Project Genesis – Criteria Aii

I learnt about how to create good mashups from this site. This site has information on a large variety of subjects, such as how to pick songs and how to match them. I am going to use the information from this link to match the song structures and the keys.
I’m using the information on what makes a good mashup from this link. The site provides a lot of basic knowledge on mashups and how to create them. It offers three vital factors that are required for good mashups – compatible keys, smooth transitions and similar lyrics. Using the information from this site, I will find songs with similar lyrics and compatible keys, then create smooth transitions between them for the mashups.
This link has good suggestions on songs that would be good as mashups. This will help me choose the songs I want for the mashup. I have picked four songs from the website to put on my list. Currently, I am thinking about using Good Time by Owl City and What makes you Beautiful by One Direction. The two songs have a similar lyrics and are compatible with each other. However, I would still need two more song songs to complete the mashup.
 This site offers an in depth step by step explanation of how to create a mashup. The tips are immensely useful and they will help me learn how to make a mashup. Although change some of the steps, the site’s instructions still offer an excellent guideline. For example, steps 5 and 6 (EQ the vocal and  Apply FX) are both important steps that I had no idea was necessary before I read the article. I will use this article to help me create the mashup.

Project Genesis – Criteria Ci

What is the goal for your assignment and why? *
My goal for this assignment is to create a mashup of four songs that I like. They must belong to the same genre of music. I want to make a mashup because I wanted to challenge myself by doing something that seems to be very interesting. I have always been intrigued by mixing and matching sounds. Of course, this task will prove challenging as I have no experience in creating mashups, which makes this an excellent learning experience.
Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal. *
1) Research how to make a mashup using Garageband
2) Look at some successful examples of mashups.
2) Create a list of songs to use for the mashup
3) Experiment with different combinations of songs and try to make them compatible
4) Pick the four songs that sound best
5) Cut, trim and edit the songs to create the mashup
6) Modify the tone to smooth out the songs
5) Ask for feedback
6) Use the feedback to improve on the mashup
What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product? *
I will determine the success of my product by fulfilling the requirements listed below:
– The song must be at least 2 minutes long
– Use 4 songs
– The tempo must be consistent
– The song must be smooth – the differences in the four songs must be indiscernible
– Gain feedback from 3 peers on the above criteria

Sounds of CDNIS

Describe the process of this assignment.
The process of this assignment was quite complicated. The first task I did was to do some preemptive work, such as learning about the terminology. Next I had to familiarize myself with garageband. I did this by watching some videos the explanation screencast. The easiest part of the summative was recording the sounds at home. All I had to do was record some of the sounds that I usually hear at home. However, I decided to choose more melodic sounds, such as birds chirping, bells and the soft patter of rain. The next part was doing the edits to the sounds I had recorded. This part was quite difficult, and I did not understand what edits I was supposed to do until I watched the Sounds of CDNIS Explanation video, after which I just did similar edits to the ones in the video. The loops were  also very simple. The drums and the software instrument were more difficult. At first, I didn’t know how to add drum and software instrument tracks. Therefore, I asked my friends how to add drum tracks. After they told me how to add a drum track, it was very simple to find an appropriate drum track. Adding the software instrument were harder. Although I knew how to add an instrument track, I didn’t actually know how to add the instruments. It took me a long time of searching online and pressing random buttons for me to eventually figure out how to bring up the music keyboard. After familiarizing myself with the controls, I recorded some sounds that went well with the sounds, such as a techno bass and piano track.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product.
I had seven “CDNIS” sounds. The first sound was of birds chirping, which I got my sticking my phone out of the window in the morning. The sound consists of three high pitched chirps and a longer squeal at the end. This sound is useful for creating high pitched background noises. Originally I thought that this sound would sound nice with the other sounds, but it turned out that it wasn’t very effective as it was covered by the sound of the bell sound. My second sound was the patter of raindrops. This sound is very soothing and is good for a background sound. This sound was important as it was the main background sound. My third sound is a bell. This sound is loud, melodious and the main melody of the product. This sound is the most important as it is the loudest and provides the main audio. The fourth sound is the chattering sound. This sound is soft and fuzzy, making it a good background noise. This sound is relatively unimportant and I only added it as vocal sounds were required. The fifth sound is that of a baby laughing. The sound high pitched and happy. This sound adds diversity to the audio. This sound is relatively important as it is both a main sound and also a vocal sound, which is required. The sixth sound is the drone of an air-conditioner. This sound is dull and boring. It serves to smooth out the differences in the sounds and makes the audio more harmonic. This sound has a moderate effect as while it does help improve the audio, it is not necessary. The final sound that I added is the clicking sound that a pen makes. This sound is sharp and abrupt. I added this sound as it creates a nice beat. This sound is additional and although it works quite well with the drum track, it does not affect the audio too much.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
This summative was an excellent learning experience. Throughout this summative, I learnt about many skills as well as numerous learning attitudes. The most notable skills I learnt during this summative was how to use Garageband. Before the summative, I barely knew how to use Garageband. However, I have a much better grasp on how to use Garageband now. The first thing I learnt was about the basics of using Garageband. I already knew most of this and only had to refresh my memory. After watching a few videos and exploring a bit with the controls, I gained the elemental knowledge require to use Garageband, such as how to drag and drop audio files, navigate Garageband, play/pause the audio etc. Next, I had to figure out how to edit the music recordings. The skills required for this task were the skills of cutting, looping, copy and pasting and dragging the tracks around. With these skills, I was able to finish the first step of the summative – add the “CDNIS” sounds. The three most important skills I learnt during this step of the summative were the skills of Trimming, cutting and editing. With these fundamental skills, I could modify sounds to make them match a pulse, move a sound and put the audio tracks in in time. After that came the hard part. I had to create sounds by editing the “CDNIS” sounds using plugins. This task was quite complicated. In the end, I just followed the instructions in the video and did similar edits to the ones in the Sounds of CDNIS Explanation video. During this step of the task, I learnt how to edit sound tracks using plugins, such as using clip distortion and vocaltrf to distort and modify sounds. Finally, I learnt how to add software instruments to my audio. For the assignment, I had to add one drum track and two software instruments track. Therefore, I learnt how to add new software instrument tracks and how to choose the software instruments. I learnt how to do this by asking my friends.
What challenges did you face and overcome?
I faced many challenges during this summative. First and foremost was my lack of knowledge on Garageband. When I first started this summative, I had next to no knowledge of Garageband. For example, I did not know how to import tracks to garageband, reaarange the tracks or edit them. I overcame this by watching instructional videos, both online and provided by the school, and asking my friends for help. Another issue I faced was that some of the sounds I wanted were very circumstantial. For example, I wanted the sound of rain, but I had to wait for a week before it finally rained hard enough for me to get the sound. Therefore, it took a longer time for me to finish the assignment as I had to wait for some sounds. The last issue was that it was quite hard to record the sounds at home as it was usaully very loud at home. I overcame this issue by waiting to record the sounds when it was very early in the morning or late a night when it wasn’t too loud. I also did most of my recordings in my room.

Credible Scientist Unit – iFolio Reflection

In this unit, we learnt how to be a credible scientist. Through this unit, I learnt how to become credible scientists by recording data carefully, controlling the variables and not making up data. I used a stopwatch to time. I was very accurate. I started the timer as soon as the experiment started and stopped it as soon as the experiment ended. I controlled the control variables well and made sure that they had a limited effect on my experiment, particularly the mass and size of the cones. I also control the height of the drop well.

Ukulele Song Choice –

How is your recording the same as the original song? Why did you do this? *

My recording is the same as the original song in four ways. My recording had the same lyrics as the original song and the singing was in the same pitch as the original song. The original song had piano and drums, and I kept that in my recording. I chose to do so that I could keep the artistic intention of the song. My recording of the song would still conveyed the cheerfulness and joy of the original song. The lyrics channeled a carefree and innocent feeling, while the drums and piano made it much more upbeat and energetic. The piano notes were mostly the same as it was in the original song.


How is your recording different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions? *
My recording was different from my original in many ways. The most prominent was the tempo of the song. I slowed down the tempo of the song so that more emphasis would be put on the lyrics instead of the chords, as the ukulele was not originally in the song. My recording only consisted of the first 9 lines of the song as I believed that these nine lines were the most important in the song. The instrumentation was quite different. I did not use the guitar as I didn’t know how to play the guitar and I felt like it was unnecessary. Instead of the guitar, I made the ukulele the main strumming pattern. I made the octave slightly lower so I could sing the song. I also changed the strumming pattern of the song, making it in time with the tempo and also making it consistent with the speed and sound of the song. While the original song also had drums, the drums I used were different. I changed this aspect of the song as I thought that the drums that I’m using for my recording is more fitting for my variation of the song.


Discuss the following skills in relation to your Ukulele song choice…

Be specific to earn your grade!


Ukulele Skills… *
During this summative, I learnt many skills. 1. I learnt how to create and play a new strumming pattern. 2. I also learnt how to play new chords, such as F and D. 3. I learnt how to strum and play the Ukulele, as there were still many things I didn’t know how to do. For example, I didn’t know where to put my fingers, how to hold the ukulele or which strings to press to make sound. 4. I now know how to play more consistently and with less mistakes.


Garageband editing – digital instrument, drum use… *
I used Garageband extensively during this task. I used Garageband to cut, trim and edit my recording. I recorded in chunks then took the parts of my recording that were correct and pieced them together seamlessly. Cutting and piecing together parts was very important, as I needed to cut the background noises out and also to cut the parts which were not in time and only keep the good parts. Being able to record in bigger chunks this time helped tremendously. It meant that I did not have to piece together too many small chunks, which meant that the likelihood of me making mistakes was much lower. I adjusted the volumes of the different tracks to emphasize the singing and the strumming and to play down the piano and the drumming. I had to shift and adjust the length and pauses between chords, nut it all worked out in the end due to my own exploration of Garageband and help from others. I used the software electric piano. It wasn’t that hard as I know how to play the piano, but the software wasn’t very familiar to me, so it took me sometime to get familiar with and practice so I could actually play an entire piece without mistakes. The drums were much easier as Garageband provided a lot of drum loops. However, I found some difficulties in finding one that matches the song. I chose Neon (Maya) as it matches the speed and the feeling of the song. It is more upbeat and lively, giving off a cheerful vibe and it made the song much more interesting and sound much better.


Time management for your project… *
My time management this time was much better. I learnt from last time’s mistake and made a plan of what to do. Being more familiar with Garageband, I spent less time figuring out how to use Garageband and could do more editing. My Ukulele skills were also better than they were so I spent less time practicing. The song was shorter than the last one too. As a result of practice, I became much better at playing my song. I quickly taught myself how to play the new notes, chords and the strumming pattern. Practicing intensively, i managed to get familiar enough with the song that I could play nearly the entire thing without a mistake, which reduced the need for editing. However, I didn’t know how to play the software instrument and it took sometime for me to learn how to play the software instrument and then add it to my recording. I also took sometime choosing the appropriate drums. This meant that I had more time to record and edit. Having more time to record and edit was very good as that meant my recording would sound better. All of this caused me to have more time to work on and refine all of the aspects of my recording and vastly improving the quality. Overall, I think that my time management was good.


Independent learning… (responsibility of getting things done on time) *
My time management was much better this time, which caused me to be able to finish nearly everything on time. I could also review and refine most of my work. There were many things that I didn’t know how to do, such as play the song on the Ukulele, play the software instruments and create your own strumming pattern. However, I managed to learn how to do them one by one, and I did a lot of practice and editing to make sure my recording was the best it could be. One big issue was that I’m a beginner and don’t know how to play the ukulele well. I also don’t know music terminology, which makes it hard for me to learn from online tutorials. In the end I had to learn from my friends. However, I practiced a lot and in the end, I managed to produce the recording.

Ukulele Submission (Amazing Grace)

What is the key of your tune? Time Signature? *
What sort of rhythms are used in your song? *
 There are half notes, eighth notes, dotted half notes and quarter notes. There was a repeating pattern throughout the song.
Discuss your note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to your strumming and melodic playing… *
 My note accuracy and rhythm accuracy in regards to my strumming was quite bad. While my melody and singing were relatively in time, my strumming was completely different. This was due to my lack of good ukulele skills. I tried my best to edit it to make it in time, but since my strumming was longer than my melody, I could not make my recording as a whole in time.
What Ukulele skills have you acquired? *
 I acquired many ukulele skills throughout this as I did not know how to play the ukulele before this year. I learnt the notes for amazing grace (C,G7 and F), the basics of how to strum, a strumming pattern and how to do the melody. Although I still can’t strum well, I have still improved vastly.
How did you decide your tempo to match your song and style? *
The song is very slow and deep, so the tempo should also be slow.
How did you use the editing tools in Garageband? Editing, cutting, flex-time, trimming… *
I used cutting and editing to make the singing and melody in time. I also tried to make the strumming in time with the melody and the singing but it was just too long. I also altered the volume of the melody to make it louder. I used trimming cutting and editing to put together the chords that I recorded separately.
Discuss the recording process; did you have any concerns or issues? *
Prior to and during the recording process, I had many concerns. My main concern at first was that I would not know to to play the Ukulele. However, with the help of my friends, I managed to learn how to strum and play the melody of Amazing Grace. I learnt the chords one by one. Then my friends taught me how to do the melody. Once I learnt how to play the chords I started recording. There I met another issue. I did not know how to use Garage Band. I could record with it, but I could not edit it well. So I looked at some tutorials and explored Garage Band and eventually figured out how to edit. I then started recording bits and pieces and then I used my editing skills to put my separate recordings together. During the recording and the editing, I had many small issues. I often cut or trimmed the wrong thing or messed up with strumming the chords. The biggest issue, however, was my time management. I spent the majority of my time practicing and familiarizing myself with the Ukulele and Garage Band. Thus, I ran out of time to record piece by piece and edit and was forced to rush and record large portions of my strumming and melody at once, which made my recording completely out of time and the strumming ended up far longer than the melody and the singing. To improve, I will manage my time better in the future by planning ahead. I think my usage of Garage Band and my strumming of the Ukulele have improved with this experience and I will try my best to do better next time.

We learnt about logos in design class this unit. There were two important rules or guidelines to making a logo. The first is C.R.A.P. C.R.A.P. stands for Contrast, Repetition, Alignment and Proximity. The second rule was that it had to be simple, memorable, timeless, appropriate and versatile. Using these guidelines, we made our own logos. I would be very grateful if you took the time to comment on my logo. You can do this by answering these questions:

  1. Is it simple, memorable, timeless, appropriate and versatile? Why or Why not?
  2. Does it have C.R.A.P.?
  3. In what way is my logo better or worse than other logos?
  4. How would you improve it and what suggestions do you have on how to make the logo better?I think I created a successful logo as I was aiming mainly for good versatility, simple and memorable and make it look professional. Others have agreed that my logo incorporates these qualities, which is why I believe that my logo is successful.

I would perhaps change and add more colors and details so that it would represent me more. I could also add repetition to make it more memorable. However, it might not look as professional if I add too much personal details, so I would mainly work on the color scheme.