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CO/SO/CH Beatwave Composition – Due Nov 5


Here is the link to the Beatwave Assignment if you want a hard copy.


Beatwave Composition Project

>You must use all four layers
>Minimum 15 seconds long
>You must change the Tempo to something other than 100
>You must use more than one sound
>You must do one of the following
– Create a new PATTERN and use during the recording
– Create a new GROUP and use during the recording
– Create a new GRID and use during the recording
>You must send the link of your beat to: libertyvilleorch@gmail.com making sure to put your name in the subject line.

Directions and tutorials:

Open Book Icon
>New: It will have a funky name, you can tap on the name to change it.
>Open: Obvious
>Save: Do this!

Slider Icon
>Master: Controls Master Volume
>Mixer: Controls volume of each layer. You can also mute layers.
>Tune: You can change tempo or key (tone). Tap on current key to bring up menu. You can also effect shuffle (I haven’t used this much.)

Rectangle with little squares Icon
>Morpher: This randomly messes with your squares and you can adjust how messed up they get and how quickly they get messed up. Fun to hear new creations.
>Generator: Creates random drum beats. You need to be on a drum instrument like Beata.
>Shifter: You can shift your squares for a particular layer one up, down, left or right.

Little Dot Icon
>Lets you record a performance
>Find other recordings
>From here you can send your recordings via email

PATTERNS – The little Clock icon lets you change patterns at the down beat.
>Create different patterns for each layer. You can change the pattern without affecting the other layers.

>Saves a set of all four layers so you can switch between entirely different grooves.

>Create a series of patterns for a layer to go through.


How To FAQ

Q: What makes a good beat?

A: Remember that you have four layers so don’t put too much into any one layer, otherwise it will start to sound too jumbled and incoherent. The layers should interact with each other, not all sound the same. One layer could be mainly high voices, one could be mainly drum sounds, one layer could be mainly chords, one layer could mainly be one note with a simple rhythm. Experiment and use your ear as a guide.

Q: How do I clear the screen if I don’t like what I’ve done?

A: If there are just a few notes you can just re-tap the boxes to erase. For lots of notes click on the button that has an X. This will only clear the current screen.

Q: How do I change the Tempo?

A: Go to the Slider Icon and click on Tune. You can tap out a new tempo or scroll to one. You are encouraged to hear what your beat sounds like at different tempi, this can be very interesting.

Q: How do I change the scale/notes used?

A: Go to the Slider Icon and click on Tune. Click on the current key and change it to the key and/or scale you prefer.

Q: How do I use the Mixer to change levels?

A: Click on Control on the bottom menu. Click on the far right button. Move the sliders up or down to find the right balance between the voices. Do not use the solo or mute buttons as you will no longer have all 4 layers sounding. (However, feel free to use those buttons when building your beat to hear how certain layers work together.)

Q: How do I change the sound of a layer?

A: Names of sounds are beneath the four top squares. You can scroll through them. You can purchase more sounds if you wish.

Q: How do I send you the recording?

A: When you are done with your beat and are ready to send it in, click on Session on the little black dot (under Tools on the phone version). Click on New. Click on the red button to start recording. When finished recording (Minimum 15 seconds) click on the red button again. Click on Recordings, find your recording and then click on the Send button (square with an up arrow).

In the To: line type libertyvilleorch@gmail.com

In the Subject line, delete whatever is in there and type your name.