School of Rock session 2

Lateralus
Lateralus” by Lateral Simian is licensed under CC BY-NC 2.0.

SUMMARY

Role

Guitar

Intention (SMART Goal)

By November 18th, as a part of School of Rock, I will learn how to play some guitar parts in Schism by TOOL with Griffin, Simon, and Connor, using this as a reference and help us. We will also listen to the song and go off of that.

PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY

Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

Adam Jones

Adam Jones is the guitarist from tool and is very good. Tool as a band mess with a lot of weird tuning, as well as timings. He is really good at leaving plenty of room for the other instruments but still filling the space. He has written some amazing riffs or played some amazing riffs like schism by tool.

Training Source(s)

this

Lots of weird timing (this isn’t a video)

keep messing up the timing when it goes into the between supposed lovers sections.

PRODUCTION – ACTION

The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation) Beginning Point

Schism 1

Ending Point

Schism 2

Skills Commentary

I am fairly happy with my ability to play the guitar part I messed up a few times during it but its a pretty complicated song with a lot of weird time. Sadly we didn’t a get a group final version but next time we will for sure.

POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION

21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

We all learned how to play schism and helped each other get through and understand the weird timing of the song.

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

We basically taught each other how to play the song and helped simon get the timing down

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

We listened to the original song a lot to sing how it went as well as we used some tabs as well as Garageband to record

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

I got better at guitar, and also with working with a group to play live where with the last session there was less group playing.

Reactions to the Final Version

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

I think that personally we could have done better and that we weren’t as focused as we could have been but next session we are working on an original song that we all really wanna play.

Grammar and Spelling

Grammarly

Editor

Griffin

Production Project – Session 1 School of Rock.

SUMMARY

Role

Mixer/mastering

Intention (SMART Goal)

By October 14th, as a part of School of Rock, I will explore mixing music. I will do this using This video by Vubase. By the end I will have a fully mixed and made song. This will be for session one.

PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY

Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

Trent Reznor

Training Source(s)

Tutorial

PRODUCTION – ACTION

The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation) Ending point To be continued…

IsenRon Theme

Skills Commentary

The timing is off on a lot of it especially the beginning, and it hasn’t been mixed at all. Also there is this weird problem with feedback that we were having for just one of the guitar tracks. We will just need to do a few more takes of everything.

POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION

21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

Connor and I rewrote a movie theme into metal, This used critical thinking, and problem solving, and involved lots of creativity,

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

Being that we were in a band situation, there was lots of communication required to create this song. Connor and I wrote the guitar and bass, as well as the layout of the song. Simon did the drum parts, and Gryphon joined part way in to play the bass, while we practiced and recorded it.

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

We used the soundtrack from the Lord of the Rings, as well as GarageBand to record

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

This gives good experience for working in a group. As well as recording in a studio.

Reactions to the Final Version

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

I think that it needs a lot of work, and that the mix isn’t the best, and theres a lot of issues, but i’m happy with the overall composition. Also since we focused mostly on recording and rehearsing I haven’t mixed anything, therefore we only have 1 version.

Grammar and Spelling

Grammarly

Editor

Connor

Production Project – Session 1 Game Design

SUMMARY

Role

Sound Designer

Intention (SMART Goal)

By October 14th, as part of team 5 as the Sound Designer, I will have evidence of Creating a list of Sound Effects by following How to make Sound Effects for session 1.

PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY

Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

James Magee

Notes

James Magee is an important sound designer, at the moment he is working for Sony entertainment. James was also the lead sound designer at Creative Assembly. He is very talented and has done sound design for games such as “Alien: Isolation” and “Halo Wars 2”. He is a great example of a sound designer have a steady job in the world of work.

Training Source(s)

Notes

Noise Reduction

export selected audio

Layering

pitch shifting

Equalizing

Find things around the house to sound like a sound effect

Reaper Stuff

Reverse

Don’t be afraid to restart experiments

Automated pitch shifting

PRODUCTION – ACTION

The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)

Itch

the link to the game that my team and I made.

Skills Commentary

Slideshow

a slideshow showing that I have completed the task that was in my SMART goal.

POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION

21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

I was creative and innovative since we had problems with Itch because it was blocked on the Macs, also we had to figure out how to make a collaborative group in Unity because it had changed since we did it last. I also made music in GarageBand.

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

Aiden and I were close on collaboration and were checking on how each of each other’s tasks was going. Also, our team did daily stand-up meetings and made sure that we knew what we had to do each day

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

I used GarageBand to create two songs for our game. I also researched the topic of creating sounds even though I didn’t do that for this session.

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

Sound Design can go into a lot of different fields of work, including game design, music, and the film industry. This gave me more practice in mixing and formulating a piece of music.

Reactions to the Final Version

“Good Presentation and the right evidence was put into the slideshow” – Michelle

“Intro is way too long” -Hunter

“Music is banger” – Eben

“No way to win” -Jay

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

I think that I focused too much on music and that got in the way of working on other parts of the game when I should have done a lot more coding instead. Next session I shall focus on coding a lot more. Also the intro was way too long, we aren’t gonna do that again. Our game doesn’t really tell a story, and although thats what we tried to do with our intro it didn’t really work. Our game however is simplistic but maybe too simplistic, there really isn’t much point to it. I wouldn’t say our game gets people emotional or has anything super unexpected. However if you die you fall through the floor so that may be unexpected.

Grammar and Spelling

Grammarly

Editor

Hunter

LinkedIn Recommendation

Aiden is independent when you need him to get things done and hard working when he his needed in his team. I was in a team with him multiple times in our Capital High School Game Design class. If Aiden doesn’t know how to do something he learns how and brings innovative ideas to the team. Aiden is funny and a joy to be around but it doesn’t get in the way of him working hard to get things done. Aiden is a solid team member and people working with him are very lucky.

LinkedIn Profile

Creative Person|Aspiring Musician/Sound Producer|Experienced with GarageBand|Experienced with Soundtrap|Experienced Guitarist|Songwriter

Summary:

I am a Sophomore at Capital High School in Olympia Washington. I am an experienced musician and songwriter. Ever since I picked up the guitar in 2018 I have worked hard to learn and get better at mixing and playing various instruments.

I have learned and am continue learning how to write music and to collaborate with people and creative musical projects. I have performed multiple times in front of over a hundred people in the school talent show as well as a song writing workshop run by a group of local musicians and artists.

In college I wish to learn more about Sound Production and Design to be able to make my music more professional as well as help other express their creativity and make music. I wish to be creative and help people reach their dream.

I have participated in events such as the Find Your Future event. I have also participated in a songwriting workshop called the Bridge Music Project. This is a workshop where you are put into teams and for 8 weeks you work on writing a song.

Certifications:

Twenty-first Century Skills Precision Exams 2022

Backstage Precision Exams 2022

Skills:

Guitarist|Quick Learner|Presenter|

DAW Audio Composition Project

Summary

I made a composition in Garageband, I did the guitar and bass myself, and programmed the drums.

Audio File Formats and Definitions

AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format): stores standard CD-quality audio; similar to WAV (Higher Quality)

WAV (Waveform Audio File Format): CD audio; can be saved with different sampling and bit rates; similar to AIFF (Higher Quality)

MP3 (Audio File): Used to store audiobooks and music on a hard drive; Close to CD-quality sound; the higher quality sound comes from higher bit rates which also take up more storage space

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface): music data: notes played, when notes are played, how long each note is played, and the velocity of each note played; used to be able to exchange and use information between software and hardware programs; no actual audio data

All the audio file format information is found at: fileinfo.com

Song Used As Template

I did not use a song as a template

GarageBand Tracks

My Composition

Song

Feedback

  • Write a few comments from other students or advisory members
  • Cite the person who shared the comment
  • Only use first names

What I Learned & Problems I Solved

I learned a lot how to mix instruments on Garageband, as well as I had a problem with the headphones where it wouldn’t pan but I realized I wasn’t using the right headphones.

May Smart Goal project

SUMMARY

I am learning how to play the second solo in the song Comfortably Numb by the band Pink Floyd.

Role

Guitarist

Intention (SMART Goal)

By May 27th, I will learn how to play the second solo of Comfortably Numb using this tutorial. I will be able to play it fluently, and without any mistakes. I will do this by practicing and playing it around 15 minutes a day.

PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY

Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

Tom Morello is guitarist known for playing in the bands Rage Against the Machine as well as Audioslave. He is a riff GOD, he comes up with so many good songs so of my favorites being, “Show me how to Live” by AudioSlave, and Killing in the Name of by RATM.

Training Source(s)

SMART Goal Schedule

I will practice at least 15 minutes a day, both in school and at home. I hope by Wednesday the week it is due to have the whole song memorized and be able to play most of it at full speed or close too it.

PRODUCTION

SMART Goal Starting Point Evidence

First attempt

SMART Goal Ending Point Evidence

Next Attempt

POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION

21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

I was a critical thinker because I was having trouble getting the pacing and timing when playing the fast parts of the solo so I played it over and over again while listening to the original song.

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

I did not collaborate with anyone for this project because this was a solo project.

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

I listened to Comfortably numb and played along with it as well as I used the tutorial stated above by guitarlesson’s365.

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

Garageband is a well known DAW that I am getting better and better at using. As well as I am getting better at guitar which is also a skill that could be used in a job.

Reactions to the Final Version

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

I think that I could have done better on the final version of Comfortably Numb. During the fast parts I messed up a bit and it was off a bit timing wise, and even since the recording I can play it quite a bit better.

Grammar and Spelling

Grammarly

Editor

Audio Recording Sound Safari

Summary

  • I edited the soundtracks talked a very small amount on the actual recording

Audio Terms and Definitions

  • Sound Wave
    • A vibrational disturbance that involves the mechanical motion of molecules transmitting energy from one place to another.
  • Compression
    • Reducing a signal’s output level in relation to its input level to reduce dynamic range.
  • Frequency
    • The # of times per second that a sound source vibrates, is expressed in hertz (Hz).
  • Hertz
    • Unit of measurement of frequency; numerically equal to cycles per second (cps).
  • Infrasonic
    • The range below the frequencies is audible to human hearing.
  • Ultrasonic
    • The range above the frequencies of human hearing.
  • Pitch
    • The subjective perception of frequency – the highness or lowness of a sound.
  • Fundamental
    • The lowest frequency a sound source can produce. In other words, it is also called the first harmonic or primary frequency which is the lowest, or basic, pitch of a musical instrument.
  • Sound Frequency Spectrum
    • The range of frequencies audible to human hearing: about 20 to 20,000 Hz.
  • Octave
    • The interval between the two frequencies that have a tonal ratio of 2:1.
  • Bass
    • The low range of the audible frequency spectrum; is usually from 20 to 320 Hz.
  • Midrange
    • The part of the frequency spectrum to which humans are most sensitive; is the frequencies between roughly 320 Hz and 2,560 Hz.
  • Treble
    • The frequency range between roughly 5,120 Hz and 20,000 Hz, the highest two octaves audible to human hearing in the sound frequency spectrum.
  • Equalization
    • A signal-processing device that can boost, attenuate, or shelve frequencies in a sound source or sound system.
  • Amplitude
    • The magnitude of a sound wave or an electric signal is measured in decibels.
  • Decibel (dB)
    • A relative and dimensionless unit to measure the ratio of two quantities.
  • Wavelength
    • Distance between two peaks of a wave
  • Velocity
    • Speed in a given direction
  • Harmonic
    • Is a multiple of the fundamental frequency
  • Phase
    • Factor in the interaction of one wave with another, either acoustically or electronically

– Audio terms and definitions from Wikipedia

Voice Recording

Outdoor/Environment Recording

Instrument Recording

Feedback

What I Learned & Problems I Solved

  • We had and still have to problem solve through why the images when posted into the blog post upside down.

Resources

Session 5 Game Production Project

SUMMARY

Role

Level Designer

Intention (SMART Goal)

By the 10th of May, as a level designer on team 2, I will have identified the rules of the game, by using the book the Rules of Play (by: Salen + Zimmerman).

PRE-PRODUCTION – INQUIRY

Leader(s) in the Field / Exemplary Work(s)

Sid Meier is a famous game designer who has worked on games such as railroad tycoon and the Civilization games.

Training Source(s)

Project Timeline

  • Shooting, movement and camera 15th April
  • Level art and coding (collision), as we as Character art by April 22nd
  • Boss fight by May 6th
  • Everything due by May 10th

PRODUCTION – ACTION

The (FILM, SOUND, or GAME Creation)

John Elton Game

Skills Commentary

I was the Level Designer and I coded collision, I made the character follow the mouse and I did the art for the level.

https://docs.google.com/presentation/d/1JbSK3rRvMF_fdJGpWBQdc3f0zzgAkp75IA4_s0bI9Eo/edit#slide=id.g1176dcbe26d_0_0

POST-PRODUCTION – REFLECTION

21st Century Skills

Ways of Thinking (Creativity, Innovation, Critical Thinking, Problem Solving)

We used Unity for the first time this session.That lead to a lot of problem solving because we had to learn from scratch how to code in Unity. We had a lot of trouble getting the health bar and the shooting/collision to work but we ended up getting it working. There was also mid way through the project a change to the collaboration tool in Unity and that made it confusing.

Ways of Working (Communication & Collaboration)

Aiden and I worked pretty closely helping each other out since we were the main coders, we both took turns looking over our code looking for mistakes or typos.

Tools for Working (Info & Media Literacy)

I used a lot of tutorials to learn how to code on Unity as well as examples of code in blogs/articles. Most of our code was from already created code that other people made, but some of the coding we figured out ourselves.

Ways of Living in the World (Life & Career)

Unity is a professional program in the game design industry. Knowing how to use Unity will be helpful if I want to get a job in the game industry.

Reactions to the Final Version

The reactions to the final version were overall good but people mentioned there was multiple ways to improve. Spencer mentioned that he really liked the recoil of the gun and that you move back a little bit. Someone also mentioned that John Elton should be bigger.

Self-Evaluation of Final Version

I am pleased with final version. I think that we worked hard and especially that we were using a program that we didn’t know how to use that we accomplished a lot. I think that we could have done more in the time that was given to us but overall I am pretty happy with the overall product.

Grammar and Spelling

Grammarly

Editor

Aiden H.

DAW Audio Composition Project

Summary

  • Using GarageBand I created a song, I played the guitar and bass for this song, and programmed the drums as well as mixed the song

Audio File Formats and Definitions

AIFF (Audio Interchange File Format): stores standard CD-quality audio; similar to WAV (Higher Quality)

WAV (Waveform Audio File Format): CD audio; can be saved with different sampling and bit rates; similar to AIFF (Higher Quality)

MP3 (Audio File): Used to store audiobooks and music on a hard drive; Close to CD-quality sound; the higher quality sound comes from higher bit rates which also take up more storage space

MIDI (Musical Instrument Digital Interface): music data: notes played, when notes are played, how long each note is played, and the velocity of each note played; used to be able to exchange and use information between software and hardware programs; no actual audio data

All the audio file format information is found at: fileinfo.com

Song Used As Template

Tremor Christ by Pearl Jam

GarageBand Tracks

My Composition

Feedback

What I Learned & Problems I Solved

I learned a lot about double tracking/panning and also really learned how to use GarageBand since this was the largest project so far I have made with it. A problem I was having a problem with was figuring out the drum programmer that GarageBand has available but now that I have figured it out it is a very nice tool.