Week of Sept. 9-13

posted Sep 7, 2013, 5:55 AM by Michael Reilly   [ updated Sep 9, 2013, 4:37 AM ]
You had 2 days last week to do the "Big Project 1".  Time to use it, see it.

Monday we will show you how to use the EarSketch Social Media site (http://earsketch.gatech.edu/media/) to create a login in order to upload your music.  This will also allow you to share it with me, with others, and even collaborate, share, comment with others.  First, check out how to create a login here:  http://earsketch.gatech.edu/category/learning/earsketch-social-media-site  When you create a login, please use your real name, so I can tell when you have submitted your work. Then we will upload our "Big Project 1", using these instructions: http://earsketch.gatech.edu/learning/uploading-to-social-media-site/uploading-a-project  

If we have time, we'll listen to some music by volunteers.  Keep in mind that many of you will be intimidated by some really cool pieces.  Don't shy away because of it, ask for tips, ask how they did things.  That's how we really code and develop real things in the professional world, we share!  It's not a "kid' thing, it's a "smart" thing.  

If all goes well Monday, we'll have a short test on Tuesday.  Sorry, need to get you used to real tests at some point!

Wednesday we will begin the Beats section of EarSketch: http://earsketch.gatech.edu/category/learning/intro-to-beats Beats are a way of using a variable to hold to a pattern that can be applied to a sound or clip.  We will also review some very common beat patterns that you can use in your music:  http://earsketch.gatech.edu/learning/creating-beats-with-earsketch-makebeat-function.  Our goals:
  1. Create a beat using a string of symbols, and have it play in a composition using makeBeat().  Understand the word string, what it can hold.  Understand the parameters of makeBeat().  Review some of the more popular beat patterns.
  2. Use makeBeat() repeatedly, to create a series of measures, not just one.  Keep in mind that a beat string can have as many symbols/characters as you'd like, but it is based on a sixteenth-notes.
This should take us into Friday, so we might end the week doing a project on this, but we'll check in on Thursday.