Ableton Live Project – Rising Sun – Brooke Preas

Here is my Ableton Project. I like how it turned out. It is very simple, but I don’t think that makes it a bad song.

Lyrics:

I’ve to keep going

I cant turn back

Not until I’ve reached the top

Not until I’m home again

I’ve seen so many far of places

that’s just how far I’ve come

But I haven’t seen anything better

Than the rising sun

It’s warmth

across my face

is guiding me

Home

I’ve to keep going

I cant turn back

Not until I’ve reached the top

Not until I’m home again

I’ve seen so many far of places

that’s just how far I’ve come

But I haven’t seen anything better

Than the rising sun

Ableton Live Draft 2 – Brooke Preas

Here is my second draft.

This is pretty much the final product, just without any of the vocals added. From my last draft, I add a beat and a bass part. The first song that I created for this class was much more EDM than the music I usually like, and the second song was very Pop-ish. I wanted my final project to be a little more zen and sweet, which I think is within reach with this draft.

Again, I stuck close to the Ableton lessons for help with this one. I had to keep returning to the first lesson, just to help me remember how to navigate  the program

Ableton Live First Draft – Brooke Preas

Here is my first draft For the Ableton Live Project.

This was just me trying to figure out where I wanted all of the clips to go in the arrangement. Ableton took me quite a while to figure out, but with the lessons online and a lot of google-ing I figured it out.

Grow Up – Brooke Preas

Here is my Logic Project. This project was very challenging for me. This whole class has been pushing me so far outside my comfort zone, but that is part of the reason I decided I wanted to take the class. Last project I turned in I covered up my vocals. This Time around I hardly did anything to them. This really freaks me out, but I feel a lot more confident with my voice in this song than I did my last.

The reading that helped me out the most on this project were the readings we did about recording vocals and instruments. I followed the tips it had about not singing straight into the microphone to eliminate the sound of your breath hitting the mic. While there is still some unwanted background noise in my recordings, there is much less than there would have been if I hadn’t read those articles.

A lot went into me getting to this end product. My drat that I turned in for this was completely different from what it ended up being. That comes from leaving it alone to long and returning back to it to find that I hated it. I switched it up completely. Before, I only had a tune and couldn’t find any lyrics for it. This time, I wrote the lyrics first then came up with the music.

Lyrics:

There’s a shape

cut straight out of the wall

that you punched when you felt small

I couldn’t help you at all

 

And there’s a dent

in the living room floor

from the time you stomped

yelling

out the door

 

CHORUS:

These little reminders

keep on growing

and these mean, angry signs

keep on showing up

and I can’t hide the way

it makes me feel inside

so I think it’s about time

that we grow up.

 

I’ll cut my hair

you’ll buy a suit

and learn to tie a tie.

I’ll get a job

that uses my college degree

and we’ll buy a house

okay we’ll rent

It’s just the same

as long as we grow up.

 

There’s a shadow

cast across my mind

in the space

you left behind

so far behind.

 

and there’s a crack

in the TV screen

from that time you got so mad

playing Nintendo Wii

 

CHORUS

 

But have you noticed

as I’ve sang this song

that none of these problems

are actually mine at all

so lets just cut the crap

and I’ll speak my mind

I think it’s about time

that we break up.

 

I’ll cut my hair

I’ll buy a suit

and I will try and try

to find a job

that uses my college degree

and then I’ll rent a house

with my best friends

and I will leave you behind

so that you can grow up

so that you can finally

grow up.

 

 

 

 

Brooke’s Logic Project

 

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So I don’t really know what this is, but I like it so far. This is a very early version of this project, obviously missing vocals and a few more audio tracks. I had to wait until today to get my Clarinet from home, so I plan on recording all the audio this week. This project has been challenging due to my lack of knowledge on how to use the Midi control. I had to revisit some of the readings for that part, but I think I got it down.

This draft is missing a lot, but I have big plans for that. I am writing that down here only so I hold myself to it.

Final Loop Project – Brooke Preas

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My Song is called Float Away. Since I submitted my draft, I have added and changed a few things. I added automation throughout and a new loop. I also added vocals, which turned out to be the hardest part of this project. I am not a fan of singing in front of people and the idea of having to listen to myself sing along with the whole class made the whole process of writing lyrics and recording them difficult. I am not a singer, but I think I did the best with what I had.

Like I said when I submitted my draft, all of this is very new to me. I have always played musical instruments, but have never explored the world of composing my own music. All of the logic lessons helped me out with learning how to use the program, but I think the reading that I found the most useful was the songwriting reading from week 2. I spent a lot of time listening to music the past few weeks. I’ve sat down with now distractions and listened to my favorite songs, trying to figure out what made them my favorite. I found it strange that my end product for this project ended up sounding nothing like the music I usually listen to due to this.

Lyrics:

The ground below

is dragged in tow

by cold waves

I float away.

Sing 2x

Loop Project – Brooke Preas

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This was my first time ever using Logic. At first, I was very intimidated by the program, but the lessons assigned for class helped me learn how to use it properly. I have played multiple instruments over the years, but I have never really learned that much music theory, so going over all of that in the readings really helped.

This was also my first time attempting to compose any kind of music. The outcome of this project (at least so far) surprises me. I thought I would end up sounding similar to the kind of music I usually listen to, but it turned into something very electronic. I cant say that what I have created so far is exactly what I had in mind when I sat down to make it, but I hope it evolves into something I really like by the end of next week.