Allan Didier

Intro CS Music Production Projects

Song Creation

Part 1. Tracks and Loops

  1. Create a simple, 1 minute song.
  2. Use at least 3 different tracks using a least 3 different instruments or sounds. At least one track should be a rhythm/drum track.
  3. Use at least 2-3 different loops per track, for a total of 6-9 total loops.
  4. All tracks should sound good together and use the same BPM (beats per minute).

Part 2. Verse and Chorus

  1. Add 1-2 minutes to your already existing song.
  2. Create a verse and a chorus.
  3. Create at least one verse of a song. A simple verse should consist of
    1. 8-24 bars long
    2. Constant rhythm throughout the verse.
    3. 3-4 changes in the lead/supporting instrument pattern. Changes can be small like just a chord change. 
    4. Lead changes follow a pattern, like a 12 bar blues (A, A, A, A,   B, B, A, A,   C, B, A, A). 
  4. A chorus is similar to a verse but with some differences.
    1. 8-24 bars long. Chorus length can be the same or different from the verse.
    2. A change in the rhythm. Use the same instruments, but use a different pattern or loop.  
    3. A new pattern for the lead/supporting instruments different from the verse.

Part 3. Song from Multiple Verses and Choruses

  1. Add another 1-2 minutes to your already existing song.
  2. Repeat the verses and choruses to extend the length of your song. For example: verse, verse, chorus, verse, verse, chorus.
  3. Add variations to the verses and choruses to eliminate repetition.

Part 4. Completing the Song: Bookends and Bridges

  1. Add an Intro to the song. This could be a single loop on track or a gradual building of the song by adding tracks at specific bars. 
  2. Add an end to the song. This could be a single loop on track or a gradual breakdown of the song by ending tracks at specific bars.  

Rhythm Creation

From Loops

  1. Create a 1-minute, slightly complex rhythm “song”.
  2. Use 1-3 tracks/instruments.
  3. Use 10-15 different loops. Loops can be in the same track or different tracks.
  4. All loops should use the same BPM (beats per minute).
  5. If different tracks are used, the different instruments should sound good together.
  6. You can cut or shorten loop clips to create loop variations. 

Custom Loops

  1. Create at least 4 different, custom loops using an existing drum kit.
  2. Loops should be 2-4 bars long.
  3. All loops should use the same BPM.
  4. Use at least 4 instruments in the kit per loop, or at least 16 different instruments across all the loops created. 
  5. Timing of beats and hits should be clean and in sync with the rhythm (quantized).