Woop woop guess who decided to take Music Tech II? The answer is me. These are some of my works from this year, which were super fun to make and show me taking my creative process up to 11.
I was inspired by the Coronavirus Outbreak to make a song that captured a sudden, fast paced pandemic. By using a fast tempo and a contrast of light and heavy notes, I was able to capture the enrgy that could be associated with a modern age epidemic.
I didn't think a voice would work best for the work, and couldn't find a sound effect that I really wanted, so I used MIDI tracks to spice up the song. The MIDI tracks add more emphasis to the high stakes situation, and the slow march of the pandemic.
I learned how to bring a lot of the techniques I've learned together through this project. Some features I used were midi/audio effects, the PUSH to make a drum beat, the factory plugin, panning, changing volumes, and more. All these parts came together to make this peice a reality.
Carriages of Water
This is a remix of the main theme from the movie Chariots of Fire by Vangelis. By using the original MP3 file as a reference, I was able to recreate the track. I used different instruments and added my own harmonies, such as the purple track, to make it a more unique work. I also added some hip hop drum tracks to make it stand out more. I then mixed it, and used a lot of reverb and delay to smooth the sounds out, creating a calmer, more watery energy. I also used "calmer" sounds, such as the marimba and grand piano, and mixed it to create a track that was both quiet and full.
I learned a lot about how to make a piece calming while also making it sound full and upbeat. I also used the warp tool to make sure the original track fit with the tempo of 136pm.
Dead Dance Alive
If I learned one thing from making Dead Dance Alive, it's that sometimes changing your plan entirely can make your project a whole lot better. While I originally wanted this to be a run of the mill horror clip, I found a clip of animated skeletons dancing in WeVideo, and knew immediately that I wanted to do something else. Dead Dance Alive became an ironic subversion of the horror genre, taking a cliche plot line and giving it a completely different ending.
I also learned a lot by creating my own scale for the soundtrack. Based on the tritone, I made a 9-tone scale that is based on symmetry, which is what makes the tritone such a disturbing sound. Although I doubt I'm the first person to come up with this scale, designing it taught me how important it is to make sure your scale fits the mood you are trying to set in the piece.
This is also my favorite project I've done, mostly because of how much liberty I took with the assignment of making a horror movie.
I recorded this at the tempo of what i hoped my class rank would be and then set the tempo to my actual class rank and now it's a lot faster than i wanted
This was my first project of senior year, and I didn't learn as much as I reviewed techniques I used previously. However, I did discover that using a lot of delay can make a really interesting sound, and used mixing to make sure nothing would be distorted when playing it. This helped me create a very large sound that wouldn't be too loud.
The hurried pace of the song is reflective of being stressed over a small thing when there really isn't anything to worry aobut. As reflected by the title of the track, this is a jab at River Hill class ranks. For numerous factors, they're almost entirely meaningless, but people and colleges still give them a lot of attention.