John Rowley – Emotional Debriefing of the Orange Field

This was by far my favorite project. The lack of requirements really made it possible for me to explore my creativity. This class has taught me to appreciate what really goes into making a song and that it is much harder than it looks. I made a couple noises with my mouth as well as a couple words. Max is the one laughing in the background and it sounds really funny. I used a couple loops to bring the song together and it worked out really well. I think the gunshots really make the song. The drummers laid the framework for the song and created a structure for me to build off of.

17 Tracks

4 recorded audio tracks

A bunch of automation. Much more than 6.

1 tempo change

3 MIDI tracks

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Automation:

 

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John Rowley – Final Project Draft 2

I am going to add a little electro chorus to this thing but that will be hard because I’m not talented. The bounce also didn’t end when I wanted it to and I couldn’t fix it. The song is supposed to end when the drums stop. I looked at the comments before and added a bunch of panning. I think it added a bit to the song but I’m not sure if it’s too much. I’m going to add gunshots and silly samples.

At this point, I’m going less off of the readings that we did months ago and more off of experience that the readings helped me achieve. Logic Lesson 6 helped me learn the piano roll and how to write in, but that was a while ago and I have that down already. Logic Lesson 4 helped me with creating a new drummer track but I have known how to do that since week 4. I learned a lot from all of the lessons so at this point it’s a mix of all of them. It’s hard to narrow it down.

John Rowley – Final Project Daft 1

I decided to used Logic for my final project. I feel really comfortable with that program now. I’ve really been feeling feeling a techno vibe lately. I’m hoping to make this kinda chill electro song but mostly I would like to end up with some fire beats. I think about halfway through the song I’ll make it kinda trappy at the end like I did for my live project. I really liked that sound. Hopefully I can throw a couple samples down as well but I don’t want to get too ahead of myself.

As always the Logic Lesson 6 helped me with writing stuff in with the piano roll. Logic Lesson 4 also helped a lot with creating a drummer. I would be lost without that thing. beats are so much easier to make when using a drummer. I helped me lay down the framework for the song.

John Rowley – Dreams of Rhubarb

fire

12 or more tracks

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5 tracks of recorded audio that does sit well in the mix-  yes

vocal track is incredible as usual

Markers

Markers

Perfect Mix- yes

Requirement listing is happening now

Reading listed with citation of where the material came from: I got most of what I learned about live from the lessons built into the program. I’m not quite sure how to cite that because it’s not online. But other than the lessons learned from that, the Huber Ch 9 helped a lot with learning about editing techniques and mainly how quantization is very important.

MIDI write in- 3 tracks

MiDI Write In

MIDI Write in 2

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MIDI step input- 3 tracks

MIDI Step Input 1

 

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2 tempo changes-

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Mouse/ Track automation- 3 tracks

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Instrument Automation- 4 tracks

 

Effect automation- 4 tracks

Effect Automation

 

Effect Automation 2Effect Automation 3

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Automation Written in- 3 tracks

Effect Automation

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Automation done with Controller- 3 tracks

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Arpeggiator- Yes

Arp

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John Rowley Live Draft 3

This is so hard. Live is crazy. I finally got the hang of logic and now none of that matters. My “performance” is going to be laughable a train wreck. I’m not expecting to wow anyone. I’m with Max on the caffeine and self loathing. The live lessons helped. Youtube tutorials were the real MVP though. I was very interested in the DJing live lesson, the tempo change and track warping.

John Rowley Live Draft 2

I really dislike Live. I worked on it for a while before deciding that I wasn’t going to use it to make most of the music. Logic is where it’s at. I used the slappy bass feature and paired it with a classic stand up bass. It worked out very nicely. I also used the R&B drummer feature which was pretty nice. I wanted jazzy and funky. More funk will be added later along with some other dope ish.

The live lessons helped a lot but I’m still learning a lot. The sampling lesson helped me a lot but I’m still trying to figure out how to incorporate my live stuff into my song. We’ll see what happens.

John Rowley’s Idea For His Live Project

I know it will be hard but I am going to try to do a poppy electro funk song with juicy bass vibes. Some real hipster shit. I love Flying Lotus so I’m kinda gonna go for that sound mixed with Daft Punk and Funkadelic. The drum and synth beats will take a long time and there will be a lot of trial and error. I may switch a few things up over time. I also really want to do a sample (like Noah did) because I wanted to do that for the Loop and Logic projects but I didn’t know that it was allowed. I want to try to use Live to make the music but if it is possible to import stuff from Logic and still perform it I’ll do that.
I was going to originally do a dance but then our fearless leader told me what that would be a ton of work, also I can’t dance. So I’m thinking of doing the vizzable thing on Live or I’ll make a video. I need to have some music before I can start messing with other stuff.

John Rowley – Ode to Kanye

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14 Tracks

4 Audio tracks

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Vocal Track – Yes

Markers- see above pic

Mix – there is one

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Reading-

I would not be anywhere close to where I am today without Logic Lesson 6. The Paint roll was absolutely crucial to this project. Dochtermann Chapter 11 was very helpful with mixing, although it is much easier in theory than in practice. This was very hard to try to do effectively. Chapter 4 was also very helpful with mic technique. I used different mic placements for certain parts of recordings to get different sounds.

 

MIDI perform – I used arpeggiator in tracks 2 and 9 and I used the Chord Trigger in tracks 4 and 10

MIDI Write In- I used this in just about every non vocal track using the pencil.

MIDI Step Input- Used in 3, 4, 7, and 8.

Tempo Change- Definitely 2

Track Automation-

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Delay Linne- Delay used on tracks 9 and 13

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John Rowley – Logic Draft 3

This time I worked a lot with the arpeggiator and other midi effects, which was a lot of fun. about halfway through working on this I lost a dope drum beat that I had made and it was too late to get it back, needless to say I was disappointed. I was very demoralized to make it again so I’ll bring it back for the final. I couldn’t think of what to record lyrically so I’m going to use break to figure that out. I’m def going to have to put a ton of work into the final.

Once again Logic Lesson 6 was crucial to draw in the sounds using the piano roll. The arpeggiator sounded completely different when I first recorded it. It took quite a bit of editing to get it to sound right. Logic Lesson 9 helped a lot with the arpeggiator as well (a lot of work went into using that thing). It was extremely loud and obnoxious at first and I had to fix the volume and the mix in general.

John Rowley- Logic Draft 2

At this point this thing is a disaster. I wanted it to be a mix of electronic and really chill beats but I found quickly that I am awful at the piano and painting in beats can be very time consuming. I mainly focused a lot on song structure this time. I just need to make sounds that aren’t all jumbled up and random and I might have something good. The hardest part of this one was trying to get a drum beat going. Vocals are going to be very interesting.

The Logic Lesson 6 has been the most helpful reading in this project. Being able to draw in the sounds that I want with the piano roll makes life so much easier. I couldn’t imagine having to actually record all of these sounds.