Location PS Building by JBors published on 2011/04/21 11:24:39 +0000 MUE 294 Campus Soundscape Project Location 3 - Physical Science Building Artist Statement: For this track I decided to base it off of the Physical Science Building (PS) at night. This is the time day that I am there and the time of day that has the biggest emotional impact on me. This is where I have my astronomy night lab on Tuesday nights, so I decided to use an outer space theme for this track. I got a lot of influence from the band Incubus on this track, particularly their song Stellar. I started it off with a long gradual pitch increase since the first thing I do when I get to the building is take the stairs all the way up to the fourth floor. I then used a smooth calm bass line to symbolize my calm walk through the building while looking out the dark windows to the street lit campus. I then faded into a space themed effect piece to symbolize my association of the building with space since it is where I have my astronomy lab. 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. I then added in my effects, which in this case were all from the Internet since my version of Ableton is somewhat limited and I didn’t have the resources to create sounds like these; although I did add some modulations and pitch bends to the effects. Then I just arranged everything how I wanted it and made any volume adjustments. For this track I also used some panning effects to simulate a starship flying by and a robot moving around the listener. 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 I am running a lite version of Ableton, so my choices of sound effects are very limited. Thus I couldn’t create the space sound effects I wanted and had to get them online.