Semester 1 Project 1: Clips (Provided)

For this project, you will create a song using the clips provided in the “Clips 1” project. You will then upload your song to SoundCloud.

 

Your song must have the following features:

  • It must make use of at least 5 different clips.

  • It must evolve/change over time.

  • It must be between 40 seconds and 1 minute long.

  • It must have appropriately balanced levels between the tracks.

Due Date:

August 28th/29th

 

Semester 1 Project 2: Drums

For this project, you will create a song that uses premade pitched clips (clips with notes) and a drum clip that you write yourself.

 

Your song must have the following features:

  • It must contain at least 4 tracks, and at least 4 different clips.

  • 3 of the clips in your song can be pre-made clips.

  • 1 of the clips in your song must be an original drum pattern written by you.

  • All pitched elements must be in the same scale/key.

  • All clips must be at the same tempo.

  • It must be between 1 minute and 1:30 minutes long.

  • It must evolve/change over time.

  • It must fade out at the end.

Due Date:

Wednesday/Thursday, September 18th/19th

 

Semester 1 Project 3: Halloween Heaters, Melody Edition

 

For this project, you will create and share an original score to a short piece of film that contains at least one original melodic element and a sound effect.

  • Students’ songs must include at least one student-composed/programmed melody track

  • Students’ songs must include at least one student-composed/programmed drum track

  • Students’ songs must include at least one sound effect

  • Students’ songs must include at least 3 tracks in addition to the video

  • Students’ projects must be between 1:30 and 2:30 long.

  • Students’ projects must have appropriately balanced volume levels between the tracks.

  • Students must structure their song so that it has at least three changes over time.

  • Students’ songs must include a fadeout.

Due Date:

Wednesday/Thursday, October 9th/10th

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Halloween Heaters Submission Form

Semester 1 Project 3 - My Piano Weighs a Ton: Intro to Chords and Harmony

Students will create a simple composition that includes an original chord progression consisting of at least three chords. Students’ projects must include the following features:

  • Students’ projects must include an original chord progression consisting of at least three chords

  • Students’ songs must include at least one student-composed/programmed melody in addition to their chord progression

  • Students’ songs must include at least one student-composed/programmed drum track

  • Students’ songs must include at least 4 tracks (drums, melodies or chord progressions)

  • Students’ projects must be between 1:30 and 2:30 long.

  • All student-created pitched information must be in the same key

  • Students’ projects must have appropriately balanced volume levels between the tracks.

  • Students must be appropriately arranged and evolve over time.

Due Date:

Friday, November 15th

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Semester 2 - Project 1: Sampling

For this project, you will sample an old piece of music to make a new piece of music.

  • Your sample must be from a piece of music with rhythmic and pitched information (Meaning it can’t just be a noise, a drone, speech, etc…)

  • Your loop must be at least one bar long and cannot be longer than four bars.

  • You must cut the loop up and rearrange it to some degree.

  • The piece of music you sample must have been recorded before 1990.

  • Your sample must be properly warped.

  • In addition to your sample, your track must contain a drum pattern with a kick, and a hi-hat

  • Your drum pattern must also contain a snare, clap, wood block, or snap and you must put reverb on it.

  • Your song must be between 1 minute and 2.5 minutes long. 

In addition to these requirements, you will be graded on the following competencies:

Due Date:

Friday, January 25th

Exit Tickets:

January 8th & 9th

 

Website Phase 1

Over the next couple of days, you are going to be building a personal website that you will use to share your work and your thoughts on music. We will be continuously adding to and updating this site as you move through the Audio Production pathway. For this phase, you'll nee to have:

  • Created and published your website and shared the URL with me

  • Deleted any extra parts of your site left over from your template

  • Embedded a SoundCloud player so visitors to your site can listen to your work.

  • Added an "About Me" section that includes the following information:

    • Your name​

    • Your favorite type of music

    • 2-3 of your favorite artists

    • What kind of music you like to make

    • What you have done so far in Audio Production that you are most proud of.

You can find tutorial videos to help you create your website here.

Due Date:

Wednesday, January 30th/Monday February 4th

Exit Tickets:

Website Address

 

Semester 2 - Project 2

 Your Choice: Valentine’s Day Edition

You will choose one of the following options

 

Vocals

  • You must record yourself rapping or singing at least 8 bars worth of material

  • The lyrics must be original, but you may download an existing instrumental or backing track

  • You will need to add both reverb and delay to your vocals

  • You will need to create a fadeout

  • You will need to use an Auto Filter and automate its frequency, and on/off state

Film Scoring

  • You will download a short piece of film and write the score to it

  • Your project must contain at least 3 tracks in addition to the piece of film 

  • You must write must at least two original melodies (one can be a bass line) – make sure you choose a scale and key on your Push before you start writing

  • Your project must contain a sound effect

  • You will need to use an Auto Filter and automate its frequency, and on/off state

Song Writing

  • You must write a song/beat from scratch

  • Your project must contain at least 4 tracks

  • You must write must at least two original melodies (one can be a bass line) – make sure you choose a scale and key on your Push before you start writing

  • You will need to use an Auto Filter and automate its frequency, and on/off state

In addition to these requirements, you will be graded on the following competencies:

Due Date:

Friday, February 22nd

 

Website Phase 2

Over the next couple of days, you are going to be adding to your website. For this phase, you'll need to have:

  • Added a new page to your website called "My Projects"

  • Embedded a SoundCloud player on this new page that plays only your most recent project.

  • Added a paragraph underneath your SoundCloud player that answers the following questions:

    • What are you most proud of about this project? (minimum of 2 sentences)

    • How could you improve this project? (minimum of 2 sentences)

    • What new skills did you learn while working on this project? - I want you to talk about filters here. Include the information below (You can find the answers to these questions on slides 15-22 in the slide deck below)

      • What is a filter​?

      • What is frequency?

      • What does the cutoff frequency of a filter determine? 

      • How did you use the Auto Filter in your project?

You can find tutorial videos to help you create your website here.

Due Date:

Friday, March 1st

 

Semester 2 - Project 3

 Your Are Chordially Invited

  • You will write a song that includes a chord progression consisting of at least three different chords.

  • You must be intentional about the scale and key you are playing in – Decide before you start writing and set your Push to that scale and key – You cannot use C Major.

  • Your song must include a melody in addition to your chord progression.

  • Your song must include a drum pattern.

  • Your project must contain at least 4 tracks.

  • Your song must be between 1:00 and 2:30 minutes long.

  • You will need to use an Auto Filter and automate its frequency, and on/off state

  • You will need to use a delay in your song

In addition to these requirements, you will be graded on the following competencies:

 

 

 

Due Date:

Wednesday/Thursday, March 20th/21st

 

Semester 2 Project 4: 2019 DYMAs

You will create a song and submit it to the 2019 Denver Youth Music Awards.

 

  • Your song must meet the requirements of one of the categories for the DYMAs.

  • Your song must be interesting, compelling, and appropriately complex - submit something you are proud of, something that shows what you are capable of.

In addition to these requirements you will be graded the following criteria:

 

Due Date:

Wednesday/Thursday, April 17th/18th

Exit Tickets:

 

Semester 2 Project 5: Final Project

For this project, you will create a score to a short piece of film that encompasses all of the concepts and techniques we have learned throughout the last year in Audio Production. In addition, you will use a microphone to record a piece of audio that will go into your score. This audio can be singing, rapping, a producer tag, a sound effect, drumming on the table, a burp or anything else you can think of, but you must create the sound and record it. Your score must include the following features:

  • You must either use a video clip that does not have music or mute the original audio from the video.

  • Your score must include an original chord progression consisting of at least two different chords.

  • Your score must include at least one original melody.

  • You must be intentional about the scale and key you are playing in – Decide before you start writing and set your Push to that scale and key – You cannot use C Major.

  • Your score must include an original drum pattern.

  • Your score must incorporate at least two elements that are panned somewhere other than the center.

  • You will need to use an Auto Filter and automate its cut-off frequency, and on/off state.

  • You will need to use a Simple Delay

  • You will need to use a reverb

  • Your score will need to have a fadeout.

  • Your score must be between 1:00 and 3:30 minutes long.

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Due Date:

Thursday, May 23rd

Exit Tickets: