What information are you using from this link?
It teaches me what is classical music, how it evolved, how it was different from its predecessor, Baroque music. This is important as I want to make sure the music I make is as close to authentic classical music as I can make it, and not something that sounds like a bizarre mix.
To make my music sound authentic, I would need some inspiration and baselines. using this link, I can compare different pieces from different artists to see which aspects are relatively consistent throughout these pieces and which aspects are changed, allowing me to express my individuality while still have my music to be considered classical
This video helps beginners like me not only to utilise mid instruments but also how to make it sound good. I need this information as I am still not comfortable with using midi instruments as the backbone of my piece and so I want to learn how to do just that.
While I know how to use plugins and what each does, it is hard for me to use them to complement my music. This video explains several common plugins and in what situations use these. I hope that I would be able to meet my criteria for using plugins and I hope to use them in a way that is noticeable and makes the music sound better.
What is the goal for your assignment?
My goal for this assessment is to learn how to use garage band effectively by using a wide range of functions such as plug-ins, loops, Midi instruments, and drummer tracks. I also want to learn about different genres of music and how each of them sound like and how they are different. Why this project?
I chose classical music because I think it allows me to achieve my goal as it allows me to use all the tools mentioned about. I also personally like this genre of music and I want to compare what I made to famous pieces of this genres. I also want to learn more about this genre because I still need to know more about it. Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal.
In order to achieve this goal, I would have to learn more about the music. I would do this by looking up definitions and listening to tracks of this genre. This would increase my familiarity with this type of music and allow me to accurately create a track that is actually of the genre. I would also have to familiarise my self with apple loops in order to chose appropriate loops for my track. What do you hope to learn?
I hope to learn more about classical music and famous composers of such music. I also want to learn more about garage band. specifically when to fit in Midi instrument tracks because currently I cant seem to fit one in that blends in with the rest of the track. What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product?
I will count this attempt if the track is longer than 2 minutes as it would mean I would have to keep the listener entertained. The track will also have to include 2 melodic Midi tracks in order to train myself to use more of these. Another criteria will be to use a drummer track as normally I just choose the default drummer without changing the settings, so I want to explore the different drummer tracks.
In my two projects in this unit, there are several things we did well, and some things that aren’t exactly the best.
In both my projects, I had controlled the control variables were controlled relatively well. In both projects, the height was kept relatively consistent throughout the project. However, we didn’t include the failed trials. For example. sometimes the barbie doll didn’t fall straight down and leaned over in one side too much, and the whirlybird sometimes fell on elevated objects and thus created inaccurate data. While we decided to redo the trials, the teacher said that it is best to leave those in and specify what went wrong with this trail.
Some things were simply not controlled well. the barbie doll fell in deferent positions, and that might have skewered the results, and sometime a door opening will send a gust of wind that rendered the trial inaccurate. I have learned that controlling the control variables is very important to being a credible scientist.
control variables aren’t the only thing a credible scientist has to worry about. the Independent variable and the dependent variable are also important too, for example, my whirlybird experiment’s DV is to measure the distance from the drop location. It soon became impractical as it was had to mark the drop location and even harder to measure it accurately under time pressure. Therefore, I only managed to record 3 trials of the same independent variable.
However, many things were controlled well. For example, even though I managed to do only 3 trials of the whirlybird experiment, the values were relatively consistent. (42, 39, 43 cm) therefore, my data can be considered reliable.
Another thing I did well is that my graph was also consistent. Not only were the trials within each independent variable reliable, but the values between each independent variable is also reliable. all my values were close to the trendline. in the bungee Barbee experiment. all values were within 3 cm to what the trendline shows. this further shows my data is reliable.
Describe the process of this assignment.
During the process of the assignment, I learned many things, such as how to use loops, how to use plugins, how to record sounds effectively, and how to edit things in a way that make them unrecognisable from the original piece. The design process of the piece started with the theme. I wanted this piece to be calm and thought-provoking. Next, I selected several pieces that match my theme. These are my backbone tracks and are present in every chorus. I then chose some tracks that sound good by itself and put them between choruses. Then I added my recorded sounds and used them to complement the main piece, finally, I added software instruments and plugins to polish the music.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product.
My CDNIS sounds ended up quite useful. for example, my recording of the buttons allows me to use it as a beat. After adding reverb and matching the clicking to the beat, the result was a simple, elegant and useful beat, perfectly complementing my music. also, the sound of the door closing was the perfect finish for my music. the added reverb made it sound far richer and louder. Putting it at the end allows the ending to sound definitive and also thought-provoking, reminding people that everything has an ending. The other 3 sounds that I hand-picked to be on the track all serve as complementary sounds. The recording of the teacher speaking was edited extensively until it sounds like a person screaming in a low pitch and adds background during the software instrument part. The sound of an open tap and the taping of the music stand creates a sound not unlike running water and is used at the climax to complement it.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
Throughout this process, I learned many new things, from using the software instrument’s keyboard controls, including different notes, changing octaves, changing the instrument, temporarily increasing the pitch, etc. I learned how to use many different plug-ins, from phasers, which is how I edited the tapping of the music stand, to pitch shifters, which, as the name suggests, changes the pitch of the piece, which I used to make my software instrument sound deeper, and reverbs, my personal favourite, which allows you to recreate echos in different environment, which I used for many things, from the button clicking to the closing door. these plugins were instrumental to my music
What challenges did you face and overcome?
I faced a multitude of challenges but luckily managed to overcome them all. One of the problems is how to incorporate the sounds to the music in a meaningful way without disrupting my piece too much. by using plugins, trims and making the sound repeat, I managed to match the atmosphere of my music. Another problem was incorporating software instruments. I could find no way to squeeze one in. so I decided to delete a track I found to be mediocre at best and replaced it with melodic software instrument tracks. By lowering the pitch and careful selection of notes, it blended in quite well with the rest of the track.
How is your recording the same and different compared to the original song? What were your reasons behind your decisions?
The lyrics were the same as the original song because jingle bell rock is a quite good song, better than any modifications I make, It creates a cheerful, festive environment. also, I don’t want to get confused, Because by the time I am halfway done, I will get really confused about what modifications are mistakes and what are intentional. However, I found the original chords not sounding at all like the intended sound, so I changed those out to something that sounds like the intended music, and it also sounds much more in tune when put together with the singing compared to the original chords.
How did your music classes prepare you for this assignment?
The music classes first help me get more comfortable about holding the ukelele, It also helps me by teaching me some basic chords and knowing how to learn new chords, because I didn’t know how to read the chord diagrams. Also, thanks to the classes, my garage band skills allow me to sound at least somewhat competent. I am now much better at using flex time to make my song in time, also, I know how to copy and paste pieces of music, I just kept recording a chord until it is perfect, and copied and pasted into the appropriate parts of the song. This has greatly helped with my time management, allowing me to make better songs with less time, meaning I could spend more time on other things such as singing, or tailoring the drummer. Also, I added a drummer to make my music sound better, since my strumming and singing is mostly in time, the drummer blends in with the song quite well and gives it a bit more flavour.