Semester 1 Project 1: Song of the Summer

 

Song of the Summer

 

You will pick a song you have been listening to recently and create a project that is inspired by that song. You will analyze that song to determine the sounds/instruments that were used in it, and then you will compose a song using at least one of the elements you identified, taking care to make sure that that element is sonically similar to the version from your inspirational song.

 

For this project you can,

  • Sample (If you sample a pitched element, you will need add an original pitched element in the SAME KEY as the sample)

  • Record an instrument

  • Sing

  • Rap

Or any combination these.

 

  • Your project must make use of at least one sound/instrument that you identified from your inspirational song, and it must be sonically similar to the version from your inspirational song.

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

  • Your project must have appropriately balanced levels between the tracks.

  • Your project must have 2 or more tracks that are NOT panned to the center.

  • You must sequence your song so that it evolves/changes over time.

  • You must use at least one instance of the “Auto Filter” effect.

  • You must either automate the filter on and off and/or automate the frequency of the filter.

  • Your song must contain at least one pitched element played or programmed by you.

  • Your project must contain at least 4 tracks

  • Your project must contain reverb & delay

  • You must use automate the volume of the master track to create a fadeout

Song of The Summer Survey

 

Due Date:

Thursday, September 12th

 

Semester 1 Project 2: Halloween Heaters, Orchestral Edition

 

You will create a short film score using only traditional orchestral instruments.

 

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

  • Students must include an original chord progression.

  • Students must arpeggiate some portion of a chord progression (Either by programming an arpeggiation or by using a midi arpeggiator plugin)

  • Students will add sound effects (screams, etc…) that they record themselves. 

  • Students must create a percussion track using orchestral percussion

  • Students’ scored video must be between 1:30 and 3:00 minutes long. 

  • Students must be intentional about the scale and key they are playing in – They must decide before they start writing.

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

  • Students must structure their score so that it evolves/changes with the video.

  • Students’ project must contain at least 4 tracks

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Halloween Heaters Submission Form

Due Date:

Thursday, October 10th

 

Semester 1 Project 3: Vocal recording and processing

 

For this project, you will create a simple composition that includes a processed recording of your voice.

 

  • Students’ songs must include a recording of their own voice (singing, rapping, spoken word, etc…) The words do not have to be original, but the vocal recording must be processed with the following audio effects processors:

    • Compressor/limiter (The threshold must be adjusted so that an appropriate amount of gain reduction is occurring.)

    • Reverb (The decay time and wet/dry controls must be adjusted to be different from the default setting.)

    • Delay (The delay time, feedback, and wet dry controls must be adjusted to be different from the default setting.)

  • Students’ songs must include one original melody.

  • Students’ songs must include one original chord progression.

  • Students’ projects must be between 1:30 and 3 minutes long.

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

  • Students must structure their song so that it evolves/changes over time.

  • Students’ project must contain at least 4 tracks

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Due Date:

Tuesday, November 19th

Semester 1 Project 4: Final Project

For this project, you must choose one of the following options:

  1. Sample from a vinyl record.

    • Your sample must include pitched information. 

    • You must add a melody, a bass line, or a chord progression in the same scale and key as the sample.

    • You must chop (rearrange) the sample.

    • Your song must include at least 4 tracks.

    • Your song must be between 1 and 3 minutes long.

  2. Record original vocals.

    • You must either sing or rap.

    • You must record at least 4 bars of vocals.

    • You must mix/process your vocals so that they sound professional.

    • Your song must include a chord progression or a melody.

    • Your song must include a bass line.

    • Your song must include at least 4 tracks.

    • Your song must be between 1 and 3 minutes long.

  3. Record a melody or chord progression with a real instrument (guitar, bass, etc).

    • You can record any instrument you’d like. (bass, guitar, synth, drums)

    • You can loop what you record (You don’t have to play it all the way through the song.)

    • Your song must include at least 4 tracks and at least 2 of those tracks must be melodies, bass lines, or chord progressions

    • Your song must be between 1 and 3 minutes long

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Due Date:

Tuesday, December 17th

 

Semester 2 Project 1 - Expo Presentation

For this project, you will pick the project from semester one that you are most proud of and present it at the 2019 High Tech Early College CareerConnect Expo. You may choose whether you want to present your project in a performance or through a website.

If you choose to do a performance, here are the expectations:

  • You will spend the next week and a half developing a performance routine and practicing it.

  • You will perform at the expo on Wednesday, January 16th from 5-7.

  • Your performance will last 3-6 minutes.

  • You will need to play/sing/rap at least one part of your song. - For the rest, you may just launch clips.

If you choose to do a website, here are the expectations:

  • You will spend the next week and a half creating a website that showcases your work in Audio Production in general and this project specifically.

  • Your website must include:

    • The song embedded so that you can listen to it on the website.

    • A detailed description of what you are most proud of about the project.

    • A detailed, technical description of the skills you used to create the project.

    • A section describing one of the following careers in audio: studio engineer, producer, live sound engineer, mastering engineer, film composer. This section will include answers to the following questions:

      • What does a person in this profession actually do?

      • What skills does a person in this profession need?

      • What are possible paths to this career? Include a link to at least one program at a local college where you could go to school for this profession.

Website Exemplar

Due Date:

Wednesday, January 16th

Exit Tickets:

Exit Ticket - January 9th

 

Semester 2 Project 2 - Sample Slicing

For this project, you will create a song by sampling a piece of music, slicing that sample into smaller pieces, and then rearranging those pieces to create something new.

• 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 sample must have been recorded before 1995

• Your sample must be correctly warped

• You must slice the sample using the Simpler and rearrange the slices

• You must correctly determine the scale and key of your sample

• You must add at least 1 programmed/played pitched element in the key of the song

• You must use an EQ8 equalizer to highlight certain parts of your sample

• Your song must be between 1 minute and 3 minutes long.

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

Due Date:

Monday, February 8th

Exit Tickets:

Monday, February 11th

 

Website Phase 1

Over the next couple of days, your are going to be building a personal website that you will use to share your work and your thoughts on creating 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

  • Created the required pages with the required content. 

Your website must consist of two pages - A "Home" page and a "My Project" page.

Your Home page must include: 

  • A SoundCloud player that cycles through all of your projects so visitors to your site can listen to your work.

  • An "About Me" section that includes the following information:

    • Your name​

    • What type of music you like to make

    • What you have done in Audio Production so far that you are most proud of. (This could be a particular project that came out really well, or a skill that you have gotten better at for example.)

    • Any other relevant information that you'd like to share.

Your My Project page must include:

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

Due Date:

Wednesday, February 19

Exit Tickets:

Website Address

 

Semester 2 Project 3: All About That Bass Line

You will create a song that contains a bass line created with either tuned 808s or a traditional bass instrument.

 

• Your song must contain a chord progression, and you must submit the names and numbers of those chords to Thompson

• Your song must contain a bass line that supports your chord progression.

• You must be intentional about your scale and key – set it on your push before you begin.

• Your song must contain at least four tracks.

• You must use an EQ8 equalizer on two of your tracks

• It must be between 1 minute and 3 minutes long.

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

 

Due Date:

Monday, March 18

Exit Tickets:

 

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, April 17th

Exit Tickets:

 

Semester 2 Project 5: Final

For this project, you will create the score to a short piece of film. This score will encompass all of the concepts and techniques we have learned throughout the last year in Audio Production. As part of your score, you will use a microphone to record a piece of audio. 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 a bass line that supports your chord progression. 

  • Your score must include at least one original melody in addition to your bassline.

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

  • You will need to use an EQ8 in two places within your project.

  • You will need to use a Simple Delay.

  • You will need to use a reverb.

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

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

 

Due Date:

Thursday, May 23rd

~Exit Tickets~

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