Introduction to MIDI and Computer Music: Final Project
The Final Project consists of music you produce using techniques learned in the course. There are no stylistic restrictions. The goal is to come up with something you like and is the result of a strong effort. This can’t be done well in only a couple of afternoons, so you will need to spend plenty of time on the project.
You will turn in an AAC file of your final project mix, as well as a project description and your Reason song file. See the bottom of this page for details.
Your grade will depend on your fulfillment of the technical requirements listed below, your project description, and my evaluation of your musical accomplishment.
If you do an arrangement or remix, you may not use clips of the original artist’s audio recording within your sequence!
If you make a remix, you may use an a cappella — a vocal track from a recording session released by the artist — if you can find one. (Try here.)
In particular, it will take a lot to convince me that even short segments of someone else’s original music, dropped into your own sequence, represents enough work on your part. If you are unsure whether your idea fits into this category, please ask me.
You should choose a project which lets you employ the synthesis, sampling, sequencing, and mixing skills you have honed in this class. Recording your band or your friend’s folk act and adding a synthesizer part is not going to be enough to demonstrate those skills.
For anything other than the built-in sounds available in Reason, you must cite sources (in your project description, explained below) for materials you haven’t made yourself, just as you would do for quotations in a term paper.
NOTE: It’s not likely that using the default fader and pan values for all tracks will be effective musically.
If you use audio tracks, listen carefully for pops and clicks at the edges of your audio clips. This happens because of discontinuities in the waveform that can arise when a clip ends abruptly. Clicks can be very distracting, unless they are part of an intentional glitch aesthetic. You can eliminate clicks by using the clip fadein/fadeout handles (described in Working with Audio Clips).
WARNING: Please maintain multiple backups of all your data. It’s easy to lose all your work if your only up-to-date copy becomes corrupted somehow. Never work on your only copy of a project. Keep a history of the versions of your project: one for Monday, one for Tuesday, one for Wednesday, etc.
LOSS OF WORK DUE TO MEDIA OR FILE CORRUPTION WILL NOT EARN YOU AN EXTENSION! Anticipating problems and learning to back up your work is an important part of working with computers.
Here are the three items you must hand in by the due date. Read these very carefully before submitting anything, as your grade will depend partly on whether the materials you submit are prepared properly.
NOTE: Please do not submit uncompressed audio files (WAVE or AIFF)!