1. Post #5001
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    November 2008
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    i'd like to announce that im now officially working on an album. and it will be name your price.

    crits pls
    Sounds rather soundtrack-y, but that's just me though.

    Just saw Dark Knight a few days ago and this reminded me of it
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  2. Post #5002
    The Union Jack would look a shit ton better with a Hammer and Sickle in the middle of it
    Bobie's Avatar
    November 2007
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    Sounds rather soundtrack-y, but that's just me though.

    Just saw Dark Knight a few days ago and this reminded me of it
    it's in the same key as most of the dark knight rises OST i think, which is a bit annoying. and also kinda cool
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  3. Post #5003
    Dennab
    December 2009
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    Hey guys look at me I'm Aaron Funk.


    Not sure what to say about this. I sat down and started making a breakcore song.
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  4. Post #5004
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    November 2008
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    Hey guys, finished up this Hardwell-styled track I posted earlier:







    Expect to see this on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, Last.fm etc soon, hope you guys like it!
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  5. Post #5005
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    February 2010
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    Listen to Soundcloud recording



    http://soundcloud.com/luffymusics/lam




    i'd like to announce that im now officially working on an album. and it will be name your price.

    crits pls
    Sounds like a great intro/outro track to an album.
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  6. Post #5006
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    Hey guys, finished up this Hardwell-styled track I posted earlier:







    Expect to see this on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, Last.fm etc soon, hope you guys like it!

    Really like this! will probably buy when you release it



    Not sure how I feel about this, it still needs a lot of work.

    First thing I've uploaded since I deleted everything on my soundcloud account. I wasn't really happy with anything that was on it so I just trashed it all. woop woop
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  7. Post #5007
    Dennab
    March 2010
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    Trying to dubstep, but I swear the bass sounds completely different (doesn't clip at all) if you download it and listen, wtf soundcloud.

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  8. Post #5008
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    July 2010
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    dope melody
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  9. Post #5009
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    September 2008
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    Hi guys.

    I really tried something different for this song.
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  10. Post #5010
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    August 2010
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    I made this two months ago and I haven't really gotten any new ideas since then. I'm just curious as to what you guys think.


    It was made entirely out of samples, fyi.

    I really enjoyed the intro to this song with the sound of rain and such. It added a nice atmosphere to it. The vocals totally changed the feeling of the song though, but not in a bad way. My only complaint was that the little xylophone (I'm not sure exactly) thing sounded out of place. Really liked the strings though.
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  11. Post #5011
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    This might sound ignorant but I'm actually very content with the synths and sounds themselves - just not the mixing. I did some adjustments in response to some of the things mentioned in this thread, and I'm gonna see if I can't listen to this around the house on different speakers and in the car.

    And thanks for the very positive comments about Shimmer. :)

    Edited:

    It's very disorganized, in my opinion. It's all out of sync, slightly out of key, and it sounds like everything's going it's own direction. You could probably figure out a way to tie 'em all together but I dunno.

    Edited:

    Trying to dubstep, but I swear the bass sounds completely different (doesn't clip at all) if you download it and listen, wtf soundcloud.

    I love the introduction but I do have a particular qualm about the bass that comes in. The sound itself is there but it sounds "confused" in that it doesn't really sound like there's a set bassline outside of just gliding awkwardly up. The sound itself is there though, and there's only a small clip of it, so I'm assuming you've done or are on your way to doing something much more with it. Really awesome stuff though.
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  12. Post #5012
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    Dennab
    June 2009
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    fuckin about and makin metal shit i dunno man listen to it dont jerk me off
    WIP
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  13. Post #5013
    I once watched a girl get eaten by a horse and it was bad
    Dead Madman's Avatar
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    Hey guys, I uploaded a track to bandcamp here!

    Buy it if you want to, I'm not saying you have to
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  14. Post #5014
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    Trying to dubstep, but I swear the bass sounds completely different (doesn't clip at all) if you download it and listen, wtf soundcloud.

    Listen to Soundcloud recording



    http://soundcloud.com/kruma/v-002

    Leave at least 0.3 dB of headroom when you upload to SC to avoid this kinda stuff.

    I like it but you gotta upload something with more than 5 seconds of the drop :(. Oh and those drums are a little muddy try cleaning them up a bit, maybe throw in a hihat too.

    Edited:

    Listen to Soundcloud recording



    http://soundcloud.com/wauterboi/cont...-as-of-8-17-12



    This might sound ignorant but I'm actually very content with the synths and sounds themselves - just not the mixing. I did some adjustments in response to some of the things mentioned in this thread, and I'm gonna see if I can't listen to this around the house on different speakers and in the car.

    And thanks for the very positive comments about Shimmer. :)
    Dude damn, that's really great. I gotta agree, I love the synths, they sound great and super nice with drums. THe bassline that comes in is really in the wrong spot though, it just takes over everything and the mix gets way overly busy with that arpeggio and stuff playing. Maybe take some other stuff out when the bassline is playing, it gives it more impact.

    Hey guys, I uploaded a track to bandcamp here!


    Buy it if you want to, I'm not saying you have to
    You should probably lowpass that bass a little lower and turn it down volume vise. I like the bassline but it's way too loud.


    Also I would probably not release sampled tracks like this, would definitely go with the whole Pretty Lights free download with optional donation since that probably would get you into less of a legal mess if you ever got sued. Unless you own the rights to whatever you sampled ofc.
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  15. Post #5015
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    February 2007
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    New track :), it's finished as far as I'm concerned but I don't want to open a new topic.
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  17. Post #5017
    I once watched a girl get eaten by a horse and it was bad
    Dead Madman's Avatar
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    You should probably lowpass that bass a little lower and turn it down volume vise. I like the bassline but it's way too loud.


    Also I would probably not release sampled tracks like this, would definitely go with the whole Pretty Lights free download with optional donation since that probably would get you into less of a legal mess if you ever got sued. Unless you own the rights to whatever you sampled ofc.
    aghhh fuck ok I'll make it free, I don't care anyway, not like it woulda made anything anyways
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  18. Post #5018
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  20. Post #5020
    The Union Jack would look a shit ton better with a Hammer and Sickle in the middle of it
    Bobie's Avatar
    November 2007
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    i like this. as you said though, it's pretty rough, the levels need to be changed on the various instruments


    boredom
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  22. Post #5022
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    Finally got a new PC on the way, can't wait to be able to add a bunch of vsts without destroying the CPU
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  23. Post #5023
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    August 2009
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    New track :), it's finished as far as I'm concerned but I don't want to open a new topic.
    Diggin this. I love your minimal style and the way it is mixed. You could make some terrific soundtracks. Keep up the good work. This one is just the right amount of repetition.

    Edited:

    Hey guys look at me I'm Aaron Funk.


    Not sure what to say about this. I sat down and started making a breakcore song.
    Do you sample that yourself? it'd be great to find people who actually sample in this thread.
    I really like it. Very grimy, but the bass isn't strong enough.

    Edited:

    I'd love it if you glitched it once in a while, instead of all at once at 2:30
    Otherwise, it's a very charming song. I wish it had some kind of strong backing rhythm noise to add a little more depth. I really like how it ends. Doesn't matter if it's rough, that's why this thread is here. It's not meant for professionals

    Edited:

    Hey guys, finished up this Hardwell-styled track I posted earlier:







    Expect to see this on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, Last.fm etc soon, hope you guys like it!
    I don't get it. Wheres the hook? Where's the emotion? are you a musician or a music slave?

    Mixed and mastered well isn't a hook. If other people like it, it's fine. It just doesn't seem to have any emotion to it. Just seems disconnected and abrasive. It's missing something for me to follow. Something for me to get lost in.

    This is a slightly different genre, but notice that there is something to follow in the song.

    Or you could make your style more intriguing


    I'm not a great musician, but this is what separates you from the elite. A hook.

    Edited:


    I'm not sure what this is, but I'm keepin it on the album for now. It'll flow into a song.
    I want my album to force people to chill out. Something for long bike rides. Something of all styles. Something like Four-Tet but more precise.

    How could I mix it better?
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  24. Post #5024
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    Alec W's Avatar
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    i've been lacking

    here's a cover of your ex-lover is dead by stars

    harmonizing with myself sort of kind of

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  25. Post #5025
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    June 2011
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    Hey guys, finished up this Hardwell-styled track I posted earlier:







    Expect to see this on iTunes, Amazon, Rhapsody, Spotify, Last.fm etc soon, hope you guys like it!
    Like it. I'm a *huge* fan of Hardwell's music. Very nice track, although I felt like it was missing something and Atta|To|End pointed it out:


    I don't get it. Wheres the hook? Where's the emotion? are you a musician or a music slave?

    Mixed and mastered well isn't a hook. If other people like it, it's fine. It just doesn't seem to have any emotion to it. Just seems disconnected and abrasive. It's missing something for me to follow. Something for me to get lost in.
    I agree with Atta, it does seem to lack any kind of emotion. Doesn't seem like it would keep a crowd going crazy.
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  26. Post #5026
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    i've been lacking

    here's a cover of your ex-lover is dead by stars

    harmonizing with myself sort of kind of

    dude

    you could sing and play anything and it'd sound good i think

    following your soundcloud
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  27. Post #5027
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    I agree with Atta, it does seem to lack any kind of emotion. Doesn't seem like it would keep a crowd going crazy.
    I just hate to see people become the opener that 3 people danced to before Daedalus.

    When you have a hook, it attracts a bigger crowd, which means you can open for anyone. Eventually you will have your own fans that remember you, and you can headline.

    But this is important assuming that you play live. I hope you aren't trying to sell a cd without playing live...
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  28. Post #5028
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    I just hate to see people become the opener that 3 people danced to before Daedalus.

    When you have a hook, it attracts a bigger crowd, which means you can open for anyone. Eventually you will have your own fans that remember you, and you can headline.

    But this is important assuming that you play live. I hope you aren't trying to sell a cd without playing live...
    We aren't superstars here.

    Sometimes just some good ol simple electro house can be enough. And I don't think Larry G's song had a lack of emotion, it was simply a little too close to what hardwell is doing and was kind of lacking in stuff to fill the frequency spectrum.
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  29. Post #5029
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    I just hate to see people become the opener that 3 people danced to before Daedalus.

    When you have a hook, it attracts a bigger crowd, which means you can open for anyone. Eventually you will have your own fans that remember you, and you can headline.

    But this is important assuming that you play live. I hope you aren't trying to sell a cd without playing live...
    Well, out of the 84 comments I got on Soundcloud alone, you're the first one to point this out. Does that mean you're wrong, I don't know honestly. It does take a while for the song to build up and by the time it really takes off, some people might have lost interest already, I can give you that. Then again, if I ever were to play this live (which I don't at the moment, I just sit behind my laptop and make tunes), I'd let it play from where the big synths kick in or something like that. Plus I wasn't really consistent in the use of a main melody or hook or whatever. But I thought playing the same thing over and over again would get boring to I made some variations to it.

    I think my track resembles a lot of tracks that are popular today, the execution however might not be as top-notch though, and I'm fully aware of that. I know song structure isn't one of my major strenghts but I'm working on that.

    As for putting more emotion in it and uh, not being a musical slave, well that's not really an easy task when you're making a mainstream electro house track that appeals to the masses. Give me an example of a popular house track that does meet these parameters. Not calling you out here, I just want to know how to improve myself.
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  30. Post #5030
    The Union Jack would look a shit ton better with a Hammer and Sickle in the middle of it
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    Well, out of the 84 comments I got on Soundcloud alone, you're the first one to point this out. Does that mean you're wrong, I don't know honestly. It does take a while for the song to build up and by the time it really takes off, some people might have lost interest already, I can give you that. Then again, if I ever were to play this live (which I don't at the moment, I just sit behind my laptop and make tunes), I'd let it play from where the big synths kick in or something like that. Plus I wasn't really consistent in the use of a main melody or hook or whatever. But I thought playing the same thing over and over again would get boring to I made some variations to it.

    I think my track resembles a lot of tracks that are popular today, the execution however might not be as top-notch though, and I'm fully aware of that. I know song structure isn't one of my major strenghts but I'm working on that.

    As for putting more emotion in it and uh, not being a musical slave, well that's not really an easy task when you're making a mainstream electro house track that appeals to the masses. Give me an example of a popular house track that does meet these parameters. Not calling you out here, I just want to know how to improve myself.
    i can kinda see what atta is saying if i'm being honest. the melody lacks anything that you'll remember in days to come, and doesn't possess any soul or originality. you can easily do this in house, it's about finding your comfort zone and pushing the boundaries of it with just following through with what you truly love.




    yes these songs are extremely difficult to pull off, but that's what makes the creators so revered. they're encapsulating in melody, and technicality- yours is very clean but does not leave much for the imagination.

    music is like any other form of creative expression. it needs to tell a story, it needs to paint a picture, it needs a connection between the track and your mind. stop caring about the boundaries of 4x4, house, hardwell, whatever the hell you like, and go all out.

    this isn't about other people anyway, this is about you. you'll figure it all out in time - and when you figure it out, it'll separate you from those guys who spam youtube comment sections with skrillex ripoffs
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  31. Post #5031
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    Sounds like I need to write a novel before I can actually start working on a song. In all seriousness though, I can understand what you're saying. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about these things before or during the production, maybe I should. I just plug in my MIDI keyboard and mess around untill I come up with something that sounds cool, be it a melody, a chord progression or even a bassline. Then I expand from there. I don't ask myself the question 'Does this tell a story?', rather 'Does this sound good to my ears?' and 'Will other people like this as well?'. I can't tell whether that's a good mindset or not, but that's how it is for me.

    What I do is I just listen to other songs and pick things from them that I like. Yeah I know, the track sounds a bit too much like something Hardwell would do but hey it's not like I'm hiding it or anything. And I know my overall song structure isn't all that great, I've always been struggling with that. Then again, I've only been serious about music production for like a year and I made like what, 8-10 tracks? I don't really have a style of my own, yet. That might be the problem. It also explains why my Soundcloud channel has all kinds of different genres in it, I just go about making a track when I feel like it.

    The problem is that I try so hard to be liked by other people, as a musician. So I replicate things other popular artists do. Is that a bad thing, I don't know. It's not very original, I know that too I'm not blind, but I can't just come up with something revolutionary overnight. I just make something that I'd like to hear myself if I were a listener.

    But the thing about that creative expression, telling a story, painting a picture and so on, those things so vague and subjective. I mean, when do you tell whether a song is expressive or has something to say? I don't have a clue to accomplish any of them. Maybe it comes with experience I don't know, but I'll keep trying.
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  32. Post #5032
    The Union Jack would look a shit ton better with a Hammer and Sickle in the middle of it
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    Sounds like I need to write a novel before I can actually start working on a song. In all seriousness though, I can understand what you're saying. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about these things before or during the production, maybe I should. I just plug in my MIDI keyboard and mess around untill I come up with something that sounds cool, be it a melody, a chord progression or even a bassline. Then I expand from there. I don't ask myself the question 'Does this tell a story?', rather 'Does this sound good to my ears?' and 'Will other people like this as well?'. I can't tell whether that's a good mindset or not, but that's how it is for me.

    What I do is I just listen to other songs and pick things from them that I like. Yeah I know, the track sounds a bit too much like something Hardwell would do but hey it's not like I'm hiding it or anything. And I know my overall song structure isn't all that great, I've always been struggling with that. Then again, I've only been serious about music production for like a year and I made like what, 8-10 tracks? I don't really have a style of my own, yet. That might be the problem. It also explains why my Soundcloud channel has all kinds of different genres in it, I just go about making a track when I feel like it.

    The problem is that I try so hard to be liked by other people, as a musician. So I replicate things other popular artists do. Is that a bad thing, I don't know. It's not very original, I know that too I'm not blind, but I can't just come up with something revolutionary overnight. I just make something that I'd like to hear myself if I were a listener.

    But the thing about that creative expression, telling a story, painting a picture and so on, those things so vague and subjective. I mean, when do you tell whether a song is expressive or has something to say? I don't have a clue to accomplish any of them. Maybe it comes with experience I don't know, but I'll keep trying.
    well sure, i'm trying to explain it in my own terms and it is by no means something you should follow. all i'm trying to say is that how other people think about your music doesn't matter; your greatest success will come from when your music is inspiring to you

    the quickest way to achieve this is to simply go as far out of your comfort zone as possible, and settle when you find something unique that you can call yours.
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  33. Post #5033
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  34. Post #5034
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    March 2008
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    Bar Confessions
    Genre: Rap

    First time recording in a booth (home made, not professional), so I was pretty excited about that. Lyrics are on the cloud page. I did the mixing too, never done that before.

    Edited:

    I was vibing that for sure. I don't know if it really needs anything TBH. Maybe throwing in some female vocals in the middle or something would sound chill.
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  36. Post #5036
    I once watched a girl get eaten by a horse and it was bad
    Dead Madman's Avatar
    December 2008
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    Hey guys, recently the label I'm signed to currently held a little remix comp thing, and I got onto the EP!

    http://www.beatport.com/track/kush-l...-remix/3709858

    Buy it if you want I don't really care as long as people like it
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  37. Post #5037
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    The most important thing is that you should just make music you want to make and not give a shit what anyone says. Sure, it can definitely be a good thing to take mixing advice and stuff, especially if you're starting out. There is definitely a difference between a good and a bad mix, but as for musical style, just have fun with it.
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    Sounds like I need to write a novel before I can actually start working on a song. In all seriousness though, I can understand what you're saying. I don't spend a lot of time thinking about these things before or during the production, maybe I should.
    I dont really think alot too when I make my music I just play guitar or bass or even drums and I come up with something that sounds good, something that triggers some sort of emotion in me. I think this is what Bobie is talking about, having some sort of basic emotion as the foundation to what you build is important because if you do not it will just sound bad, because music is all about raw pure emotions

    I just plug in my MIDI keyboard and mess around untill I come up with something that sounds cool, be it a melody, a chord progression or even a bassline. Then I expand from there. I don't ask myself the question 'Does this tell a story?', rather 'Does this sound good to my ears?' and 'Will other people like this as well?'. I can't tell whether that's a good mindset or not, but that's how it is for me.
    I think the absolute most important question you have to ask is "Does this make me happy or in any way trigger emotions for me?" For me and I think alot of other people music is all about letting yourself go and putting yourself out there, expressing or trying to evoke feelings and thoughts by putting together notes.

    What I do is I just listen to other songs and pick things from them that I like. Yeah I know, the track sounds a bit too much like something Hardwell would do but hey it's not like I'm hiding it or anything. And I know my overall song structure isn't all that great, I've always been struggling with that. Then again, I've only been serious about music production for like a year and I made like what, 8-10 tracks?
    All the great artists picked up what they liked from their favourite artists, why shouldn't you? no shame in borrowing and using what works, the reason they are great artists is because they take the good stuff from all the artists they enjoy (sort of like being a chef and making a stew, you always use certain basic ingredients, but also experiment and add taste to it by adding your own personal flavour with spices not 'recommended' by the recipe) and put it all together.

    I don't really have a style of my own, yet. That might be the problem. It also explains why my Soundcloud channel has all kinds of different genres in it, I just go about making a track when I feel like it.

    The problem is that I try so hard to be liked by other people, as a musician. So I replicate things other popular artists do. Is that a bad thing, I don't know. It's not very original, I know that too I'm not blind, but I can't just come up with something revolutionary overnight. I just make something that I'd like to hear myself if I were a listener.
    Why are everyone so concerned with having an original style? The members of Led Zeppelin when they started their respective instruments they all sounded like <generic artist> because they had to work their craft, taking countless hours practicing to even get to a point where they could experiment with the basic foundations You should first worry about liking yourself, it is hard for others to like you if you don't respect yourself and enjoy yourself for who you are.

    But the thing about that creative expression, telling a story, painting a picture and so on, those things so vague and subjective. I mean, when do you tell whether a song is expressive or has something to say? I don't have a clue to accomplish any of them. Maybe it comes with experience I don't know, but I'll keep trying.
    Being able to tell and be expressive with music just comes with experience and sticking by with what works, and you can only accomplish that by making hundreds of songs and just borrow, steal and use the things previous and current artists do that you think works to mold your own style

    I have decided to start using tindeck again, it really irritates me that soundcloud compresses and does something weird with the music to make it sound subpar...
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    All the great artists picked up what they liked from their favourite artists, why shouldn't you? no shame in borrowing and using what works, the reason they are great artists is because they take the good stuff from all the artists they enjoy (sort of like being a chef and making a stew, you always use certain basic ingredients, but also experiment and add taste to it by adding your own personal flavour with spices not 'recommended' by the recipe) and put it all together.
    This is pretty weird in the music industry nowadays. When people make great music it's overly romanticised, as if they did it completely on their own. This is never the case, you've got to have some notion of what you want to make before making it. There's always something in someone's music that's borrowed or inspired.
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    August 2009
    3,793 Posts
    This is pretty weird in the music industry nowadays. When people make great music it's overly romanticised, as if they did it completely on their own. This is never the case, you've got to have some notion of what you want to make before making it. There's always something in someone's music that's borrowed or inspired.
    I'm the odd one out in that case - I never have any clue what my music's going to be until I'm doing the final mixing. I just screw around until something sounds good. It's all spontaneous. Yeah, there's some inspiration but it's much after I start fiddling around with things - kind of like, "Hey, I could make this kind of grungy like Nirvana!" but I never start thinking, "Well, I think I'll do some French House today."
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