Project One

We ran out of time during section, and it’s too large to directly upload to this blog, so here’s my piece for Project One:

Perhaps ‘Sturm und Drang’ might be a bit much, but I think the thunderstorm sounds justify the dramatic title. Also, I couldn’t think of anything else, so there.

I got the following tracks from Trifonic: vocals, “ambiance”, synth strings, bass, kick, and guitar. I found recording of a thunderstorm on the sound library–thank you, Dave Welsh! I found a track called “breath” that featured two raspy breaths in quick succession. I used those as a sort of heartbeat at the start and end of the piece. I don’t know whose track that is, but thank you, and feel free to comment on this post and take credit; that track was really cool, so you definitely deserve it.

There’s also a pulsating drone throughout. I used drumsticks and chopsticks and recorded myself running the sticks across the keyboards (the one for the iMac, the Yamaha keyboard and the MIDI input device). That track was originally supposed to be rain, but I put resonators on it (Valhalla and Rome, I think), and really liked the sound, so I removed the percussive attacks and made it unrecognizable by adding more reverb. I really like reverb. And resonators. Resonators are cool.

Let me know what you think!

About Jasmine

Jasmine is a Music major in the College of Arts and Sciences. Her hobbies include knitting, gardening, hiking, and reading every one of Tolkien's works. She is a huge fan of the fantasy genre, and it has made a huge impact on her musical tastes. One of her favorite things to research is the music of the so-called 'geek' culture, particularly in fantasy films, MMORPGs and FPS games, which contain some of her favorite music, or are heavily influenced by her favorite composers. When she grows up, she wants to compose music for movies and video games, and she hopes this course will help her learn the ropes.

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