visit Ms. Lee's art classroom. She will share examples of CD designs which package anthologies of historical and avant garde music. Students will learn about unconventional materials used for CD boxed sets like metal or wood. Here is some info about the artist's work:
World of anArchie is proud to offer award-winning and cost-effective CD, LP and special package design services for record labels and independent musicians; book design for small book presses and self-publishers; and handmade specialty pieces for anyone interested in turning their ideas into remarkable little objects. In 2003 we won our first Grammy, and have since earned three more “Boxed Set Packaging” nominations, an “Alex” award for Creative Excellence, and critical acclaim from publications including Rolling Stone, The New York Times, Entertainment Weekly, MOJO, and The New Yorker. In that time, our projects have earned thirteen nominations and five awards in the Best Package, Liner Notes and Historical categories.
Students please check out the artist's Recent Work, see a more complete list Discography as well as reviews.
Ms. Lee's favorite CD design is Goodbye, Babylon. What is your favorite? Start thinking about your CD case design and think outside the box!

Museum Studio
Museum Studio

Classroom Art Project:
Students, you will create an audio CD compiled of stories from interviews of family members talking about music and memory. Students will mix music samples with stories using Audacity software at school and design their own CD package to house their stories on disc. Begin collecting mp3 files of sample music mentioned in your interviews or simply bring audio CD's to class. If recordings are not available, a quick alternative is to go to youtube search for the music video (studio recordings are preferred over live ones), copy the URL and paste to zamzar . Convert video to an mp3 file and send to your Google docs art folder. You must have a parent help you navigate if you are browsing youtube. It is recommended that you have interviews sent to your Google folder by April 4, but if you need more time that is fine too.

Students: If you need help getting all your songs, email me the name of the Band and song name. And time permitting, I will import them to an art folder you can access during class in the computer lab. Hope that helps!

What you need to do at home
1. Write down your interview questions and then record responses from family members. Remember your main goal as interviewer is to get stories and memories from family members, not just answers. Here are some sample questions to get you started, please add your own too.

Sample Questions for Interviews
What is your favorite music? Why?
What song do you listen to get you going (working out, driving in a car, cleaning the house)? Why?
What song do you listen to when you are sad/angry?
What song makes you happy?
What is the first song that made you want to dance?
What song brings back a special memory?
What song or type of music do you hate? Why?
What is your favorite band?
What kind of music did you grow up hearing?
What is your favorite soundtrack music or song from a movie?
What song describes your personality or life?

2. Choose which device you will use to import your mp3 audio files/interviews from home to your school Google Doc (see video tutorial at bottom for additional help).

DEVICES: How to record and upload your interviews at home using iPod, iPhone, iPad

1. Check to make sure that the Voice Memos app is installed on your device.
2. Open the Voice Memos app.
3. The iPhone and iPad have a built in microphone, but for the iPod, you will need to plug in a microphone to the headphone jack.
4. Press the read circle on the bottom left hand side of your screen and begin recording your interview.
5. When you are finished recording,press the red pause button in the same location.
6. Now you are ready to email your recording to your Google Doc account. Please make sure to email your recording while you are at home because connecting to the WiFi at school is difficult.
7. Press the silver button with the three lines on the right hand side of the bottom of your screen.
8. A list of all of your recordings will appear.
9. The most recent recording will be on top (.wav files are fine, no need to convert to mp3). Listen to the recording to make sure it is what you want to email.
10. Click on the recording you want to email, and then press share. Choose the email option, and enter your Woodward Academy student email address. Make sure to include the
11. Press send on the email screen and check your student email account to make sure the email appeared and it is the right file.
12. Open the email and you will see the file attached to the bottom of the email. You must now move it to your Google Docs.
13. Press download on your email screen, and the file will open in iTunes. You can listen to the file from the iTunes window.
14. Now you must upload the file to your Google Docs account. In order to do this select the documents tab at the top of your email.
15. Click Upload at the top of the screen.
16. Press Select files to Upload, and navigate to your downloads where the file was downloaded.
17. Select the file to download and then press Start Upload.
18. The voice recording should be moved to your Google Docs account, and then you will want to put it in your Art Project folder in Google Docs.

How to record and upload your interviews at home using Audacity
1. Check to make sure that you have audacity downloaded on your computer. To check go to start, all programs, and look for Audacity.
2. If you have Audacity downloaded on your computer skip to step 5.
3. If you do not have Audacity on your computer, you will need to download the free recording program. Go to
4. Choose the correct download for your operating system, and follow the instructions for downloading the free program.
5. Now that Audacity is installed on your computer, you are ready to begin recording. The buttons at the top of your screen should resemble those of a DVD player. The red circle is used to record, and the yellow square is used to stop.
6. Make sure that you have plugged in the microphone before you begin recording. When you are ready, press the red circle to begin your recording. Press the yellow stop when you are finished.
7. Now you must export your interview in a file format that can be uploaded to your Google Docs account. In the Audacity window, go to File, Export As WAV or MP3. Either format is fine.
8. If you choose Export As MP3, you will need to install the lame file. Follow the on screen directions for locating this lame file.
9. Name the file something that will clearly distinguish the interview you are saving, and make sure you take note of where the file is being exported to. For example, make sure you notice if you are downloading it to you desktop or documents folder.
10. Once the file is exported, log into your student gmail. Remember go to, students, start page, student gmail.
11. Log into your student gmail and go to the documents page.
12. Choose Upload, Select Files to Upload, and then Start Upload.
13. Once the file is uploaded into your Google Docs page, you will want to move it to your Art Project folder.

How to record and upload your interviews at home using Sansa mp3 player
1. Turn the Sansa on by pressing the power button located on the side of the device next to the hold button.
2. Make sure you choose the voice option.
3. Press play and record your interview.
4. Press pause when you are finished.
5. Press the middle silver square button to save your recording.
6. To upload your recording to Google Docs, plug the Samsa into the usb port on your computer.
7. Log into your Google Docs account and press upload.
8. You will need to locate the device on your computer by double clicking on my computer, sansa express, internal memory, record, and then mic.
9. Your file should be located in the mic folder.
10. Click on the file to rename it to a meaningful name for your art project.
11. Click open to upload it to Google Docs, and then start upload within Google Docs.
12. Move the file to your Art Project folder.


Watch these helpful video tutorials by Mrs. Mulkey to help you record and upload your projects to your Google account. I can't wait to hear all your stories!

How to record and export using Audacity:



Creating a folder in and Uploading to Google Docs (pictures and audio)