Music Technology: The Creation of “Peaceful Night”

For my final project, I decided to demonstrate how technology in the music business has changed throughout the years.

The use of technology in music producing and development started in the 1980’s but it took several decades for it to evolve into the tools we use today. In 1983 with the help of engineer Karl ‘Charlie’ Steinberg, keyboard player Manfred Rürup created the first ever MIDI software sequencer, known as Multitrack Recorder, a 16-track sequencer for the Commodore 64. This invention paved the way for future programs. In the early 90s the MIDI sequencer along with a suitable interface was developed into a more robust software program for recording music. Around this time period updates to the software improved very basic usability functions like editing and rearranging MIDI phrases, mixing MIDI signals Plugin support became the template for the modern Digital Audio Workshop (DAW), which includes MIDI sequencing, audio recording, audio effects and virtual instruments. The software continued to evolve into the DAWs we use today such as ProTools for Windows and Logic for Apple.

I use Logic on regular basis in my music technology classes. Logic was started by a small group of developers in Germany during the 1980s. Apple purchased the software in 2002 making it the only DAW available on their platform. The program enables you to record music, use audio loops, add special audio effects, do internal mixing, create MP3s and export audio files. Below are screen shots of the software interface, the mixing board, different options of loops and how to add special effects.

A modern Day Version of Logic
Choosing the Loops
Adding my effects
Checking my volume levels

I created a song digitally using Logic. I began by listening to different audio loops imbedded in the software to get a feel for what type of song I wanted to create. I then added the audio loops onto tracks and rearranged them. I adjusted the tracks so that some play more out of the left speaker/headphone and others out of the right speaker/headphone. The next step was to add special effects such as brightening the sound. Lastly, I checked the mixing board to make sure that the volume levels stayed in the appropriate range and then titled the audio file.I have attached the audio file below for you to listen to. Incase you would like to read more about it!

Best way to get the full experience is to use headphones! ☺️

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