Coursework Finish Line

You are all so close to the coursework finish line! Here is what you need to complete all your work:

COMPOSITION

  • Review the marking from your teacher and make amendments as necessary
  • WHEN YOU ARE FULLY COMPLETE – CHECK WITH YOUR TEACHER
  • Create a score
    • Sibelius
      • Well done! You have done this already! However, make sure you have the following things:
        • Your name and number as a composer in the top right hand corner
        • A title (be creative, but not silly)
        • A tempo marking at the start
        • A tempo marking any where the tempo changes
        • Dynamic markings every time a part starts
        • Dynamic markings at the start and end of each crescendo/diminuendo
        • Lyrics if required
        • Make sure none of the score is red. This means there is a problem!
        • MINIMALISM: Label all the clever things you have done, e.g. retrograde, metric displacement
    • Cubase
      • You need a LEAD SHEET or a score made into Sibelius from a midi file.
      • TO CREATE A SIBELIUS SCORE
        • Make sure all the tracks you want to hear are all unmuted
        • Select All (ctrl A)
        • Press P (parameter) to get the blue thing at the top (move it if it includes some practice bits you don’t want)
        • File>Export>Midi
        • Save it with a sensible name in a sensible place
        • Open the Midi file in Sibelius
        • If it looks crazy cry, if not read above about making a Sibelius score. YOU WILL HAVE TO ADD DYNAMICS IN.
      • TO CREATE A LEAD SHEET (Mostly for pieces with vocals)
  • Create an audio recording
    • Cubase
      • Make sure all the tracks you want to hear are all unmuted
      • Select All (ctrl A)
      • Press P (parameter) to get the blue thing at the top (move it if it includes some practice bits you don’t want)
      • File>Export>Audio Mixdown
      • Name the file correctly: NUMBER-NAME-COMPOSITION 1/2
        • e.g. 2207 – Sandie Bird – Composition 1
      • Save into the work folder provided by your teacher
      • Listen to the WHOLE TRACK to make sure it sounds right
    • Sibelius
      • Make sure all the parts you want to hear are all unmuted
      • Go to Play>Playback devices
      • Select General Midi (enhanced) at the top in the pop up
      • Close the pop-up
      • Flie>Export>Audio
      • Name the file correctly: NUMBER-NAME-COMPOSITION 1/2
        • e.g. 2207 – Sandie Bird – Composition
      • Save into the work folder provided by your teacher
      • Listen to the WHOLE TRACK to make sure it sounds right

HOW TO IN SIBELIUS

Basic Commands

  • Copy  = Ctrl + C
  • Paste = Ctrl + V
  • Undo = Ctrl + Z
  • Redo = Ctrl + Y
  • Save = Ctrl + S
  • Up an octave = Shift + up
  • Down an octave = Shift + down

Add Basic Dynamics

  • Select the note where you want the dynamic to go
  • Type Ctrl+E. An insertion point appears;
  • Right-click and choose the dynamic from the word menu OR type the dynamic marking you want (p, f, pp etc.)
  • Finally, hit Esc to stop creating text.

Add Diminuendos and Crescendos

  • Select the note where you want the dynamic to go
  • For crescendo, type OR
  • For diminuendo, type Shift+H
  • Then, for either, hit SPACE until the marking gets to the note you want to finish on
  • Finally, hit Esc to stop creating text.

Add Tempo marking

  • Select the note where you want the Tempo marking to go
  • Type Ctrl + Alt + T. An insertion point appears
  • Right-click – a menu of useful words appears.
  • Choose the crotchet from the menu and click it. The menu disappears, and the crotchet appears in your score.
  • Hit space, then type e.g. = 160 to complete the tempo marking
  • Finally, hit Esc to stop creating text.

Delete Bars at the End

  • To delete a bar, Ctrl+click on a blank part of the staff in that bar, so that the bar is surrounded by a double blue box,
  • Hold Shift and click between bars to highlight multiple bars
  • Hit Delete or Backspace

Add Panning

  • Click M. The Mixer will appear
  • Click on an instrument named
  • Move the slider to the left or right to adjust the panning
  • Good panning splits the sounds being played at the same time SENSITIVELY between SIDES and DISTANCES to give a CLEAR sonic field

Create Retrograde

  • Copy the bar you wish you retrograde (select, the Ctrl +C)
  • Go to Plugins>Transformations>Retrograde
  • The program will create your retrograde in a new window
  • Select the new retrograde and copy
  • To go back to your original piece select Window>’Your Piece’s file name’ at the bottom of the tab
  • You do not need to save your retrograde file

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