Nikita McClellan and I collaborated on a comic slide show with art, music, and dramatic voice overs for the interpretive project assignment. We both collaborated with the overall storyline, Nikita was in charge of drawing the art, and I was in charge of composing the music. We both worked with the recording and then piecing the music and voice overs together. We used two computer programs to accomplish this: Audacity and Finale Print Music. We used Audacity for the sound recording and editing. Nikita worked more directly with this, so she will handle explaining this part of the project. I used Finale Print Music in order to compose the music.
Finale Print Music is a music notation program; it is not a good program to use if you are only looking to piece ready made audio clips together. With this program, you have to manually input all of the notes yourself. When you first open a new document, a window will pop up requiring you to specify the various instruments you want to use, followed by a form you can fill out (dealing with the textual information that will appear, such as title, lyricist, composer, and copyright information). The final screen that will appear in this window will give you options on time signatures, key signatures, number of measures, initial tempo marking, and a pickup measure. The time signature indicates both how many beats are included in each measure (the top number) and what note gets the beat (the bottom number). For example, in 4/4 time, there are four beats per measure, and the quarter note gets the beat. A half note would get two beats, a whole note would get four beats, an eighth note would get half a beat, etc. The key signature determines what note is the tonal center. For example, in the key of C, C is the tonal center. All of the chords are determined in relation to this center. The initial tempo marking would indicate the speed at which the music is played. For example, if the quarter note=120, the music will play at a speed of 120 beats per minute, with the quarter note acting as one beat. A pickup measure is a measure at the beginning of a song that is not a full measure. In 4/4 time, this could be a measure that includes only 1, 2, or 3 beats.
Once that is completed, the program will generate a music sheet that fits all of your specifications. You can then use the different notation tools located at the top of the screen or the keyboard shortcuts in order to place notes on the staff.
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Here is a youtube video someone else created while using Finale NotePad.
If you would like an audio recording of the song you created that you can play without using the Finale program, you can just go the the "File" menu, click on "Save as Audio File," specify whether you want to save it as a standard audio file (wav file) or as a compressed MP3 file, and then click the save button.
Tea Time with Mrs. Antrobus on youtube