Campus Soundscape Project
Location 2 - Memorial Union
The Memorial Union (MU) is a very hectic and unpredictable location, which allowed me to be very creative for this track. I decided to use a very heavy drumbeat due to the chaotic nature of the location as well as a hard deep bass riff to symbolize my emotions. When I am in the MU I feel like I am on a mission to get in, get done what I need to get done, and get out. I don’t like being in such a crazy environment so I just want to get in a get out. Then I broke into an improvised bass lead to symbolize the unpredictable nature of the environment. There are so many people in the MU and it is so chaotic that you never know what is going to happen, which was my same principle with my bass improv. I also used some sound effects to portray a quick eating scene since that is the only thing that I go to the MU to do. After which I break back into my bass riff to show that I accomplished my mission, and now I just want to get out. I also used a crowd ambience sound effect in the background throughout the track just to emphasize how crowded it is.
For my recording process I used pretty much the exact same process for every track I made. First I used Abletons midi drum simulator to create a drumbeat that I thought was fitting of the mood that I was trying to convey. Once I came up with a beat I liked I just started messing around on my bass until I came up with a rhythm or riff that I liked and thought was fitting. Once I came up with my bass section I used my Line 6 Toneport UX2 to record it into Ableton on my computer. For this particular track I had an improve section in which I literally did just that. I improvised the whole section with no practice runs or anything, it was a one-time shot, and I think it came out pretty good. After I got the instrument recording done I recorded the chewing sounds myself, and got the rest of the sound effects online. I then arranged all the clips how I wanted them and did any level adjusting I needed to do. For this track I just adjusted the volume levels.
Luckily I had my Line 6 Toneport UX2, which made recording my bass and sound effects into my computer through Ableton very simple. Ableton also made arranging the pieces of the track very simple as well as adjusting the levels. On the other hand, I am by no means a professional bass player, so my playing was a little bit uneven as far as volume goes (sometimes I would pluck strings harder than others). Unfortunately I could not figure out any way to equalize the individual tracks to fix any volume drops or increases in my bass track, and these changes were to minor to go in a fix by hand, it would have taken me forever. I also felt that the midi drum simulator in Ableton was a little limiting, but that is probably just because I don’t know how to use it that well. Unfortunately most of the sound effects I used in this track were sounds that I couldn’t really record myself, so I had to use premade sound effects off the Internet.