During this Ableton project, the most important thing was determining which samples from the school house and determining the best way to use them in the context of the project. The most important part of the samples was determining which kind of drums i wanted, and the most important part of that was the bass drum. The primary bass drum was the calculator and then later leveled with the puffy grape to produce the wanted sound. In the bass, I had to find a group of samples that went together and were able to be replicated with another bass that I had underneath it with the hip-hop sub bass for just a lower octave. The biggest musical idea that i had was to use the Train Whistle as a break-up in the song and as an intro and an outro. The other most important idea was that I included the low bass with the hip-hop sub bass which added an extra degree of low end to the song. The velocity pans were an interesting inclusion that I didn't hate, but also didn't exactly like, but as I listened to the song more, it became more apparent that they were a funky and interesting inclusion in the song. When I went to mix, I had the idea that of course, the drums were going to be in the middle, and I decided that the train would be int the middle at the intro and then mix in with the rest of the song when it comes back. I decided that everything else would be close to the middle of each side, but then the velocity pans would travel back and forth to add an interesting effect. The new skills that i learned in this project was the use of compressors and eq's. This project mainly just helped me get back into the use of ableton and the use of all of my music tech skills.
Atmosphere Slide Show
The atmospheres project was a very interesting concept that I was not originally expecting. I liked the idea of finding images and then building a song around the images. When selecting the sounds, I had just been watching a lot of Stranger Things, so I figured that I would use a lot of ominous sounds and try and make something that would fit in the universe, eventually though, the song took a mind of its own. I found that Ric Flair going WOOOO transposed a couple steps lower sounds an awful lot like a terrified scream, so that was fun to play around with. With things evolving, I used the sound titled Light and Shadow because the title of the track obviously fit the theme and then I wound up sounding really good with the song and fitting extremely well. The rest of the sounds were also found by thinking of how I wanted the song to sound and the title of the tracks. The all alone pad was found because I was doing something with aliens and figured that it means that we are not alone out there, so there was a little bit of irony there. The track it happened one night was used as a symbol for abduction with someone saying that it happened one night, but of course, no one would believe them. When selecting images, I wanted to find images that were interesting to the eye, but also creepy and kind of dark in the material presented in it. I felt that it was going to be necessary for the music that was going to be used. The finding images that I liked with the correct amount of darkness and psychedelic appeal to them was hard. I needed to make sure that each and every image showed a different feeling, and yet somehow still be connected through the overarching theme of apocalypse and aliens and essentially the impending destruction that would be brought about because of the aliens and the poor care of people on the planet. The images were the grand total of the project, I felt that the music could speak for itself, but the images were going to tie the whole project together. In reply to the responses from everyone in the class, I boosted the low end and extended the time of the project so that there would be more time to examine the images that were shown, so instead of about 5-6 seconds a slide, it was closer to 9-10. In boosting the low end, I found that the song became a lot ominous and greatly reflected the sound that I was going for. I liked how much darker and creepier it became and it just reflected many of the instruments super well.
This project was very interesting and fun to play. I set the song in 11/4 which wound up,being very annoying to play because a lot of my ideas would have fit in 12/4, but it was one beat short in 11/4. It was exciting to just have a lot of free range in the project as opposed to having one over arching theme. I think that in totality it was exciting to have ideas that could be simple, but in the end be rather complex. I found that it wound up sounding rather like The Legend of Zelda and I really liked how it sounded, so I kept with the same overlapping ideals as occurred in the first track. This project involved me having to consolidate many ideas due to the constraint of my time signature. This project allowed me, although restricting, to think in a new light and to realize that you do not need to keep the idea of "normal" to make a really good song.
This project was inspired by The Elder Scrolls series as before this I was playing a lot of it. I took inspiration from the opening track of the third installment Morrowind. This was the second project that I have ever done in the Pro Tools software. This was the first project where we actually recorded in the software, so this entire project was a learning process. I learned that it is much easier to record what you want in Pro Tools than to write it in with mdid. In this song, it started as more classical, but i wanted it to be modern so i used a variation of a 909 drum kick and synths for the chords. While creating this song one of the difficulties was finding a bass that I liked that was in key and had the right sound that I was aiming for. I found that keeping it simple in the beginning by just using the basic parts of the melody and then for the bridge, it was an arpeggiation of the original melody essentially. The melody was fairly easy to come up with since I had a basic outline of it in my head. The hard part was getting it written out with the timing of the notes that I wanted. I feel that I could have made the timing at the end of the chorus melodies better or a little different if you will. In the end I liked the way that it turned out. Finally, I had a guitar melody if only to have a call back to my actual instrument that I play. I like the way that it turned out even if it is just a simple run up a scale. The chords used were just a C and an F that was just held out to give a simple, chill vibe. Of course, when creating a song, the most important part is mastering and I was not quite sure where i wanted everything, I just knew that I wanted the melody to be heard and the bass to be quieter, but lower so it could be heard with a sub. The guitar was used just as a transition cover essentially and finally, the chords were just basic and helped to keep everything structured behind the melody. Overall, this project was fun to work through and allowed me to take an idea of a more ambient song and make it into a song with structure and a beat. It allowed me to experiment with a multitude of different instruments in Pro Tools and allowed me to work on my mastering skills with compression and eq.