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Mash up

Explain the step by step process of this assignment… 

First, we were told about this project. We had different options such as EDM, beatboxing, and doing a mashup. I chose to do a mashup because I had some ideas for what I could do, and I was also most familiar with this. Then once we picked what we were doing, we had to write a proposal. In the proposal, we had to explain what our goals were, what our success criteria are, and more. After writing about that, we moved on to researching. I looked at four sources and wrote down all the tips and information about mashups. I learned that timing is one of the most key features, and blending songs in is what makes it sound like one song. After we finished learning more about our chosen type of project, we moved on to creating it. For me, that started off by choosing my songs. I had to try different songs and see what songs matched in their timing. I did this by testing what tempos work for the songs. Once I found four songs, I started editing it. I made sure it transitioned well and edited it to sound like a mashup.


Assess your success against your assessable criteria from your proposal… 
The criteria that I came up with for assessing myself were having the right tempo for all songs, making the songs blend in, sounding like one song, and if I have all different elements like loops, drums, beats, similar wording & tune, and if there are 4 or more songs. At least according to me, the timing of the songs is right and sounds like the original. I played the one where I changed the tempo at the same time as the original and it played together, so I think it is fine. The metronome cannot be heard either. For making the sounds blend in and sound like one song, I am not sure if my transitions were completely smooth. I know that the songs are similar enough and can sound like one song, but I don’t know if I did a good job connecting them. It sounds a bit sudden at some point, though I tried to make it sound like one by using the background track and gradually increasing and decreasing the sound. My song was 3 minutes instead of 2, and I should have made it shorter but it made the most sense to have it be this long. I used a few loops, though I didn’t use any drums, and I chose songs with similar beats and wording. I had 4 songs. I think overall, I was fairly successful because it was a mashup and sounded like one. It was just the little things that require experience and practice that could be improved. I think I did well for my first time making a mashup.


Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired. 
During this project, I learned what kind of songs go together and what songs don’t. I learned this by checking the tempos and beats of songs and seeing if the rhythm and wording are similar. I learned what the necessary elements of mashups are. I talked about the success criteria in the previous question, and those are the necessary elements. It overall needs to sound blended in and like one song, and I did that by using what I learned from the research that I did. My research included how to change metronome and how to find the right tempo. I found out about features called “enable flex” and “follow tempo and pitch” on GarageBand and how I can use that for a good mashup. I learned about how to align songs, and where parts such as choruses and “catchiest parts” go. I got more of a sense of what songs are similar and what songs are not by the instruments and notes.


What challenges did you face and overcome. 
I faced some challenges during this project but I didn’t have a hard time overcoming them. One of the challenges I faced was what songs to pick. I tested out at least 10 songs and couldn’t pick. They all seemed to go together and their wording wasn’t too different.

Project Genesis – Crit A research

Link of research:  https://drive.google.com/file/d/1fscxWcRb7u3yUQ0XtsqWPmSfAoWay6jX/view

What information are you using from that link?: I learned that I should start playing the song from the first pulse and cut out the empty part. Then we have to check the metronome to see if it matches the beat and pace of the song and adjust it accordingly. Other than from hearing, the other way to tell that it’s not the right metronome is that the wave starts before or after the counts (eg. 1.3), but not on it. If you click enable flex and follow tempo and pitch, the beat won’t change and the song with sound the same, except that it will be faster. You can do these steps for the next song too.

Link of research:  https://www.digitaldjtips.com/2012/03/how-to-make-a-mashup/

What information are you using from that link?: For a mashup to sound amazing, you need to have songs that have matching structures (chorus, verses). It has to happen at the same time for the song to sound like it is one song and not two. The beats and the instruments also should be similar. If they aren’t similar, then they should be contrasting sounds that go together well. It could be either two similar sounding guitars or a guitar and drum that contrast and sound good.

Link of research: https://djbooth.net/pro-audio/how-to-make-the-perfect-mashup

What information are you using from that link?: This link talks about similar things. It says the BPM (or beats per minute) have to match. The speed has to be similar for the songs to blend in. As I learned from the first link and from this link, it is possible to find the right metronome and click follow tempo and pitch, which means I can increase and decrease the speed of a song to match the speed of the other songs. The link also talks about song structure, but we have already learned that in the previous link. The last thing is that the keys have to match. Some notes absolutely don’t match. To avoid that, you can cut the song and change the positioning to make sure those notes don’t come at the same time.

Link of research: https://www.instructables.com/id/Making-a-mash-up-with-songs-intro/

What information are you using from that link?: This link talks about how you can change the volume of the songs to make them blend. If there is a soft beat, it can complement the other song, and vice versa so the songs are blended in. It is better if you take the “catchiest” part of a song and place the other sounds surrounding it.

Project Genesis – Crit C Proposal

What is the goal for your assignment? 
My goal for this assignment is to create a mashup with 4 or more songs, using GarageBand, that is 2 minutes long and sounds like only one song. I want to use songs that blend well together and sound like they are one song. I will use volume, similar words, loops/extra sounds, drums/beats etc to make the song sound blended in.


Why this project? 

I chose this project because since we have been focusing on GarageBand this unit, I want to improve on my GarageBand skills even more. I know how to use the features of GarageBand, so I want to see what I can achieve using those skills. I am also interested in mashups and I think they sound really cool because people think of the most unique similarities in beats and words of two songs and turn them into a mashup that sounds like a whole new song altogether.


Outline/Process (Steps) to Achieve Goal.
The steps for me to achieve my goal are: – Watch videos so I can prepare myself and learn more for making a mashup. – Find 4 songs that would go together. I will have to listen to many artists and genres to decide. – Start working on the mashup. – If needed, change one of the songs if it doesn’t fit in. – Use many features of GarageBand to blend the songs. – Finish it up. – Reflect on my product. Think of the things I did well and what I can improve on.


What do you hope to learn? 
I hope to learn what kinds of songs and beats go together, taking into consideration what the rhythm is and what the words are. By the end of the unit, I want to know what are the necessary elements of a mashup and what details I have to get right. I also hope to learn some new features of GarageBand.


What are the criteria you will use to self assess the success of your product? 
The criteria I will use to self assess the success of my product is how well I can make the songs blend in, sound like one song, and if I have all different elements like loops, drums, beats, similar wording & tune, and if there are 4 or more songs. If I manage to have all these elements and make it all go together, I will know that I have been successful in my work because it will be a perfect mashup with all its necessary features.

Grade 8 Science – Credible Scientist

How did I become a more credible scientist?

Our statement of inquiry, in my own words, is that it is our job as credible and reliable scientists to use proper procedure to conduct experiments in our environment. I became a more credible scientist through learning different techniques throughout 3 different experiments. We learned the relationships between the Independent Variable and Dependent Variable. For example, in the Paper Flyers example, as I increased the length of the wings (IV), the time it stayed in the air (DV) increased. I learned how to see the IV affecting the DV. While collecting data, we went through different challenges and I had to be a credible scientist by accounting them in my trials. If I dropped the whirlybird but it crashed into the wall before it landed down, I counted that as one of the trials because it takes in account real life scenarios. Though that did happen in some situations, we tried to make our experiment as valid as possible. We had controlled variables. We tried to control the mass, height which it is dropped, etc, but there were some things we couldn’t control like wind from the air-con. We did three trials per independent variable to get a variety of data to confirm the average of the independent variable. We used 5 different independent variables so we have a variety of results. Then we analysed all the data into different types of tables and graphs to present our information clearly.We had different elements such as raw data which is the actual results from the trials, the processed data which is the averages, and the graph. The different trend-lines showed that my data was reliable and mostly consistent because my 3 trials had similar data.


Culminating assignment product

Describe the process of the assignment.

In this assignment, we had to find four different sounds from the school and include them in a song. One of them had to be a teacher, that was not Mr. O’Toole, speaking. There were two parts to the assignment. The first was doing a screencast. In the screencast, you had to record your voice explaining each sound and telling what plug-ins you used to edit the sound. We had to use the plug-ins to distort the music enough so that you can’t recognize it anymore. The screencast could be a maximum of two minutes long. In the second part, we had to use the edited sounds and apply them into a song. Along with the four sounds, five in my case, we had to have two software instruments, at least four loops, a drum track and it has to be at least two minutes long. The software instruments I used were two types of guitar, and I used over five loops. The process of this assignment was spread over 2-3 weeks.

Discuss your CDNIS sounds and how useful they were for your end product.

I chose to have five sounds and they were a pencil writing, kids shouting in the gym while playing dodgeball, a teacher saying ‘I like pe’, the shower running in the changing rooms, and the hand dryer in the bathroom. I played all of them two times in the song, other than the pencil, which I played three times. The plugins changed their sounds completely and made them sound either softer or louder, and made them sound distorted. At the end, they were very useful to my final product because without them, the song would be incomplete. My song was upbeat and was a mix of rock, drums, guitar and pop-sort of sounds. While it had many loops and drum sounds, they were all sounds that were part of the background. They were the sounds that enhanced and added tune to the edited sounds from school. But without the edited sounds, the rest of the song would be empty and with random loops here and there. The edited sounds gave meaning to the song.

Evaluate your learning and new skills acquired.

I learned a lot of new skills during this unit. Before this, I was not strong at using Garageband and could only add loops and record sounds. This unit required us to use a lot of features of Garageband and therefore, I had to watch videos and explore Garageband to figure it out. The new skills I acquired were using plug-ins, playing software instruments, and making everything fit in as a song. In the terminology assignment, we had to research 18 different plug-ins that are in Garageband and with that assignment, I learned what the different plug-ins are and using videos, I learned how to find and apply them on Garageband. It was pretty cool seeing how those plug-ins play in and work rather than just knowing what they do. Even though we did a software instrument assignment, I still learned more in this unit. I changed the octave and tested out different types of instruments like harps, drums, and guitars. I also learned how to use loops and software instruments to make sounds that normally sound noisy, sound a part of a song.

What challenges did you face and overcome?

It was a challenge for me, because in my old school, I didn’t use Garageband much and only knew a few basic things. Even after formatives, this is the assignment where I had to use all the features I had heard about so far and actually use them. It was particularly hard to find the different plug-ins and decide which ones to use, but through videos, I figured out which ones were best for turning the sounds into what I wanted. It was also heard making the sounds sound like one song, because they were all so different. I still find this heard and I am not sure if I did that well, but I tried my best to use the loops and drum to make it all blend in. The last challenge I had was making it not sound repetitive, but not completely random at the same time. I repeated the sounds once so it wasn’t random, but I had different loops each time so it was different.