CIU110.1 Reflective Journal Week 4

Tell us what your essay subject will be, discuss how general or focused you think your subject is:

My essay will be on a DJ/Producer/Label Owner by the name of Hardwell and will focus on why he has inspired me to pursue my career in Music Production and live performance in DJing.

https://www.djhardwell.com/
(“Hardwell”, n.d.)

Tell us what your thesis statement for your essay is, or at least show us that you are thinking about what your thesis could be – remember, if you are thinking in terms of questions your thesis statement is an answer to the question:

Hardwell is a DJ and a Music Producer who has proved to the world that you can do anything in your life if you work hard and have a strong passion for it, “If you can dream it, you can do it”.

(Hardwell, 2013)

(Hardwell, 2015)

Tell us the four terms that you are thinking of researching for your glossary assessment:

1. Style

2. Effects

3. Djing/Performance

(Hardwell, 2015)

4. Motivation/Inspiration

Discuss how you are researching the terms:

Using previous knowledge of Audio Production, I have a fair understanding of what each term is and how they relate to the subject of my essay.

Using google to search for more in-depth answers to questions relatable to the subject will help me understand the context of the terms allot better.

This week in AUD210 we learnt more about different ways to mic up instruments and in the studio class we were told to repeat last weeks studio lesson of recording drums and mixing them without the help of Brani.

We all allocated each other different jobs (setting up mics, audio engineering, operating the neve 75, pro tools operator) and had to record a drum session and mix the drum session into protools.

This was a great experience as it was all our own work and had minimal help from Brani which got us feeling confident in which mics we choose, positions of the mics, gain structure of the console and the mixing of the recording.

Bibliography:

Hardwell. DJ Hardwell. Retrieved 14 March 2016, from https://www.djhardwell.com/

Hardwell,. (2013). I AM HARDWELL – The Documentary Trailer. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z14bFoJ5KhE

Hardwell,. (2015). I Am Hardwell – Living The Dream [Official Trailer] OUT NOW!. Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=gERfzhmZkRk

Hardwell,. (2015). Hardwell – LIVE @ Ultra Music Festival (2015). Retrieved from https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iQpGq4HguVs

CIU week 3 blog

In the last week doing Audio at SAE i have learnt the process of miking up drums and recording them through the Neve 75 Studio into Protools for our trimester 3 group project.

Note: Before doing the Bachelor of Audio, i did the Diploma of Sound Production (Electronic Music Production) and never used a analog console. (I have mostly produced in the box(Laptop))

For our project we have to record a drum performance to incorporate into our audio track project that we are being assessed on.

Before the studio class, we learnt a bit about miking positions and different drums and in order to learn the concept of what drums you use and positions you mic a drum kit up can effect the sound of the recording.

The following video was played and is from a guy named Krish Sharma who is a highly regarded producer and engineer who has worked with many big bands in the industry.

As a music producer, mix engineer, knowing how to mic up and record not only drums but also many other instruments is essential to getting work in the industry whether it be a sole producer or a producer/engineer for a band.

For me a lot of producers have inspired me to make music but for the essay in this class i have thought to talk about one Music producer and label owner Robbert van de Corput, otherwise known by his stage name Hardwell.
His upbeat, electro and progressive house and his attitude towards the scene was one thing that really inspired me to keep doing what I’m doing and become big in the industry.
For him he has also achieved a lot and has worked hard most of his life from his teenage years to be where is he now. In just 3 years from 2011-2013 he became ranked #1 dj in the world and held that position for 2 years straight and has produced many big records for his label Revealed Recordings like Spaceman, Apollo, Encoded, Kontiki, Zero 76 and many other big top charting tracks in the progressive house genre. In his documentary I am Hardwell, the main focus is If you can dream it, you can do it, and he certainly portrays that saying and its somewhat that inspires me to be the best i can be!

For me to do this course, make the music i love, learn a heap and hopefully walk out of here knowing that if i can dream, it i can do it and follow in the footsteps of the producers i look upto then that would be a dream come true, and like everything hard work and dedication really does pay off!

I am Hardwell Documentary:
http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3478444/

Bibliography

Introduction & Recording the Drums (Studio Secrets with Krish Sharma). (2010). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=hjjtsax-abI.

I AM Hardwell. (2013). http://www.imdb.com/title/tt3478444/.

I AM Hardwell Trailer. (2013). https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Z14bFoJ5KhE.

CIU 110.1 Reflective Journal Week 2

Hey my name is Bradley and i am studying Audio here at SAE.

I did the diploma of Electronic Music Production in Brisbane last year and have moved down to Sydney to do the Bachelor of Audio.

I have been Producing Music for about 7 years now and have been DJing for about 3 years now.

Music has always been familiar to me whether its been something to listen to, something to keep me motivated or an inspiration to do something with my life, I’ve always turn to music for support and when i actually said to myself that i wanted it to be a thing i wanted to do for the rest of my life i really got stuck into it and really got passionate with it, and I’ve been doing it ever since.
Really its the only thing I’ve actually loved doing and have never given up on.

For me I’m more into the Electronic music (House, Electro House, Progressive House, Melbourne Bounce) (hence why I’m a DJ) so Producers like Afrojack, Nicky Romero, Hardwell, Dannic, Swedish House Mafia, David Guetta, Timmy Trumpet, Uberjakd, Will Sparks, Matt Wattkins, Joel Fletcher, Olly James and many more have inspired me and shown me that with a lot of passion and hard work can really pay off!

DOS210.4 Post Mix Review

Detail the final mix techniques that you used:

In the final mix, i used eq, sidechain compression

Detail aspects of your mixing and critical listening skills that you feel are developing, and those that could be improved on:

I feel that my critical listening skills are developing and things like paying attention to a mix and hearing things like what needs to be louder and quieter  or hearing what certain affects do to a track or a mix is getting easier for me to identify.

Critical listening skills i could still improve on are things like identifying the key of a track by ear or frequency.

Detail any problems that were remedied throughout the mix process:

There were no problems during the mix.

Details of any constructive feedback on your mix you received from either your teacher or peer:

Feedback overall was really just work on the mix more and pay attention to melodic areas and make sure the track sounds right.

DOS210.4 Pre Mix Planning

For this assessment, I have made a original track in the genre of Melbourne Bounce that I am going to mix.

The genre of Melbourne Bounce relies on mix techniques like Side-Chain Compression,EQing of the High and Sub offbeat bass, bandpass and formant filters on the synth leads and also dirty distorted saw waves.

This is some techniques that i haven’t used in the other mixes but have done in my own tracks.

Problems of the Mix

  • As I’m doing it myself, i will need a reference track to hear the mix compared to a commercial mix

OH&S of Home Studio

Im pretty careful when I’m working in my home studio space but in every situation theres always risks!

Potential Risks:

  • Electrocution – Cables managed properly, no daisy chaining power boards
  • Spillage – no liquid allowed near studio equipment
  • Sit properly on studio chair
  • Wear enclosed shoes
  • Loudness

 

 

 

 

Hey!

Hi my name is Bradley Young and im a DJ/Producer.

I have made electronic music for years now and have been djing for the past 3 years.

My main influences are Electro House, Progressive House and Melbourne Bounce.

Artists I look up to: Hardwell, David Guetta, Nicky Romero, Afrojack, Dannic and locals Will Sparks, Uberjak’d, Matt Watkins and many more.

I’d like to develop my sound and realease music that is my own and true to who i am.

DJing around the world would be pretty exciting too 🙂

Peace out

B3R4D!!!