Assignment 2

MIDI Editing and Arranging

You will create a radically altered, but musically meaningful, version of some existing music I give you. Rearrange the material into a multi-track sequence.

The point is to transform the existing music into something that is very different. The original source material should be identifiable, but perhaps only just so.

Requirements and Advice

  • Make a sequence with at least 6 instrument tracks.
  • Your sequence should last between 1 and 3 minutes.
  • Automate volume and pan in the Main Mixer.
  • Use a send effect in the Main Mixer, for better control over reverb, delay, and similar effects.
  • Change tempo and time signature during the sequence.
  • Optional: Learn how to work in Block mode in the Reason Sequencer.

Submitting Your Assignment

  1. Verify that you have satisfied all the requirements by consulting the Assignment 2 checklist.
  2. Turn in a Reason song file, with the assignment number as part of the file name. Submit this in Canvas, in the Assignments section, following the submission instructions.

The Basic Process

You will work with one of the sequences I provide:

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Take one of the sequences I provide — excerpts from pieces of classical music — and make some music of your own that incorporates some of the musical material in the given sequence. The idea is that you will break down this sequence and extract parts of it that interest you. Then build your own musical ideas around the borrowed parts. This is essentially what a remix is in popular music.

Try to use short segments from the original sequence: no longer than 4 measures or so.

First, you should get familiar with the music I provided. Play around with it, trying out different patches and devices.

Choose several aspects of the given sequence to use in your own version. These could include chord progressions, melodic motifs or phrases, rhythmic ideas. Think of ways to create a new context for these musical ideas. Rearrange the material using cut-and-paste techniques. Try doubling a melody by duplicating a track (Edit > Duplicate), and then assigning a different patch to the copy. You should also add tracks of your own to go with the existing music.

Thoroughly mix the sequence, using the volume and pan controls in the Main Mixer, automating these for at least three of the tracks. Adjust the tempo, and try changing the tempo over time.

The assignment has a number of requirements that you must satisfy to get a good grade. The requirements are summarized in the Assignment 2 checklist.