For my final project I wanted to make various gifs of me recording a song in the production studio in Pollard. My inspiration came from a friend who told me that the process of recording a song was really cool, and I decided I wanted my project to tell a story which I will show through my gifs. I took various pictures during the process, and overall it took us about 6 hours to record the song. We broke it up in 2 days: 3 hours one day, then 3 hours the next.
Below is a picture of the studio where we recorded:
Below is a snap chat I took of my friend Mitchell who co-produced the song with me and also helped me create my gifs!
The video shows him setting up the microphones and plugging them into the cable so we could start recording in the production studio.
The first step to making a song was that I had to write it out. I love to write poetry and all sorts of songs. Composition is something I am really into, so I took inspiration out in songs. Below is a picture of some of the songs I recorded.
I spent about 2 hours just recording piano, and i actually got some pretty cool gifs from it!
I also used a real drum set in my gifs, and also in my song!
The next step towards producing this recording was to adjust the levels. I thought this would also make an extremely cool gif. I ended up taking the gif about 8 times because I couldn’t get the speed just right. The lighting in the studio was also super dark so I had to fiddle with exposure a little bit.
As well as drums, a guitar was also used in the recording. Here’s a snippet of my friend Brandon playing some of the guitar we used.
After hours of recording and rerecording, Mitchell and I started to listen to the track. We ended up getting the BPM and guitar volume wrong, which meant we had to go back into the studio and re-record.
Here are some epic videos from us working on the songs/gifs!
FINALLY! HERE ARE ALL THE GIFS I CREATED IN THE PROCESS 🙂
This gif shows me practicing piano for the song. I practiced for hours and hours. The thing my foot is hitting is called a petal, which sustains the notes I play on the piano.
This is a gif I took of Mitchell playing the drums for the song! We ended up using electric drums, but all in all this gif is one of my favorites and shows his true talent!
Mitchell helped me take this gif while I was messing around on piano during a break we were taking. I think this gif is cool because the entire song was drafted on piano and then we added a bunch to it. The skeleton of the song is all piano based, but with a cool twist!
Before Brandon played electric guitar, we had to plug in our Flextone amp so we could connect the guitar to the production studio! This gif is actually 16 frames, and i reversed it and doubled it.
After recording the song (80,129,398 times lol lol lol) We had to match the levels while we edited the song.
This gif was really awesome to work on because it was the shot of me recording Mitchell on the drums!
I took this gif of Mitchell fixing the quality of our sound while recording using our sound board! This gif took a lot of tries to make it flow, however I love how it turned out and I loved how we were able to use the board in our song.
THE MOMENT YOU ALL HAVE BEEN WAITING FOR…….OUR SONG.
2 hours: for thinking of an idea and project to do (even though it took like 3 days to come up with the idea lol)
4 hours: for editing the gifs on photoshop
3 hours: taking 3 gifs during our first rehearsal and recording session.
3 hours: taking 4 gifs during our second rehearsal with Brandon.
3 hours: producing the song and finalizing it to be able to put it on wordpress