Project Genesis – Crit B/D

Explain the step by step process of this assignment:
Firstly, I have to decide what genre I wanted my music to be. After some careful consideration, I decided to take a bold move and decided to try to create classical music, something I am not familiar with. Afterwards, I did some research on what makes music classical. then I started working on the music. After conquering my composer’s bloc by drawing inspiration, I started to play the midi instruments. I tried out different instruments and different styles until I am satisfied with it. I then added plug-ins such as the reverb to enhance the flavour and smoothness of the midi instruments. I then added some loops to make the track sound complete.
Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal:
I believe My song is quite successful due to the following reasons:
-The song must be at least 2 minutes long. I am absolutely sure I meet this criterion as my song is over 3 minutes long.
-The song must contain at least 2 midi instruments. I am also absolutely sure that I meet this criterion as my track has 11 midi instrument tracks.
– This song must contain at least 1 drummer track. I did not meet this criterion, however, I have overwhelming justification for not doing so. firstly, The classical pieces I listened to did not have a drummer. Secondly, My piece simply doesn’t fit with a drummer track, it completely ruins the atmosphere I am trying to create. Thirdly, I tried many different tracks and created a mental catalogue of which tracks will be good for which, therefore achieving the reason why I even set this criterion in the first place: to learn to use different tracks in appropriate situations. All in all, I believe my piece was a complete success.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired:
doing project genesis has taught me many things. Firstly, I learned to use midi instruments in an effective and significant matter. This is an extremely important milestone for me as this is the first-ever creation I used midi instruments as the main body of my piece. Secondly, I learned to use loops as support for other tracks, rather than as the main part. In the past, I always feel that all the other tracks have been overshadowed by my excessive use of loops. I have finally managed a balance between midi instruments and loops in project genesis.
What challenges did you face and overcome:
The first challenge I had was the composer’s block. I was completely frozen with indecisiveness at first and wasted a full lesson or two until I finally got over it by listening to classical music. The next challenge was to combine the loops and the midi instrument tracks. I decided on using loops in the more intense part of the music and playing the midi instrument in the calmer parts of the piece. This turned out to work quite well. Lastly, I was having difficulty transitioning from a slow pace to fast pace and vice versa. This problem was solved by fiddling with the tempo of the track.

Project Genesis – Criteria Aii


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.



What information are you using from this link? 
 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



What information are you using from this link? 
 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.



What information are you using from this link? 
 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.

Project genesis proposal:

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.