Project Genesis Mashup

Explain the step by step process of this assignment…

This assignment was not difficult but was time consuming. Our goal at the end of this assignment is to create a mashup that includes 4 songs. The final result should flow well and I have used the knowledge I have gained to sure that. First, I had to research what a mashup was. A mashup is a form of music that includes 1 or more pre-recorded songs and is layered on top of an instrumental track. I have listened to a few mashups on youtube for inspiration for mine. I have recognized a few trends or patterns. For example, the chorus of the songs is usually played most because there isn’t enough time to fit in 4 full songs. Although I have gotten an understanding of what a mashup is, I still wanted to know how to make one. I wanted to know what makes a mashup unique and how it can include many styles/genres of music. I have started my proposal where I have set goals for myself. It has helped me keep the skills that I have learned from the previous assignments in mind.
Afterwards, I have started researching about mashups and the different techniques that are required. I have have used a variety of resources, such as youtube tutorials and music websites. I recorded my research on the research form given to help me remember the skills I need to use. I have gone back to this form a few times to help me make sure my work is done as best as I can. To start my editing process, I uploaded all 4 of my songs and converted them into mp3 audio files. I used the website “youtube to mp3”, this helps me directly convert them from youtube. I also uploaded an instrumental track of one of those 4 songs to make sure that there is a common instrumental piece. This way, all the different songs will sound similar. Next, I made sure all the songs had a common bpm. This makes sure that all tracks are on time, therefore making them flow better. To make this happen, I had to find the tempo of each track of the song, enabled flex time, made sure it followed the tempo and pitch, and finally changed the bpm where all of the tracks are not fast or slow.

After this step was completed, I have copied and pasted the vocal tracks overlapping different parts of the instrumental tracks. I have 2 pop artists, 1 indie artist, and 1 rap artist. I overlapped 1 pop song with the indie song and the rap song with the other pop song. My tracks will have similar genres and will sound similar. I have also downloaded an additional instrumental track for one of my pop songs, the beats helped transition the tracks. When this step is completed, I have used the audio adjusting tool. This makes me able to adjust the audio parts of tracks to be quieter or louder. I made the end of the tracks quieter as time progressed to ensure a smooth transition. During the previous steps of my cutting and pasting, I have listened to my mashup for any mistakes or if something needs to be added. After I am satisfied with my work, I uploaded the final piece of work into an mp4 piece of audio.

What happened next was the main editing process of the mashup, I have cut and pasted different parts of the tracks and matched it to the instrumental tracks. I have layered different vocal tracks on top of each other, this makes it sound like more than one person is singing. One of my songs is by Ariana Grande, her vocalizing is what makes her songs unique. I have put a few parts of her vocalizing throughout the entire song to add more expression and to make it more dramatic.

Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal…

After reading my proposal and completing the assessment, I think that I had a clear understanding of what to do and the different techniques I could have used. I have created goals for myself and I think that at the end of the assignment, I have achieved those goals. I used pre-recorded songs that are completely different styles/genres. Each one has a different pitch and tone. Despite the style difference, I am confident to say that my mashup flows well and doesn’t sound like individual songs played after each other. I have gained a  lot of knowledge throughout the entire unit and used some of them in this assignment. Also, I have ensured that the songs have a common bpm to make sure the mashup flows.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

Throughout this entire unit, I have learned a lot more about garage band than I did last year. I have learned how to use apple loops, use different plugins, use digital instruments, and create a common bpm for mashups. These skills have helped me become successful when creating this and previous assignments. I have gained more knowledge and is confident when using garage band to create pieces of music and audio. This assignment was not difficult but also wasn’t easy to complete. I have learned the needed skills to create a mashup but I am completely new to Mashups.

What challenges did you face and overcome.

This Mashup assignment was not as hard as I thought it would be, however during the process, I had some issues with the finding which parts of the tracks I should match each other. The Songs I have picked have different styles and genres, it was difficult mashing those together because they would have different tempos. But after I converted them into a common bpm, it was a lot easier to mash together. I have done this step to the best of my ability.

Project Genesis – Criteria Aii

Link of your research:

What information are you using from this link?

This video has taught me the importance of making sure all tracks have a common bpm. From this video, I have learned how to convert tracks with different tempos to the same tempo. When there is a common tempo, I can speed up or slow down. I will use the knowledge I have gained from this video can help me sure my tracks having a good flow and sound like it is in one whole piece instead of many songs played after each other.

Link of your research:

What information are you using from this link?

Although this site is aimed towards an audience that uses a different type of software, I still find this extremely helpful. I know what to expect and how to download mp3 files. Besides downloading files, this site also suggests that I use the different plugins. Some plugins I plan on using are noise gate, reverb, and exciter. Using plugins, my final result will sound more professional and make it sound different compared to the original tracks without changing it too much.

Link of your research:

What information are you using from this link?

This tutorial video is mainly about the different plugins and easier ways I can use garage band for editing and cutting tracks. Some things I should consider about is cutting and pasting at different parts of tracks the piece to add more dynamic and expression. I would also consider changing volume as different tracks play to make it more dramatic using the keys “command” and “a”. I would also move a few vocal tracks around to different places of the instrumental tracks to make it more unique.

Link of your research:

What information are you using from this link?

This video has elaborated and helped me expand my knowledge about mashups and what makes it flow. I have learned about having instrumental and vocal tracks, it helps maintain rhythm and makes sure that different parts of the final product will sound similar while adding expression with vocal tracks. This can help me mashup different artists and instruments better.

Project Genesis – Criteria Ci

What is the goal for your assignment?
My goal for this assignment is to gain more knowledge about creating mashups by speeding up or slowing down songs, so they have a common BPM. This way, the songs will sound more put together and the timing will be correct. My final piece of audio should include tracks of songs with different styles and expressions.  Despite the style difference, the mashup should flow well and it shouldn’t sound like individual songs played right after each other.
Why this project?
 I would like to create a mashup because I enjoy listening to many genres of songs and I would like to listen a few of them in one. I think it would be interesting to listen to a mashup from different artists and how their different tones and styles compliment each other.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal.
To create a mashup, I will need to select my songs. I will select songs that their styles are not too similar because I think a good mashup is a combination of different tones and pitches. I will consider picking songs from a few different genres because they feature different instruments and artists. After my songs are chosen, I will use a youtube to mp3 converter to download my songs. This step ensures that I download these files safely without any registration needed. When this step is completed, I will create a new garage band project. Afterward,  I will use the information I have learned during the research process to start my mashup. I will drag my songs into the project and convert them all to have the same bpm.
What do you hope to learn?
  This project can help me develop as a learner and widen my knowledge about the difference in styles and genres in music. I would like to learn more skills in Garageband that could help tracks flow smoothly.
What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product?
By the end of this project, I should be able to successfully create a mashup that will consist of 4 songs. Those 4 songs should have different styles or are in different genres. The transition between songs should be clear but should flow smoothly. The entire track will have the same tempo for easy editing and transitioning. The different pieces of audio in the song shouldn’t be similar but have a similar beat.

Sounds of CDNIS

Please listen to my Sounds of CDNIS piece of music below:

Describe the process of this assignment. *
This unit is called sounds of CDNIS, it is about using software instruments and apple loops to create a piece of music. We learned how to play different software instruments, how to use apple loops, and use different plugins. This assignment was not as difficult as I envisioned. I thought that we were going to learn something completely knew that I have no prior knowledge of. With all of the prior knowledge, I gained last year, this was not very hard to complete. I was extending my knowledge and learned various skills that can be very useful. Last year, we learnt how to create pieces of music using an instrument and garage band. However, we didn’t use apple loops and plugins. For this assignment, we had to transform sounds at our school into ones that sound completely different.  We had to use our new knowledge about plugins to make it unrecognisable. After transforming our original sounds, we were expected to use apple loops, different plugins and play software instruments to create a song. I have done this assignment to the best of my ability and it was an enjoyable learning experience.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. *
The first sound I transformed was a teacher talking, specifically Ms. Clarke. She was saying a phrase and I tried to make it unrecognizable. For this piece of audio, I used bit crusher, ambiance, and reverb. I wanted it to sound electronic, instead of someone talking. To make a beat and rhythm, I had cut and pasted the parts where she was talking the loudest. I used reverb and ambiance to make the environment of the recording more apparent. To create my second sound, I recorded 2nd graders having lunch in the 6/F cafeteria. There was this boy yelling “oh” at the background, I wanted to emphasize that part for more expression. I cleared out the background noise with all the rest of the children using a noise gate. I used exciter to make it more upbeat and positive. I used bit crusher to make it unrecognizable. My third sound was a boy screaming and saying the word “idiot”. This piece of audio has a negative message, so I was trying to make it sound positive. I cut and pasted the parts where the boy was loudest to make a beat, but at the same time I wanted it to match the first one I made, so it would be easier when creating the song. I used bit crusher to make it sound a little distorted, a noise gate to quiet down background noises and used overdrive for an echo. For my fourth and final piece of audio, I recorded myself drawing smiley faces on a whiteboard in a classroom. I didn’t want to change that much of it because I thought that the original sound was already different. This was recorded in a math classroom, so I removed the background noise using a noise gate. I also used a bit crusher to make it sound more electronic. A pattern that I recognized was that I used a lot of bit crusher. Bit crusher made my sounds very different compared to the original. I liked how it made it sound electronic and distorted.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
For this assignment I think that I have done well, I have learned a lot of skills and gained a lot of knowledge that could be helpful in the future. Throughout this entire unit, I learned how to use plugins, each plugin’s usage, how to use apple loops, and how to play the piano as a software instrument. I am confident to say that I can understand these skills and how they can affect my piece of music. Again, I have extended my knowledge about garage band and is very interested in this topic.
What challenges did you face and overcome? *
There weren’t as many challenges I had to overcome as I thought I would. This assignment was not easy, but not very difficult too. Most of my challenges were based on understanding and time pressure. At first, I didn’t understand what the task was and how I should complete it. As a result, I had to ask Mr. O’toole and peers for another explanation. I didn’t understand how to use my plugins and where to find them in garage band. With the help of google, I could successfully use my plugins. Another challenge I had to face was the time pressure. With my lack of understanding and prior knowledge about these new skills, I found it hard to complete things on time. We were given 4 classes in total for the entire project. I spent 2 classes perfecting the culminating assessment video even though making the song was harder. If I were to improve, I would manage my time better and work efficiently and effectively.

Ukulele song- “Somewhere over the rainbow”

 Please listen to my recording below:


Identify an artistic intention.


Identify alternatives and perspectives


Identify connections between art forms, art, and context, or art and prior learning.


Recognize that the world contains inspiration or influence for art.
How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? 
My recording had a few things that were the same as the original song, but at the same time, I adjusted some factors that would make it easier to learn and record. But at the same time, I also wanted it to sound like the original song. In order to do that, I used the same lyrics, key, time signature, and chords as the original version.

How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? 
Like I said before, I also wanted to make it easier to learn for me and record, but also, I also wanted to do something different that could also sound great. Something that I did do differently is that I sped the tempo up to 120BPM. The song “Somewhere over the Rainbow” is a hopeful, relaxing, and peaceful song, so the original version had a slower tempo to show it’s beautiful meaning. But at the same time, when I thought of the lyrics in the song, I thought of how the artist’s intention was to think of happy thoughts and great things. Listening to the original song made me feel joyful, so I wanted to make the song a little more upbeat because I wanted my audience to feel that too. Also, I struggled to strum on the beat, so this was also a reason why I decided to change the tempo.

Ukulele Skills… 
I haven’t gained as much knowledge of playing the ukulele in comparison to when I started because I have gotten used to the basic skills I have learned from the previous project. But apart from that, I have learned a new strum pattern. It took me a while to get used to it, but now it’s the best of my ability. Because of the requirements of this project, I had to use digital instruments and use a drum track. I have learned how to use the keyboard when recording bass for my song, also I have learned how to create and adjust the drum’s playing style to fit the mood and the intention of this song.

Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… 
I have found editing on garage band very helpful also with the digital instruments that have come along with it. I have used the same editing tools I have used in the previous assignment, such as trimming and expanding. This is my first time playing a digital instrument and using them, it took me a while to figure out the keyboard and I have watched youtube tutorials for help. I have found the youtube tutorials very helpful and it has given me some basic information on how to use the keyboard for bass. However, in my final recording, the timing of the bass was a bit off. To solve that, I had to move and even expanded the ones with the shorter notes. Another thing that I had issues with was finding the drum kit/playing style that could fit my song best. Most of the drum kits I found were very upbeat and it didn’t go very well with the vibe of the song. So it took me a while to look for the best preset. Even though there wasn’t a perfect preset, I found a good option, however, I had to take out the shakers and make it sound softer. I think if I didn’t take the time and effort to solve these issues, then it would be a big problem that would stand out. Overall, I think that this project’s requirements and editing were much more difficult than the previous project.

Time management for your project… 
Before recording, I focused a lot on perfecting my first song. My first choice was the song “cups”, however, I wanted to do something different and apart from the class and I felt like that was a great challenge for me. I had to learn “Somewhere over the rainbow” in a very limited amount of time and I regret changing my song earlier. But at the same time, I’m grateful that I have changed my song because I like challenging myself and taking risks. Apart from that, I have missed some lessons and I think that if I didn’t I make better use of it and turn it in before the due date. There were also a lot of things that I didn’t understand about garage band and I have spent a while on watching tutorial videos, so that took up a handful of my time. I feel like my final recording is done to the best of my ability, but there are some things that could be improved upon, such as the things that I have mentioned earlier in this post.

Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) 
During the whole process, I think that I did a pretty good job of learning how to use garage band and the ukulele independently. I found information online and also from my friends to broaden my knowledge. However, I also struggled with learning independently too. I am a slow learner I like to work with others to see different perspectives and I could refer to someone. Whenever I’m working alone, I feel insecure about my work because I would like to have an example to refer to, so I know what my goals are and what I should be doing. But I feel like this independent project could benefit me for my future. In the future, I won’t have to rely on someone and there are some challenges that I will have to face alone.