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.

Culminating Assignment – Product/Crit B/D – Sounds of CDNIS

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.

Ukelele song: Jingle bell rock

My recording:

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.

Ukulele Submission- Amazing Grace

My final product

Criteria Ai, Aiii:

Discuss your Ukulele recording. Items to discuss include timing, note accuracy, rhythm accuracy.

The song I am doing is Amazing Grace, the song is 16 bars long. The time signature is 3:4. the song is also accompanied by C, F and G chords. However, I failed to complete my recording, There are a few reasons for this. Firstly, in the second lesson that we can record, I didn’t realise that I needed to set up Garage band, due to the time needed to install Garage band, I didn’t manage to record the ukelele. Secondly, during the two lessons after, I realised I still haven’t finished practising it, I think I overestimated my ability because I just couldn’t edit out my mistakes. So I spent the next few lessons practising. After I was confident that with minimal editing, I could get it right, I brought my Bluetooth headphones. The first time I did that, I hadn’t known that my headphones weren’t connected, so after I finished recording, The metronome can still be heard. Then the next music day, I did connect the earphones and garage band said it was recorded, but the audio just didn’t play out, even the master volume gage didn’t show anything, also, I used the wrong time signature. In the last lesson, I managed to record the first eight notes using my classmate’s earphones, but I ran out of time to finish the rest.


Discuss your overall understanding of Garageband and its processes. Items to discuss include editing, timing, arranging, timing, etc. How has your skill at Garageband impacted your song?

My skill in GarageBand is okay in my opinion. First of all, I know how to trim some parts in the audio to help me with my do so, you press command and T. Secondly, I know how to use flex time to edit as well, however, I still don’t know how to expand the audio. I don’t think this would hinder me too much, however, I still think that if I knew, I would be able to save lots of time, not needing to focus on stretching my notes out. Thirdly, I know how to use the metronome and the beats before the actual recording. Also, I would like to have known how to connect my blue tooth earphones to GarageBand, because I would have saved even more time and might have managed to finish the submission. Overall, I think my skill in GarageBand has helped impact my recording, however, if I knew more things, I might have been able to complete this task.