Mix – up Mash – up

Groove Pizza 

I actually found about this program during my prac. I was discussing about compositional ideas with my prac supervisor and she introduced this program to me.

And here we go! we actually went through this program in our lecture. So the program allows you to input beats, and you can use both the ‘pizza’ or the percussion sheet to click and create your own rhythm.

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  • Click ‘Special’ to see/play with it
  • You can also put shapes in to the ‘pizza’ and turn those around to create the sound you want
  • ‘Swing’ allows you to create a swing beat BUT also, it sounds the beat itself visually on the ‘pizza’
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  • You can immediately import what you have created to the other music program such as SoundTrap. Which then, students can follow on to creating other compositional features. – Step Sequencing
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Best way to create the music is to DO IT YOURSELF, EXPERIENCE IT then MAKE IT YOURSELF.

The assessment idea coming up on the surface is ‘mash-up’ where students use existing sounds/musics to create the music of your own.

Some existing mash-up artists are:

  • POGO – Mash-up of Disney Movies
  • The Grey Album – Jay Z ‘Black’ Album + Beatles ‘White’ Album
  • Madeon 

But the biggest question is … How do we assess these? So our class came up with few ideas based on marking the musicality of the Mash-Up

  • Do songs fit together as a one music?
  • Tempo changes?
  • Harmonic Movement – where is the music going harmonically? How did they led to the climax point?
  • How did the student moved on from the originality?
  • Techniques/skills involved


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