Final Track Ableton – Song Inspirations

MD4352 - Making Tracks

The songs I have chosen as inspiration for my final track in Ableton are all under the genre of pop-punk, this is the style of music I identify with the most and where all of my influences and inspirations are from. I have included many techniques that I like in these songs and I have listed the reasons for each of these below.

Green Day – ¿Viva la Gloria? (Little Girl) – The reason I am taking inspiration from this song is the piano at the beginning of the song which changes tempo at 0:23 seconds in when the vocals also join it before changing again at 0:49 seconds to a kick drum which also makes the whole band come in.

Patent Pending – Hey Mario – I really like the use of 8 bit music in the back of this song, this theme continues through the whole song even being heard in the background of the song whilst all of the instruments are playing as well as having individual segments that are very prominent and work very well with the theme such as replacing the words “shit” and “bitch” with a levelling up coin sound and again a very clever use for this is during 1:55 – 2:01 where the singer says “she’s not the one worth dying for” where some 8 bit death music makes an appearance

Bowling for Soup – 1985 – There are two effects in this song that I like and one is relatively subtle where the other is more obvious. The first effect I like is on the line of “whatever happened to, sitcoms, game shows, on the radio” at 1:47-1:53 on the term of radio they applied an effect to make the vocals sound as if they are coming through a radio as the instruments cut out. The second effect I like is during the break of the line where the singer is asking to make the time stop at 2:35-2:38 where all instruments drop and the only sound can be heard is a ticking clock until he says “and bring back” where all of the instruments join at the same time again.

All Time Low – Stella – There is a line used multiple times in this song which is I’ve had you so many times, let’s face it” which is sung normally until the line after the bridge at 2:54 where they take the line and pan each for of “Let’s face it” from the left ear back to the right before returning back to the centre on the word it.

All Time Low – A Party Song (The Walk of Shame) – The theme for this song is about having a one-night stand and during the second verse Alex uses the line of “nothing more than a casual fuck” at 1:17 but for the word fuck they use almost like a reversed record scratch that slightly blurs the word and I like the effect on this as it is only used once in the song and for a very brief time. I also enjoy the effect at 2:09-2:18 where they have the effect of people chanting which is very similar to the style used in “Gives You Hell” by The All American Rejects.

Set It Off – The Haunting – From the name this song is implicated to have eerie vibes about ghosts, from the very beginning there is the sound of a music box in theme to the music with repeated whispered lyrics in the back on certain lines. When the instruments finally kick in this kicks out, however at 0:55 there’s a brief interlude between the chorus and the verse where the whispering can be heard again along with multiple conversations and then once again at the end of the song the music box can be heard again closing the song at 2:39.

Set It Off – Why Worry – I like the implication of the stomping and clapping at the beginning of this song which leads in to the drum track. My favourite use of techniques in this song is after the line “Take a breath” where the singer stops and takes a breath in to the microphone as the instruments drop out.

Good Charlotte – Lifestyles of the Rich & Famous – The theme of this song is about breaking in to rich people’s houses and taking their money if they think their lives are so tough. There are again a couple of techniques and effects I like in this song. The first occurs at 0:47 where they take the lyric “fall” and apply an effect to make this sound like it’s falling as the singer runs the note down different scales. The second takes place in the bridge at 2:14-2:25 where the sound of police sirens are present in the background and the use of the “fall” lyric style is used again before the drums kick back in which to me sounds very similar to a gun cocking and firing, this relates to the music video where the band have been arrested and are waiting to find out their verdict in court.

Panic! At The Disco – Don’t Threaten Me with A Good Time – The introduction to this song is sampled from the song Rock Lobster by the B-52’s and Is used in multiple times throughout the song. Fall Out Boy also did something very similar where they sampled The Munsters theme in their song Uma Thurman.

Paramore – Hard Times – The introduction music to this song reminds me of the Crash Bandicoot music which is again used at multiple times throughout the song. I’m not sure if this was intentional but it has had multiple comparisons to the game and Paramore themselves have tweeted about it.

Synth Inspired Songs

MD4352 - Making Tracks
The synth in the songs above are the sounds and style I will be aiming for with my project.

I have done some research for the synth sounds I am looking for and found some of the artists I listen to regularly such as Panic! At The Disco and All Time Low. I have also added artists I listen to less such as Taylor Swift and The Who as they also have unique synth sounds that give a different style and genre to them.

What Genre of music do I identify with?

MD4221 - Music Cultures and Economies

The music genre I identify with most would be pop punk/punk. My love for this genre began when I was a baby and used to dance in my nappy to Green Day and Blink 182. Although these bands styles have changed throughout the years I’ve still stuck to listening to them, my favourite bands have grown over the years and now consist of bands such as Green Day, Panic! At The Disco, All Time Low and State Champs.

I think at time the pop punk genre can make you look like a bit of a sell-out. As a big Green Day fan I’ve been a fan of all of their styles and I’ve had a fair few people comment on how the changed their sound although I’m still a fan of them. 

An example of this can be found from the song ‘Burnout’ from the album ‘Dookie’ which had quite a dirty guitar tone and was in their punk days, where as in comparison to their most recent single ‘Father of All’ this has a completely different sound.

https://open.spotify.com/track/7dVDWf0wud70V4PgYfKnaG – Burnout – Dookie

vs

https://open.spotify.com/track/2mfs3UOe9AtmvJyRJsI27f – Father Of All… – Father of All Mother Fuckers

Pop punk is definitely an upbeat energetic type of music and I relate to it in the sense of that I’m always moving and fidgeting and can’t sit still

I would say that my guilty pleasures would be Cher and Britney Spears, I have a soft spot for the type of music they produce and outside of my pop punk covers it definitely a contrast in the usual styles I listen to.

https://open.spotify.com/track/2goLsvvODILDzeeiT4dAoR – Believe – Cher

https://open.spotify.com/track/6I9VzXrHxO9rA9A5euc8Ak – Toxic – Britney Spears

According to my Spotify.me although my main genre is pop punk

‘One of the new streaming habits we’re measuring is listeners’ music Diversity. As one component of Diversity, we study genre. Did you know there are over 1,500 genres available on Spotify? Your top artists span across 36% genres. We might call users like you Eclectics— bouncing around from genre to genre, open to hearing anything.’

spotify.me

Analysis of Jacuzzi Boys – Big One as a “Popular Song”

MD4221 - Music Cultures and Economies, Semester 1, Year 1


Analysis of “Jacuzzi Boys – Big One”

Jacuzzi Boys – The Big One on Spotify

I would say the approximate genre of this song would be Indie Rock.

The three elements I would say this song has which would make it indie rock would be

  • Solos do not form a very important part of the music
  • Backing vocals are not usually a big feature, so the music tends to be relatively sparse
  • Guitar amplifiers and effects play a big part in the sound of Indie music – The light, sustained tone and use of delays is common in many bands

There are also many more aspect which give this song an indie rock feel including the influences feeling very psychedelic rock.

We can see the fingerprints of indie rock songs here: https://musictechstudent.co.uk/indie-rock/stylistic-fingerprints-indie-rock/ (October 2019) and I feel this definitely hits a lot of the criteria for it rather than the fundamental’s for a pop song which can be found here:

There is also a handy slideshow which shows the elements of pop music from the 1980’s to now: https://prezi.com/mrijdz6sx4vg/elements-of-pop-music/ (October 2019) some more examples can also be found in the following links about how songs can be considered Pop(ular) music

https://mashable.com/2017/12/14/science-of-pop-music/?europe=true (October 2019)

https://www.englishclub.com/vocabulary/music-pop.htm (October 2019)

Although this song is what I would consider indie rock it doesn’t mean it would not be popular in their field and if the genre becomes popular this song may be brought with it which would then make the song pop.

MD4351 – Set Task #1

MD4351 - Audio and Studio Technology

My previous experiences in recording studio environments range from being a sound engineer and mixing my own songs and other students in sixth form to being a performer for our latest EP in a studio and paying someone to mix our tracks and record them for us. When in sixth form using the recording studio I recorded each of the instruments individually starting with drums and leading on to instruments such as the bass, guitar and percussion before finally finishing off with vocals all through pro tools, however, when recording with my band we did a multitrack recording scratch tracks with each of the instruments as we play along with each other to keep time. This was monitored by us each having a personal mix through earphones. From this we then went back and overdubbed each of our instruments for a clean take before leaving to our sound technician to do all of the mixing and mastering.

Our sixth form set up was a small mixing desk, a dual screen mac set up and pro tools along with a few other systems which meant that when recording songs at certain times of the day you could often pick up the sounds of people talking, doors slamming or school bells ringing which around the time of us trying to record coursework could cause issues with noticing these on the recording and having to re-record sections of the track as these sounds were unable to be edit out.

On this module I’m looking forward to getting back to recording and mixing, as our speakers were never 100% in a prime position during sixth form due to the size of the room and so I am looking forward to being able to produce some high quality tracks and being able to mix them.

Recent Tracks

Induction Tasks
Green Day – Father Of All… rhythm guitar cover

I have chosen to upload a cover of a band who I hold very close to my heart and who have also been a huge inspiration to my guitar playing over the years. Green Day’s genre are punk.

The inspiration from Green Day will be shown in my bands upcoming EP which will be released on November the 15th 2019.

I’ve taken inspiration from many punk and pop punk bands and I have been listening to them as my main genre from a very young age. Upon discovering Green Day around the age of 7 I instantly fell in love with them and have been following them ever since.

My guitar playing is a mixed form of inspiration from Billie Joe-Armstrong of Green Day with his hard strumming and using a style of shoulder strumming with hammering action whilst keeping a strong forearm. From here I also became interested in learning about guitar presets and how each album can have different sounds from guitar and I want to utilise this going forward in future projects and albums.

London PLASA Show

Induction Tasks
Return to the future show by Robe Lighting

Upon entering the PLASA show I found myself drawn toward toward the unmistakable sound of the back to the future jingle, getting closer to the area it was evident there was something going on as there was a replica Delorean with lights which trailed along the car and down the side shooting along in a light blue darting motion as if the car was travelling.

The use of lights in this production were used in a very interesting way ranging from spot lights across the top sections during dancing scenes to draw attention to the dancers at individual times of the show.

The end of the show to me was the most impressive as this is when the countdown sequence for a destruction was initiated for a final countdown where the fire machine set off ever second for the last 10 seconds along with a rain machine which was linked to a pump which reused water.

I found this very interesting in the way you can programme not only lights in a sequence but also fire and rain machines to make really awesome effects during different scenarios.

JTS Personal wireless systems

To me wireless systems have come so far and the things we’re able to do with them now is amazing. I have heard of brands such as Shure and Audio Technica but had never heard of JTS until the PLASA show.

Looking in to their wireless systems it shows that they do have amazing technology that they’re working with. When working with live sound I personally believe it’s essential to have a clear idea of what the audience are hearing to provide a good mix.

I personally find the use of IEM’s on stage very helpful, especially when it comes to each band member wanting a different mix it really helps with being able to hear yourself clearer than using floor monitors.

Skills Audit

Induction Tasks

I have been playing instruments in total for around 12 years I can play are the guitar, drums and bass. I am self taught on all of these.

I have been playing the drums for a total of 12 years, bass for a total of 8 years and guitar for 7 years. I have had experience of playing in multiple bands ranging from being a drummer to currently being as rhythm in a pop punk band called Down Not Out.

Down Not Out have progressed me as a musician and I’m so much more confident on stage now than when I used to be in other bands. We book shows around the country and are looking at booking a miniature tour next year following the release of our EP Worse For Wear which will be released on the 15th of November 2019.

I began to take music seriously when I decided to pick it up in sixth form. I always enjoyed music but taking music technology as an A-level made me realise things that I didn’t see at GCSE. How recordings work and how you are able to effect moods and have different ways of contributing to so many things.

I began using Logic Pro and Pro Tools in sixth form when taking music technology and I thoroughly enjoyed having the freedom and creativity to be able to record our own songs and having the support from different friends to record covers and original songs alike.