AThis song was based on using a mode to construct a song as well as creating a drone within the song. The chosen choice of key was F blues minor. I chose this because it allows me to use a F major and F minor chords within the song. Using a bass and a guitar I successfully created a drone. From there I add a drum kit and percussion. Eventually, I add a melody with a jazz guitar and muted guitar.
The melodies made were from a previous song I made with similar criteria that fit into the same key. The instruments, however, were changed to match the style of the song to be more jazzy. The drums chosen also matched this as I used a studio kit rather than a drum machine. The percussion set used was of a jazz kit with brushes on cymbals. Finally I added a swing groove as well as reverb.
A View to a Remix
This is a remix of the 1985 Duran Duran song "A View to a Kill". By cutting up the song into sections and mixing them around to recreate the song. This required correctly matching and aligning the song to the tempo. I then recorded drum tracks to play along with the song. Finally, I added some prerecorded shakers and udu.
When recording this song I found that I could play the intro on top of the verse as the notes lined up, but also created dissidence. I also added certain beats to the style of the song it lined up with. This includes adding a fill to the song during the song's transitions. FInally, when all the drums were finished, I cut out all of my own additions to the song to included the authentic ending.
Drones and Modes
This song was one the required a mode with a drone using a tanpura. A tanpura is and Indian string instrument used in the the Beetle's song, "Within you, Without you" of which the song is inspired by. We had to add a drum track and melody to play along the tanpura. while also matching the key of the tanpura. I chose to use the Db key for my key as it's not commonly used a major key.
I chose to make a more jazzy/funky composition even though it has a main Indian instrument. I added tabla, a drum kit, and a shaker to the song as the percussion as I felt it fit the song's genre. For the melody I chose to use a jazz guitar and a clav. I feature the key change during the transition to the clav and during the guitar's melody. This was as a transition between two different genres with in the song.
Wall of Sound
I decided to create a song with a rock and roll like feel. Using the C key, I added a bass line, drums, two percussions, a melody, and a harmony. I also took a slower tempo compared to some of the clips. Finally, I allowed the harmony to continue after everything already finished playing. For the Climax, I put it about 2/3 through the song. I also used a riser that went from the right to the center to lead up to the climax. Using the 1 measure pause technique, I tried to emphasize the beat drop. Finally, I did a parabolic curve to to properly increase the volume right before the climax. To automate the the music, I changed the volume parabolically throughout the song. This was to properly change the volume based to on the fact that volume follows a logarithmic curve rather than a linear one. I also automated the panning of the riser right before the climax of the song.I learned how to properly automate volume to make it sound correct. I also learned how to automate the EQ of an instrument throughout the song, although didn't automate in this song. In this project, I also learned how to make the most effective climax to a song and got risers to add to the build up of this song.
In our color song, we chose to keep everything smooth and relaxing to fit the theme of the color. Scarlet is seen as a calming color so we wanted to replicate that by creating a song to be calming. We only used 3 tracks, drums, melody, and harmony while speaking between each verse of the melody in order to not cover it up. We picked scarlet because we all felt a connection to that color and knew what it meant to us. We split ourselves up during the process of creating the song. Jeremy composed a song while Michael and I wrote the poetry to go along with the song. We decided to make the poem more personal and meaningful rather creating one that only had a general meaning of scarlet. When we got together during recording, we decided to record the lines between the melody and split the reading between me and Michael. I enjoyed the idea of writing a song with vocals and balancing the music for the vocals. It’s fun to go through a similar process as a real, professional singer would do. The hardest part of the song process was writing the actual poem that the song would go with. However, once we wrote it, the rest came to us naturally.
I decided to make a tactical World War 2 game on which the player would play as the British Army Commander throughout the war. I included many real operation names and tried to make it historically accurate. For my song, I chose to a make a classical piece the depicted the somber, yet hopeful mood of WW2. I used a combination of orchestral instruments to finish the song, adding chords, melodies, countermelodies, and harmonies. With the project, I learned how to use powerpoint in tandem with music.
I wanted to somewhat relate the movie to things happening in my life, so I decided to relate it to the stock market game I am playing in Principles of Business. I went with a theme of insider trading as I feel like that is a subtly scary topic as it can be seen in everyday life. For the music to go along with that, I wanted something relatively simple rather than complex as it effectively contrasted with the complex theme of the video. My music was designed to put people at ease as they watch potentially real-life events play out. The energy was supposed to be tense as the video continued and the situation unfolded so I reflected that by creating a sound that differed once the shady dealings commenced. Finally, I reused the initial track but changed the chord progression as the video concluded. For the music, I played a note and its corresponding flat 5th to create dissidence and suspense for the audience. I enjoyed the idea of making a soundtrack for a movie and loved the process of actually making the movie for the soundtrack. I made both the movie to fit the soundtrack and the soundtrack to fit the movie in order to have them work in perfect harmony. I struggled somewhat with the timing of everything and making sure lined up the way I wanted it to. I also had trouble with combining multiple tracks so that they matched up well.
This project focused on remixing the 80's song Chariots of Fire from the movie of the same name. I wanted to mostly recreate the original with a bit of my own artistic elements. I started by created the repetitive drone that plays throughout the song, using a synth to play eighth notes throughout the song. I then used a grand piano to play both parts of the melody, adding a second, lower octave to the b section in order round out the sound. I then added a jazz guitar to play alongside the melody, both complementing the melody and playing harmony to the melody of the grand piano. I also added a second synth to the drone, but playing whole notes rather than eighth. FInally, I created a synth brass section to play chord harmonies that would reduce the repetitive nature of the song by having them somewhat matching the original brass, but also doing something new.
During the project, I improved my ability to hear a song and replicate the notes. This is a skill I've been working on to improve my ability to recognize melodies and the similarities between them in different songs. I learned how to randomize the notes in a track using the ableton built-in plugins. This will be useful in reducing the repetitiveness that plagues some of my other projects. I also worked on using the built-in compressor and the Nova EQ to better balance the song as well as to optimize certain instruments to sound strong in the range they play in the song. Finailly, I learned how to read treble clef in order to play the melody of Chariots of Fire on the piano as well as improved by ability to play the piano.
Jazz Loops focused on creating synergy with a combination of many different jazz, funk, and blues loops. For this project, I decided to put each loop in the key of 'G'. I started off with creating putting a drum beat to keep a steady rhythm and add from there. I included mostly string instruments as well as a Clavviet and Bari Sax round out the song. Finally, I inserted some drum solos and fills to Mix up the song. I mixed the song to add crescendos and solos so certain instruments could be put in the spotlight.
In the project, I learned how to transpose loops to match key and the how many pitches to raise or lower it for it to match. This is important in creating harmonious loops that sound correct when played together. If keys are matched up, to loops in different keys usually sound "wrong" as they often play chords that are not pleasant to the ear. I also learned more about what instruments go together and what roles they play in the song. For example, a Bari Sax is usually playing the baseline, but it can also play the melody if put with the correct instruments. Overall, this project was one of my favorite so far.