EDM Research


Link of your research:https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_dance_music

What information are you using from this link? : EDM stands for Electronic Dance Music, also known as dance music and club music. EDM is a broad range of percussive electronic music genres made largely for nightclubs, raves and festivals. It is made using software and computers.

Link of your research: https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Electronic_music

What information are you using from this link? : Electronic music is music that uses electronic musical instruments, and uses software to do so. In general, the sounds electronic music and real IRL instruments are distinct and unique in their own ways. 

Link of your research: https://edition.cnn.com/2014/12/18/world/how-did-edm-get-so-popular/index.html

What information are you using from this link? :¬†Electronic dance music is not a new genre. In fact, it’s been around for more than three decades. In Europe and the Americas, mainly, there is an increasing number of electronic music festivals; events that gather people from all over the world and celebrate in unison. Naturally, EDM was unlikely to become this popular without generating incredible amounts of money. A report stated that EDM is a $6.2 billion global industry.

Link of your research: https://blog.udemy.com/history-of-electronic-music/

What information are you using from this link? : From dubstep to disco, electronic music is a broad category of modern music that includes a wide variety of styles. While most people think of electronic music as a product of the 21st century, the reality is that electronic music has been around for almost 50 years. Since 2000, electronic dance music (EDM) has grown from a popular genre into an influential part of all mainstream music.


Project Genesis – Criteria Ci

Project Genesis – Criteria Ci

What is the goal for your assignment? *
 My goal for this assignment is to create an EDM tune that is simple and nice to listen to.
Why this project? *
I have chosen this because I feel more comfortable with digital instruments that real-life sounds or downloaded clips of audio. Creating this type of song is fun and I enjoy making it. Electronic dance music also has a lot of variety that I would like to experiment with.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *
 My main processes to achieve my goal is to:
1, Determine a nice and simple beat.
2, A nice rhythm
3, Any extra sounds and unique melodies and rhythms
What do you hope to learn? *

I want to learn how to make a good song that I enjoy making efficiently and effortlessly so I can share my songs with friends and relatives. I hope to learn how different types/genres of beats and melodies mix well together and what don’t.

What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product? *

To assess my product I will be looking at; if the song going on the beat, the melody and beat sound well together, how many digital instruments I use and if everything is on time.

Sounds of CDNIS – Music Project

Describe the process of this assignment. *
For this assignment, I organized the process of making the song onto a schedule and into steps. The first part of this project was collecting the sounds and experimenting around with the plug-ins. I tested and experimented mostly with the Bit-Crusher, Fuzz Wah and the pitch shifter. I managed to create some lo-fi beats using the plug-ins. The next step was to create a basic beat and rhythm using the sounds I collected and some apple loops. Most of the apple loops I used were African congas, tambourines, and claves. Using these instruments helped me achieve the feel and sound of the song I wanted. For each loop, I also experimented with plug-ins – mostly the pitch shifter.


Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product. *
My first CDNIS sound was the door opening and shutting. I used a few plugins, such as the pitch shifter and the Stereo Spread. These plug-ins help achieve a low pitch and fuzzy sound that worked well as a beat. This was useful because it helped control the pace of the song. The second CDNIS sound was a quiet background chatter of the cafeteria. I managed to completely change what it sounded like using the plugins; bit crusher, fuzz wah, phaser and pitch shifter. This created a muted and distorted sound that really helped with the ambiance of the song. This sound was useful because it helped fill out the more empty parts of the song. The third sound of CDNIS I used was a mouse click. Using a variety of plugins such as the bit crusher, the pitch corrector and the channel eq. The combination of these plugins made the sound distorted and loud – it sounded like fireworks or bubble wrap popping but much more distorted. This sound helped my song with variety and uniqueness. The fourth sound I used was the laptop lid shutting. The plugins I used for this sound were the fuzz wah and the channel eq. The result sounded similar to the mouse click but it was different enough to be used in the song. This sound was mainly used to accent the door opening and closing sound.


Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
Throughout this unit, I learned a lot about music and a few new skills. I learned about the vocabulary of the plugins, that helped me recognize and understand what is what and what the sound would sound like before even applying the plugin. Creating all the other songs also helped me with this project. I managed to finish this song within 3 days thanks to all the practice and previous experiences. During this unit, I really learned a lot about plugins – how to use them and when to use them. A good example of this is the Sounds of CDNIS project, where I used plugins such as fuzz wah and bit-crusher in almost all the tracks including apple loops. Now that know how to use plugins I will most definitely use it in any upcoming music projects.


What challenges did you face and overcome? *
One of the challenges I faced was timing the sounds of CDNIS. I had problems trimming the sound so it would fit the beat of the song. The solution to my problem was quantizing the piece so that it would be on time with the rest of the song. Another one of the problems was the song being “too much”. This is because I had used plugins on all of my tracks. To solve this I removed some unnecessary plugins from most of the loops to simplify the song. This solution worked and the song sounded much better and simple (in a good way).

Science Thingy

How did you become a more credible scientist?

I learned to organize my info in a simple manner and double-checking all of my control variables before starting each phase of the experiment. This made me a more credible scientist because doing this makes my data true and unaffected from outside variables that might have an impact on my experiment. I learned to control variables other than my independent and dependent variables. For example, in the Bungie jump barbie experiment, I kept the source data reliable by double-checking the angle I am dropping the barbie at, the height of the drop and the side of the drop. My data is also reliable because, for each part of the experiment, I conducted three trials, and in every trial three tests, during those tests, I made sure everything I did was the same as the previous tests to keep my data valid and consistent. Doing so makes my data safe and consistent. Another way to verify my data is by averaging out my experiments and setting up my trend line. All my data was reliable because the trend line was following my average values.

Science Reflection


I¬† think that the ecology unit sparked my interest the most because of the food chain and learning about the impact of removing one biotic or abiotic factor from the chain. From the heat transfer unit, I found it very interesting to learn about the different types of heat transfer and what it was. I found both of these units interesting because of my previous curiosity about it. Earlier I wasn’t given much chance to learn about these subjects, so I was glad to do get the opportunity to learn about them. I don’t have many other questions related to these topics.

Up on the Houstop – Erika Ukelele

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
¬†For my song, “Up on the Housetop” the key is the C chord. The time signature is 4/4. 4 beats in a section of the bar and 4 sections in each bar.
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
In ‘Up on the Housetop” The majority of rhythms are quarter notes, although there are a lot of double eighth notes. There are about 2-3 half notes in every bar and there are no pauses at all.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing…¬†*
 In general my accuracy is poor in my recording. I was easily able to switch accurately between F, C and G chords, and it was easy to keep the tempo whilst doing this, especially on the second bar of the song, in the last two sections, you switch from F, C, G and C again.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
 Since I have played Ukulele at home and at school before It was difficult for me to find something to improve upon. Although I did notice that after practicing for a while, I have definitely improved on switching faster between chords, whereas I used to take a second to check my fingering and if they were on the chords, and now I can easily switch between C,F and G chords efficiently.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? *
¬†From listening to recordings and judging by the theme of the song and the lyrics, you could tell that it is a jolly song, meant to excite young children for the Christmas holidays. Knowing this, I decided to use a tempo of 120. Throughout the creation of this song, I didn’t know how fast that was, so I ended up creating messed up timing when I added the melody.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming…¬†*
¬†In garage band I mostly used the “split at playhead” and “trim” tools. When editing single notes for the harmony there would be a pause between each note, so I would have to edit out all the unnecessary notes by trimming the gaps of silence out. Sometimes while recording I would cough or accidentally make noise so I would split at playhead and edit the audio out.
Discuss the recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
 I had a few problems when recording. I put the tempo to fast when recording my strum so when I recorded my melody everything messed up. After I bit of recording, something went wrong, and my Garageband would not input my audio, so I had to record everything on quicktime player, and then input and edit it on garageband.