Option 3 for Final Project – Three Harmonizations

Present Three Harmonizations Online:

1. Form small groups of 1 to 3 people only.

2. First, download the file FinalProject_Options_OriginalHarmonizations_EDMGenres.zip.  Open the file, then the Project folder.  You’ll see that there are six .als files.

3. Open the six .als files, go to Session View and listen to the MIDI clips, first individually, then by Scene. Then, study each clips’ MIDI note content. Finally, choose two of the minor key examples and one of the major key examples that you would like to complete.

Minor Key Examples:

House Example.als – E minor
Techno Example.als – A minor
Dubstep Example.als – E minor
DnB Example.als – A minor

Major Key Examples:

Trance Example.als – F Major
Jungle Example.als – C Major

4. For each of your chosen examples:

a. Select the first Scene listed.
b. Study the bass MIDI clip in your Scene, then the melody MIDI clip.
c. Next, study the chord clip in the Scene, noticing that it’s a single chord repeated in a regular rhythmic pattern.
d. Then, change the MIDI notes in your chord clip to create a chord progression that expresses the correct key.
e. Once you’ve made all of the chord changes in Scene 1, then repeat the same process for Scene 2 and Scene 3.
f. Then, edit OR replace your bass, melody and chord instruments as you wish.
g. Next, edit or replace your Drum Rack instrument as you wish.
h. Finally, pan all of your tracks in different locations for a clear mix.

5. 7 Harmonization Tips:

Tip #1: Your chords should change mostly on beat 1 or beat 3 of a given bar. That is, keep a slower ‘harmonic rhythm.’
Tip #2: This means that your repeated chords will last for either 2 beats or 4 beats.
Tip #3: Your first chord in Bar #1 should treat that bass note as the root of the chord; generally, the tonic chord.
Tip #4: Your final chord in the last bar should treat that bass note as the root of the chord; often a tonic or dominant chord.
Tip #5: Between the first and final chords, your bass note may be the root, the 3rd or the 5th of a chord. This means that you have various choices for your progression chords and it is an aesthetic choice. Note: you must change chords at least once within each scene!
Tip #6: Also, your chords will generally change according to the bass note changes. If your bass note doesn’t change, then your repeating chord should stay the same until the next bass note change on beat 1 or beat 3.
Tip #7: What if your bass note changes on either beat 2 or beat 4? In this case, it’s likely that the bass note is changing to another member of the chord, OR, it is a brief ‘non-harmonic’ pitch, which is fine. ange on beat 1 or beat 3.

6. Present your Three Harmonizations Project online and then upload your Ableton Live 10 Project on Canvas at the Final Project assignment page.

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