Project Genesis – Mashup and Statement

The first thing I did was write a proposal for what I wanted to do for the project, which was a mashup. The reason is I’ve never done it and I want to try something new. After my proposal has been approved, I went ahead to do my research, during the process, I figured out how to match the time of each song by using the metronome, then enabling flex time. When the research process has been completed, I was able to begin making the mashup. Firstly I found some songs that I wanted to put together. Next I had to find the metronome time that matched the song then enable flex time. The next bit was to use one of those songs as my base, then trim and add the different songs into it. Furthermore, I used automation when I wanted to emphasise one song, but still have the other song playing in the background.

For the 2 minute long criteria, I have followed it, but exceeded it as when it hit the 2 minute mark my mashup didn’t sound like it was ending yet I wanted to keep the things in front of it, therefore I had an extra 15 seconds for the ending of the mashup. Next, I have used 4 songs for the mashup. Then, it made sort of musical sense as the songs had bits that sounded similar to each other, and I found a speed that all of the songs would sound decent when in that speed. The timing is a bit messed up as I could have made one of the songs not match their BPM, however, it doesn’t affect the sound of the mashup that much. For being balanced between all of the songs, there was one song that does not appear that often throughout the piece, but that was because that was more of a transition song where I’d put in between two songs.

Throughout this process of creating a mashup, I’ve learnt the crucial factors of making mashups. First, I learnt the importance of timing, I was able to find the BPM for a song, then check enable flex time. Though this is a skill I have learnt, I have been able to use automation and adjust the ups and downs of volume better. I know when to use those and how to use it effectively. I also learnt how to transition from songs but at the same time make it sound good. I would find keys from one song that sound somewhat similar to another songs keys, and sort of overlap it.

At first, it took me an incredibly long time to find the right songs which really wasted some of my time. I couldn’t seem to find songs that matched each other well, but I overcame them by focusing hard when listening to them. Finding the BPM was also a challenge as sometimes I couldn’t tell if the metronome was faster or slower than the song. I overcame them by changing the metronome’s speed not in big chunks but instead finding a range then slowly moving up or down when I thought that it was too slow or fast. Another challenge I faced was I was struggling with making some parts sound pleasing, when I overlapped some things, the timing was really weird. But then I realised I had to match it to one of the beat (1,2,3, or 4)lines so it would be in time with the other songs.

Project Genisis – Crit A Research

From this link, I will be using the information on how to change the metronome to match the beat of the music, then enabling the flex time and ‘follow tempo and pitch’ allowing the speed of the song to change when the speed of the metronome is changed, that way the different songs with different speeds can match.

When choosing songs, try to pick some that have a somewhat similar key so that it will sound good. As well as ensuring that your two songs are adjusted to the same BPM(beats per minute). I could also adjust the volume of the tracks.

This will help my project because I can know what I should emphasise more on to make the mashup good. For instance, like creating a unique one with things you believe not many people would think of. Or to make sure the songs you put in there are still recognisable when mixed with other songs. Mixing songs with similar chords and keys, if one of the songs don’t match with the other, don’t put them next to each other.
From this source I can learn how to find keys that will match together. In order to do that I could change the pitch of the song but I will have to be aware of how much I change it as it can change the quality.

Project Genesis Proposal

My goal for this assignment is to put together a few songs and create a musically piece using those songs. I will put together songs that are from similar time periods like 70’s or 80’s or just older songs, allowing the audience being able to tell the type is from those times.

I chose this project in order to express myself through the music that I listen to. It allows me to be creative with the things I love, and when I listen to it, it would be something that I can be proud of. When a mashup is created, it lets people and myself listen to music in a new way, hearing a bunch of songs at once.

The first thing I would do is listen to songs that are from 70’s to 80’s because I chose that era. But instead, while I am listening to the songs, I will analyse them closely trying to get the mood it gives off from the beats, tune, melody, lyrics, etc. Next, I will pick at least 4 songs and youtube to mp3 those songs. Then using my research, I will use GarageBand to put together these songs and the beat must match.

I hope to learn how to use the tools in garage band to make a bunch of songs mixed together sound good. I also hope to learn how to improve on my time management skills and space out the work evenly instead of doing it all at once.

I will use the criteria B rubric to self assess the success of my product because it talks about the things required in my product like timing, relating to what I say in this proposal, makes musical sense, and have a balance of parts. It should be a 2 minute long mashup consisting of at least 4 songs put together.

Sounds of CDNIS Crit D and B

Describe the process of this assignment

During the process of this assignment, we first did a project where we had to create a song using the loops provided in GarageBand. This let us understand how to find and match loops to make it sound pleasing. The next task was a terminology assignment where we had to research about some given vocabulary related to digital music creating, which makes it easier for us to know what tools are in garage band and how to use them effectively. Furthermore, we were assigned to modify a song using loops and more, letting us get a hang of matching sounds. Lastly, we had to play a song using the garage bands digital instruments, having to add the chords, notes, a drum beat, and singing. It was mainly focusing on how to use software instruments. For the final summative assignment, we recorded sounds that we believed would be heard at school, then we edited them using plug ins, and had to use everything we learnt, loops, software instruments, and incorporate it with the track.

Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product.

The first sound I recorded was the sound of typing on keyboards, then I added a bit crusher and a phaser that made it sound completely different to what it use to sound like. I changed it making it sound like a crunching sound. It was useful because my plan was to make a track that sounded quite dark, so the crunching sound caused an effect as if there was some creature or just a creepy sound. The second sound I recorded was the sound of some kids screaming, I changed it by adding a delay and distortion, which allowed my piece to have a somewhat of a vocal sound and the “blood curling” screams match my theme. The third sound is a teacher talking, where I added the plug ins overdrive, delay, chorus, and phaser, causing it to have a robotic effect, making my piece sound kind of suspenseful. Lastly, the sound I recorded was the AC unit, where I added an exciter, flanger, gain, and phaser, which matched my drum beat really well.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

I learnt how to add plug ins to sounds making them sound completely different to the original sound. I also learnt the ways you can make sounds match, which is to understand the theme of the sound and really listen to it so you know what the theme of the sounds you are trying to mix it with should be. During my learning process, exploring was one of the major ways I was able to learn new skills. For example, I didn’t know how to use the pan tool, but I just messed around with it and I was able to put it into my piece. Other than that, I also acquired the skill to play the software instruments at ease as we had practice and also I understood that even if I got the note or chord wrong, there is a function where I can change the time the note comes in, the length, and even the note can be changed. Overall, the biggest thing I learnt was to simply get comfortable with garage band. There were many things I had trouble with so learning these new skills would definitely benefit me in the future.

What challenges did you face and overcome?

The challenges I faced were one, in the pro midi assignment, it was really hard for me to make the song sound more unique and different to the original. To overcome that challenge, I just did the best way I could think of which was trial and error. I would put something in the track, listen to it, then decide if I should or should not keep it there. The next challenge was the culminating assignment, when I tried editing my sounds, I was adding plug ins to the master track, causing all my sounds to have the same plug ins. Though it was a pretty stupid mistake, I was quite frustrated. After spending a lot of time trying to figure out the issue, I eventually went and ask the teacher for help. One more challenge was time management, for the first 2 assignments, the loops and terminology, though my results didn’t come out bad, the process of creating it or writing it was very rushed, making me stressed when it really shouldn’t be thinking of the amount of time that was given. In order to overcome it, I decided it would be at my best interest to make sure I complete the next two practice projects on time so I can be prepared for the actual summative.

Ukulele – Your Choice!

For elements I didn’t change were the pace and the pitch. I kept the pace as slow as the original song because the meaning in the songs lyrics gives out a very calm yet sad vibe, the slower the song is, the more solemn it seems. The pitch was the same because I liked the melody of the song, but wanted it to be played in the ukulele sound, so I kept the pitch the same.

Of course as required we had to put drums in our recording, but setting that aside, there are some things I changed based on my own preference. I changed the volume of the song because I wanted to put more emotion into the song. For instance, at the second last section which was chorus 1, I played the song and sung it louder. Then the last section was played and sung very softly. The reasoning was not only to out more emotion into it, also because the lyrics in the last section changed slightly by having negative adjectives replace the positive ones, so I decided that playing with the level of each section would sound better.

The ukulele skills I acquired included playing chords, matching the metronome, strumming patterns. For chords I definitely needed it because the whole song was just chords, matching the metronome is a crucial part as well because the words needed to match the strumming. The strumming pattern had to be created on your own to match the emotion of the song. But either way, none of these skills are new to us because after the ukulele assignment last time we have a clear understanding of these basic skills.

In garage band, we used basic features like cutting and trimming, or using the metronome. The feature that we didn’t use last time were the digital drums and instruments. The procedure in adding those two things is simply clicking the plus symbol on the bar where the narration vocal is on, then it will let you choose to either add an instrument, another voice recording, a drummer, or a mini piano keyboard. So you can just click the ones you want. When you click the drums, a selection of drum rhythms will appear and you can choose one that matches your song. And for the instrument you can choose a guitar or bass.

I didn’t have very good time management in this project because I was planning to record the parts I couldn’t do at home like the ukulele at school. But I spent too long practicing at school that I had to wait to record my ukulele until the next classes. For singing and drums it didn’t have much trouble with time because I had time to do at home.

Learning to make the digital drums and instruments sound good with my song was a bit of a challenge to do on my own because I didn’t know how to but then I was able to fiddle with the features or ask my peers for help, so I won’t spend too much time just trying to figure it out. Recording the ukulele did take me quite some time because I wasn’t sure how to record it with the metronome, but I just studied the song more so I can understand when each chord comes in.