Project Genesis – Criteria Di Reflection

Below is my reflection for my assignment, screenshots of my work in Garageband making my song and a clip of my final track/song; “90’s Hip-Hop Mashup!”

Q1) Explain the step by step process of this assignment.

I think this assignment had around 5 main steps. The one I started with was choosing what I wanted to do, a mashup, writing a song, etc. I decided to do a mashup of 4 different songs, but I didn’t know which songs I wanted to do yet. I then proceeded to watch all of the videos that were provided about making mashups in GarageBand and in general to learn a little more, because I had tried to make a mashup before, but it didn’t sound the best, it could’ve sounded better. After watching those videos, I completed the Crit C music proposal task, which is where I decided to choose 90’s hip-hop songs to use in my mashup. After completing that form and put my answers in a blog post, I moved on to the Crit A part of this assignment, which was researching. I used the researching time to learn more about creating mashups specifically in Garageband and more about specific 90’s hip-hop song tempos and beats. I wanted to try and find song sin that category (90’s hip-hop) that has the same tempo and beat so the final track/song had a similar tempo/beat. I then put all of my answers into a blog post, as I did with the Crit C part of this. I then began editing my mashup, I downloaded my four songs onto my laptop and began editing them all together with background sound effects and extra drum tracks. It took me a total of two class sessions and around 1.5 hours at home so in total 2.5 hours to complete my entire track/song. I put some finishing touches on it and named it “90’s Hip-Hop Mashup.” I then wrote my reflection, put my final track/song, a screenshot of all of the work that I did in Gragabend when working on my song, and my final reflection in a blog post and submitted it.

Q2) Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal.

One of my criteria (originally I did this part wrong in the proposal part of this unit), was to add background sound effects and make some of the songs on the track sound more upbeat and fun and I did do that, specifically with the wind sound, because every time a new song started, it was going back by two or three years, so to show that I used a rewinding sound which was one of my criteria. I also used other sounds such as gunshots and explosions sound through the track to just simply make the track sound more lively and interesting.

Q3) Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. 

I think I definitely learned more about GarageBand, not just during this assignment, but throughout the entire music rotation. I learned more about how to put loops in Gragaband and how to basically make an entire track/song! I’ve used Garageband a few times before this all started, so I knew the basics, but I think the units we’ve done have helped me learn a lot more. I really enjoyed using Gragaband and I will use the new skills I’ve learned during this unit in the future for other tracks/songs I will make.

Below are screenshots of my work in Garageband of my final work.

Below is a clip of the final track/song: “90’s Hip-Hop Mashup!” Enjoy!

Thank you for reading!! (and listening!)

Chloe 🙂

Project Genesis – Crit A – Research

Below are my links and descriptions for my Crit A Research.

1st Link: https://mediacommons.psu.edu/2017/03/30/fades-volume-adjustment-music-and-sound-effects-in-garageband/

I am using this link to learn how to put transitions in between each excerpt of songs because I’ve done this before (putting transition in between tracks) but they always sound very choppy and not smooth causing the track/song to sound bad. This link has helped me learn how to do this properly so my transitions can be smoother.

2nd Link: https://www.mixcloud.com/MixedByDnD/some-nice-80s-90s-remixes-mashups-mixed-by-dd/

This link gave some examples of 80’s mashups that I could use for inspiration for my track/song and this link also helped me figure out which 80’s songs sounded similar to each other so the entire track/song had the same tempo/beat.

3rd Link: https://my.hamilton.edu/offices/lits/rc/creating-music-with-apple-loops-in-garageband

This link helped me learn even more about GarageBand loops and how to apply so they sound like they are an apart of my track/song instead of a song that has a bunch of loops that sound out of place and weird. When the loops all sound similar to the song and they’ve been inserted into the track/song carefully the song will sound less choppy and more professional.

4th Link: https://itstillworks.com/12373634/how-to-mash-up-songs-using-garage-band

This last link basically just gave me a little more support on how to make a mashup with four songs because I think it’s harder to put four songs together than two or three and make it sound good. I didn’t use this link as much as I used the others as I was just using this as a bit of support for my mashup.

 

Thanks for reading!!

Chloe 🙂

Sounds of Isolation Summative

Below is my Sounds of Isolation Summative track/song and screenshots of my work in Garageband, enjoy!

 

Song Credits – As there is part of a song in my track/song, I’ve used NoodleTools to credit it.

“The Jon Spencer Blues Explosion – Bellbottoms.” YouTube, uploaded by Shove
Records, 14 July 2017, www.youtube.com/watch?v=XlTqcshkmc8. Accessed 13 May
2020.

 

I hope you enjoyed my track/song!

Chloe 🙂

Project Genesis – Criteria Ci – Music Proposal

Below is my music proposal for my Crit C Project Genesis.

Q1) What is the goal for your assignment and why? 

My goal for this assignment is to make a track with 4-5 different 80-90’s hip hop songs that are all looped together. I will start the song/track with a short excerpt of each song then loop them all together one by one. I’m choosing to do this because hip hop music from the ’80s and ’90s is my favourite type of music and I think looping some specific songs all together could sound really cool. I’m excited to see how this will turn out when I’m finished!

Q2) Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal.

I will start by selecting 4-5 of my favourite hip hop songs. I will then choose specific parts of each song to include in my final track, as I can’t add the full version of all of the songs into on song (it would be more than 10 minutes!). Then I will put a short excerpt of each song individually into my song with transitions from one song to the next. I will then loop the songs together using more advanced transitions and maybe some drum and bass tracks that I will get from GarageBand. Finally, I’ll add some is finishing touches and hand in my track/song, I’,m expecting it to be around 3-4 minutes once it’s all done with the transitions and added drum and bass tracks.

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

In Project genesis, I will be using Crit B, developing skills to asses my GarageBand skills once my track/song is finished. I will also be using Crit C, thinking creatively, to come up with a track/song that is creative and enjoyable to listen too.

 

Thank you for reading!

Chloe 🙂

 

My Design Logo

Please answer the questions below in the comments.

  1. Would you add a name to it? Any ideas of what it could be?

  2.  Did I follow all of the letters in C.A.R.P?

  3.  What would you change?

Ukelele: I Don’t Know my Name

This is my song for our ukelele project, it was a song of our choice and I choose: I Don’t Know my Name by Grace Vanderwall.

~Reflection~

How is recording the same and different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions?

The recording was different from the original, because, in the singing, the original artist hit different notes that I couldn’t hit so it sounded a little different. I have trouble hitting higher notes, so I changed it and made it my own by changing some of the notes towards the end of the song. My song was similar to the original because I strummed the same way the artist did. I watched some covers by other people and most of them strummed differently. For example, in the first chorus the artist strums slowly but in most of the covers, people strummed fast. I strummed slowly and that made me feel like my song was similar to the original artist. I also thought my song was similar to the original because the artist had made a website for other people to learn the chords. There were other websites people had made to learn the song and they had different chords. I used the one by the original artist so it was similar. I did this because I thought the original sound better, I tried out the chords on the other sites and they sounded wrong.

How did your music classes prepare you for this assignment?

I prepared for this assignment by doing lots of things. Firstly, I had learned how to play the ukelele last year and the year before so I wasn’t a beginner but I did learn some new chords and new ways to strum. I used one class to learn the new chords and way to strum and it helped. Secondly, us learning how to use Garageband properly and how to edit our songs helped a lot with this assignment. I had also learned how to use Garageband before, but I did learn some new things that were a bigger impact on the project. The things I had learned weren’t as helpful to this assignment, but the things we were taught, did help. Thirdly, I had some trouble with time management. I had recorded once but I had many errors and I tried to edit it but it didn’t work. I deleted it and did it again, because of this I lost time to add in instruments, but it all worked out in the end. Lastly, my singing improved from this assignment. I feel I’m at least a little bit better at singing than before I did this assignment. I think this because each time I practised signing my voice sounded better and in the final recording, I sounded the best I ever did (in my opinion).

Making of Me Video Reflection

~Reflection~

         My Making of Me video was one of my first Humanities projects this year that was really fun to start off the year. This reflection will talk about what I found difficult, what I learned and more about this project and how I did it.

         Starting off with what part I did well in this project, I’d like to say my graphics and visuals were the best part for me. I had no trouble finding them and had no trouble leaving the credit for them. I figured out how to use iMovie quickly and that helped me put the graphics and visuals in easily. If I were to do this project again, I would change some things, but also keep some things the same. If I could do it all over again, I think my process would be quicker because I would know how to use iMovie and wouldn’t have trouble figuring it out and wouldn’t have as many problems. I would also maybe try to put in fewer visuals because looking back on my video, at times there were moments when there would be three photos in two seconds and it would be really hard to see, so I think fewer visuals would be an aim if there was a next time.

           Some things were quite difficult while doing this project, and I’m going to say what they are. Starting off with the fact that this was my first time using iMovie on a computer, I had no idea how to use it, so as I made my video I would learn new things along the way and half of the time they would be problems that seemed difficult to fix. I would eventually figure them out but it would take quite a while and that is really the only thing I found difficult, everything else seemed to go by quickly and easily. 

 

HWEO-Chinese Blog Post

We didn’t really do stories with the class. The four other new students and I were doing Quizlet. Ms. Sandy than did some small tests for us. The units I studied on Quizlet were; Feng Shui, Reunion Dinner, and Dad Changed. I enjoyed Reunion Dinner best because it talked about the reunions and I like that.