Music 8: Assignment 1

Contact Info: Dan Mitchell

Office Hours

Monday & Wednesday
Room A11:
15 minutes before Music 1A
10 minutes after Music 1A
Room A91:
15 minutes before Music 51
10 minutes after Music 51

[Assignments: 1 | 2 | 3 | 4 | 5 | 6 | Presentation | Final Project]


Create eight (minimum) patterns in a Redrum module in Reason. In a second Redrum module, alter an existing kit by adding at least two sounds from outside the kit.


You must follow this format. Read it carefully!

In one Redrum module:

  • You must create at least 8 patterns – e.g., A1, A2, A3, A4, A5, A6, A7, A8.
  • Each pattern should consist of notes played on more than one “drum.”
  • If you use 1/16th note resolution your patterns must have at least 16 steps.
  • At least one pattern must have more than 16 steps.
  • Use the sequencer in Reason to organize the all eight of the patterns such that they play automatically – specifically, insert them into the pattern lane of the sequence. Your sequence must be no longer than one minute in duration.

In a second Redrum module

  • Start with an existing Redrum kit and replace at least two of the sounds with sounds from outside that kit, or…
  • Start with a default kit (no sounds included) build a kit with at least two sounds.

For the entire assignment

  • Label your project file as follows: “your name #1.” Save it in your folder on the hard disk.

Assignment Goals

Make initial use of Reason and the Redrum drum machine module to create simple drum machine patterns.


You will be graded on technical aspects of the assignment. The assignment will not be graded on its musical merits. However, imagination can’t hurt! The assignment description is intentionally vague so that there is room for you to exercise your imagination. Try to come up with an interesting piece within the guidelines of this project.

Due Date

Due date: End of class on Thursday, April 20.

A late penalty of 1 letter grade per class session is applied to assignments which are handed in late.

For Intro to Electronic Music: Projects must be saved on your classroom computer before the deadline. You will also need to store a backup copy of your work, using one of the methods we discuss in class.

Your grade will be affected if your project does not follow the format outlined above. If your project is nowhere close to following the format, I will ask you to re-do it and hand in the “fixed” version when you finish.

If you have questions or problems on the assignment please let me know right away – in class or by email, or telephone at 864-8511.

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