Jeff Campbell Music
The impetus for this project was to demonstrate that using the equipment and software available to our students through on-campus computing laboratories, students are capable of creating solo recording projects. The intention was to create two types of musical works: one recording that uses pre-recorded sounds (loops) in conjunction with live, improvised instrumental solo performance also recorded, and the other recording only consisting of pre-recorded sounds to be used in conjunction with on-the-spot improvisation in an actual live, concert setting.
The first step in creating these recordings was to use Apple Computer Inc.’s application GarageBand™ to develop a background, or accompanying track for the solo part. The basic loops provided by Apple were used in this project to simulate the same environment in which students would be working. Once this accompanying track was created, it was exported as an .aif file and imported into ProToolsLE™ 6.9.2 software as a stereo track. The solo bassoon part was then recorded in time with the accompanying track (multi-tracking). In order to fully demonstrate the purpose of the project, two solo parts were recorded in two separate sessions. In effect, two pieces were created with the same accompaniment. As the solo part was improvised on the spot, no two “performances” of this piece will ever be the same, as is demonstrated with the tracks entitled Cascades-1 and Cascades-2. Both audio clips are from the same exact moment in the track timer, but are from two different sessions.
The second type of recording mentioned (accompaniment only for future live performance) is demonstrated by the track named Gouda, in which only the Apple GarageBand™ loops are heard. This file is used as a live, back-up track for instrumental improvisation. As demonstrated in the VIZ Lab lecture, this is intended for instrumentalists to learn and practice the art of improvisation and melodic construction.
Through the use of the two applications for music recording and audio manipulation in this project, I have been able to further expand my knowledge and skills and demonstrate to my students that they are capable of producing high-quality audio projects with the tools available to them at UMD.
Audio sample (Cascades-1) - click here
Audio Sample (Cascades-2) - click here
Audio Sample (Gouda) - click here