Customized Audio Editing for Dance Choreography
Client: Bella Garza, a distinguished choreographer.
Challenge: Bella required a mashup of three specific songs. Without a clear vision of what she wanted, she entrusted me with the creative freedom to determine the best blend. The mashup had to be under 2 and a half minutes.
"Pretty Girls" - Britney Spears, Iggy Azalea
"Me and My Girls" - Selena Gomez
"That's My Girl" - Fifth Harmony
Goal: To discern which parts of the songs to retain and which to omit, ensuring a seamless blend between them.
Approach: I decided to harness the most energetic sections from each song. One of the songs had a significantly slower tempo than the others. To address this, I introduced a deliberate tempo slowdown at the end of the preceding song, creating a seamless yet impactful transition into the slower song. The final song posed a challenge as I had to meticulously cut and merge sections from the concluding chorus to adhere to Bella’s time constraint.
Process: Utilizing my go-to Digital Audio Workstation (DAW), I imported the MP3s, ensured a consistent perceived volume across tracks, executed the necessary cuts, and pieced the audio segments together. I employed tempo markers for the intricate tempo reduction segment. To wrap up, I used a limiter to both prevent clipping and elevate the final mashup to an industry-standard loudness level.
Challenges: The tempo reduction was a novel challenge for me. Although I hadn’t executed such a technique before, I was confident in its potential and took the initiative to learn and apply it.
Outcome: Bella provided a single round of minor revision notes. After addressing these, she received her tailored track and embarked on her choreography journey with her students.
This project underscored the importance of innovation and adaptability in audio editing. By embracing new techniques and challenges, I was able to deliver a product that met Bella’s needs and exceeded her expectations.