Foundry Sound Forge
Foundry Acid Pro
Using the Sound Sculpture track
of another student as the only source material, this assignment required
producing a new 2-5 minute track that makes new uses of the sound clips.
Samples were to be modified and edited in Sound
Forge and then compiled in Acid
Pro to create a track with some musical element.
In deciding which track to base my work from, I randomly choose one from
the folder and worked with the material whether it was something I actually
found conducive to remixing or not. The track I chose happened to work
out great. Most of the samples in the final track (with exception of the
vocal parts) ended up being nearly unrecognizable to the source. For example,
the grungy piano sounds where created using very small sections of the
track looped repeatedly. They were then transposed in Acid
Pro to create the melody lines and musical feel. In essence, this
effect could probably be achieved sampling an equally small section of
any sound source and then modifying it in Sound
I found myself wanting to follow a close song structure rather than going
for a more ambient feel. This tendency comes from a strong rock/punk music
influence. Using the digital environment for creation and all digital
and sampled resources in combination with a band sense of construction
results in an interesting piece. This attempt allowed me to push the limits
of my knowledge of the software.
A challenging aspect to me is to avoid unnecessary repetition without
being able to have actual lyrics. The vocal clips helped some, but also
I found slight variations of melody lines or partial uses of already defined
samples to be useful in this respect.