The photographs of children playing in prairie grass are from a Saskatchewan woman, the words, superimposed on the sweeping blue sky, were written by a Quebec City teen and the music connecting them has an East Coast lilt.
Combine them and you have something wholly new, yet instantly familiar: a 30-second digital collage spliced together by Canadians like you through a brand new remix application making its debut today as part of Canada CODE at http://www.vancouver2010.com/code. Canada CODE is part of the Vancouver 2010 Cultural Olympiad, presented by Bell.
“Canada CODE has broken new ground in the digital realm by giving Canadians an opportunity to creatively share with each other and the world,” explained Burke Taylor, vice-president, culture and celebrations, for the Vancouver Organizing Committee for the 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games (VANOC). “Our new remix application takes that potential to a whole new interactive level that’s designed to be as simple and inclusive as possible.”
“Canada CODE has also had the benefit of great support from our signature sponsor Bell and the National Film Board of Canada as we look to find new ways to involve Canadians,” he continued.
These Remixes are the next step in an invitation issued to Canadians earlier this spring by CODE, the Cultural Olympiad’s digital edition, to create an online portrait of the country. Since then, contributors from British Columbia to Newfoundland and Labrador have uploaded photos and text to the website while thousands have viewed the content. By doing so, they have become a part of Canadian and Games history – the ambitious digital project is a first for the Games.
With the launch of the remix application, contributors can now create stories with each other’s content. A collection of these digital collages will be displayed on screens at Celebration Sites and venues during the Vancouver 2010 Olympic and Paralympic Winter Games.
With the National Film Board of Canada (NFB) as a major collaborator, award-winning filmmakers Denys Arcand and Mina Shum, and legendary storyteller Roch Carrier are among those who share inspirational and practical tips to feed the creative spirit of Canada CODE contributors. To add to the mix, composer Dennis Burke used material from the NFB sound library to create over 30 musical soundscapes for contributors to use as audio tracks. The NFB tips can be viewed at www.vancouver2010.com/code.
“With Canada CODE, Canadians can come out and show the world what we’re made of – beyond those well-known images of imposing moose and snow-capped mountains,” said Rae Hull, director of CODE and originator of Canada CODE. “The remix application reflects a particular Canadian trait: getting together to make things happen. Through Canada CODE online and the Remixes on the big screens, we can show a little of that collective spirit to the world.”
How to use Canada CODE’s remix application
- After clicking through to Canada CODE from http://www.vancouver2010.com/code, launch the Explore button and you’ll find the Remix tab at the top. Use the cursor to select and drag a 30- second soundscape from the audio library into the mix zone.
- Select content, either your own or favourites from among the Canada CODE submissions, and drag them into the mix zone. The duration that you want content to appear on screen can be adjusted by pulling at the edges of each individual item.
- Text can stand on its own or be superimposed over a photo, Effects can be dragged in to alter the transitions between content and there are other available features to increase the creative possibilities.
- Submit your remix – it’s that easy and your digital creation could help welcome the world’s visitors to the Games in 2010. Submissions are welcome through to Games time.