So, well this is my iFolio I guess. I’m a 5th grade student at CDNIS. I was born in Australia. So, this will be the start of my journey, right? Well, in my iFolio, I will be posting mostly reflections, Genius hour projects, and things like that. One of my most favourite hobbies is drawing.
Explain the step by step process of this assignment…
First of all, I had to find the tracks I was going to use for my mashup. And then I edited all the tracks to match tempo of the song. Then I cut parts from the song that I liked. And then I arranged the tracks in a way that sounded appealing. After that, I added the loops and the drum track.
Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal…
The song was at least 1:30 (it was 3:42 minutes) minutes long, I had 2 loops in my song. The song had 8 tracks (Not including drum track) in total. There was a drum track. The only thing that I couldn’t fulfil was adding chords to the song using a software instrument. I tried doing that, but with it, it sounded really cluttered. I thought it sounded better without the chords.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
I learnt how to change tracks to match the tempo, and how to create good transitions between tracks.
What challenges did you face and overcome.
The biggest challenge I faced was figuring out how to transition well between two different tracks. It’s not as simple as just fading one away, then adding in a new track. You have to pay attention to similarities between both tracks, and decide at which point you want to transition.
The information I’m using from this link is how to change the pitch of an audio. First, you click the smart controls in the top left corner, and then go to library and pick voice, and then compressed vocal. And then from the new window, click pitch, and the from there turn the knobs to control it.
The information I’m using from this link is which pitches work well together. This is determined from using the Camelot wheel. The way it works is that any pitch that is either clockwise or anti clockwise or in between the inner and outer circle works well together. This, combined with the information above will be incredibly useful to me when creating my mashup.
The information I’m using from this link is how to record audio using a mac’s internal microphone. This information is useful to me because it’s possible I might have trouble acquiring the audio tracks I need for my mashup, so this is just another possible way I can obtain it.
The information I’m using from this link is how to create a moving pan in a song. A moving pan is when an audio shifts from left to right. In order to do this you need to press “Track Pan” and on the track you want to add this to. Then on the automation curve you can drag it up or down to pan the track from left to right.
My goal for this assignment is to create a mashup of video game OSTs.
Why this project? *
I have always admired the amount of effort video game developers put into their soundtracks, and the way their OSTs can make the players feel certain emotions.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *
1. Research techniques for mashups. Such as, making sure everything is in the same of at least a similar key. 2. Find Tracks I want to use in my song 3. Arrange selected tracks in a way that sounds appealing. 4. Edit the tracks using flextime, to make sure they’re in time 5. Add loops to act as a beat to the mashup. 6. Put in software instruments (Piano and/or Bass) to act as chords in the background 7. Export, and upload the finished product to my blog
What do you hope to learn? *
How to change tracks to match the tempo, and how to change the pitch of songs.
What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product? *
The song must be at least 1:30 minutes long, or more I must have at least 2 loops in my song The song must have at least 4 tracks (Not including drum track) There must be at least one drum track The song must have one software instrument track
First of all, I had to record the sounds I was going to use. For me, that was recording me writing with a pencil, typing on a keyboard, unzipping a zipper and recording a teacher talking. And then I had to distort the sounds with plugins, and trim it so it wasn’t too long. After that, I used some of the sounds, and arranged it rhythmically to create a beat. Then I used my teacher vocal, and also arranged it rhythmically, but increased the volume, to make sure it’s the centre of the song. After that, I created two separate software instrument tracks. One for the melody, and another for the chords. After that, I created a drum track, that build up in complexity over the song. And then I added in the loops. I edited them a bit to make my song more unique. And then I exported it from garageband, into an mp4 file, and put it on my blog.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product.
Teacher talking – I used to original audio once in my music piece, at the very beginning. After that, I took apart the piece of audio. My teacher phrase was “Give me twenty push ups”, so I separated each word, and used it it different parts of my music piece. It acted as a sort of vocal to the song. The first section was “Give”, second was “me”, for the third, I split twenty “Twen” and “Ty”, fourth was “Push” and “Ups” but with a slight delay in between. Zipper – I split the piece of audio into two part. The first sound is opening, and the second is closing. I arranged it in a repeating pattern, like a beat, and made sure it complimented my other beat sound, the keyboard. Keyboard – I arranged it in a repeating pattern, like a beat, and made sure it complimented my other beat sound, the zipper. Writing – I just used it as sort of a background track.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
Some of the new skills I acquired over the course of this unit are editing loops. Cutting them up, and turning them into something new, so no other person will have a song like yours. I learnt this from the Loop Assignment we did. Music terminology, or more specifically the terminology of plugins. I learned the names of plugins such as Pan, making audio go from one ear to another, or in the middle. And I also learnt how to use it, for example, you’d use Pan if you wanted to add a sense of direction to your song. I learnt this from the music terminology assignment and the software instrument assignment. I also learnt how to compose new melodies of chords using the midi software instruments. I learnt this from the Pro Midi assignment and the Software Instrument Assignment
What challenges did you face and overcome?
The biggest challenge I faced during this assignment was the length. I had trouble meeting the 2 minute minimum. It took my more than a few days to add more substance to my song, while not having it be too repetitive. I overcame this problem by having the idea of having sections in my song (As I wrote above). Another problem I faced during this assignment was on choosing which loops to use. As I already had a drum track, it wouldn’t make sense for me to having another drum track in the form of a loop. So instead, I eventually settled on using a bass loop and some percussion loops.
How is your recording the same and different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions?
In my recording, I chose not to use the recommended strumming pattern for the song due to it not fitting the song, in my opinion. The recommended pattern was D pause D tap D. The strumming pattern I used was D D D D. Another difference is that the original song was more fast-paced. My tempo was 84. The reason behind this was because it was too fast paced for me to keep up with.
When it comes to music, I’m not a very creative person. I didn’t make any major decisions directly relating to any artistic intention.
How did your music classes prepare you for this assignment?
For our past assessments, we learned how to edit tracks on GarageBand. This knowledge helped me greatly in this assignment. This time though, I didn’t rely on FlexTime as much as I did last assignment. What really helped me was knowing how to trim. To trim all you need to do is Command + T, and the track will split right at the playhead, then you delete the track you don’t want. Something I wish I could’ve done better for this assignment was my time management. I spent the majority of the time finding a strum pattern to suit the song, but I ended up just settling on D D D D. It left me with little time to make a drum track and a digital instrument track.