It has been a long journey! My experience with music production has been rewarding, challenging, and overall quite enjoyable.
Initially, I was faced with a seemingly unsurmountable task. The endless gadgets and controls in an intimidating program honestly caused me to shy away from exploring everything I could do with my program. Eventually, as I made more and more productions, and gained more experience from my mentor, my passion and confidence grew.
I learned about basic terms in production, such as MIDI, master, input, output, linear, live mixing, mixing and mastering, modulation, transposing, and much more. Once I learned the concept behind these terms I applied them by experimenting with my program. As I progressed through the project, I diverted my focus towards rhythm and how to make a project that expressed a particular mood and meaning. An extremely frustrating obstacle was most definitely rhythm. As I didn’t have external instruments I could plug in, it was difficult to make a production with a beat that wasn’t off or awkward. This led to a lot of roadblocks. Eventually, to overcome these roadblocks, I lowered my expectations and used more and more experimentation to help me familiarize myself with how to fine tune my songs.
What was particularly helpful to me was my previous knowledge. Having an extensive knowledge in music theory, composing chord progressions, and having years of experience in piano definitely aided me throughout the project. However, classical music skills do not translate flawlessly to electronic music production in a modern age.
My first demo, which is around 30 seconds on my soundcloud, was a compilation of a plethora of sounds. The purpose of the demo was for me to simply familiarize myself with the various samples, instruments, and noises that were available to me.
I then moved on to “Lo-fi 1”. In this track I used sampling, which means I found a sample or voice recording I liked and inserted it in my track. I employed compressors, saturators, and vinyl effects to give me track a rainy, old sound. After I decided on the vibe I was going for, I made chords and used a digital drum rack to make a beat.
After lo-fi 1, I made “house”. This track allowed me to analyze the components of a song, including intro and buildup. Rather than producing a loop that was the same throughout, I used a few buildups throughout the song whenever a new element was introduced to create excitement.
My next track was another lo-fi/jazzy track. I used a jazz sample, then warped and manipulated it to my liking. For this track I combined all the elements I had learned so far.
For my presentation, I have decided to collaborate with Sam. Sam is learning about lyric writing and the instrumentals of creating a song, whereas I am learning about digital production and processing. Sam will be recording her music into my laptop, and I will be editing it and creating a backtrack to support her vocals. We will show a short snippet of our song during in-depth night, hoping to illustrate how a composition/song is not as simple as it seems.
I am very excited!