YEAR 6

Summer 2021

2nd half term

Leavers Videos

Memories & Song
The Bare Necessities
The Doomstars live!
Slideshow (slow)
Slideshow (fast)
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'Kentish Town Videos'

This half term we're composing music to go with some video footage of Kentish Town.
We need to use Logic Pro X software for this. It only works on Macs and it's quite expensive!

Keep using Bandlab and the other online apps for composing music at home.
 

Music Tech

Here are the three online apps we used last half term:

1. Song Maker
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More Chrome Music Lab experiments here

2. Chord Player
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3. Drum Machine
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To use Chord Player and Drum Machine together, remember to open them in different tabs.
Click 'enable drum machine' in the Chord Player toolbox.
 
Start the Chord Player, then switch to the Drum Machine.
Chord Player controls the tempo.
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Export or download your work as either:
- wav (audio) files

or
- midi files
then import them into Bandlab

Bandlab help 

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Logging in

Click the button to hear some of the music composed by 6Y last term

Website address: edu.bandlab.com
Username:(your first name, no capitals)@y6.com
Password:yearsix
Full log in instructions here or watch the video:

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the writing's quite small

Basic Controls

Watch this video to remind yourself about the basic controls.

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the writing's quite small

There's a 'Basic Controls' assignment in your BandLab 'classroom'. Have a go yourself.

Using Loops

Make sure that all your loops are properly lined up with each other and the timeline.
Watch this short video to see what I mean...

make it big

- Try not to use too many loops at the very start of your song. You don't need loads of loops to make it sound interesting. Three or four is plenty.
- Copy and paste them to make your song longer, then delete some so it doesn't sound exactly the same all the way through.
- You can add some shorter loops later, sound effects etc, to make it more interesting.
  Watch this video...
Copy & Paste

make it big

Right click or <command C> to copy.

Move the song position line to where in the piece you want it to go.

Right click or <command V> to paste.

Recording your voice

Try to record something and practice cutting it up.

Just play with it to start with - don't worry about making it sound good.

You can add some loops as well, if you want to, of course.

 

Reverb & Delay

Watch the video, then try using reverb and delay on your own voice recordings.
Try adding some voice sounds to your pieces, combining them with loops, drum machine or keyboard playing. Single words and short sentences (with some reverb and/or delay) often work well. No need to write the lyrics for a whole song. Singing or just speaking is fine. 

Automation

Use 'Automation' to automatically control the volume (loudness/softness) of each track throughout a song.
This is really useful for making smooth fade-ins, fade-outs and crossfades.
Watch this video to remind you how it works:
Lesson
It's usually most effective if you use it slowly and not too much. 
Automation which looks like a mountain range (lots of jagged spikes)
doesn't normally sound that great!
Use your ears, not your eyes, to work out what sounds best.
Go to this assignment (click here) to practice, then try using it in your own projects
Watch this first
 

 Band 

'Edge of Great' is here
'The Midnight Sky' is here

 Alicia 

 

'EastEnders' is here
'Shiarazula' is here / chromatic pattern from G is here
'Ode to Joy' is here. / The low note chromatic pattern is here
 

  Singing & Choir 

Lots of you were in the choir last year and sang brilliantly at the Royal Albert Hall in March.
Here are some reminders:
Normally, we'd be practising for the Primary Singing Festival.
It can't happen this year, so Camden Music are organising a 'Zoomival' instead!
There are four songs to learn:  
click here
Have a listen and see whether you'd like to join in.
More songs to learn, just for fun, here
Normally, we'd be practising for the Primary Singing Festival.
It can't happen this year, so Camden Music are organising a 'Zoomival' instead!
There are four songs to learn:  
click here
Have a listen and see whether you'd like to join in.
More songs to learn, just for fun, here
Have you watched everyone's Christmas videos yet?
They're here

Recorders

 
Why not get your recorder out again?
Go on - you know you want to!
All the tunes, demos and backing tracks are here:
 

Samba

If you're not a brass player, can't get into Bandlab (it doesn't work on phones or tablets) or just want to do something different, check this out. It's fun! 

There's a version from me and another from Tom at Torriano. You can choose...

Ask permission before you start hitting things and try not to break anything!!