Below are the projects that I have done in my first year at the River Hill music tech program.
Video Game Project
In this project I made a trailer for a video game using the music I made. I used ableton live to create my music and used a program called WeVideo in order to make the video. WeVideo is a video making and editing program that is very efficient and easy to use. In this project I enjoyed to opportunity to express my creativity and applying the development of music to a different kind of project. I learned that in order to create a video, the music you have must match the mood of the video. I decided to make a murder mystery game because I felt that my music had a scary and mysterious tone that allows it to fit this specific type of game. Overall, this project was very fun and I look forward to doing more projects similar to this.
The Drop Project
The five-step production process is pre-production, tracking, mixing, mastering, and post-production. In this process, tracking and mixing usually happen at the same time. It is important to always follow the process when producing music because it makes the music work in every possible setting. It allows the listener to hear all of the sounds in the song and how they are supposed to work together. In this song, I added a drum beat and I also found a percussion and bass loop to go along with the music loop. I found a electric drum loop that reminded me of screamo rap, and I decided to add in that sound for a short amount of time, and then in the drop. I put all of these tracks in a large block and chopped them into sections of four beats. Then, I deleted some parts making all parts of the song different from different loops playing over each other. The only time I had all my loops playing at the same time was during my drop.
I created a climax and drop in my music by stopping all of the music then adding the all of the loops in at the same time a beat later. My reverb and delay would allow the music to never truly stop, so the gap was covered. This made my song have a very interesting break in order to keep listeners interested. Mostly, I learned how to make my song sound official like larger producers. I learned how to cut music out add music together to keep the listeners interested and keep them listening. I made the song alluring and hoped to keep the listeners excited to hear the complete song.
Soundtrap is an online digital online workspace for composing music. In sountrap, there are MIDI tracks and audio tracks for loops similar to ableton live. For this song, I used audio loops to compose a song. I named this song SAD because the song is in a minor scale. For this song I wanted to convey the feeling of losing somebody you love and slowing returning back to who you were before them. This song has a upbeat part in it to show how a person always recovers from bad experiences but has a crying part after that to represent the fact that you never forget the bad thing that happened.
Incredibox is the first program we used during the music tech program. The program has 6 versions of beats that all sound good together, I used the first version and experimented until a made the song that I was looking for.
Remix Time Project
For this project, I had the opportunity to choose one of the provided samples; I chose this sample because I am very interested in trap music. Trap music is music made by electronic samples put together to make a nice song. I like listening to trap music by many artists. By using Ableton Live and Push, I learned how to effectively making beats using solo, mute, volume, and panning. I learned how to put together different samples and make music that sounds really good. By using push, I was able to change my music quickly by choosing new sounds and muting certain samples. Push also allowed me to use different volumes and panning. I liked using ableton live and push, because I was able to try different sounds and make completely different beats by using the same sample set. I used volume and panning to make my song balanced and musical. I used increased volume on the core sample that guided my song, and used decreased volume on samples I thought needed to me less defined. I used panning to make my sound musical and make it feel smooth and balanced. In this project I used ableton live and push to make a very nice using volume and panning. In this project, I mostly enjoyed testing different samples and seeing what sounded the best. It made it very fun to see how many songs I could make with the same variety of trap beat samples.
DJ Set Project
In my song, the loops were a frame drum, shakers, udu, and other various world percussion loops. I used these loops to create energy because, throughout my song, I switched between slower and faster loops to make my song upbeat and keep the listeners interested. I used the shakers as my main energy source because they were very fast and they sounded very exciting and they were an excellent supplement to my song. In my song, I used an A major scale. For my MIDI tracks, I used a grand piano sound and a piano bass sound. I created names for the loops made with MIDI sounds according to the way I played the loop on ableton push. I made the MIDI track using the grand piano higher note in contrast with the rest of my song so it could stand out against the more dense loops. I made the MIDI track using the piano bass in order to create a vibe with my song. To create flow in my remix, I added all of the loops in and used the push to make a live performance that I recorded to make the song. I used reverb and delay to keep the song going and the flow alive while the loops were playing. I also used panning and track volume to make my song flow, and make sure each of the loops was heard. I learned how to make a DJ set that I can use for recording mixes with ableton push. I learned how to combine different sounds that are good together and make a song that sounds different from every song I have ever made before. I enjoyed the opportunity to make a new type of song and I liked the creativity needed in order to succeed using MIDI tracks.
The Bell Project
For my original song I chose 5 sounds. For the sounds I chose and old fashioned organ, a piano bass, choir, bass, and an original sound called “the all american girl.” The old fashioned organ introduces more of an electric sound to the music. The choir adds an angelic theme to the song and blends all of the sounds together. My melody was the choir. The choir sound made the song sound less of simply a beat and make it sound more like a real song. The notes I played with the chorus made it sound like people were singing notes. The singers will make the song sound like a professionally made song. With mixing my song, I made a mix of when I added certain sounds and what notes I had them playing. The sound was put it a different order than what I had originally expected because I found that the song sounded better when the different sounds alternated. To end my song, I took all of the other tracks out, and I ended with my main sound (the all American girl). I enjoyed the ability to make my own sounds. I liked the MIDI tracks, because it gave me the freedom to make the exact sound that I liked. This freedom allowed me to make the song my own and let the song be fully original.
The Beat Box Project
My goal for this project was to make a chill song that still sounded different and new. I used the 808 drum kit, the 707 drum kit, and the Coral drum kit. The different drum kits all had different sounds that brought a new element to my music that made my song complete. The 808 and 707 were more classic drum beats, but the Coral drum beat was very different and it had different sounds that let me make my song a lot more interesting for listeners. I mostly used the push for the “finger-drumming” method. For this project, I used effects and breaks in my song to keep the listeners engaged and excited for what would come next. I added a break in the climax of my sound by solely using the Coral drum beat and my melody to add a different vibe to the music. After that, I brought all of my sounds back add added my bass beat. To end my song, I slowly took some sounds out and finished with two measures of my melody. By using these tactics to make my song sound better, I hope to keep the listeners interested. To mix my song, I played with the volume to make each sound well heard. To make each sound heard, I made them fit into each other so that where one had a break, another one would immediately fill the empty sound. I used panning to clearing distribute the music and make the finished project sound perfectly blended. In this project, I enjoyed the ability to make my song, that sounds good, without the help of an audio. I liked the MIDI tracks because it gave me the freedom to make the exact sound that I liked. This freedom allowed me to make the song my own and let the song be fully original. I also enjoyed testing different drum kits and seeing what sounded the best. I liked being able to take the same notes that I drew in one kit and see how they sounded in a different kit. Overall, this project was very enjoyable because I am proud of my final outcome.