In this introductory video, Chen and Asante ask you to create your own artistic mission statement as a way of kickstarting your creative process.
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- After watching Soul Science Lab’s video, create your own mission statement as an artist. Your mission statement should have two parts:
- What are you going to make?
- How will what you make have an impact on other people and the world around you?
- Below are a few sample statements for you to refer to—but you should make your statement your own as much as possible.
- My mission is to help people heal through my art.
- My mission is to share joy through music.
- My mission is to show people what is possible through art.
- Take your mission statement further by saying it in rhythm over music or a beat that you create in a digital audio workstation (DAW) like SoundTrap.
Note: If you are interested in getting started with SoundTrap, visit the website to create a free account that will allow you to record and start editing your music in just a few steps.
Explore Other Parts of Make a Joyful Noize
Chapter One: We Got That | Lesson One: Community, Context, and Culture
What is your personal definition of culture, and where do you find joy in your life?
Chapter One: We Got That | Lesson Two: Finding the Heartbeat
Listen deeply to your favorite music and define a musical “heartbeat” that you can use as a seed for your own piece of music.
Chapter One: We Got That | Lesson Three: For the Culture
Create a lyrical hook that expresses your artistic mission statement in music.
Chapter Two: Free Ya Mind | Lesson One: The Art of Collaboration
Chen and Asante introduce the qualities of strong collaborations and ask you to think about your favorite examples of two artists working together to create music.
Chapter Two: Free Ya Mind | Lesson Two: Reimagine and Remix!
Chen and Asante share some of the musical elements of the song “Free Ya Mind,” and ask you to create your own remix of the song using the stems from the recording session.
Chapter Two: Free Ya Mind | Lesson Three: Flip the Script
How would you create your own original backing track to support the first vocal verse of “Free Ya Mind?”
Chapter Three: Victory | Lesson One: The Mission and Rhythm
Chen and Asante demonstrate how to create a song around the ideas and images expressed in a personal artistic mission statement.
Chapter Three: Victory | Lesson Two: A Soundtrack for Victory
Build the musical accompaniment for the new hook that you created out of your mission statement.
Chapter Three: Victory | Lesson Three: Make a Joyful Noize
Chen and Asante demonstrate how to tell a compelling story through song verses and show you how to shape your new song into a finished artistic statement.