This Soundtrap composition had some inspiration from Radiohead and some breakdance music I was listening to. I tried to incorporate a Radiohead type guitar bass into this while keeping a sort of hip hop vibe with trumpets beeping in the background. The panning is thus so: The original method of the song (hip hop drums) are in the middle same with the trumpets while the Xylophone is on the left (left being the beginning) and the guitar is panned right ( the right side signifying the end is near and goodbye).
DJ Set Project
1. The loops create the beat from which the song is based off of. Energy is added as the song should go, but this is the baseline where th energy begins. The electrons flowing from the speakers towards the people prepare everyone for what is to come. 2. I originally began with a Lochrean scale to take a challenge upon myself, especially since Mr. McCready only said one person got that devil scale correctly. However, I could not find a good loop to use for such scale, resulting in my regression towards a lydian scale in G. 3. To create flow, I decide to revert back to an 80s vibe to create my song. I found little tracks I could use to create my own loops, so I decided to combine vibes of both 80s and of now to create a combined flow of the song, thus making it different from every other song. 4. I learned how to effectively use the Push and Bencil function to get different scaling options.
The Drop Project
1. The 5 step process, from preproduction, tracking, mixing,m mastering to post production, all encompass producing music. They are just steps towards creating a finite design of a song. They also include creating important sequences within music. 2. For tracking and mixing my music, I tried to use the TDRNova instead of panning to move the music around the "room." It makes it much easier than assuming the panning and helps me identify where music may go red. Its a very simple procedure and one that is far more essential towards production. 3. To create my climax, I slowly built up the song from the beginning. As it went on, I dropped all of a sudden at the beginning to only a stringed instrument playing. It was a soothing sound before the rapture of music began. 4. I learned how to use other tools besides panning and sending and other tools. These include the limiter to identify the volume, the TDRNova to pan and send, and the compression to change the music around. All in all, this has changed my perspective on how complicated music tech is.
Beat Box Project
1. What choices did you make in selecting kits, and what methods did you use to record your beats and bass line?Rather than go with an orthodox method, I decided to download new kits that suited me. I strive to be different in my normal life, so I decided to do so in my music. My previous soundtrack was not the greatest, and I took a toll after listening to the beats, reflecting how it was me. Accordingly, I went to my roots: the Indian classical, as my first kit to add in. However, this was basic and my whole purpose of this class is for me to learn how to implement a fusion between Indian and Western music in a clean manner. From there, I knew I needed a trap beat, so I added in a kit that allowed me to do so. Filling in the wholes between both the tabla and the beat, I added in my bass line and it all began to piece together. Surprisingly, one of the kits that I had included voice lines. Of course, I had to add it in. 2. What choices did you make in assembling your song and adding effects? The choices I made in assembling my song was attempting to find music that fit. While I did not achieve that task with the tabla and the analog jaw kit, I did with everything else and that was what mattered to me. Regarding the effects, I applied them to the each kit within my song to keep a feel that I was recording in a room.
3. How did you mix your song? What did you do to make sure that every sound was heard in the mix? I mixed my song by keeping my bass guitar in the middle with each successive kit going to either left or right. During the drum battle, I kept all 3 kits apart so that it can allow for more fluidity and the feel as if you are in the room listening to them playing. Panning and Volume were the main ideas that were used in the song for mixing, along with compressor depending on if it could be heard. In the case of the tabla, I had to apply a compressor to keep the great kit without making a grainy noise if I increased the volume.
4. What did you enjoy most about this project, and what did you learn most from it? I enjoyed the creativity of it and how it pushed me out of my comfort zone. I never would have believed in myself to do 3 drum kits at once if it were not for this project. It also allowed me to experiment with new ableton kits outside of the program itself. I intend to continue experimenting with Ableton as I go as it has provided me with new ideas and a new way to analyze music. The class has really inspired me to continue my passion of music and how I can let it help me in my life. I actually named the song littleboy (now littlebrownboy to add in some ideas with the tabla) I was always bullied for being "too indian." With my prior soundtrack, I tried moving away as I remembered all the hate I got for being too indian, but I decided this time should be different. I should not take other people's advice and follow what my body is telling me to do. Follow my heart is what I told myself as I perservered throughout the project. While I do not like the analog jaw kit being with the tabla (The tabla just does not go), I stopped worrying and found my own style of music. As a little boy, now a taller boy, I am finding who I am and what I am capable of through music, one of the best ways of expressing myself. The sounds are panned so on the right side is the bully (all the other sounds) and on the left is me (with the tablas). The vocals are bystanders watching a fight between a bully against me, a little boy in this dark world.
1. What sounds did you choose from the browser for your song and what did you like about these sounds? I decided to mimic Mike Oldfield's cesspool of imagination by using 2 audio clips. At first, I had trouble deciding on just one audio clip to use since the two basic audio clips, Guiro and shaker, were just too great. Eventually, I was forced to switch the beat towards the middle of the song, but in my opinion, it worked very well.
2. What choices did you make in creating and recording your melody to go with your beat? Over the course of the project period, I utilized a variety of different melodies to figure out which one worked. I tapped my foot to match the melody then used my fingers in the air to match it again. Moving my fingers to the beat, I turned on the push and started pushing away. My original melody, the analogue bass, was kept because I really enjoyed how it sounded. It added diversity to the music since just using one melody throughout would be boring.
3. What choices did you make in mixing and finishing your song? I decided to use a different method when mixing and finishing my song, moving the pan to create the effect of switching speakers and using an outro. The switching of speakers provided a differentiation of music in the final stages of the song. My friend and I could hear most of the music easily which was great. The outro was hard as I had to decide on one melody that would be great, and it took me a couple of tries to find the correct one. Following this, I copied it 3 times and deicded to mix all 3 versions together, making a whole new sound that sounds both crispy and old.
4. What did you enjoy most about this project and what new skills did you learn? I liked how the song felt like an old 70s to 80s song, which was great since the century of 1900s had the best music ever created in my humble opinion. I enjoyed it a lot more than the first project as this one allowed for creative freedom rather than being constricted to certain melodies. New skills I learned were creating my own melody and matching up with a beat, which I believed to be the hardest part.
1. Why did you choose the particular sample set that you chose? What did you like about the clips in that sample set? I chose the particular sample set as it stood out from others. It had a mix of some electronic music and some classical music from India. I decided to also add in other clips from other sets to create a conglomerate of sets and make a relaxing yet upbeat song. The music reminded me of my time and want to play the Tablas, and inspired me to continue my passion.
2. What did you learn in the process of creating your remix with Ableton Live and Push? I learned about the interesting opportunities out there with producing music. While this is only entry-level work, the ease of implementing the music into the program and using the push to begin the songs is fantastic. I never understood how an artist like Kanye West was able to change voices from one ear to another but with the pan function, it was an extremely simple process. The volume transitions are especially great. In a program such as Premiere Pro, I never understood how to manually introduce music, but with Ableton, it's as easy as turning a dial.
3. What choices did you make in using volume and panning to make your song balanced and musical? I decided to introduce the song by bringing the song in from silence to 0 db through a slow process. Certain samples were represented on the right side, while others were on the left to differentiate between the multiple sounds occurring. In prior music, I played around and constantly switched one sample from left to right ear each second. Apparently, one of my classmates received a headache, deciding that I should not reimplement it and choose a different route (like the one I took).
4. What did you enjoy most about this project? I enjoyed the flexibility and freedom in the project. It is something I only experience playing my guitar at home and making art at home. In school, it boils down to what the teacher wants within certain parameters (project based on this book et. al.). However, with this project, I could learn and create music that is unique to me and me only.
The introduction to our class, this project expanded my knowledge of music to Acapella. The company behind this is fantastic at their combination of beats that work any way you use it.