Project Genesis – Crit B/D – Final Product


Project Genesis – Criteria Di

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Explain the step by step process of this assignment…

First, I selected the required songs for the mashup. I wanted songs that are around the E major range or having 4 sharps. 4 of the 6 tracks were not of my desired key, therefore I had to transpose them through Garageband. Then I did the timing. For the first part of my mashup, I used “Wake Me Up” by Avicii as instrumentals, and “Don’t Start Now” by Dua Lipa, and “If I Can’t Have You” by Shawn Mendes, for vocals. As mentioned, I had to transpose them to E major, because it was my desired key. The timing was somewhat of a challenge, however, I will explain more on the topic later. Then for the second part of my mashup (with a clear transition between part 1 and 2 so that it sounds continuous), I used “Summer Days” by Martin Garrix as instrumentals and vocals, and “Counting Stars” by OneRepublic and “Giant” by Calvin Harris as vocals. Transposition was required for “Summer Days”, because the key was flat. Again, the timing was something to overcome. After timing, I did further editing, which includes dynamics, bass boosting, reverbs, and speed. The tempo of my mashup was ultimately 125 bpm, and I did that by enabling flex on all tracks, while in their original tempo. I changed dynamics, reverbs, and bass boost through the Automation button. Finally, I had a good listen, and I was proud of my work.

Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal…

The duration of my mashup was 4:58, which was almost a minute more than my minimum time of 4 minutes. I had 6 famous songs, by famous artists, which passed the minimum amount of 4 songs. I wanted the tempo of my songs to sound happy, and ultimately, 125 bpm really sounded energetic and positive, so I would say I have succeeded in this area. The timing was very continuous. There were no jumps or sudden pauses between the melodies, and it sounded very professional. I also did an originality check by listening to other mashups on Youtube, and they sounded nothing like mine. However, I did not gain feedback from 5 people, because in order to do that, I would have to complete the song 100%, and create a blog post, which would mean no more further editing for my mashup, so I decided I rather not do that. I instead got some feedback from my mom, and she said it sounded very energetic and positive.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

Overall, I have acquired many skills as a song masher. There were many tricks in GarageBand that I did not new, such as automation, the place where editing comes in handy. I could change dynamics, reverb, bass, and many more. I also learned about the editor section, where I enabled flex on all my tracks to make them in my desired tempo. In the end, the mashup sounded very professional, and I was happy.

What challenges did you face and overcome? *

My biggest issue was keeping the track in time to the metronome. I knew I had to enable flex to the track for it to be manipulated, however, the track did not beat in sync with the metronome. However, I found out in order to enable flex properly, I had to set the song to the original tempo first, then click enable flex, otherwise, it would sound bad. The timing was an issue I addressed, however, that too was also overcome. I have listened to music ever since a young age, and I knew where the music is supposed to start in order to sound like one piece, and that challenge was overcome through patience.

Project Genesis Research Crit A

Project Genesis – Criteria Aii
Link of your research 
What information are you using from this link? *
I am using this song database to find the right songs for my mashup and find out there tempo and key signature. They also have a list of recommended songs for harmonic mixing with the song I search, making this source very reliable.
What information are you using from this link? *
This very useful Youtube video teaches the basics of using Garageband to create the perfect mashup. I can use instrumental and acapella music, and time them right in order to make a nice-sounding melody. All the Garageband Basics, such as stretching, importing, and controlling the tempo is present, in which I would use.
What information are you using from this link? *
An important piece of information in this video by Mr O’Toole is how to use enable flex-time to control the tempo of a song to however I like. This will be useful especially when I have music that has different tempos, and when I want to set a definite tempo for my mashup.
What information are you using from this link? *
I learned that I could change the pitch of my music by adding a compressed vocal, then selecting a pitch changer of my own choosing through the “Stomp Box”. That way I can make my songs higher or lower an octave, and transpose them in any way. I would do this do change the key signature of some of the songs I am using for my mashup, without going online.


Project Genesis Proposal Crit C

Project Genesis – Criteria Ci

What is the goal for your assignment and why?
My goal is to create a great mashup composed of 4 famous songs because I want to see what I am capable of in terms of creativity, listening skills (timing) and originality. This will need to be done through Garageband, which I also need to master, so that I may be able to create more mashups in the future and share them with my friends (I am not ready for country-wide or worldwide distribution, of course).
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal.
1. Select a key for the overall mashup (D major? B major? G major? Minors included)
2. Select 4 or more songs that match the desired key from my Spotify playlist.
3a. Download songs to an MP3 file for importing to Garageband
3b. If needed, transpose the song to desired key online
4. Watch tutorials on how to use Garageband to make mashups on MacOs.
5. After a long process of editing, ask people for feedback.
6. Edit the song further from feedback
7. Post the song on my blog
What criteria will you use to self assess this assignment?
– Duration of the song (at least 4 minutes)
– Number of songs used to create mashup (at least 4 famous songs)
– The tempo of the song (TBD, but I’d like something that sounds ‘happy’)
– The timing between the melodies (has to sound like one continuous song overall)
– Peer feedback (get from at least 5 people)
– Originality check (by listening to the original songs, possible mashups, and feedback from my peers)


Jazz Composition (Final) Summative


Blues Changes in F – Piano and Alto (<<link)

For the final jazz composition, I did several minor changes to the overall melody, and I changed the speed from 120 bpm to 105 bpm, because with the number of notes I had, it sounded too fast. I had a lot of rests in the song the first time, and it sounded too jumpy, like in bar 4, therefore I added a note, or extended an eighth note to smoothen the melody. I also made some changes to the dynamics, especially in the piano melody, for example, in bar 20 where the dynamic ff was used, the piano overpowered the sax melody a bit, therefore I changed the piano dynamic to mf with a resulting crescendo.

Music Crit D Response 19

Responding – December ’19

Scale Warmups/Theory Test/Start of Year
Name *
Solomon Yan
Discuss your practice routines and development on your instrument. *
I practice at home every other day, for 30 to 40 minutes. I don’t always use a metronome when I practice, because I was trained to count the beat myself without the use of a metronome. I practice scales first, in order to develop my sense of tuning and muscle memory on the notes. Those include the major scales, including Gmajor, and D major, in which I consider a form of warmup. In order to further develop my saxophone skill, I try playing songs from the Internet, ones that have not been taught in class, in order to challenge myself.
How successful were you at your theory test? Discuss the concepts that you did not master. *
I was very successful in my theory test, as I got an 8. That’s not the point, however, as I take music outside of school through playing the violin, and I was taught all the theory knowledge until up to Gr.5 Music Theory (ABRSM). I even took the Gr.5 Theory Exam and got a Distinction. Honestly, theory is something I know of very well, and I don’t think I am weak in any one of them. To be true, if I were to say which part of music theory is the hardest, I would say I would like to improve on my intervals, especially augmented and diminished intervals, because they get in my way by being notes that look confusing especially bass clef notes.
What are your strategies to improve results in the subsequent months? *
I have several strategies that I would like to develop. That includes challenging myself to do the solos in any music in class, if they appear a sax solo. I would also try playing more sax scores that I find on the Internet. This also adds up to listening and watching tutorials on Youtube on how to improve my saxophone skills in order to attempt to sound like a professional. Since we’re doing composition in the past few classes, I plan on developing my own 8 bar scores on Musescore, following the criteria given, that therefore I improve my skills on Musescore.
How do you show the IB Learner Profile in the music class? *
I am very open-minded with any of the music pieces that I get in class. Although I prefer getting Alto Sax 1 scores, I do accept Alto Sax 2 scores sometimes (it depends on the music). I also develop risk-taker skills, as I volunteer myself to play the solos in Star Wars, and it turned out really well in the Winter Concert. I also participated a lot in class when it comes to music theory, so I should say I developed initiative in class through participation. I also helped my classmates while during theory-related work (although I do not know while Learner Profile it belongs to).