Moving Library-MU by JBors published on 2011-04-21T11:28:16Z MUE 294 Campus Soundscape Project Moving Track 1 - Library-MU Artist Statement: This track was inspired by my emotion when I am walking from place to place on campus. When I am walking around campus I tend to just put my headphones and drown out everything else and relax; kind of put myself in cruising mode. So for this track I used a more funk inspired beat and groove, like how I feel when I’m “cruising”. I decided to start this track at the bottom of the Hayden Library steps, so I once again stuck with my increasing pitch theme to simulate stairs. Then I broke into my moving groove to really give the listener the feeling of cruising from one place to another. I then faded into the feel of the MU fountain. I added a fountain sound effect as well as an improvised bass solo. I chose an improvised bass solo to symbolize the free and chaotic nature of the water in the fountain. The water is spraying and splashing all over in the fountain in no particular pattern. Thus I used another improv section that I just played on the spot, no rehearsal. I then faded back into the cruising groove and eventually faded it out altogether. 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 track I actually decided to record the improv section as a separate clip and play it over the bass groove. I did this to show that I’m still moving, but the fountain does have an influence on my emotion. I tried to record a fountain sound myself for this track, but I had to use the built-in microphone on my laptop and the quality turned out terrible. So I just got a fountain sound effect online. I then arranged the clips how I wanted them and adjusted the volume levels; particularly for the fountain section. I still had the bass groove playing, but I dropped the volume to better hear the fountain and improv sections. 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. As I said earlier, I tried to record the fountain sounds myself, but the quality was terrible, so I ended up just using a sound effect I found online.