Computer Music Studio : Melodic Contours

 

Type of project: audio files from MIDI sequence

Format to turn in: class presentation/audio CD

Due date: (2/24)

Reading/Resources:

- Getting Started Guide for Reason. Especially, chapter 6 - "managing the rack," chapter 7 - "the sequencer," and chapter 8 - "using pattern devices." You may not need to read these in full, but many questions you may develop will be answered here.
- Additional information about individual instruments and their operation, pattern and drum tracks, writing soundfiles to disk, sequences, routing etc. can be found in the Full Manual.

ASSIGNMENT:

In this part of the assignment, you will create a series of melodies to combine with your drum tracks. Using the track you created for 2/17, compose at least two contrasting melodies using the following concepts:

- Melodic range and contour - the shape of melodic outline, direction etc.
- Conjunct/disjunct motion
- phrase divisions, antecedent consequent phrases
- musical motif , a short musical idea - shorter than a phrase - that occurs often in a piece of music.
- theme and variations form

more information about melodies and form:
Melody, by Catherine Schmidt-Jones
An introduction to the basic element of music called melody, with some useful definitions.

How do different melodies re-enforce or create a counterpoint to your drum beats?

Some Youtube Reason tutorials, follow related links for more.

Making a basic track

Drum Patterns in Reason 3


Automating effects in reason

Creating a noise sweep in reason

Dr. Rex Loops in Reason 3

Loading Drum Kits in Reason 3.0

Controlling automation

Using the arpeggiator

Hiphop tutorials 1 and 2