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Habitat or Home

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post-production film still habitat or homeHabitat or Home by Stacey Miers is a five minute film exploring the concept of home as a commodity. Moon Cube Design worked with Stacey Miers on the concept of the short film and the video/audio post-production. This film debuted at Event Cinemas kicking off week 2 of the Festival of Urbanism iv presented by the Henry Halloran Trust and University of Sydney School of Architecture Design and Planning.

Concept & Post-production

Habitat or Home is a 5-minute film that explores the concept of home as a commodity and the growing impact of homelessness in our cities. The film takes the viewer on a visual journey exploring the concept of home as a commodity; it intentionally aims to confront the juxtaposed perceptions that play out regarding, consumerism, home and homelessness.

The post-production was a process of editing together appropriate elements from several videos and combining them with Stacey Miers still photographs. The final visual process involved creating a filter containing desaturation, film shake, dust and scratches which overlayed the combined video and photographs. The sound design involved mixing and matching spoken word and musical elements from several sources and then leveling out all multiple sources of audio. The final film runs for approximately 5 minutes and can be viewed on youtube. Please feel free to contact us if you need our assistance with your audio/visual projects and we will provide you with a free quote.

Free Sounds at Moon Cube Design

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Free Sounds Freesound LogoMoon Cube Design can create the sound design for your video and animation projects. As well as offering sound design, Moon Cube Design also creates unique sounds, samples, snippets, experiments, musical elements and sound effects which can be used in your projects for free. A selection of pre-made sounds can be accessed for free at freesound. Our sounds range from segments of unused songs, full scales, long samples of environments to very quick snippets of sound. Our most downloaded freesound is a very quick recording of breath which has had over 1,000 downloada. All of these varied pre-made sounds are made available for you to preview and download via https://freesound.org/.

Free Sounds at Freesound

Freesound is a database of sounds released under Creative Commons licenses. Users choose which license they want their sounds to be used under. Moon Cube Design uploads all of their samples as CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) which in basic terms the sound sample is free of copyright. You can copy, modify, distribute and perform the work, even for commercial purposes, all without asking permission.

Moon Cube Design on Freesound

The link to Moon Cube Design’s profile is https://freesound.org/people/mooncubedesign/. Feel free to download them and use them in your projects. Would love to hear what you create with them so be sure to let us know and contact us through our website. Until next time… keep on rocking in the free world!

Designs for Museophilliac

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Moon Cube Design recently completed two designs for Museophilliac. The designs are based on concepts by Maxine Kauter with photography by Patrick Boland. Designing within that framework consisted of digitally compositing several unique textures after separating layers of the original photos. Images were manipulated within Photoshop to create the multiple textures. The designs were created for Museophilliacs upcoming event Tales and the True from the Westpac Long Gallery held at the Australian Museum on Wednesday 28th of February, 2018

To view the full size versions of both designs please visit here.

Please contact us if you have a similar design project in mind or need our assistance with your website, audio/visual projects and more. Looking forward to working with you.

Moon Cube Weddings

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Moon Cube Design offers design packages for your special day. We can design an invitation and website package to suit your style. Our wedding package includes:

  • DL Size wedding invitation
  • Matching sticker designs for addressing envelopes
  • Dinner table guest name cards and menus
  • Website to track and auto-respond to all RSVPs, and also provide guests with all necessary information.

An example of our wedding websites can be viewed here: www.weddings.mooncubedesign.com.au

Please contact us with your details of your upcoming special event and we will provide you with a free quote. Looking forward to hearing from you.

Art Year in Review

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A recent video by Moon Cube Design created for Sydney art gallery The Cross Art Projects showcasing their 2017 art year in review. We were fortunate enough to be granted permission to accompany the amazing visual works with the song ‘Sunset Feeling’ by new generation artist Yirrmal Marika, from Yirrkala. The video showcases the following:

In/Visibility: Mini Graff exhibition and residency. Special guests Garage Graphix / water objects – echoes: Louise Boscacci and Toni Warburton / Sediments: Karen Mills and Sarah Pirrie / This Woman is Not a Car: Margaret Dodd. Curated by Susan Charlton / A Widening Gap: The Intervention, 10 Years On. Curated by Jo Holder & Djon Mundine / Obsolete? Artist, Object, Small Museum. Nicole Barakat, Aleshia Lonsdale and Fiona MacDonald. Special guests Matt Poll and Lyndall Ryan / Art of Memory, Fish and Crabs: Jacqueline Gribbin and Galuma Maymuru. Special guest Mark McGrouther, Ichthyology, Australian Museum / Babbarra Women’s Centre. Special guest Claire Summers, Darwin Aboriginal Art Fair

For past videos please visit Art Year in Review youtube playlist.

Moon Cube Comics

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This comic titled ‘Don’t Get Bamboozled’ is part of a series based on themes of peace and meditation. My first idea was a bee meditating with the tagline ‘Let it Bee’. Then like honey, other ideas started flowing in. Every time I had a new idea I would jot it down and create it in my spare time. Early on I decided I wanted them to all have similar colour palettes and style of drawing. All comics were created digitally in Photoshop using a Wacom pen and tablet. You can view a selection of the series here. http://www.mooncubedesign.com.au/moon-cube-comics/

You can also scroll and find them on my instagram page. Feel free to follow me. Thanks! https://www.instagram.com/mooncubedesign/

New Album by Moon Cube Design

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Moon Cube Design’s latest album production entitled ‘breathe’ was created under the pseudonym ‘STREAMS’.  This album is an instrumental relaxation album composed on piano, guitar and using various found sound samples. You can purchase this album as a digital download or on CD.

The original artworks created are also available for purchasing.

You can stream the album for free and more info available here: https://streamsbreathe.bandcamp.com

Audio Visual collaboration with Yaron

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In this video I worked with Yaron (vocalist, mcee, poet & founder of MyPeace.tv). The finished product is a combination of live video, after effects, still images, artworks, music and animated text. The powerful spoken word poetry is the core of the project provided by Yaron. In the Moon Cube Design studio the concept was developed to stylise the footage and interweave animated elements of imagery and text.

You can view the finished product on youtube here: https://youtu.be/weHZcNyweqY.  If you would like Moon Cube Design to create a similar project using After Effects and motion graphics please let us know via our contact form http://www.mooncubedesign.com.au/contact-us/ or email us at info@mooncubedesign.com.au.

For more examples of what is capable using animation, motion graphics and after effects please visit http://www.mooncubedesign.com.au/motion-graphics/.

The Storyteller: Volume One

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The Storyteller: Volume One is a collection of 10 original songs written and produced by Moon Cube Design. This project was commissioned by Fikri Films who was seeking an album of music that could be used for their film projects. The music has also been made available to the film making public who are in search of royalty free music. Purchasing this album grants you a non-exclusive, non-transferable license to use the music in unlimited applications and projects. Broadcast use is allowed: you can use this license for films, TV, radio and online advertising.

For more examples of Moon Cube Design’s music please visit this page http://www.mooncubedesign.com.au/sound-design/.

Moon Cube Design adopts ‘Bhim’

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redpandanetwork_bhim_wallpaperWe are lucky to have Bhim the Red Panda join the Moon Cube Design family! Adopting a red panda via the Red Panda Network is a great way to sponsor and support these beautiful endangered species. We are looking forward to hearing updates about how Bhim’s life unfolds. For more information visit http://redpandanetwork.org/

Bhim is named after a strong Indian hero and is the father of Sita’s cubs. He is a protective dad and makes sure his cubs are always safe. Bhim travels with them to the stream and teaches them how to escape danger. Cute!

Weeklybeats 2016

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weeklybeatsThroughout 2016, Moon Cube Design has participated in Weeklybeats. Weeklybeats challenges music produces / musicians / sound artists / sound designers to create 1 new original piece of music per week. Each week participants upload their tracks and launch them to the weeklybeats community and then their own networks via social media, soundcloud etc.(if they choose of course).

This has been a great experience and would definitely recommend to all sound designers alike to participate. It is a great way to keep the inspiration flowing. The limited time pushes you to not over think and go with your instinct, which can be great practice for any aspiring musicians. You can listen to a selection here. To have a listen to our other sound design examples click here. Enjoy!

Online musical instrument: The Moonalith V2.0

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The Moonalith is an online digital musical instrument http://moonalith.mooncubedesign.com.au/. The concept is a continuation of my thought processes during the completion of my album Space and Light and thesis of the same title. Throughout my sound experiments, research and studio time, I became interested in the idea of creating my own musical instrument to further explore the limitless possibilities within songwriting, music and sound experimentation.

What’s New in V2.0: Moonalith V2.0 includes the introduction of ‘Moonalution’ which creates evolving/looping soundscapes, new sound samples on Voice I and III and the addition of volume/stop/mute controls.

Sounds of the Moonalith: The Moonalith consists of sounds within a seven note scale (C C# D# F F# G# A#) over three separate pitch ranges. All sounds are created in ProTools, each voice consisting of a variety of found sounds, samples and effects. All samples used in the Moonalith are created by Moon Cube Design and are CC0 1.0 Universal (CC0 1.0) . Find more of Moon Cube Design’s CC0 1.0 Universal samples at Freesound.org.

Moon Cube Going Green

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b_wormfarmMoon Cube Design wants to do our part to take care of the environment and for our first step we have taken advantage of Ashfield Council’s Compost Revolution. Ashfield council is very generously offering 50% off + free delivery of a compost bin or worm farm to cut your waste in half.

Our worm farm has been operating for two months now and is going really well. It is completely odourless, great for reducing rubbish and results in amazing free fertilizer.

Let’s be a part of the solution, rather than the problem. There is no time like the present to make a difference. If not us, then who? If not now, then when? Don’t wait until its too late. Let’s think and act green. It feels great and will make a positive difference. Make it happen!

Ashfield Council Compost Revolution

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Editing Joomla Templates and Components

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b_server02This following entry is designed for intermediate to advanced website designers and developers, therefore is not an extremely intricately detailed step by step tutorial, and will require a certain level of experience to understand. Before any attempts are made to edit your template, make sure to back up your site or individual files first. I use a combination of firebug (an add-on for Mozilla Firefox), Adobe Dreamweaver (website code editor) and cpanel. I will explain my process though I am sure that there are variations within each process.

My initial process is setting up the website through Joomla. This is very important and results in the core design of your cms website. Once setup, I then address the elements that need adjusting that could not be made within Joomla’s backend interface e.g editing DOCman’s layout from the example of my last post. These edits need to be made to the files within the Joomla site, though first you must find the correct file to edit.

This is where Firefox’s Firebug is used. Open firebug within the screen you want to edit and use the pointer tool to find the correct div to edit. For instance, I discovered the DOCman section that I needed to edit was located within the div class titled ‘com_docman’. I then opened Dreamweaver to search through my offline version of the site. I created this earlier by downloading the Joomla site through cpanel, and then opened it within dreamweaver.

Having an offline version of the site allows you to search for keywords like com_docman and will locate all the files which relate to that search. It will also tell you the directory location e.g > com_docman > views > documents > tmpl > list.php. Once you have found the file you need to edit, locate it within your cpanel, download it to ensure you have a working backup, then use the code editor to manipulate the code. This can be a process of trial and error to find exactly which lines of code controls what… So yeah, hope that helps!

Download Mozilla Firefox’s firebug add-on here: Firebug add-on

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* Update September 30, 2104

The next edit I needed to do with docman was the actual headers stating ‘Documents’. It was displaying far too large in comparison with other headers on the site. Using Firebug and my offline version of the site in Dreamweaver, I discovered the css file I needed to change was located in media > com_docman > bootstrap > css > bootstrap.css. I then edited the h1 and h3 classes to the size that I needed. Any questions feel free to leave a comment below

Decoding DOCman 2.0.0 RC3: How to hide document publish date, date modified & file size in Joomla

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b_codeSharing my discovery for all the web designers out there! Within Joomla 2.5 I could’nt find any other way to edit the way DOCman displays its documents within Joomlas backend. This worked for me: to hide the document details including publish date, date modified etc., I edited the list.php file. This is found in the directory components > com_docman > views > documents > tmpl > list.php

Comment out the table within the div ‘docman-document-details’ (lines 21-48) and then the document details will be removed.

I also needed my documents to order in a descending fashion alphabetically. To do this open the html.php file located in components > com_docman > views > list > html.php. Change line 68 from $direction = ‘asc’; to $direction = ‘desc’;. This will order all the documents within each category reverse alphabetically. Success! I hope this helps any website designers save some time and leave a comment if you have a question, I will get back to you asap.

Note: To edit the files within your Joomla 2.5/3.0 site you will need to be able to access them via your cpanel (www.yourdomain.com/cpanel) or via ftp using your preferred code editing software e.g Adobe Dreamweaver. I will go through this in my next blog post and stay tuned for information regarding graphic design software. I am also going to reveal how I found out exactly which files to edit. Good luck!

Download the Joomla component here: DOCman 2.0.0 RC3

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