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

Click Here for Your Exit Ticket

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

Click Here for Your Entrance Ticket

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Due Date:

Tuesday, December 17th

 

Semester 2 Project 1: 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.

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Due Date:

Thursday, January 30th

 

Semester 2 Project 2: Remixing

For this project, you will create a remix using the original multitracks from a song.

  • Your remix must be at a different tempo than the original song.

  • You must add at least 2 original pitched elements (melodies, chord progressions, or bass lines) to the project.

  • You do not have to use all of the tracks that are supplied.

  • You must use an eq on two of the tracks.

  • You must pan at least two of the tracks somewhere other than the center.

  • You must use reverb.

  • You must use delay.

  • Your arrangement must be substantially different than the original arrangement.

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Due Date:

Thursday, February 20th