Creation Exercise

As part of this unit you must submit one original creation of music from a local or global context for your own instrument

Maximum of 1 minute

Check out some of the examples below

Track 1 (techno creation exercise) .mp4

Techno creation example

For my creation exercise I have produced a short techno extract which highlights some of the key features of techno music. These include; the use of common time (4/4), a continuous four-on-the-floor kick/bass drum rhythm, looping, layering, the use of the snare or clap on beats 2 and 4 and a hi-hat played on every 16th beat. As well as the use of step sequencing, synthesisers/synthesised sounds and drum machines.

Before creating my example, I had to consider how I do not have any experience in creating electronic dance music specifically, and that I lack the access to more professional digital audio workstations (DAW), due to their cost, that may be more authentic to the actual production of techno music.

To combat these issues, I have had to familiarise myself with the typical features of techno music and the importance of loop-based composition when creating my example, as well as choosing to use an IOS app on my Iphone as a free alternative compared to more expensive and professional equipment/software. By using this method, the quality and range of the synthesised sounds I use are limited. However, having a mobile music studio in an app form makes it easy to use and still allows me to access the type of synthesisers and drum machines I need. [d1]

[d1]Try to make it explicitly linked to your research Ami. By this I mean that you think of your research on how techno is produced. For example you mentioned the use of rhythm and bass synths, namely the TR-808 and Tb-303, so you would need to write about how your research influenced your creation. You are kind of doing this as it is implied that your creating would be based on what you have learned. However, implying is not enough; you need to be specific.

The example above and below are draft submissions from two year 12 students who both play piano as their first instrument. The written explanation is part of the written component. An example of the whole written component can be found HERE.

Chris Crome Film Music Creation Exercise Video 011220 DRAFT.mp4

Film music creation example

I downloaded a clip from the film Mission: Impossible – Fallout, from 2018 and loaded it into cubase. With this 1 minute clip, I removed the original audio and recorded my own music to it. With most action films using an orchestra, I decide to do the same giving me a range of instruments to experiment with. The vst orchestral pack gave me orchestral sounds. I started coming up with a motif which. The violin motif has chromaticism creating a tense dramatic melodic line to match the dangerous environment the characters in. With this I added another motif with a cello playing a low G note played staccato giving the overall rhythm. To accompany these two leitmotifs I added mezzo forte strings, trembling on a low G in the background adding to the dangerousness. Likewise I recorded brass playing a low G note with spiccato adding to the tension. As the character climbs the helicopter, to represent the ascend in the characters action, I recorded a French horn playing a 5th giving a sense of lift and achievement. As the character jumps onto the edge of helicopters door, a crash cymbal enters with sforzando brass playing a mid range G minor chord. As the two characters look at each other, to build tension I recorded tremolo strings ascending in 3rds sustained with a quiet timpani rolling. As the characters lunge at each other, a new section begins with a new leitmotifs being played on strings, timpani's and brass play the new rhythm with semiquavers being played on high-hats over it.