In this assignment you will be creating a 2:30 (2 minute and 30 seconds) song. It is called "Your Choice" because if you want to make a Rap Song, Hip Hop, Rock, Country, Jazz, etc - Its Your Choice! Want to switch from one genre to another during the 2:30 its Your Choice!
Be creative and have fun!
You will have until end of class Monday October 1 to complete this assignment.
At least 15 music tracks - 5 of the 15 must be originally recorded by you using Software Tracks and Keyboard/Device.
You must show volume and pan changes.
Sound Effects do NOT count towards the 15 music tracks. These are in addition to and you are welcome to use as you see fit.
Keep it interesting! Change something every 8 beats
Use A-B-A Form
Edit loops to create your own!
Hand your headphones to the person next to you and listen.
Feel free to experiment! Try something outside your musical comfort zone!
Use the composition techniques from
Save File as: YOUR CHOICE and your initials.
How to Keep It Interesting!
Elements of Music
Melody - Harmony - Rhythm
Volume & Pan
Play with Audio Effects
Time Based and Gain Based
Change feel or style
Hip-Hop to Rock
Country to Jazz
Rock to ???
Think outside your musical comfort zone!
Go online and listen to the various TV, movie or historical speeches.
Make a new speech by taking words or phrases from the various speeches.
Flie Length 3:00 minutes or longer
Export final product as an MP3
BE CREATIVE AND HAVE FUN!
Save file as Specches and your initials
What is a Mixtape? - A mixtape is a complation of favorite song recorded onto a cassette tape. Mixtapes became popular in the 1980's.
Step 1 - Select a theme
Examples of themes:
Evolution of Hip-Hop
Event(s) of topics in Music History
Evolution of your favorite genre of music
Music of a certain time period.
You have to select a theme for this assignment.
Step 2 - Select 10 songs
The 10 (or more) songs that you select must be associated with the theme you have selected.
You can only use one verse and/or chorus from each song selected.
Edit the selected parts from each song into one song.
You can fade in and out of each song. Master Volume Track
Step 3 Write Liner Notes
You are going to write 2-3 pages of Liner Notes.
The Liner Notes must include how every song you selected is associated with your theme. EX Lyrics, Overall message of song, musicians, pubishers, etc.
You must write at least 2-3 paragraphs for each song.
Use Google Docs throughout the week to write your Liner Notes.
A Google Form will be on the website on Friday for you to submit your songs (Youtube links) and submit your written out liner notes (Google Docs)
Step 3 Record your Liner Notes to create a Radio Show!
The I-V-vi-IV progression is a common chord progression popular across several genres of music
When we satisfy our desire to eat, to sleep, or reproduce, our brain releases dopamine--the "feel good" neurochemical involved when we experience pleasure and reward. Turns out this same chemical is released when listening to music. Jan 20, 2011 Psychology Today
Why does one song move one person but not another?
You should be able to do the following in Garageband
Software (Green) & Audio (Blue) Tracks
Add and delete tracks
Select a MIDI Patch (Instrument) for a track
Record on a Software Track
Add Loops to a track
Split and Re Join.
Add Volume and Pan Automation
Add Reverb and other Audio Effects
Different Music will "move" different people.
That's the beauty of music!
Does this "move" you?
What do you think "move you" means?
Does slow music move you?
This assignment can be completed using your devices and the Garageband App
You select your next project!
Intro to Songwriting - PowerPoint from class
www.wikihow.com - This article covers all the basics.
Songwriting Tips - Justin Sandercoe
Hook Theory has a "progression trends" tool which shows the probability of what chord usually comes after another.
Dr. Frisch's Intro to Songwriting - will help to get you started from any angle of songwriting (melody, harmony, rhythm, lyrics).
Chords in a Major Key by Dr. Frisch - is a resource that tells you all the chords of common "guitar" keys.
Writing Better Songs by Dan Cross - is an article with some helpful ideas.
Songwriting Tips by Justin Sandercoe - contains several thoughts and suggestions to get you started.
Select how YOU want to end the semester
In this assignment you are going to create your own Podcast/Radio Show! The topic can be anything you wish. Sports, Movies, Books, Music, Cars, Bikes, Fashion Show, School Clubs/Sports, Other classes at THS. I am open to anything you want to do for this.
FIRST - you must understand the structure of a Podcast/RadioShow.
You must find a Podcast/Radio Show online to listen to.
Click on here PODCAST REVIEW after listening to the show you selected .
I suggest you select a Podcast/Radio Show that has the same topic you will select for your assignment.
If you want to do a sports show - listen to a sports podcast, Music - listen to a music podcast, etc.
As you are listening I want to you to listen more for structure than content.
Meaning how is it put together more than the topic being discussed/reviewed, etc.
Length: 2:00-3:00 minutes in length.
You must come up with the script, structure, etc
You must record your script
Must have introduction with music
Must have ending with music
Recording your script
1. In class using Garageband and USB Microphone
2. Voice Memos, Garageband or other audio recording app on your device.
Putting it all together
2. Garageband App on your device
SAVE File as Radio Show (Your initials)
Final MP3 of your Radio Show must be uploaded to Music Technology Network Folder
A remix is a piece of media which has been altered or contorted from its original state by adding, removing, and changing pieces of the item.
Three elements of music
MELODY - HARMONY - RHYTHM
How do they change in each remix?
Your Assignment - Remix Fur Elise
Any style, genre you want
Cut up the original - Do NOT keep it as the original
At least 15 tracks
Think outside your musical box!
Fur Elise mp3 in the network folder
You will compose your first original song.
Any style, any genre, anything you want!
Song MUST have the following form
Verse - 16 measures
Verse - 16 measures
Hook or Chorus - 8 measures
Verse - 16 measures
Hook or Chorus - 8 measures
BREAK - measures
Hook or Chorus - 8 measures
USE Arrangement Track in GB
A chord progression is a series of chords played in a sequence
Continue working on your chord progressions. Once you have recorded work on adding drums.
Listen to songs from the list of songs that I-V-vi-IV - progression.
If you need this website translated
What you will need for this class.
You will need to provide your own headphones.
Google Accounts (Gmail)
Network Folder Access - smb://torrfs01
Google Drive downloaded on device (Optional)
Recording Apps on your device (Optional)
Music Technology is a project based class that will require independent work and time management skills.
Nothing in this class is hard!
It is just different from what you have done before.
Airdrop - Do you know how to Airdrop from your iphone to the Mac? This is the easiest way to transfer files!
Be able to access the Music Tech Network folder - smb://torrfs01
Access your Google Account - Gmail, Google Docs & more
Download Google Drive to your device - FREE
What recording Apps do you have on your device?
iPhone users - Garageband APP is FREE!
Be able to access all the different pages on our website
Music Technology I Assignments
In Music Technology I you will be required to work independently and have time management skills with each project.
Topics include but not limited to:
Basics of a Sound System, Audio Effects, Garageband - Desktop and iOS, MIDI Sequencing, Audio Sequencing
Composing, Arranging , Podcasting, Remixing, Film Scoring & Live Performance using Technology,
NEW for 19-20 Music & Coding and MAKEY MAKEY's!
Are you using the Garageband App?
Export assignments as MP3
1. Go to Share
2. Select Export song to disk
3 Name file, select desktop and MP3
4. Click on Export
5. MP3 file will appear on desktop
Export movie as MP4
1. Go to file
2. Click Movie
3. Click Export Audio to Movie
In Garageband how do I?
All completed assignments must be uploaded into the Music Tech Network Drive.
You will receive a "0" for assignments not uploaded into the Google Drive.
Final Project - Create and Construct a musical instrument using Makey Makey's
Using SCRATCH Coding Website . - create animation, game, etc
Music & Coding
The Makey Makey is an electronic invention kit for all ages! The Makey Makey allows you to take everyday objects and combine them with the internet. Using the alligator clips attached to any conductive material you can control the keyboard of your computer, such as the space bar, arrow keys and left click of the mouse. When you are ready the back of the Makey Makey allows you to key map even more keys!
Assignment 1 - Simple Circuits Challenge . 1, 3, 4 & 5
Assignment 2 - Remix in Scratch - Find a project in Scratch and "remix" it.
Anything that will hold at least a little electricity is considered conductive.
Fruit - Bananas, citrus, apples
People - Yes! People
Metal - Foil coins, paper clips, etc
The Same Scene 5 Ways video is the same scene showed 5 times. Each time the music changes to create a different mood/theme.
In this assignment you will do the same. You will create 4 (out of the 5) separate moods/themes. What moods/themes you compose are your choice. Each one MUST be different.
Each mood must have the following:
At least 5 tracks
Volume and Pan automation
Audio effects - optional
Submit 3-5 minutes of film scoring. This can include but not limited to:
At least 15 tracks of music - keyboard and/or loops
Sound Effects MUST be included - Every action should have a sound effect.
Volume and Pan Changes
Due Friday January 15
MUST have introduction and exit music.
Audio Quality will be a large part of the grade.
Script must have a flow to it. NOT just talking off the top of your head.
Your devices or USB Microphones can be used to record