The 1st Song I Made
For my first project, I added drums, a beat, guitar, and bass from the loops provided in soundtrap. First I found a beat then a drum loop that worked well with it and kept adding more loops that worked well with the beat. I was trying to go for a rock n roll feel. I added fade ins and fade outset just for when the song begins and ends. I also adjusted the volume of the different loops so that the beat would fit into and sound like what I wanted and thought it should sound like.
I learned how to combine the different loops to make a beat. I learned about how to layer my loops to create flow through the beat. I liked adding the effects of pan to one of the loops. Since this was my first attempt at creating a beat I got to see what flow and energy I prefer to have in some of my songs. I also learned how to use soundtrap to construct a beat even though at the time I did not fully understand all the possibilities and different choices that were at my disposal to make a beat.
Thirty Second Podcast
I picked my favorite song which at the time of doing this assignment was the song "Dream On" by Aerosmith, but my favorite song is constantly changing and does not stay the same. To do this I downloaded the song "Dream On" from my computer to soundtrap as a loop for this project. I added a fade in and a fade out for the song and while the song could not be heard I used the microphone to record my voice talking about the song, what the name of the song is, and who played it.
I can think of two things that I learned from this assignment one being how to use the microphone to record your own voice. The other being how to import something into my soundtrap project.
This project focused obviously just mainly on drums and how to create a drum beat without just getting straight from the roundtrip loops. I created a kick drum loop, a hi-hats loop, and two different loops for just snares. And together the four different loops made up the beat for this project. I also adjusted the volume of each loop.
The thing I got from this assignment was how to create drum loops on your own without using the roundtrip loops. This can be very helpful when making a song and not having the desired drum beat in the given roundtrip loops.
For this assignment, I combined the different soundtrap loops and I only really added one fade in and no fade outs. This was the project where we had to apply our new knowledge of modes like aeolian, locrian, and mixolydian. To go with the mode I choose for the assignment which was Aeolian, I had to had to pick a key and I choose the A minor key. By doing this it makes it so that the other loops should usually also all be in minor key.
I learned about the different modes and how to apply them into the beat I want to make. Also I learned about how to change what key my song was in like how my project was in A minor.
Four Measure Changes
Now for this assignment I also changed the key of the song, this time to D minor. I chose eight different loops and every brick was four measures and kind of randomly took out some of the bricks for seven of the eight different loops. I left the other loop alone and let it play out for the entire beat besides the fade out which was applied to all of the loops that play in the last four measures.
This assignment taught me how to find different loops and appropriately put them together so that they fit and sound well together. I also feel like for this assignment I did better at closing out the song with the fade outs and the loops I choose for the last eight measures. Lastly, I learned more about the importance of a drum beat and how it can sometimes help a song, for example, a loop "attitude" in this project was a drum beat that plays through all thirty two measures.
Rushing Back Remix
This assignment required me to remix the song "Rushing Back" so to do so I had to find loops that worked well with the mood, feel, and rhythm of the song. This was by far the longest music piece I had to make for music tech and I used the most loops by far as well. I had to add a bridge in the middle of the song as well as put the song in the C major key and ionian mode. I had to take out bricks or parts of each loop to make sure the different verses did not all sound the same.
The Rushing Back assignment taught me how to adjust to the mood, feel, the emotion of a song without me really being able to dictate those things since for the project you were given what song you were going to remix. I had to adapt to the mood and feel of the song already given because I learned how to better find the loops that fit best with the mood of the song. I also got a better understanding of the structure of making a song using beats and music technology.