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HUM 100 Project 1 Artifact Chart Although you will work on various assignments throughout the course to support you in completing this assignment, this project is not due until Week 6. Artifact What is your chosen artifact ? Include a link to or a picture of the artifact. Vincent by Don McLean I. Describe the artifact in detail. For instance, how would you describe it to someone who could not see it? “Vincent” is a song written and sung by Don McLean recorded and released in 1971 on McLean’s American Pie Album. The song is three minutes and fifty-five seconds long. “Vincent” is about artist Vincent Van Gogh and was written because McLean wanted to argue that Van Gogh was not crazy, but instead had a mental illness and was to beautiful for this world. II. Choose elements of the artifact that you believe are most important to how you experience it and explain why. For instance, what particularly catches your senses or makes you want to keep experiencing it? Does the choice of medium impact your experience? Vincent is experienced through sound. The first thing you hear is Mclean’s voice singing “Starry Starry Night” referencing a picture Van Gogh painted. As McLean sings you hear the beautiful and tranquil sound of the guitar being gently strummed followed by the accordion, marimba and strings being played together to create a smooth crisp sound. Blended together with McLean’s voice creates a form of tranquility that captures the listeners focus and holds their attention to the end of the song. When “Vincent” was first released, it was released on vinyl and could be heard on the radio.

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