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DRAM2620: Sound Design, Spring Semester, 2014
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Group Project; from Drama 2620, Sound Design, Spring Semester 2014
CHALLENGE: Create a multi-track recording of an original song.


"Learning to Groove", current version; written and recorded by the students of DRAM 2620.

Image View this .jpg file to see our mixer in Logic X.
Or listen to the recording in stages...

Friday, February 7,, Student Recording, "Learning to Groove"

Last Friday I asked each student to send a short clip of any song as an .mp3 file via em ail connected to the theme, "Learning to Groove." The clips I collected were as eclectic as the students in the class! I blended some of these together in Logic to create a foundation for a song called, "Learning to Groove." In class today we discussed some of the aspects of MIDI sequencing and audio recording and classmate Derek Papagianopoulos added a funky cowbell track to the song. I exported three versions of our developing songs to email back to the students for further development outside of class. Here are versions 2 and 3.


Friday, February 28, Student Recording, "Learning to Groove"

We changed direction in today's class! We determined to take a more upbeat approach and we also want our final piece to sound more acoustic. This new version is inspired by a bass riff sent to the class as an .mp3 clip by classmate Doug Bae. We spend the majority of the class period developing lyrics around the theme of "Learning to Groove."


Friday, March 21, Student Recording, "Learning to Groove"

Over spring recess, I did some editing to our track and improvised some organ, drums, and bass to build a bridge for our track. Classmate Stephanie LeBolt stepped up to the microphone today and provided vocals for verse 1. Classmate Sinan Etikan took our original Logic X file home and added some guitar loops which were incorporated into the chorus of our developing song. More to come!


Friday, April 4, Student Recording, "Learning to Groove"

We hit a little writer's block this Friday so we made some improvised recordings. We used the internet to search for a formal definition of "groove" and then recorded each of the students reading excerpts from it. I later took some of these recordings and designed a soundscape of voices as in introduction to our song.


Friday, April 11, Student Recording, "Learning to Groove"

What a great time we had today recording more vocals. Classmate Jed Divina led the way this morning by singing the male backing vocals on the chorus. Next, Nick Sulzer sang along on a second track with Jed. Derek Papagianopoulos vocalized our title, "One With Groove" at the end of the chorus. Finally, Stephanie LeBolt added a lead vocal on the chorus. We also inserted an wave file recording of a horn section played by classmate Sinan Etikan that he sent to us.


Friday, April 18, Student Recording, "Learning to Groove"

Today I invited local and very talented sax player Andy Rowland to class to add saxophone to the piece. First we invited Andy to play along with what we have recorded so far and improvise some ideas to record. From this we developed a "horn" line for our breakdown after the chorus. We recorded Andy playing the same horn line four times to infer the sound of multiple saxophones. Next we recorded a new track of improvised sax throughout the duration of the song.

RECORDING INSTRUMENTS: 2 Audio-Technica 4030 condenser microphones, Shure SM58, 57 microphones, Crown SASS-P stereo condenser microphone, MacBook Pro (2.7 gHz Intel Core 2 Duo), 16 Gig RAM,
MOTU 828 mkIIIAudio Input/Output Device and Logic X.

These materials are examples only. They are not for intended for commercial use.

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April 21, 2014