Week 4 was the first hands-on session where we focussed on making music as a group.
The scope of the session and example set is listed below:
Set Structure:
12 bars total
80BPM
4/4
x3 4/4 bar on chordal instrument
x4 4/4 on bass provides
x2 4/4 on drums
x2 4/4 on melody
Download the Example Set
1. Create 1 bar w/ Drums
– start with 80 BPM
– 4/4 time signature
– use any kit (e.g., Core 808)
– start with bass/kick drum
– then snare
– then hats
2. Duplicate = 2 bars
– create variation
– velocity
– note panel manipulation
– groove pool
3. Apply 1 or 2 audio effects to 1 or 2 individual drum samples
– e.g., bass/kick drum LF – saturator
– e.g., snare, hats – beat repeat
4. Bass Line
– Select a bass instrument using wavetable or electric
– Start by copying the bass/kick pattern to a new MIDI clip for your bass instrument
– Assign tones of stability to stronger beats and color tones to weaker beats
– e.g., in C Major, tones 1 and 5 are points of stability (C, G)
– e.g., in C Major, tones 2,4,6 are color tones. Try moving them up 1 octave to create a larger ‘pitch space.’ (shift + UP)
5. Chords + Melody
– C major – Stability C, G 1 + 5 – Western Music
– Tones 1, 3, 5 form triadic structures
– 2, 4, 6 – +8ve – Color Tones – Jazz
– 7th – B is lead(ing) tone, associated w/ Locrian mode, which is traditionally dissonant; contains b3, b5 intervals (diminished)
– Create a non-triadic structure – 1 3 5
– e.g., 1 2 6, 1 2 4, 1 2 7
– Notes can have different onsets (i.e., they don’t need to begin at precisely the same time; they can be broken)
6. Extend 1 bar non-triadic chordal instrument to 3 bars
– 1 chord per bar; use the legato function on the notes panel/tab to extend note length
– avoid 3 or 4 semitone distances between successive chords; i.e., avoid triads
7. Duplicate chord track
– change out instrument using hot swap mode
– crop to 2 bars; set loop braces and right-click to crop in clip view
– apply arpeggiator and set rate to 1/12 to create further degree of counterpoint/polyrhythmic relationship between instrumentation
8. Record your Session View materials to Arrangement View over 12 bars