This is the link to the MIDI that I will use in my remix, this will help me create the remix overall and is very important to the project. It is the base of the remix as I will be making most of the project out of variations of this MIDI
This is the acapella I will be using for the project, with just the MIDI it doesn’t have the calm feeling that C148’s original Wet Hands has. This acapella has that feeling and would help me a lot in the future.
This video is the notes on the song and may help me in the future if I want to possibly record the song myself if the MIDI fails, this video has helped me a lot in understanding the notes of the MIDI better and would make it easier when i’m rewriting them in garageband
This is the original song Wet Hands, and if I ever have a problem with how the MIDI sounds or the acapella, then I can listen to this and figure out how the original song is supposed to sound like.
Explain the step by step process of this assignment
I was tasked with creating a song with garageband, the requirements? none.
I decided later on that I would create a remix of the song Wet Hands by C148, the song is quiet and calming and simply satisfying and I wanted to re create that with garageband.
At first I had nothing, other than the pre-made MIDI. I also didn’t have any ideas for what to do for the song to make it different and have the same feeling as the original. Although I did come across an acapella of the song on youtube which I’ve decided to use, it has a similar calmness to it like the original.
At a point in the project, it was hard figuring out timing and how to time the acapella with the MIDI. In the end, I used multiple cuts and at a point, I cut a chunk out of the song because I felt the MIDI didn’t fit well with that part. I added more instruments and I ended up making the song with the feeling I wanted. Drums were also a big part with this project, as the acapella and a melody aren’t enough, beat wise. I ended up making my own drums with the keyboard on my computer with a mix of the automated drums on garageband.
Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal
My Remix had everything I said it would have in the proposal, the MIDI and the acapella. It was clear and talked about what would make the song a success. I ended up also learning a lot in cutting audio to mix with MIDI which was my goal in the proposal. The proposal helped me a lot with understanding what I needed to do and how I should get it done, as I usually go in head on. I hope to use it as a technique in the future.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired
I Learned a bit in this project and not much was new. One of the things I did improve on was matching acapellas with the MIDI which is something I look forward to doing in the future if I want to do more remixes for it could be helpful if I am making a remix and I want to add more to the instrumental face of it. I also improved on having simple ideas when it comes to making things from scratch like this project, at the beginning I had no idea what to do for the project. Now my ideas and imagination simply increased and I can create remixes musically easier.
What challenges did you face and overcome
With not knowing what to do for the entire project one thing, I couldn’t figure out at a point on how to cut the acapella to match the MIDI, in all I think it took about an hour to cut and rewrite some of the notes on the midi to eventually harmonize it with the acapella. I also at a point had no ideas for how to made the song, a remix and have the same calm feeling. With the MIDI basically having the harmony of the song I couldn’t find drums, or anything that could help. I eventually stumbled across the acapella that would help me a lot in the future.
In the assignment, I was tasked with creating a song using garage band and I needed to record 4 samples that took place in school. 1 of the sounds had to be a voice recording, it had to have a drum track, and the sounds had to be edited using plugins. To start this, I went to record. I asked a few friends and 2 of them agreed to do some voice recording, I recorded their voice and got 3 samples instead of 1, one of them is my friend saying “Blueberry Muffin” and “Lemon Tart” in a Chinese accent and the other, is my other friend saying “Wait, it’s Crab Rave?” After these samples I needed 1 more, so I took a pair of drum sticks and recorded me clacking them to the beat of the song I already had a template of, I added them in and put them on a loop.
After I got all the songs, I added different plugins to the sounds such as: a bit-crusher, overdrives, noise gates, and some reverb.
In order to mix around the sounds a bit, I cut them into pieces and turned them into a beat and melody, so now the voices would talk along with the melody.
My song was a pre-made Midi remix, I didn’t want it to seem to obvious that I didn’t make it and I didn’t want the midi tracks upstaging the sounds. So I got 3 different midi remixes of the same song and smashed them together by cutting out different parts and keeping the melody and the drum tracks.
Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product.
The sounds were pretty helpful with the project and helped introduce a new variety of possibilities to use the inputs I learned in the last terminology assessment. It also introduced me to editing more audio, for I’m more used to editing videos in imovie and adobe. And Midi’s and loops don’t need as much editing because they were made to fit perfectly and already go with the melody. And with pure audio I can learn a lot easier and faster. I can use a lot more noise gate and spend more time trying to find the right threshold for it to take out the background noise and not most of it. I also have the chance to use inputs I don’t usually use, such as distortion and a bit crusher.
Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.
I learned many different things during this assessment, for example I never really cut my sounds so that they fit the beat and melody, now with recording a lot of my sounds live, I have to really focus on making them fit to the song. I also learned about how to use pitch editors to make the pitch of a sound or a voice sound higher and lower. I used this in all my sounds during the assessment as it helped make the sounds more unrecognisable as voices and sounds in school. I also used a lot more distortion, specifically a bit-crusher. I find the bit-crusher very interesting as if you apply it to a midi song. It sounds 8bit like in an old video game, this is just one type of distortion as the many kinds can introduce a ton of more possibilities and diversity in my mix.
I also used 2 different audio sounds I downloaded from the internet and I learned how to edit things that are not pure audio but have previously been through the editing process, and that gave me a whole new skill of taking or blocking out certain noises of already edited music. I also did a lot of cutting and looping with the MIDIs since the time limit existed, I had to do a lot of copying and pasting. This helped me with tempos and timing while working on a project like this one.
What challenges did you face and overcome?
Simply making a mix that had all the voices and sounds in it was hard, for it’s not everyday where you make a song out of random sounds and noises recorded throughout a school. It was hard having ideas for what the people would say in the recording and who would say it. I was also hard trying to come up with something original, as I usually improve MIDIs instead of making them. I would see this as similar to writing music theory as the notes and ideas are almost completely new.
I overcame this challenge by reusing one of my remixes from a few assessments ago, Crab Rave by NoiseStorm. I then took a lot of bits and pieces out until the music sounded like it was missing a couple of things,
2. A Beat
and with my song, I cut the sounds and voices so that they provided a bass and a beat to go with the mix. I would say that the song is not original but the ideas behind putting the voices into it were closer to it.
In the beginning, I had the challenge of cutting out parts of downloaded sounds. I downloaded a few sounds as ideas and to add more to the bass of the song and I had a really hard time trying too, I found a-capellas and isolated voices for my mix, but there was a huge reverb and some had an annoying echos, I overcame this by using compressors and noise gates to help control it and keep the isolated voices “isolated”. It took a long time and I finally did it.
But when I added the a-capella the timing didn’t match…
The tempo of the voice was too fast and was always getting in the way, I did a long time of cutting and ripping the audios but no luck. In the end, I took out the acapellas
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