Merging Genres into a Song

September 25, 2019Designing Club Cultures

Prompt

Create a 2-3 minute long track that merges at least two different genres of music together into one composition. Consider how you’d like the audience to feel when hearing the sounds and why you’re choosing to blend these specific genres. Upload your track onto your blog with a paragraph that describes your sounds, your process and your intention. Bring headphones to the next class.

My track

(I thought while making this, it was 2-3 minutes but apparently it came out to 4. My sick brain is tired)

Concept

I started with one of my favorite pieces of soundtrack: Belladonna of Sadness, the themesong to the 1970s anime movie Belladonna of Sadness. This film is set in the Middle Ages, has a lot of psychedelically-influenced visuals and music, and is about a woman who discovers sexual liberation and is consequently persecuted as a witch. I'm drawn to the soundtrack because of its really passionate, sensual vocals, and also the historical interest of being created in 1970s Japan.

I guess I was interested in merging it with some more modern genres, that also shared similar sensual undertones. I chose to pair it with the Maria's cover of Baby One More Time (which I guess would be classified as an indie cover of a 2000s Pop song), which was also in a Minor key and carries the same sensual, melancholy, breathy vibes that Belladonna of Sadness does.

Process

I created this in Garageband. Despite wanting to explore Ableton, I struggled a lot with trying to learn it and ended up using a more user-friendly music program (albeit it was my first time using Garageband also...).

I slowed down the Maria's song to the tempo of Belladonna of Sadness, and also pitch shifted them to be in the same key.

I added some custom musical elements via the instruments to layer on top of the two sampled tracks.

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