Updated for Fall 2018

You may do the following

  • You may cut, copy, and paste MIDI notes and regions onto new tracks with different instruments.
  • You may add, delete, or change notes and rhythms.
  • You may use any loop that seems appropriate for your style. Apple Loops are organized by genre and type!
  • You may extend the piece to add an intro, outro, drum break, etc
  • You may record yourself playing a MIDI controller on an existing or new track.
  • You may use an Automatic Drummer Track or create your own drum beat.
  • You may use automation to control effects.

You MUST do the following

  • You must identify a song, artist, genre, or style of music that you are attempting to fuse with your chosen MIDI file. You need to be able to say something similar to the following.
    • “I am fusing the music of Bach and the music of Coldplay.”
    • “I am fusing classical music and hip hop music.”
    • “I am fusing the music of Imagine Dragons with the music of Tchaikovsky.”
    • “I am fusing classical music with classic rock.”
  • You must create a musical fusion between the music of Bach, Beethoven, Tchaikovsky, Brahms, etc and the modern music that you chose above
  • You must use a minimum of 4 MIDI tracks with software instrument
  • You must use a minimum of 1 audio track with audio loops
  • Your creation must be between 90 and 120 seconds long.
  • Your creation must have a logical beginning, middle, and end.
  • You must use the automation feature to control volume in a meaningful way on at least 2 tracks
  • You must create a compelling and coherent piece of music
    • Compelling means that the listener will want or need to listen to your creation because it is interesting, fun, or cool
    • Coherent means that your creation makes musical sense.
  • You must correctly balance the volume of all tracks and the volume of the master track.


  • Be careful that you don’t have too much happening at the same time: too many loops, too many drums, too many instruments
  • Be careful that all of your tracks line up precisely and play at the correct time. Everything should typically start and stop on a measure line.
  • Be careful with loops that may not match the style of the music you are creating.
  • Be careful to choose a tempo that is appropriate for your chosen style of musical fusion (hip hop, rock, pop, EDM, dance, etc).