Below are the projects that I have done in my second year at the River Hill music tech program.
For this project, I decided to make a song using the poem Phenomenal Woman by Maya Angelou. For this song I used R&B loops from the Loops for Live Pack. I set the mode but using a slow and calm piano music loop. I then added the R&B drums to create energy within my composition and I added bass loops and percussion to add flow. I mixed this song by panning it and adding EQs so that all the loops would be heard at optimal capacity.
In this song, I used a mp3 of Oprah recited the poem Phenomenal Woman, by Maya Angelou. I was inspired to do this because this poem has a great importance to me personally. I was also motivated to use this poem because it is Black History Month and Maya Angelou and Oprah Are both large figures in African American history. From this project, I learned how to add mp3 to songs and make it sound rhythmic. I enjoyed the ability to create a song surrounding the kind of music that goes with a specific mp3. I liked making this song because I felt a large connection to it and felt like I was making an important song.
Chariots of Fire Remix
In this project, we created a remix of the famous song, Chariots of Fire. I started by selecting many different beats that I believed went with the song, then I made the song through the use of MIDI tracks. Through this project, I learned how to play sheet music on Ableton Push, and how to add my own creative spin on songs. In this composition, it was difficult for me to learn how to play the song in the correct notes on the Ableton Push. When I figured out how to play the correct notes, I practiced repeatedly and recorded my MIDI tracks.
On this composition, I made numerous creative decisions. Firstly, I decided to have two tracks with beats in order to have multiple beat loops going at the same time. Secondly, I decided to keep my melody as a piano because I believed it kept with the energy, mood, and flow of my song. Finally, I decided to move the tempo of the song down to 106 instead of 136. I decided to decrease the tempo of my song because I wanted to create a slower mood to my music. Overall, this project challenged me in new ways and helped me become a better musician.
For this movie, I used Albany to help create some eerie sounds to set the mood of the song. To add energy to the movie, I added percussion and drum tracks and I also utilized different bass loops to give my song the flow that I was striving for. To make this song, I added different loops on a track that had other similar loops, and then use the ableton push to combine these loops into a song. Throughout the song, I tried to keep up with the suspenseful and scary mood of the movie to create an appropriate sound. Overall, I believe that this project helped expose me to a new type of music I don't usually use and helped me increase my skills using MIDI tracks. While making the music for this project, there were a few obstacles I had to face. the most challenging part of this project would be using midi chalks to create a scary sound through Alchemy; because it is very difficult for me to use midi tracks but I believe this was great exposure. Another challenging part of this project trying to make it still have a spooky sound even after adding different elements to my song other than the midi tracks.
To create the video I first thought about a good focus for a horror movie. Was I to stage a killer, supernatural beings, even Casper the ghost? I wanted to find something with a story that would not only be scary, but intriguing to the audience. I decided on a story based in med-evil times. The plot would be about a prominent kingdom in the dark ages plagued by the misdeeds of a very powerful witch. With a story like this there is already the association with dark magic and vexing that comes with the witch community, but also a rich history to be looked into. In WeVideo I began to look for clips representing kingdoms, castles, and magic. Upon getting the music I then preceded to arrange, categorize, and time the clips to the mood.
To create my composition I made tracks with different loops according to the type of track and how I wanted it to be used in my song. My tracks were called : breakbeat, world beat, hip hop, electronic, bass, up and down piano, and ubiquitous piano. For the piano tracks, I chose different chord sequences and edited them so they sounded the way I wanted them to. Also, for my bass I used the chord sequences from my piano and deleted the top to notes of each sequence. Overall, this process was very meticulous and very careful as I crafted this son
In order to create mood, energy, and flow I mixed my song critically and made sure each sound was heard. One main contributor to the mood, energy, and flow of my music was the arpeggiator that I added t0 the piano tracks. I added two different arpeggiators because I believed they both went well with my song. Also, I panned my tracks so that I could hear each piece of music separately and make the song the way I wanted it to sound. In addition, I added lots of very deep drums towards the middle of my song because I wanted to give my music an engrossing type of vibe. I added an electronic track that would not normally be mixed with this type of song , but I believe that in my song it gave it a unique type of sound that I liked.
For this project, I was asked to create a piece in Soundtrap that represented who I am. Truthfully, this project was very difficult for me because I did not know what I wanted my musical identity to be. I wanted to create a musical image of myself that did not stray too far away from my past compositions, while still showing who I hope to become in the future. After trying to create songs with many different genres, I decided on a smooth trap beat. This song mostly represents who I hope to become in the future as it is not too similar to my past compositions. I used Soundtrap, an online audio workstation, to create this song. I used loops from a brand, Cymatics, to create a true musical identity of myself. The loops were from the diamonds hip hop sample pack. I wanted to create a trap beat for this song because that is the direction I am hoping to take my future music. My music tech teacher, Mr. McCready, has always said that the most important elements of a song are "energy, mood, and flow." This song is titled FLOW because I believe that it mostly represents the importance of flow in music.