So! I finished the mashup HOURS before the presentation....
Was it a success....?
NO! The mashup sounds so cringey and terrible, a lot of the harmonies and timings don't really line up as fluently as they should and it totally butchers the brilliance of the two songs featured! HOWEVER, the point wasn't really to create an amazing mashup that was worth listening to on repeat, it was to learn and develop the skills necessary to be able to create one using a DAW.
So what did I achieve? Well.... I learnt how to:
To be honest, the biggest lesson I got out of this was how much musicianship I was required to utilise in this task. I thought that it would much simpler than it was, to put two songs together and create an engaging and interesting mashup, when there is much more skill and experience that goes into it. I had a variety of technical issues trying to create this but I'm extremely pleased at myself for jumping into the deep end and pushing through to use this software that I was previously unfamiliar with.
As a student and a future music teacher, I felt like this was a truly valuable experience to my own learning, and will be extremely challenging for my future students. As technology becomes more advanced, and people continue to listen to more diverse and computer based music, it seems somewhat necessary to involve this in the music classroom. Digital composition could lead to many new skills in computer literacy and music production, whilst engaging students to future career paths and learning opportunities outside of the music classroom.
Let's see how the presentation goes!
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