Music – Project Genesis – Final Product and Reflection

Project Genesis – Criteria Di – Reflection

Explain the step by step process of this assignment… *
In this genesis project, I creates a mashup.The first step was to choose different songs, which were speechless, when I was your man, always remember us this way, and circles. I chose these songs as I believe they would go well together. Next, I need to find the music sheets and lyrics for all the songs, allowing me to find the most appropriate melody to mash the songs. After all the preparation, we will start creating the product. I would play the main melody of different songs from the keyboard, which can make things easier later with the chords and harmony. After creating the chords and harmony, I tried to use different variety of instruments to make the music different and less boring. The next step would be adjusting the volume of the different instruments. This is the basic steps of creating this mashup.
Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal… *
My criteria for this project are the length of the music created has to be longer than 1.30 mins, use of variety music, and use of different instruments. In this mashup, I successfully fulfilled two of them, with a 2.30 min mashup as well as a large variety of music. I tried using different genres of music but I find it challenging due to the limited time and skills. However, I tried my very best to use more instruments, including the more commonly and distinctive ones, such as piano, strings, organ, marimba, etc.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. *
In this project, I learnt many new skills including the use of harmony. I always tried to making harmonies to make the music more interesting and richer, however, they always sound weird, leading me to delete them. However, after multiple of trials and learning, I successful acquired this skill. This mashup also helped me learn how to do a mashup, how to make it sound nice and be on time. One of the hardest thing I think in the mashup is the transitions, after learning from different videos, and experimenting, I was able to make the music sound more natural and one.
What challenges did you face and overcome. *
In this project, one of the biggest challenge was to include my vocal parts. Since I am not great at singing, it made the process more difficult. The matching between my singing as well as the music significantly increased the difficulty. I overcome it by changing my plan from my vocal parts, to including an instrument as the melody instead. Another challenge in this project is the timing. Timing is very important in music, and I had tried my very best to make it as accurate as possible. Although, the most of the music are on time, there are still some parts which are a little off timing. The drum and the melody was one of the biggest challenge in terms of timing. I tried using many ways to make it on time, however, it didn’t seem to work. Therefore, I re-recorded my melody to make sure the timing is as accurate as possible.

Music – Genesis Research

Link of your research *
https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fscxWcRb7u3yUQ0XtsqWPmSfAoWay6jX/view

What information are you using from this link? *
Since I always have trouble in the timing in mashups. This link reminds me of the importance of it as well as some techniques I can use to make sure the beats in different songs are accurate. Having an accurate timing and beats will allow the mashup to sound better and more natural

Link of your research *

What information are you using from this link? *
Although I had experience in doing mashup, I needed more references and examples of mashups in order to give me ideas. I want to make sure that my mashup is not a list of songs but an actual mashup. This video allows me to have a good idea of a mashup and lets me understand how the outcome of the mashup should look like.

Link of your research *
https://manual.audacityteam.org/man/creating_a_crossfade.html

What information are you using from this link? *
In a mashup, I think the hardest part is to smooth transitions between different songs. Since I want my mashup to sound like as if they are one whole song, I need to learn more techniques that allow me to make better transitions. Therefore, this link allows me to have a basic understanding of how to make transitions go smoother.

Link of your research *
https://music.tutsplus.com/tutorials/quick-tip-how-to-apply-an-autotune-effect-in-garageband–audio-12223

What information are you using from this link? *
In the mashup, I wanted to do something different from last time. In order to make this mashup special, I would be singing in the mashup. However, I understand that my singing is a bit pitchy. Therefore, I would need some tips in singing. This link teaches me a way to make the music less pitchy using garageband autotune. This link teaches me how to use the garageband autotune and how it functions.

Music – Project Genesis Proposal

What is the goal for your assignment and why? *
I would like to do a mashup as it is has really interested me last time we were doing it. However, this time I would like to put more variety of songs, and challenge myself and do something different. I would also try putting different instruments in order to make the music more interesting and has more layers.

 

Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *
In order to achieve my goal, I would need to be very careful when choosing the song. I would need to be more aware of the different types of songs. I would need to think out of the box and even try finding different genres. I would also need enough understanding of using the app used for this project, in order to put play different instruments in the app. I would also need to understand how to make a mash-up and understand what are the elements that make a good mash-up.

 

What criteria will you use to self assess this assignment? *
– The music has to be longer than 1.30 mins
– Use of a variety of music
– Use of different instruments

Music – Jazz – Final Composition

Music_-_Composition (Music Sheet)

For this assignment, I changed a lot from the first draft compostition due to the comments the teacher gave me after it. I later noticed that my song for the draft was too short and needed to extend it, I also figured out that my song from the draft has no breaks that allows the player to breathe or rest. In this music, I tried correcting these mistakes, which might lead to a slight change of melody. This assignment was challenging as there are many complicated requirements that I needed to understand and learn. However, through them I learned more about jazz compositions as well as exploring and learning new techniques and music.