Before coming into the studio aspect of project 2, we developed a project plan which would help to guide us through the initial processes. The scope that we decided on was a 3 track EP which would be created from samples recorded from 3 different items; a car, a loaf of bread and a cigar box guitar. We gave ourselves 4-5 weeks to complete the project, with the final product due no later than the 8th December 2017. We aimed to take as many percussive elements from the samples as possible, which would then be used to resample, stretch and apply effects to. With this plan in mind, we set out to record the various different samples needed so that we could bring them into our subsequent studio sessions.
Going into our first studio session, we very much kept the original scope in mind. We had planned to take 3 skeleton projects into the studio with us so that we could adapt on the basic ideas we already had. During this session, we started working on the car project and ended up spending the whole session working on this.
After completing this studio session, we took some time to reevaluate the project and take a look at how we were going with the goals that had originally been set. As a group, we decided that our initial project scope of creating 3 different tracks using 3 different sets of samples was a bit too ambitious with the time restrictions that we have. We came to this decision after actually realising how much time we had put into creating the different sounds in our studio session and how challenging the production techniques we had decided to use were. Although our original project scope would still be achievable, we realised that we would be sacrificing the quality of the production and that is something that as a group, we did not want to do. Moving forward from here, we are going to be focussing all of our effort into creating one quality track with all of the samples that we have already captured.
During our first project we also encountered similar things with our project plan and project scope. We had planned to create a 3 track synthwave EP which would be a combination of electronic and acoustic elements. We ended up changing our project scope to the creation of only one track. This was also due to the same reason; we didn’t realise how much work went into the creation of each sound and the overall track. We did however begin production on the two other tracks but realised that they were not going to be completed to the quality that we wanted and ultimately did not get finished.
After undertaking each of these projects, I have developed a better understanding of how to improve the project planning phase of a project. If I were to undertake these projects again, there are a few things that I would change and do differently to ensure that the original goals would be met efficiently. Firstly, it would be beneficial to create a project timeline which would detail the processes that would have to be completed each week. By doing so, it would help us to spread the work load evenly over the time that we have available. Secondly, it would also be beneficial to organise regular meetings with the group members so that we could present the work that we had created so far and also discuss what is still to be done. By doing so, we would be able to keep track of the work that has already been completed and what is yet to be completed. The next thing that I would do is to create a table that would detail unfinished work, finished work, work that needs fixing and things that members need help for. By having this table updated at every meeting, each group member would be able to physically visualise what is left to be done and areas that they can improve and help out.
If all of these improvements were implemented, I believe that it would keep the project running on time and keep the group members focussed on the project. If we had used these strategies in both of our projects, it would have enabled us to complete our original project scope and still deliver a quality project.
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