I co-founded a club in my high school with my friends where we learned and performed a few k-pop dances in our school's annual talent show. Since we use multiple songs and I take Music Tech, I was the lady to mix and cut together the songs. This club was formed my sophomore year when I didn't have access to the school's technology, so I used and became familiar with Audacity at home to cut the music together. However, it was choppy at best and the transitions left much to be desired, but they worked. This year, though, I wanted to make sure to do it better. This audio file is 4 songs cut together (linked below! I love all of them :3), and all of those songs are cut into at least 2 sections that I needed to weave together in a way that allowed for transitions on stage and flowed well in context of the song itself. It was very taxing and took longer (about a week and a half of full class days) than I expected (leaving less time for the project below.. sad), but I was determined to make sure the transitions were as smooth as I could make them. The transitions between songs are less satisfying than the crazy weaving and cutting I did with different sections of each song (the last, Boy with Luv, being the most difficult to work because I had to employ 4 clips, and even had to use audio from the music video's teaser to make it complete). The last song was my proudest editing, sewing the intro from the teaser with a section of the first prechorus and then having to transition that smoothly into the final verse (which I needed for the outro as cutting a mid-song chorus would be choppy) and timing everything perfectly was the most frustrated I'd been in a while, but now am so proud of it!! If you look at the picture, you can see the crazy automation I did to make sure I could transition from one clip to the next without making it too loud or interrupting something. I'm super proud of how smooth it is even though I aim to improve for senior year! Note for underneath: the group name is the former of the 2 words; band names are more often than not capitalized; songs are often capitalized but not always.
TWICE - FANCY
MAMAMOO - HIP
ATEEZ - WAVE
BTS - Boy with Luv
In this project, the assignment was started with making use of the transpose tool in Ableton, so I mostly tried to piece together scattered sounds (mostly just clips that I liked) from around the Loops for Live folder. I learned how surprisingly cohesive different clips can be when put into the same key, regardless of tonic. In general, I mostly just dragged out clips I liked in order to form a song (I was also working on another song for my club ACREW, see above, at the same time, and was more focused on that due to its urgency), but am proud of the way I managed to sew together many clips to form a song. The song is very nonlinear and doesn't have a lot of continuity, but I think I made it work a lil bit! After I finished sewing together those sounds, I added on a fairy tale to incorporate some text into the music. The one I chose was 12 Dancing Princesses, and because my song is shorter than the audio of about 8 minutes, the story fades out. I times some sentences to the music and made mild edits to keep it pleasant to listen to, even if a bit unorthodox.
In this project, we remixed Chariots of Fire into our own styles. After dragging in the original song to use as a baseline, I used Grand Piano (I will usually use piano first as I'm most comfortable with it) to record the regular beat that is constant in the background, along with arpeggiator. I then changed that instrument into something more fitting with the theme of my ideas, eventually settling on something more synth-like. I learned that sometimes, if I'm lacking motivation, it can help to look for inspiration in the instruments. I was at somewhat of a writer's block when I was browsing through the lists and found a sound that sparked an idea: Rhythm Maker, an echoic and alien sound (reminding me of a dolphin or whale-like call) that I implemented for a little color and irregularity. That sound pans from side to side like an animal swimming around you. I also named the piece after the starry sound of the melody, twinkling and shiny, and am aware of the dichotomy of inspirations from the sky and the ocean, but decided to name the piece after the stars since stars are just as dazzling reflected in water.
Unfortunately during this time I was extremely busy taking care of my health and juggling other classes, but I tried to use compelling clips from WeVideo and sewed them together to make a movie that was disconcerting (including some TV static to be abrupt and cutting focus) but also mildly continuous. I altered the mood and lighting of some of the clips to try and foster a sense of continuity in the movie. I also made sure to sync up the music to my video. I discovered a sound in Ableton that was very close to the sound I envisioned in my head, a low ringing bass that was spooky and airy. However, it was not a instrument with clear movement so the melody was not clearly apparent in the song. I made the notes long and deep to go along with the classics of horror and uneasiness. I didn't branch out into more instruments but I envisioned adding a melody and bass drum. I liked having the chance to make a video with the music, even though I didn't make the most of the opportunity. I also liked discovering more ways to alter sounds and find new ones. It was challenging to find clips I liked of ambient noises (from Soundbible), at least, ones that I liked the most. Some were the concept I wanted (like static or footsteps) but were not what I imagined in the sound.
This song was the first I made in my junior year. I was mainly inspired from lofi compilations on YouTube that have ambient sounds that surround you with the feeling of peace; I mainly wanted to create something in that style that was created from my head. I love the chill and simple nature of lofi that feels comforting and soothing. Lofi is definitely my type of music so I wanted to create something that sort of had the concept of it. I learned how to get back into my groove (after taking a break from music for a year) and how to use SoundTrap, which was nice! I liked experimenting with sounds of walking and people and footsteps and trying to create a narrative with only sound. I learned from (again) lofi music! which has a lot of little accents in them containing sounds of life, similar to my bus passing and footsteps. In this song I tried to make it seem like someone walked to their car and went inside, beginning to listen to music but still able to hear the world outside their headphones. I wanted it to feel comfortable, like taking a deep breath of crisp, cool air.