Project Genesis

Criterion Di
Explain the step by step process of this assignment…
First, you have to choose at least four songs for the mashup. Then, you have to download them from the internet. Thirdly, you have to upload these songs to GarageBand. Fourthly, you have to match the beat to the song and enable flex. Repeat step three and four for all songs. Set a tempo for your mashup that works for all the songs (they sound decent in that tempo). Next, you should choose a song you start the song with (as the introduction). Mashup the four songs to your liking. Make sure the transitions are smooth and it all sounds like one song (not four songs pieced together randomly). Choose an ending and make sure its smooth. Listen to the mashup as a whole and make sure it sounds good and you are satisfied with it. Then download it to your laptop. Upload your song onto your blog with the tags Genesis and Music. Copy the link to that post and upload to Google Classroom. Hand your assignment in. Ask for feedback from classmates on your song and ask for them to comment on your post.


Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal…
My first criteria was that my mashup had to flow smoothly. My mashup flows relatively smoothly but it could have been better. Some transitions were smooth while other sounded kind of weird. The sound sounded like it popped out of no where. My second criteria was that my mashup had to sound good. I think my mashup met this criteria. It sounds decent and I wouldn’t mind listening to it. The mashup doesn’t sound bad considering I had no idea how to make a mashup before this project. My third criteria was that the songs had to go together well. Three of my four songs had the same mood but the fourth one had an almost completely different mood. It was slightly harder to make the song sound good with this. But overall the songs all came together nicely and it didn’t sound to bad. My fourth (and final) criteria was that my song had to have a good timing and beat. I followed the tutorial on google classroom for good timing and beats so I did everything (enable flex, match tempo and beats). All my songs match the tempo and the beats are decent.


Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
Overall, this was a great learning experience. Never have I thought of making my own mashup and now I have. I learned how to use Enable Flex and how to match tempo and pitch. I didn’t know about this before and I thought it was pretty cool how you could change the tempo and the song would match the beat. I reviewed other skills I had acquired from previous projects such as looping, drums, cutting (command t), how to adjust the volume, and how to download songs from the internet.


What challenges did you face and overcome.
One of the challenges I faced were not knowing how to start. I didn’t really know what songs to choose either, so I chose songs that I liked. I didn’t really think about the pitch, instruments, and such of the songs, so they were not very similar and harder to create a mashup. The two songs also had two vastly different tempos, one was quite slow while the other was fast. I realized a little too late that I should have chosen my songs better. But in the end my song turned out fine.


Here is my mashup:

Project Genesis: Research

What information are you using from this link? 

How to have good mashup timing/keeping the beat. I learned how to make everything on beat and the waves have to be as close as possible to the beats. I learned how to enable flex time and how that if you change the tempo the beat won’e move.



What information are you using from this link? 
I learned how to quantize the beat and fix the timing and change things in the MIDI region.



What information are you using from this link? 
I found out about Arrangement markers and how to use them. Arrangement markers can make editing songs easier and quicker.



What information are you using from this link? 
I learned more about using GarageBand drum tracks. I learned how use fill for the drums and how to change the drums to a different instrument track.

Project Genesis- Crit Ci

What is the goal for your assignment? 
My goal for this assignment is to create smooth successful mashup.


Why this project? 
I want to incorporate all the things I have learned to make a mashup. I have also listened to previous student’s successful mashups and they have inspired me. I find this project very interesting as I have listened to mashups but never really though of making one myself.


Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. 
Firstly, I have to choose songs and do research. I have to make sure the two of the songs could go together in some way. Secondly, I have to finish the Crit A form and start mashing the songs up. Thirdly, I have to finish my song, listen to it and make sure it is up to my criteria. Fourthly I have to upload it to my blog and hand it in.


What do you hope to learn? 
I hope to learn how to create a smoothly flowing and good mashup that is successful. I hope to become more familiar with GarageBand and take my skills to the next level.


What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product? 
1. Must flow smoothly
2. Must sound good
3. Two songs go together well
4.Good timing and beat
5. 4 songs (minimum)

Sounds of CDNIS

Describe the process of this assignment.

Firstly, I had to record 4 sounds from around the school. I recorded the sound of a teacher talking, a locker slamming, a basketball being bounced, and the sound of the elevator opening. We were required to then take those sounds, bring them to GarageBand and edit them. We were supposed to edit them with plugins. After editing(so now it should sound drastically different) I needed to create a song with those sounds. We needed 2 instruments, a drum track, a minimum of 4 loops, and the four edited sounds. I had to create a (good) song from all those. I had to choose the drum track that would suit my song the best, and I had to decide the mood of the song as well. I first put my sounds in. I experimented with playing with the instruments to see what would sound good. I added loops to make the song better. I changed some tracks so they got softer near the end so there would be a smooth ending. I cut some of my sounds so I had a clip of the part that I wanted and I looped that. In the end it all came together to become this song.

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

My CDNIS sounds were of a teacher teaching science, the sound of a locker door closing, a basketball being dribbled, and the ding of the elevator. All of these were important for my end product. The sound I used the most would probably the elevator ding. Plugins I used for the elevator ding were Compressor, Phase Distortion, and Fuzz-Wah. I used the I cut the sound so the ding would be the only part and I repeated that sound so it would become somewhat like a beat. Plugins I used for the teacher noise included Noise Gate, Bitcrusher, and Compressor. For the teacher noise, it is part of the beginning of the song and kind of ‘introduces’ the rest of the song. I also cut part of the teacher voice and looped that. Plugins I used for the basketball included Phase Distortion, Compressor, and Chorus. For the basketball being dribbled, it was also sort of like a beat and at the same time a background noise that added to the atmosphere. The plugins I used for the locker door were Bitcrusher, Fuzz-Wah, and Compressor.For the locker door closing, it was the one I used the least, but it was important as it commenced the next loop.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

Some new skills I have acquired through this assignment include being able to edit sounds with plugins. Before this, I was aware that it was possible to edit sounds on GarageBand but I was not aware of how to do it. I also found the synths and I thought it was really cool how the sound kept going after you press the keys. I was able to review using loops and the keyboard. I was able to find even more loops and experiment with all the different sounds. I was able to cut clips of a longer sound clip and use that explicitly.  Overall this project helped me learn a lot more and helped me review things that I had learned before.

What challenges did you face and overcome?

Some challenges I faced were trying to incorporate the sounds and not make the whole song sound horrible. I also had to figure out how to mash everything together and make it have a melody. I was able to that by having different intervals and including the sounds in different sections. I also had to figure out what to play on the synths. I just simply played chords and it sounded fine. Another challenge was when I tried to play the song, no sound came out. I kept playing it over and over but it still didn’t work. I didn’t use AirPods either, so I was pretty confused. I saved my work and then force quit GarageBand. After that I opened my project and it worked.  Another challenge I faced was when I added a loop(beat) it ended too abruptly. I then used automation(volume) and I was able to include diminuendo(getting softer). I used this for several of the loops, sounds, and drum track.

Science Unit 1: Credible Scientist

In the past 2 months we have been learning about the unit Credible Scientist. We performed a total of 3 experiments, which included the Crazy Galleon, the Bungee Barbie, and the Paper Flyers.

The SOI (Statement of Inquiry)- It is the responsibility of the scientific community to use credible methods and evidence to explore relationships in our environment.

Through this unit, I learned a lot through research and the experiment. From the Bungee Barbie, I learned more about the physics of bungee jumping. My hypothesis was:”When the angle of release of the pendulum is higher, the pendulum will complete swings slower. If a pendulum is dropped at a low angle, there is less momentum, so therefore it does not swing as high or as far. It completes full swings faster as the swings are smaller. When you drop it at a high angle, there is more momentum and kinetic energy. The pendulum will swing farther and higher. This causes the full swings to be bigger in length, which means it takes longer to complete a full swing.” I had to consider the physics and rely on information I already knew. The independent variable was the angle of release, the dependent was how long the swings were. I had to think about how the independent variable would effect the dependent variable. 

In order to make sure our data was reliable, we had to use methods during our experiment. We had to collect data for evidence to prove our points. We had to study the relationships between the independent and dependent variables. This was helping us become more credible scientists.

Overall, this unit has helped me become a better and more credible scientist.

Gr7 SCIENCE this year

We had the units ‘Chemistry’, ‘Structures and Forces’, ‘Heat Transfer’, and ‘Ecosystems’ this year. It has been a successful year!

Something that I learned that sparked my interest included:                                 -Ecosystems                                                                                                                                  -How to find the center of gravity

Why I found it interesting:

First of all, I am interested in animals. Ecosystems is related to animals. So this was a interesting unit for me. Before, I didn’t really know a lot about center of gravity, and knowing how to balance something on your finger was just really cool.

Some other questions I would like to explore:

How does cystic fibrosis effect your lungs?

Do plants have feelings?