Really Love D’Angelo Black Messiah

The intro of Really Love starts with a low bass note and then an orchestra joins in with spoken word in Spanish, which is panned more in the left in a soft whispery voice. Up to this point the orchestra is building in intensity. Then the orchestra fades out with a high string note that blends into a digital sound and a guitar is introduced and then is supplemented by the orchestra and continuous spoken word, still very soft, almost a whisper prevails. Reverb is put on the guitar as it plays until around 1:25 then a synthesizer, low string note, a little of low winds, and chimes helps transition the intro into theme A and it is repeated twice before vocals join in. The theme grooves with a laidback feel percussion (swung eighth notes on high-hat, snare on offbeat, kick on one and then right before the snare) and baseline (eighth note line) play very steady and repetitive rhythms. Once D’Anglo starts singing the theme is repeated twice. Then a bridge (theme B) is played giving some tension as it builds in intensity. It then transitions back into theme A that gives that resolution, which is repeated twice and then goes into theme B (the bridge). Then it goes back into theme A with a guitar solo over theme A. An interlude transitions the solo into the outro by building intensity with synthesizers that repeats the A theme into a fade. The overall song is about the same volume and intensity. It builds in intensity in the bridge section and interlude. In addition throughout the song, different instrumental elements are added making it constantly engaging and evolving.

Song Structure: |Intro|A|A|A|A|B|A|A|B|A|Guitar Solo|Interlude|Outro|

Anderson Koh

Hello everyone my name is Anderson Koh. I am a senior in School of Hotel Administration. I am very interested in learning more about music production in general. I studied piano and viola for extensive years. I wish to gain a lot of skills so I can turn songs in my head to a reality.

Jerry Liu

Hi everyone, I’m a senior Bachelor of Architecture student. I’m from Vancouver, Canada. I have always played, studies, and listened to music ever since I was little. I learned piano for 12 years before college and studied music theory in both middle school and high school. I was a part of the percussion section of my high school wind ensemble for 3 years. I have been playing drums and other percussion instruments such as the cajon for over 7 years. I helped form and played drums in a band called “Chase Your Words” for 2 years before I had to come to college. I’m thrilled for this class as I have always been interested in how contemporary musics are produced, and how computer can be used as one of the most powerful and versatile musical instruments of the modern times. I have just recently started to mess around with music production software such as Ableton Live and Fruityloops Studios as well as music-mixing software such as Virtual DJ and Serato DJ. I look forward not only learning new techniques and skills in music and music production, but also expand my creativity and perception towards modern electronic music. Cheers! 🙂

Another Kevin

Hello! My name is (also) Kevin; I’m a senior in CS and an international student from Mexico. More than one member of my family has been in a mariachi band at one point or another, and a few know how to play the guitar. I unfortunately didn’t follow that path 😅. My exposure to music is only as extensive as year in piano lessons, and a few more in school choir could take me.

I like electronic music and have tried experimenting with synthesis in GarageBand and Logic and MIDIs here and there. Deadmau5, Mura Masa, Koan Sound; those are amongst my favs. They have some GREAT sounds.

Hi, I’m Andrea

I’m a senior biology/pre-med student in Arts & Sciences. I’ve been playing viola for thirteen years and I perform on campus with the Cornell Symphony Orchestra and chamber music ensembles. I’m interested in exploring how technology can be used to mix classical music with modern genres. Some of my other pastimes include biking, spending time outdoors, and art.

I am completely new to computer music but very open to collaboration. Looking forward to meeting everyone!

Nina Knight

hey everyone! I’m Nina. I’m a sophomore in A+S, double majoring in music and biology. I’ve played classical piano for about 13 years, and am continuing to do so here. I love classical music, but I also listen to a variety of artists. Some of my favorites include Radiohead, Grimes, Grizzly Bear, Beck, Bjork, Joanna Newsom….lots of things, including electronic music. I’ve really only ever played one instrument, which traditionally has one particular timbre, but I love the wide variety of sound that can be made with computers and electronic methods like sampling. I want to find out what kind of music I could make with that freedom. I haven’t really tried to learn about electronic music before because I was usually pretty busy with piano, and also a little intimidated by the technical skills necessary to do so. However, I’m hoping that taking this class will make the process more accessible and inspire me as well.

Introducing Me

Hi y’all! My name is Kevin Chou. I am a senior in Applied Economics and Management. I guess I’ll be upfront and say that I really like listening to music. I listen to music across different genres and even different cultures! Two of my favorite artists are Leehom Alex Wang and Jay Chou , who are Taiwanese artists that fuse popular music with traditional Chinese sounds. For me, I played cello in high school and little into college (although I haven’t played in a year or two) and performed in various pit orchestras during my music playing career. I guess I’m here because I want to learn about the fundamentals to music creation and learn how to integrate old and new sounds to create interesting music. I don’t know what I want to do yet, but I’m excited for what this semester teaches me about myself!

Me – Christian Llamas

Well my name is Christian and i’m a junior in the College of Engineering. Simply put, I like listening to all types of music across all cultures, genres, time periods, etc. I actually have no experience in playing an instrument but I’m pretty excited to take this class and mess around with some instruments even if it’s just the basics. I took this class because I always wanted to try to make my own music. A lot of times I hear things in my head and I was hoping this class would teach me how to bring the things I hear to life. My favorite instrument on a track are trumpets. I just think they are the best so if there are any trumpet players out there I would totally be up for a collab. If any of you want to check out some music my soundcloud is always open (It’s mostly EDM if you guys are into that).

Introduction-Antony Mare

I’m a french/chinese/american student from Los Angeles.  I’ve always had a huge passion for music, and played piano and clarinet in highschool.  I love to freestyle rap and have huge range in the music I love.  I’m a huge hip hop fan but also appreciate classic rock, jazz, and future house.  Some of the artists I like are Nas, young thug, future, oliver heldens, tchami, taku, drake, and paul Mccartney.  I’ve learned a little about production in the past but definitely want to increase my potential and learn much more through this class.  I’m excited to produce beats, and to make my own rap songs by taking this class.  Here’s my soundcloud:

About me

I am a French-Taiwanese-Canadian student from Vancouver, BC. I played the clarinet and Bass clarinet in Concert Band throughout high school. Ive always wanted to create music, but have been overwhelmed by the prospect of composing. I aspire to create electronic music mainly for myself. I would love the ability to playback the sounds and music I hear in my head. One of my dreams is to create a rap song, in which I rap in French and English. I am eager to learn the foundations of electronic music making. If you are interested in knowing what music I enjoy, here is my soundcloud:

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