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.

Marcel’s Ukulele song : Up On The House Top

My Ukulele piece

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? 
The time signature of the song I choose is 4/4, the key of note is the “c” note

What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
“Up on the Housetop” consists mostly on quarter notes and eighths and the occasional half note for example at the first 4 lines of the song have ten quarter notes and four eighth notes and finally two half notes.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
I was not quite accurate in my notes, the notes were the d note and the f note. I could not really play them because my fingers could move fast enough or not skilled enough to change to them from the “c” or “d” note. So I tried to continue practising on the first day of recording. I was pain achingly practising but there was not sufficient time left in class to record the entire song, so I choose to play each note once and later cut and edit everything. At the following recording day, I had to record myself again because I labelled the notes wrong and also I was missing the f note.

What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
In this year’s music class, I learned a lot more about how to hold and strum on the ukulele. Sadly I did not learn how to play the half note on the ukulele adequately, so I will try to learn how to do it by the next ukulele summative. Another obstacle for me was that I couldn’t play the ukulele fast because my fingers are not agile enough to go on the correct key on time. In the end, I still learned a lot more about how to play the ukulele than last year. Since this year we learned how puck the ukulele and not just strum.

How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? *
I choose my tempo to be 67 beats per minute because the song “Up On The House Top” to me sounds like something that you could either play very fast or very slow, so I choose something slower to make the song have more impact because I think that it makes every word seem more defined. At the same time make the beat slower would allow me to have a simpler time recording the entire song. Which in the end proved useless because I just copied and pasted.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming… *
I used a lot of trimming, cutting and finally flex time, I used “trimming” to make the notes I recorded to be the best one I have, I did that by using flex time to make the note start just when it actually starts to minimise the chance of something being on the wrong beat time. I used a great deal of copy and pasting to perform the song on the correct beat because I only recorded each note 4 times, and then choosing the best one.
Discuss the recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
In my recording, I used copy and paste for the entire song except me singing. At the first day of recording, everything worked smoothly or so I thought. Later that week, while I was editing I noticed that I was missing the f note and me strumming, I also discovered that I confused two notes. That caused me to try recording in the next music class, the problem was that I was practising. Which caused me to not go into the line and so I could not record on that day except if I went outside, which I did. The problem of being outside was sometimes you could hear the wind in the recording, so I tried my best to get rid of that. I think I was able to get rid of most of the wind except some of the notes (G half note). Later that day I was recording myself sing but sometime I would not sing at the correct time. I did not know if I should have edited it or not because singing could change really easily if you move something a little more forward or back.