I was pretty excited when I saw this assignment! I’m not going to lie, sometime’s I feel that a lot of these audio assignments are way over my head, whether it’s ability or creativity (usually creativity). However, if you’ve been following along with my posts, you’ll see that I’m heavily immersed in the dance world here at UMW! I have recently started choreographing (yay!) which means that I needed to familiarize myself in the world of cutting music! I’m a Mac user, so naturally I initially chose to use Garageband. I have recently downloaded Audacity, and I’m starting to learn it, but for now I’m still a Garageband girl! So I guess this whole rant was to explain the fact that I’m already pretty familiar with the world of cutting/mashing up music, so naturally I was excited to mash up two different songs for this assignment!
I knew that the first song I wanted to be slow and have a beat that flows. I thought a nice flowy song would pair well with a fun hip-hop/pop song with strong beats. I went through my iTunes library to find songs that I thought would mash well. I knew instantly that I wanted “Where Is the Love” by the Black Eyed Peas. I’m a huge fan of the beat, I think it’s really strong but simple. From here, I looked for a song with a very flowy beat that would complement it. This is where things got a little tricky. I went through several different songs, such as “Bubbly” by Colbie Caillat and “Bleeding Love” by Leona Lewis. Both of these songs presented a beat that was very nice, slow, and smooth, however the beats of “Where Is the Love” seemed to totally overpower it. As I scrolled through some more, I found an old favorite song, and I knew that “Follow Me” by Uncle Kracker had to be the one! It presented the flowy quality that I was looking for, however was not too soft that it would be overpowered.
After I chose my songs, I opened my Garageband and imported them both in. I decided that I wanted to start with the beginning of “Follow Me” to introduce a soft but steady beat. Where the song starts to pick up is where I overlaid “Where Is the Love”. I cut out the beginning of “Where Is the Love” so it came in right on a strong beat. I thought this would bring the beat up a bunch and give it more life. I kept the volume of each track the same, because I wanted “Where Is the Love” to slightly overpower “Follow Me”, but I didn’t not need to raise its volume because it is already a much louder song. Then, I faded out “Where Is the Love” because it is much longer than “Follow Me”. I faded it out during the chorus that matched up with the last chorus of “Follow Me”. Then, I had the last bit of the mashup just play “Follow Me”, just like the beginning. After I was done editing, I exported it to my iTunes and uploaded to my Soundcloud! I hope everyone enjoys it!