Project Genesis Mashup:
Sugar, Chasing Pavements, See you again
Explain the step by step process of this assignment
To begin, I did research on songs which have bpm that can be possibly be changed to suit each other. For example I used 3 songs which had 80, 80 and 120 bpm respectively. The third song which was Sugar, had a bpm of 120, I decided to use minimal a cappella, mainly changing the instrumentals to 80 bpm as the main beat. I then aligned the instrumental with the a cappella, taking some parts from different songs as well as looping the beats to make sure no unwanted music was present, while all the good and fitting parts were as strong as possible. I then added dynamics and overlapped the songs to add some layer and depth to the piece. Finally, I added the final touches to the music, smoothing out the endings and some parts in the middle.
Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal
The criteria I am going to use to evaluate myself are
– The incorporation of elements and use of features
I used features and elements from all songs where I saw fitting
– Tempo is intact throughout the piece
The tempo was the same throughout the whole piece, and the pieces where the tempo was changed, I made sure to not use the voice excessively
– Melody flows and neither songs overrule each other
The melody flows kind of smoothly, however, some bits cut off and don’t go well together, I did not have any songs that were overruling the other
– It has dynamic changes
It has multiple dynamic changes including crescendos and decrescendos
– Music is split and mixed up properly and works well together
I split and looped parts of the music, and for the most part, they worked well together
– Incorporates rhythm and singing from both songs
I used rhythm from two out of the three songs and singing from two out of the three songs because I thought the singing and rhythm from the rest were weird and would not fit in the song
– Songs have to go well together in terms of genre, beat, and length
The song went well together in terms of genre and had a stable yet interesting beat.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
Throughout this project, I believe I have learned multiple new skills in terms of identifying and applying musical theory and knowledge, I also learned valuable garage band skills that can be incorporated into future projects (e.g. mixing dynamics and tempo, splitting and looping, track manipulation). This also helped me with researching and reflecting, which can sometimes be very difficult for certain subjects and projects.