After watching the above TED Talk what is your opinion on sampling in the music industry? 

YOUR ASSIGNMENT

You are going to create your own sample library using 2-3 of your favorite songs. 

Load your 2-3 favorite songs (MP3) into Soundtrap

Using your editing skills (don't worry I'll go over everything again if you need) take samples of your favorite songs

 

What makes a good sample? 
A sample will be between 1 & 5 seconds long.  Listen to your song numerous times and think about what musical ideas would make a good sample?  They could be anything like: stabs, riffs, vocal hits/chants, bass lines, drum hits, etc. 

 

How to I make the sample? 
Move the cursor to the beginning of the music you selected to sample
Right Mouse Click on the loop and select SPLIT REGION
Move the cursor to the end of the music you selected to sampole
Right Mouse Click on the loop and select SPLIT REGION 
Now you have a sample.
Questions?  Just let me know

 

How many samples should I have? 
This will be different for each song. I would say to have between 5-10 samples per song.
If you are stuck I will listen to your song and give you suggestions

 

What am I doing with the samples when I'm done?
Save them in the Soundtrap file and name is SAMPLES and your initials. 
You will use all your samples in Assignment # 3 Remixing 

 

Week of October 4, 2021

Assignment # 3 Composing using Samples

YOUR ASSIGNMENT

You are going to compose a song using your samples from Assignment # 2 (No, not all of them) along with Loops, etc 

 

ASSIGNMENT CRITERIA
USE THE SAME FILE FROM ASSIGNMENT # 2 - DO NOT CREATE A NEW ONE
Length:  2:30
Tracks: 15 or more
Samples: 5-10
Automation: Show pan, sweep and/or volume.  Your choice on when and which track(s)


HELPFUL HINTS

Keep your song interesting! - Listen to examples of songs with samples! 
Don't get frustrated!  Try things, don't be afraid to try new things....IT'S OK!  
Change up the three elements of music - Melody, Harmony, & Rhythm
Keep adding loops to your favorites playlist
Be creative - think outside your musical comfort zone. Try something new....It's OK  
Have someone else listen.   Get their thoughts & suggestions

 

Week of October 13, 2021

Podcasting

Assignment:  Podcast Review 

Click the WHO SAMPLED link to the right and search the site for YOUR favorite artist.  Were they sampled by other artists?  Did they use samples from other artists?
Listen to remixes and we will talk about how they changed the three elements of music: Melody, Harmony & Rhythm

DO NOW - 15 Minutes

Assignment # 2 Creating a Sample Library in Soundtrap

WHAT IS A SAMPLE LIBRARY 


A sample library is made up of short audio files usually made up of instrument themes.
For example Drums Samples, Keyboard Samples, Orchestral Sample, etcs 

DO NOW - 15 Minutes

Click the WHO SAMPLED link to the right and search the site for the most popular remixes.  Is your favorite artist listed? 
Listen to remixes and we will talk about how they changed the three elements of music: Melody, Harmony & Rhythm

We will listen to 42 Popular Songs And Their Original Samples

Did the artist use the samples 100% like the original OR did they change the three elements of music in some way?
Is this promoting the sampled artist?  
Is this good for the music industry?

 

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, MIDI Sequencing, Audio Sequencing
Composing, Arranging , Podcasting, Remixing, Film Scoring & Live Performance using Technology,

 

THS Alumni that found their passion after taking Music Technology
 

If you need this website translated 

REMIXING & SAMPLING

SAMPLING
 

What Is Music Sampling? Music sampling is the process by which a musician or record producer uses a portion of an existing song in a brand new recording, looping it and layering it with new music in a new context.

Week of September 27, 2021

REMIXING! 

What is Remixing? 

A remix is a song that has been edited to sound different from the original version.
Changing the pitch of the singers' voice, changed the tempo and speed and has made the song shorter or longer, 

HISTORY OF REMIXING


In 'Merry-Go-Round', which Herc premiered at a Bronx house party in 1973, are the seeds of the remix's origins. Because of techniques like this, it seems likely that the first ever remix would have been performed live by a DJ, and not made in the studio

Week of September 6, 2021

SOUNDTRAP BASICS
You will be able to do the following: 

Add tracks
Add Loops 
Create Loop Favorites
Cut Loops
Split Loop Regions
Join Loop Regions 
Add Automation - Pan, Sweep & Volume

 

Week of September 13, 2021

CONTINUE WORKING ON SOUNDTRAP BASICS
You will be able to do the following: 

Add tracks
Add Loops 
Create Loop Favorites
Cut Loops
Split Loop Regions
Join Loop Regions 
Add Automation - Pan, Sweep & Volume

ASSIGNMENT # 1 - "Your Choice" will be explained this week 

 

Assignment # 1 "Your Choice" 

You will create a 2:30 (2 minutes & 30 seconds) song in Soundtrap.  This assignment is called "Your Choice" because it is your choice on what style of music you create.  Hip Hop, Rap, Country, Rock,.......its Your Choice! 

Assignment Criteria 
Length of File must be at least 2:30 or longer in length. 
Must include at least 15 tracks
Must show automation - Volume, Pan and/or Sweep. Your choice of which track(s)

Helpful Hints
Keep your song interesting!  Change up the three elements of music - Melody, Harmony, & Rhythm
Keep adding loops to your favorites playlist
Be creative - think outside your musical comfort zone. Try something new....It's OK  
Have someone else listen.   Get their thoughts & suggestions

Due Date - Friday September 24 end of class