With the structure of our first song complete, we have now moved on to structuring the second song. This will be done similarly to the first song, in that we will use the same instrumentation and we will use samples at certain parts of the song. The samples will consist of British public figures for the second piece instead of American, and we have decided to have positive quotes for the chorus’, and then the more negative figures quotes will be activated during other parts. Next session will consist of more
With regards to our college band, along the way we made some recent musical decisions that would define our sound; the main one being using a synth. We decided on using a synth instead of a bass, as to have a more electronic and experimental sound. The synth also provides us with an array of sounds at our disposal, which we utilise well depending on the section of the song; for example a lighter sound with clean guitar and then a heavy distorted tone with distorted guitar in the breakdown. Our other musical decision was to include a sample pad, which will be activated during various sections of the songs. The samples will be of famous dictators/public figures and taken from various YouTube videos, and then ripped off using http://offliberty.com/
This video is of the masterclass I recorded on the 23rd of May. I decided on teaching some guitar basics, which is something I know I’m confident in teaching. I provided two electric guitars, one for each of us, and some sheets, as well as then record it via my smart phone. The lesson starts off by looking through how to warm up, which includes stretching and chromatic playing; the rest of the lesson then takes a look at the A Minor pentatonic scale, open chords and power chords. Overall I would say the lesson went well, as I managed to cover the time by generally sticking to the plan but then adding some more onto the end with the power chords and strumming patterns. The feedback I received was positive, but I also still personally know what I must do to improve, which would include using a metronome for example.
This video represents our interpretation of the poem known as “Morning Run”. The performance was at The Musician, and was performed in an acoustic style, but also had the use of some synths within it too. This is evidence that we utilised what was given to us as a task and we completed the task at the time of the gig performance here. Within the video, you can see an acoustic bass, acoustic guitar and a sample pad being used, but the vocals and synths were out of shot, despite still being there and being heard.
This picture represents the new material we are composing in the band. This session, we managed to organise the bounced wav files and put them onto the sample pad. After taking note of which pad to hit for which sound, we are now practising the material combined with these quotes. We are also intending on writing another song in a similar style and to perform them both for end of year gig, so next rehearsal will involve more practise on the piece as a whole.
Our main aim for this practise was to find more samples to then utilise for our next original song. The top layer of stems shows the order in which we have set out the samples for the first song, and the lower set of stems will be towards the next song. We also were jamming some new ideas for the new song, still using distorted electric guitar and a synth with various sounds. We have also bounced the first set of samples and we intend to put them on to the sample pad to then put to our piece.