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Day 1 - Jan. 3, 2013 - Setting the tone

posted Jan 13, 2013, 3:06 AM by Michael Reilly
  • Let's listen to this popular song for the repetitions, pauses, beats: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=zYXjLbMZFmo
    • What do you hear that is repeated?  Can you hear gaps in particular beats?  Any special effects, volume change, things like that?  In general, do you hear patterns and conditions that changes those patterns?  If each type of sound/instrument is a track, how many tracks do you think there are?  Let's talk about it, after you make some notes.

  • Welcome to Earsketch - coolest programming thing ever!
    • We will be pre-testing to see what programming knowledge you currently have.  Do your best, don't freak out, this is really more of a survey, not a test.  Your only grade is for answering all of the questions.

  • As you finish your exam, you need a place to save your future work.  
    • Where your future projects should be saved:  create a folder on your H drive space, titled Earsketch.  Save your projects in there, with good names.  For example, the first project should be Project01. 

  • If time allows, we will be introducing you to your software: http://earsketch.gatech.edu/category/learning/intro-to-daw

  • By the end of this lesson, you should know the first half of the web page linked above:  
  • Your first assignment, due by the end of day, Jan. 4:  
    • Create a project with at least 3 tracks, with each track using a different WAV loop, each loop with length adjusted, different volume levels for each track, and have each of the tracks start on different measures, have a total length of 12 measures, and then render it as well into MP3.  In addition, have the playhead set to measure 6, and "solo" track 2 when demonstrating your project. You will receive an equal number of "points" for the demonstration of each item.  Here's the official rubric, ask questions!!