I created my mobile song using the GarageBand app. I decided I wanted to do another loop song and wanted to have it sound completely different than my last loop song. I started with picking out two strings loops, one to provide a steady beat and the other to act as my melody. Then I picked a bells loop that sounded like an accompaniment to the melody I chose. After that, I chose a synth loop that went with the flowing nature of the song. When I had all my loops picked, I started layering the loops in a way that I thought sounded good along with following almost the same structure as my first loop song. I found it really difficult to navigate and work on the app version of Garageband and felt that the laptop version was much easier. Also, I felt the sound quality of my song was noticably worse using the mobile version than using the laptop version.
A lot of artists sample each others works. Some do it with the permission of the original artist and some don’t. I feel that there are certain circumstances surrounding whether or not this is right or wrong to do. Personally, I think it is morally unethical for an artist to use an excerpt or element from someone else’s song without their permission. But I can understand why other people might think it is totally acceptable. I think if its used exactly the way the original artist used it, it shows a lack of originality and creativity on the sampling artist’s side. However, if it is used to enhance the song or used in a completely different way than in the original, I think that is okay to do. I feel like most artists who use parts of other people’s songs are doing it because they want their music to sound the same as what they originally heard and I think thats just lazy. If an artist doesn’t care enough to write original parts or sample the elements from a different song in a more creative way, then they probably don’t completely care about the product they put out.
For my self remix project, I chose to edit my latest project, Cat and Mouse. I was critiqued for having it be too short and thought of as an incomplete idea. My first goal was to make it a longer piece but also add material that fit the character of the piece. I continued to play around with the idea of two very different voices going back and forth at each other. For the original project, we had to take a sound effect and place it in our songs. So I kept the same sound from the original song. Instead of looping the sound throughout the entire song, I cut it to the right sound that I felt went with the piece. I also didn’t loop it throughout the song either. There were sections where I felt the sound effect was out of place so I cut it from those spots. Hopefully I changed my original piece of work for the better.
For the peer remix project, I chose to use Emma Patrimonio’s Brooklyn Nights. When I first heard it, I really enjoyed it so I figured I would take on the challenge of trying to enhance an already good song. The biggest thing I did was add a few different brass loops on garage band. I felt that horns would’ve helped develop a fuller sound in the song. I also added two different synths to the song when ever I didn’t have the brass playing. Even though I left the song the way it was, I feel that it was enhanced by the different brass and synths I added. Those loops added a different color and texture to the song.
Artists have been sampling each other’s music for a very long time. One of the most famous examples of one artist directly using an excerpt from another song is in Vanilla Ice’s Ice Ice Baby sampling Under Pressure by Queen and David Bowie. Basically the entire baseline from Under Pressure is used throughout Ice Ice Baby. Since it is the baseline, it provides the basis for both songs. This is probably my favorite example of sampling in different songs because of Vanilla Ice trying to deny the use of the baseline from Under Pressure. He tried saying that it isn’t the same baseline because the one he uses in his song has an eighth note pick up into each bar. Even if there was an extra eighth note, it is still essentially the same exact baseline.
I chose to use Jenifer Bras’ sound that she titled Pitter Patter. I really love the sound of the rain and think that it makes a nice backdrop for any music. So thats exactly what I did. I used the sound to create a setting for the music. When listening to it, I thought of a cat wandering around a house just looking to cause trouble so thats what I based my song off of. I wanted to make it a short song because I felt that a cat chasing a mouse wouldn’t last very long. I wrote the music for piano and thought of the treble line as the mouse and the bass part as the cat. I feel that I was successful in creating these two contrasting voices that go against each other the entire time. Even though its a short song, I feel that I got everything across that I intended to.
Landslide by The Dixie Chicks
- Producers: Dixie Chicks, Lloyd Maines
- Engineer: Gary Paczosa
- Assistant engineers: Thomas Johnson, Adam Odor, Fred Remmert
List of sounds/voices in order of appearance:
-Banjo and some type of cymbal enter at the same time although the banjo is more prominent
-A guitar or bass is added during the instrumental introduction
-One voice enters to start the first verse
-Leading into the first chorus, the other two voices come in and harmonize
These were the only different voices that I was able to pin point. There weren’t any obvious places where drums were being played. This song is very hollow and simplistic in its instrumentation which is maybe why I like it so much. In comparison to the original version by Fleetwood Mac, there is probably the same amount of instrumentation but definitely major differences between them. This version is a country music take on the classic rock song and is going to have different instrumentation. There is so much less to distract you from the actual voices and the song itself in both versions.