dAnce (Baljeet’s Beats)
Baljeet’s Beats is my second piece I made using Ableton. The main goal was to create a song using given loops and transposing them to the key of A. I decided to make a song that felt like a secret dance party. The beginning is a bit mysterious but then the mood changes and the energy becomes very exciting. Then I let the energy continue to rise and then suddenly it drops. This part is supposed to represent somebody almost discovering this secret dance party and the host has to turn down the music. But this does not last long as the music starts to build again. The sounds are lower and more cautious as they flow back to the main theme and ultimately to the end of the piece. This process and idea was a bit difficult at first. Since there were so many loops and styles to choose from, I had difficulty deciding what kind of mood to make but I was able to find a way to mix the moods together in a way. I layed out all the loops I wanted out in a pattern that sounded good together transposing them to A as I did so. Then I went through them to pan and change the volume of each throughout the song. Finally, I added reverb and delay effects. Or so I thought this was the end. After listening to it through I kept feeling like something was missing. Then I added cymbals which really helped a lot. They were good for transitions and helped to fill some awkward silences. They also made some sections that I thought already sounded good, sound even better. What I learned most from this project was how to transpose. I learned how important transposing is in music because if something is not in the right key, the sounds do not flow or mix well. While it was more of an experiment toward the end, my favorite part was transposing loops so they are and octave lower or higher than the original. At the end of this piece, two of the loops are transposed this way. I had duplicated and layered them so the original would play with them. The effect is really cool to me and enjoyed playing around with it.
My first Ableton project, which I named Desert Temple, is also my first live composition. All of the sounds are from one sample set of five. I chose this specific one because many of the sounds together created a mysterious mood. For me, the sounds reminded me of an abandoned desert temple that was being discovered so I based the song on that. The vocals are spread out and fade after coming in to simulate the lost voices or prayers echoing off the walls of the temple. A huge influence for this song was Cysmix who I put on my “Influences” page. The most difficult part about this project for me was live mixing it. I had a lot of fun doing it but it was difficult for me to remember the pattern I wanted to do so I messed up while recording a lot. Luckily I was able to get it mostly how I wanted it and was able to adjust the tracks after recording. Learning to use Ableton was not as difficult because of my introduction with Soundtrap but there were still things that I needed to get used to.
Rushing Back Remix
This is the second song I made with Soundtrap. For this composition, I was to create a remix of Flume’s Rushing Back. As I was more comfortable using the program, I was able to be more experimental than I had with the first piece. For this remix, I wanted to do a kind of blind remix where I didn’t really listen to the actual song often. This was so I could make my mix as original as possible and not have too much influence from the original mix. I found that doing some of the things I wanted to do since Soundtrap is limited in what it can do. Overall, I’m very happy with how this turned out even if I couldn’t add everything I wanted to. I learned a lot about how a remix is made and how to make one. I also learned how to reverse tracks and use specific timing for things to come in and out.
This is the first song I made using Soundtrap. The purpose of this was to create a short song that had a similar style to Delia Derbyshire’s arrangement for the Doctor Who theme. The challenge was to keep it interesting while using the same drum beat throughout. Since this is my first project, I explored a lot of the different loops Soundtrap had to offer and worked with them to make combinations that sounded good and fit what I was going for. I found that learning a program like Soundtrap is not difficult and really good for beginner artists who have no experience with digital music software. The program helped me learn the basic components of a music software and let me learn about how to use automation and loops.