I have a Drift HD camera mount on the airplane and have wanted to post some videos of recent flights. However, I don’t make very realistic airplane noises and finding free royalty-free soundtrack music that fits has been an exercise in futility.
So, I gave Apple another $5 and added GarageBand for the iPad.
I’m not a composer but there are just enough controls and smart instruments, loops, and editing controls that I think I can create what I need. What I like most is that I can make the music any length I want simply by looping and adding and removing sections. There are a lot of limitations in the iPad version of GarageBand but for my needs, I can live with them … for now.
My first attempt has no planned purpose other than to be an experiment. My expectation is that I’ll patch together a handful of “songs” and then, when I need one, pick the one with the closest “mood” and expand or contract it to fit the video.
In this composition, I used Smart Drums to get a combination I liked, then I lowered the volume for all the percussion instruments but the kick drum. I then started the recording and dragged each instrument up the volume axis over the course of 6 bars. I used a string instrument loop so that track was brain dead simple. Next I added a loop for a Rhodes style organ. By this point, it was starting to sound pretty “canned” so I created an improv track with one of the mambo synths. I finished up by hacking a flute loop into a couple short snips to wrap on either end of the synth improv.
click the image to hear the results