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DIGITAL MUSIC PRODUCT:  Spencer Woods - The process is provided below.



by Spencer Woods


This piece of music was supposed to resemble a mixture of contemporary jazz and bossa nova influence. This type of influence comes from songs like Girl From Ipanema and Wave, both very good bossa nova songs. The piano has a steady and simple rhythm of eighth notes throughout most of the song, which gives it a different sound than just a normal bossa nova. The bass maintains a bossa nova rhythm which keeps it in check with the bossa nova influence. The format of the song is A-B-A-B-A-C, which is not a usual format for a jazz or bossa nova song. The B-sections of the song uses actual jazz movements like 2-5-1, this is what adds the jazzy feel to the sound. Saint-tropez changes from its bossa nova sound to a more classical but at the same time jazzy feel towards the end. The melody rises and ends in climax that leaves an atmospheric feeling.


The Process

Before I go on with the steps, I want the judges to know that I surround myself with people who have given me advice on how to record and what equipment to use but to verify for the musical sense; I created, recorded, and played all the instruments that are in Saint-Tropez. I used Roland software, which is studio mix and master. I recorded each track individually and mixed the tracks and mastered to stereo in the Roland hard drive recording console. I recorded the piano at first and then recorded the drums afterwards. Another layer for the snare and bass drum was added for the drums afterwards to make that sound come out more. Then the strings, which has a muted trumpet sound with it, was recorded and added on too. Lastly the bass was recorded by me playing it on the keyboard and having the sound on the keyboard being a guitar. The song was mastered and tweaked with its brilliance. Lastly for copyrights sake, I have earliest burden of proof to support copyrights.





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