Waste Not, Want Not

by 053567 on May 6, 2015

Hello everyone, this is Joanne here:) and I’m back!

Do you remember that day over a month ago when I made my three Blog Posts for the second Design Day of the year? Time flew by quickly and now here I am, with my (almost) completed Design Cycle. I present to you *drumroll please* my amazing package!

Here are some photos:

1. Completed Package With Cloth Wrap

1. Final Package with Cloth Wrap










2. Completed Package – Product Logo

9 - Logo







3. Completed Package Without Cloth











So, that is my package!











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I will explain my thought process and how I chose the mood and theme of my composition, the creation process and skills that I learned on the way.

I chose to have a chordal piano accompaniment because it was simple, and develop the melody more instead. For my main melody, I choose a string instrument they were versatile, and were capable of sounding powerful and expressive on their own. They were also better suited to flowing, legato pieces in 3/4 time, my chosen time signature. I chose 3/4 time because I wanted shorter bars to give the piece a forward pace. To help my piece flow well, I included triplets and slurs; to add rhythmic interest, I incorporated contrasting articulation with slurs and staccato next to each other.

After I created the melody, I put in my chord progressions, focusing on chords I, IV and V and fixed dissonance problems. For the mood of my piece, I wanted to try something different by making it exotic and mysterious, using B minor to achieve the darker mood. However, creating a melody that sounded pleasing to the ears was difficult, and took me several tries before I found the best fit for the mood of my piece. 


I wanted a melody one with a good shape, without any large intervals. I varied my melody and rhythmic patterns by using more conjunct motion for triplets and disjunct motion for dotted rhythms. I made sure not to include any inconsistent or unusual rhythmic patterns or note durations, and used mainly quavers and dotted quavers. For rhythmic and melodic balance, I consistently repeated the same motif throughout the piece, making it sound more united, so the listener would not feel as though they were listening to separate pieces. 

Although I had decided to make a main melody at first, I later challenged myself to include countermelody to add melodic interest and variance and not just have a solo melody. However, at first I attempted to create an elaborate countermelody with wild rhythmic ideas, ended up with chaos, confusion, unmatched rhythms and dissonance. I later realized that I simply did not have the skill and time to create a complicated countermelody. While listening to the Game of Thrones theme song I realized that songs using simple, repeated motifs (including Alberti bass, chords, or arpeggios) often sounded the best and rewrote the countermelody, using primarily simple motifs.

I learned that it is always better to keep everything simple first, and add detail later on. I also discovered that chords I, IV and V are the “golden chords” because they are perfect cadences and have been tried-and-tested throughout history; the rest of the chords are much more challenging to work with. I also learned that having a repeated motif will create unity in a song, helping it sound better and also save time, so in conclusion keeping things simple and uncomplicated provides a clean and pleasing melody.


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“Waste Not, Want Not” II

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February 26, 2015

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My Rhythm Composition

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Music Criterion D Responding

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Music Theory Reflection How has the content covered in class so far (theory and performance) helped your development as a musician? For playing an instrument, I have been able to develop my french horn playing skills quite well. I am steadily improving and have been learning many new songs recently. These are helping me develop […]

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