The purpose of this project was to use creative homemade instruments to recreate our own version of the pitches in a song that triggers a memory. In order to start this project, I had to learn that pitch is a tone in relativity to others in a musical context. Pitches can be visualized in different ways, whether it be on a musical staff, or the actual frequencies. To understand pitch more, we mapped out pitches on our homemade instruments and wrote down the pitches of our favorite songs.

The song that I am recreating is called Happily Ever After, by Shoko Nagakawa. I discovered this song while watching my favorite show, Gurren Lagann. It was the sound of the singer’s voice that immediately attracted me to the song. Also, the song first plays at one of my favorite parts of the show: the climax and realization of the main character’s destiny. I find the timbres in the song very utopic. One of the things I like is that I have no idea what she is singing about, but I don’t really want to know. The context of the song has its own message for me.

The process of this project was very straightforward. First, we created our instruments, which were called the diddlybowl, and the kalimba. I used the kalimba to record my audio, which I did at home using my recording equipment. Afterwards I used audacity to edit the audio.