In this post we will be investigating various ways to create real-world music. That is, you will create original tracks for real-world scenarios. This will then become an important part of your ePortfolio for Music Technology. You will receive a grade for each portfolio submission.

Term One: Scoring Styles
Using technology to create rhythms, layer sounds and write in any style

Thanks to Creative Director/Partner of Breed Music John Hunter, we can investigate various ways that sound can be created to score for television/advertisements. Breed Music have written a collection of advertisements that each have a unique sound. You will investigate beats from Dubstep to Trap and Jazz to Classical to create your own tracks for selected videos.



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Technology we will be using:
• iPads with Ableton Link enabled apps
• Logic Pro X
• Ableton Live
• Novation Launchpads
• Ableton Push



Our focus for the Term is:
1. Play (spending time discovering how to make music with technology).
2. Creating (having hands-on experience with digital music making).
3. Publishing & Sharing (writing about our learning and sharing the music we make).


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Getting started:

1. Sign up to a Soundcloud Account and follow people like Flume or Olivia Broadfield.
2. Sign up to a Blend.io Account and start to build a profile. This will form your ePortfolio.
3. Using this link sign-in to SoundTrap for creating and testing ideas in-between classes.
4. Sign up to SoundGym to test your ears with EQ, Limiters etc.
5. Bookmark iZotope’s Pro Audio Essentials
6. Purchase a small notebook that you can map ideas into.



Lessons by Week:

The following are rough guides that will outline our progress. It is up to you to read them, prepare in advance, take notes in a pocket notebook and “create, save, edit, save” everything you come up with in the classroom. This will be how you produce a final, quality product.

• Week 1 – Using technology to create music
• Week 2 – Ableton Link group performance (iPads)
• Week 3 – Creating Beats with iMPC Pro (iPads) and watching introduction music
• Week 4 – Main Project. Using the the vides on Breed-Music.com as models for planning and mapping our compositions.
• Week 5 – Remixing beats in Ableton and on iPads. What style do you want?
• Week 6 – Samples or Synthesis from a Wave.
• Week 7 – Adding Textures like Flume.
• Week 8 – Skype with John Hunter, final project planning.


Creative Resources:

Taking notes in a notebook can be as simple as Sketch-noting and copying down patterns that you find interesting. Or you can use your music theory knowledge to represent your planning in a more detailed way (see two videos below). But to ensure you create something that sounds professional you need to do research and apply what you find. You do do this with Pencil and Paper, and Logic Pro at home.








• Phish Notes Music Maps
• HTML5 Drum Machine (five versions that can be saved and exported)
• Beat Dissected (all styles)
More Techniques
Drum Programming in grids for all styles
EDM Drums Guide (detailed)
Subaqueousmusic Drum Patterns and more
Bass Transcriptions
• HTML 909 Drum Machine (create beats and import to Soundtrap)
• HipHop Transcripts (hip hop rhythms notated)
Sampulator (mix and create ideas with your keyboard)