ReMake & ReMix

Remixing is a skill of makers, hackers, hip hoppers, and computer scientists. For this challenge, you are going to remake and remix an old hip hop song. Try to recreate 16 counts of one of the songs below. 

Listen to each track and choose the one you want to work with.

Drake - God's Plan - Beat_InstrumentalArtist Name
00:00 / 03:18
Travis Scott - Butterfly Effect (Instrumental) (ReProd. BO Beatz)Artist Name
00:00 / 03:11
Jay-Z & Kanye West - Paris (Real Instrumental)Artist Name
00:00 / 03:38
To begin working in BandLab:
  1. Open BandLab and go to the search bar at the top of the page ​

  2. Search for the track you want to recreate:           Remix Track 1 Drake (God's Plan)                         Remix Track 2 - Travis Scott (Butterfly)                Remix Track 3 Jay Z & Kanye (Paris)

  3. Select the track and click on the green button that says "Fork this Revision"

  4. Open the song in the "Mix Editor"

  5. Add a new track by clicking on "Add Track" in the upper left corner

  6. Select the "Drum Kit" Option (or the "Midi" Option to add synthesizers). Click on the image of the Drum Machine next to the words "Drum Machine" to select a kit 

  7. Use the Drum Kit to recreate the sounds you hear in the song you chose

  8. Use the Mute (M) button to listen to one track at a time

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Once you have created your beat, you are ready to remix

Remixing is a tool for creating something new out of something that already exists. Hip Hop music producers create new songs and sounds by taking parts of old songs and mixing them with new rhythms, lyrics, and sound effects. Remixing happens in programming, too, when programmers add code or make changes to someone else’s project. Building on others’ ideas can be really exciting. It’s a great way to learn from what others have already done. In fact, remixing is core to software development.

To create your remix, try

  • Adding a loop to the baseline by repeating patterns (A-H) and/or changing their order (looping as a computational/programming mechanism) (understanding algorithms)

  • Adding sound effects (that you've collected from your environment)

  • Adding a catchy phrase or hook

  • Creating variations of the beat (adding or taking away beats to create a new rhythm that will get the crowd moving)