ELECTRONIC MUSIC CLUB
The Electronic Music Club is open
to any students at Lost
The purpose of the club is to give students the opportunity to create music
through electronic media such as digital recording, effects processing, MIDI sequencing, sound editing, and live performance.
Additionally, students may explore possibilities of combining their music
with other media and areas of fine arts (drama, dance, art). Other
correlations may be made between music projects and other academic areas
such as science, math, history, literature, social studies, etc. The
compositional techniques and possible projects listed below are just some
examples of what students may do. Students are encouraged to come up with
their own ideas and submit them for approval.
Students are asked to complete
leveled projects. These projects are designed to teach two things: how to
use the software and hardware, and how to compose music. These projects
gradually increase technical requirements to explore the full potential of
hardware, software, and online resources. Each project also carries
different compositonal requirements; thus allowing the student to create a
portfolio of various kind of compositions. Download and view the level
Levels 1 & 2
Level 4 & 5
How to join
EMC meets during Eagle Block. There is no audition or prior
experience necessary. There is no attendance policy. Members don't need to
attend every session; they only need to come regularly enough to stay
productive. Work may also be done at home on your own equipment. Students
interested in EMC should report to the Music Technology Lab and try it out.
Live performance or sound may be recorded using the
microphone on the computer or by taking the M-Audio digital audio recorder
to a remote location.
Digital effects may be added to any sound recording.
MIDI sequencing uses the
built-in sound bank in GarageBand. Music may be recorded into MIDI using the
software applications built into GarageBand, or by playing music into the
computer with a MIDI controller (music
keyboard). MIDI files may also be
downloaded from the internet and imported into a project.
Recordings may be cut, cropped, spliced, repeated, etc.
with the use of basic sound editing.
Music created on the computer may be used with a live
performer on stage. Students who sing and/or play an instrument can create
an accompaniment for themselves, perform a duet with themselves, etc.
Some possible projects
Create a piece of music designed only to be heard. It has
no correlating meaning or story. This kind of music usually has no singing
Create a piece of music designed only to be heard. This
piece of music will be an aural representation of some sort of message,
story, or subject matter. (i.e., the sea, a storm, a story with actual
events, a prayer, etc.) This music may have sung or spoken lyrics or
Original music is composed for
use in a podcast. Possible podcasts include: presentation of a lesson
covered in a class (part of a unit, summary of notes from a certain day,
test review, etc.), presentation of a project completed for a class, school
and/or club news, community news, character education (i.e., character story
of the week, inspiring letters and speeches, etc.),
and hobbies (skateboarding, fantasy football,
Music and Dance
Original music is composed for performance with live
dancing. Music may be programmatic or absolute, although the dancing may
evoke programmatic qualities.
Music and Drama
Original music is composed to accompany acting (mime or
spoken). Music may be played in the background while the acting takes place
on stage. Due to the lack of exact timing when live acting occurs, music may
be created and played using a series of shorter tracks and loops.
Music and Art
Original music is composed to be heard while the audience
sees a series of works of art. These works may include a digital slideshow
of pictures of any kind of art including drawings, paintings, photographs,
sculptures, etc. Since the slideshow is already digital, it may include
special viewing effects such as zooming in and out, sweeping, fading, etc.
Music and Literature
Original music is composed to represent a poem, letter,
short story or other literary document. The literary selection may be spoken
while the music plays, or it may be sung.
Most projects can be filmed and edited into a finished
video product. Students may use iMovie to create their project, or opt to
use a similar program at home.