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Project and Portfolio I: Audio Arts - Online

Rick Navarro 

       Although I had completed other project and portfolio courses, the Project and Portfolio 1 course felt like a step back at first. However, I was pleasantly surprised to learn new things and styles, given my strong background in music and my lifelong love for R&B and gospel. I am always eager to learn new things, whether it be by listening to other music or attending Full Sail University. This course and project taught me that taking things slowly is key, as there is always something new to discover. The result of my musical experimentation was a sound that both children and adults could enjoy. Drawing from my gospel music and R&B background, I envisioned the sound as something that could be used in a video game. It was a blend of classical and modern styles that was both uplifting and inspiring, yet kid-friendly. To appeal to both adults and children, I incorporated drums, piano, and bass to create a memorable and catchy song. In the Portfolio 1 class, I am confident that you will find something that speaks to your heart and soul - a unique blend of R&B, gospel, and kid-friendly music. My goal was to create a sound that was accessible and pleasing to all ages, while still maintaining a unique and special quality that drew from both genres.

          I have a strong passion for music production, particularly when it comes to crafting drum patterns. My time in high school drumline, where I played bass, further fueled my love for music. Recently, I've been delving into the challenge of creating basslines using a computer. Although it's more intricate than playing in real life, I'm determined to produce a distinct sound and am putting in my best effort. I'm confident in my skills as a musician and thrilled to continue discovering the potential of music.

            Lately, I've been delving into the intricate and captivating world of crafting harmonies using diverse chord progressions. I find it truly fascinating how each chord can produce its own unique and distinctive sound. Being a musician, I take great pleasure in experimenting with new tools and features on Logic Pro to generate captivating melodies that capture my imagination. Although it can be a challenging process at times, I relish the opportunity to explore different scales and chords to create something truly exceptional.

           Currently, I'm particularly thrilled to experiment with the chord inversion feature on Logic Pro, as it can produce unexpected progressions by rearranging the order of notes in a chord. I am eager to see how this feature can add a new dimension to my musical creations and help me push my creative boundaries further. In conclusion, I'm excited to continue learning and growing as a musician with Logic Pro, and I can't wait to see where this journey takes me.

         I recently had the opportunity to explore Logic Pro's synthesizer and discovered its Sampler Plug-In, which was an exciting discovery for me. Using this synthesizer, I can blend electronic and acoustic elements to generate my own unique audio. What excites me the most is the ability to rearrange chord notes, allowing me to create entirely synthetic music using Logic Pro. It has been a fantastic learning experience, and I'm eager to continue exploring the limitless potential of Logic Pro. However, some may find it challenging to generate distinct sounds using the synthesizer, and some may prefer to work with acoustic components only. Interestingly, the earliest synthesizer was the vacuum-tube RCA Music Synthesizer, introduced in 1955, as a collaborative experiment in sound production and manipulation between Princeton University and Columbia University. Let's just say, that technology has come a long way since then! Today, there are countless synthesizers available, giving musicians the freedom to create unique and innovative sounds. Synthesizers are increasingly popular among musicians and have become an integral part of modern music production.

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