Project Genesis

Explain the step by step process of this assignment… 
First, I started researching what I wanted to do. Then I had to write a proposal on what I wanted to do and why. In the proposal, I had to write my goal for the assignment. Then I had to explain why I was choosing that genre. I also had to write what I hoped to learn and what my self-assessed criteria is. After that, I have to research on how I can make good music using the genre that I chose. Fourthly, I have to show my research and put it on my blog. I not only had to put the link but I also had to explain what I learnt. After doing all of that, I could finally start working on my actual music. First, I started doing my opening, and after about 10 minutes of choosing, I chose a synthesiser that I liked and started working on the opportunity. After I finished doing that, I started working on my distorted drum track. I did it by finding an excellent beat and then repeating it while adding distortion. After a while, of editing, the volume for all of that added some loops, and after a short talk with Mr O’Toole, I learned that I had to work on my loop’s drop. After editing all of that and hopefully fixing it, I then copied paste all of that and then slowly started editing everything. To make the second part sound differently. After doing all of that, I thought about how I could make the second part sound better. So I chose to add some Midi on the loops to make them sound better. Finally, I started doing my final reflection. There I had to explain the steps. I had to see if my music followed my self-assessed criteria. Then I had to explain my new skills and what challenges I had and how I overcame them.


Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal… 
I think that I did pretty well in finishing my self-assessed criteria. I believe that because my music was more than 2 minutes long. I also had more than three loops. I also had to use some plugins for different parts; for example, I had to use a lot of plugins in for the distorted drum track. It required a lot of various plugins to sound good. I think that I did pretty well because I spent a lot of time working on completing all my steps so that they are in the music and also sound good. There was one problem though, in my opinion, I only did have of my song melodic tracks. I did that because when I was doing my song, I found it very difficult to have most of the focus on melodic tracks. By only having half melodic tracks, I was able to make the music sound good and not spent all my time only making six tracks.


Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. 
I learned a lot of things in the process of doing this project. I learned how to improve my midi skills even more by having multiple layers and changing the volume in some parts to make it sound better. I also learned how to make an excellent sounding drum track. I did that by looking at my research and seeing how they did it and copying that. I also learned how to make proper transitions for loops by having the ending first, then the normal start. Finally, I learned how to make good EDM music with all of that and my previously learned skills.


What challenges did you face and overcome? 
I had a lot of challenges in this project. One of the first challenges I had was that I did not have a good idea of what my EDM song should sound like. I overcame that with thinking for a long time and looking at all the instruments, Garageband offered. My second challenge was making a good midi song, and I overcame that with redoing a couple of notes and editing everything till it sounded good. Another problem I had was adding new things to the song, but at the last lesson, I decided to add some more melodic songs to the loops.

Project: Genesis Research


What information are you using from this link? *
That most electronic dance songs most often sound the same since or similar there are only 4 main parts. The build-up then the drop, which normally uses music with a reverb, there is a similar or the same build-up and drop after that. Another thing is that most electronic dance music uses some form of distorted instrument.



What information are you using from this link? *
That there are a lot of things required in electronic dance music, one important skill is the ability to know when to use the sound visualiser and how a sound visualiser can make a large difference. Another thing I learned is that it is important to use the plugins to enhance the sound.



What information are you using from this link? *
That there is a lot of music layers required in electronic dance music, all of which have to make sense together, at the same time you need to know how to make a good transition. Finally, you need to know when to either use a loop or melodic sounds.



What information are you using from this link? *
In that video, I learned that even the simplest of music could be difficult but there are some shortcuts. For example, for any midi track, you can change it from the factory default sound to a different sound, all of which would allow you to make your song more upbeat or darker.

Project Genesis:Proposal

What is the goal for your assignment? *
To make amazing-sounding music by using the previous skills learnt and a better understanding of melodic instruments. Another goal is to have the music at-least 2 minutes long and easily recognisable.


Why this project? *
I chose this type of music because electronic dance music is easily customisable and allows me to improve my previous digital skills. By having customisable skills it allows me to improve as much as possible while allowing me to keep the same amount of creativity.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *
Step 1: Research on how to make good electronic dance music. Step 2: Start working on the music Step 3: Make sure the song is at least 2 minutes long Step 4: Make sure that it makes sense Step 5: Test if it is recognisable. Step 6: Hand it in


What do you hope to learn? *
I want to learn how to use melodic instruments and loops better. At the same time learning how to make great transitions.  I want to learn these skills because they would allow me to have better-sounding music.


What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product? *
That it is at least 2 minutes long and has used at least 3 loops and that there is some use of plugins. That most of the sounds come from melodic tracks.

Sounds of CDNIS

Describe the process of this assignment. 
There were many parts of the process in creating the Sounds of CDNIS assignment. The first step was to go around the school and start looking for sounds that you could use altogether to make great music with different loops(Pre-made sounds that Apple made). The song that I was making also was required to have two MIDI(Melodic) tracks and a pre-made drum track. The four altered soundtracks that we were required to have had to have 3 sounds and a teacher’s voice. The reason for the project was to allow us to learn different ways of music since last year we only learned how to play music in the real world. So this year we are learning how to do it digitally and make music using different plugins and therefore altered music.


Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. 
The four sounds that I had to alter until they were almost completely unrecognisable. The first sound was of me slamming the door shut and with the help of a phaser and compressor. That made the sound altogether different and extremely unrecognisable. The following sound was from a caution wet floor sign being slammed shut. By using a compressor, phaser and echo, I was able to make an extremely flexible beat. The third sound was from a fork being dropped onto the floor, which was able to make a nice metallic sound. With the help of a noise gate, rotor cabinet, space designer and finally an echo, I was able to make it sound like a heavy object repeatedly being dropped into the floor. The last of the sounds were from a teacher saying “Keep up the good work Marcel!” By using a lot of plugins like a bit crusher, compressor, phaser and finally a noise gate, I was able to make it sound like a broken radio.


Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. 
There were a lot of different skills learned this year from music class, for example, this year was the first year in the upper school music class where we learned how to use different plugins. We did not only learn how to use them but also what they do and how they work. The melodic track was also something new that we learned this year, not only does the melodic track help make music without requiring the user to actually know how to play the instrument. The melodic track also helped teach me how to make a good beat because of the huge variety of different instruments and the ability to easily test each one. The last skill I learned was how to use loops, the loops helped me do the first thing in the new unit easily since there are hundreds if not thousands of loops stored in GarageBand.


What challenges did you face and overcome? 
There were a lot of challenges that I had to face and overcome. The simplest of the challenges was to learn how to use loops effectively and to know when two pieces of music match. The next thing that was a challenge was doing the first summative, which was researching all of the plugins and write down in your own words what they mean and how do work. The next challenge was how to use MIDI tracks and I had great trouble with that since the first time I tried to make Up On The Housetop I somehow managed to make the music on the wrong bar therefore completely wrong, so I had to redo it. Finally, I had to use the plugins in the summative song and I had trouble choosing the correct plugin for the genre that I was using (Electronic). The final problem was finding a good drummer and choosing where to put him or her and where.

Grade 8 Science Credible Science

What are things that I did in this experiment that allowed me to become a better scientist?
I learnt to become a better scientist by having 3 trials and re-doing the trials when necessary. For example, the first trial was redone because the timer was off by a couple of seconds. Which would make the entire experiment false because of that inconsistency.

Another thing I learned is to measure the dependent variable using a better method. This can be done by having more controlled variable to minimise inconsistency. Another way to do that is to have every step planned out. By planning everything and using the steps you would be able to fix most mistakes.

The scientific method is a very important step to convert your experiment to a credible source. The scientific method works by Making an observation then asking a question. Form a hypothesis or testable explanation. Make a prediction based on your hypothesis. Test the prediction Explain your findings.

The scientific method helps people make an informed decision by allowing people to know the general way that the experiment was made with and knowing that the experiment would be repeatable. Which is why almost all experiments have to use it.

The scientific method helps the advancement of the world by making sure no one just makes up an invention or chemical so they can get some fame. The scientific method also helped make a lot of the world advancement by giving people some ideas for what to do by just changing the variables.