Quick question: what headphones or studio monitors do you use?
Nothing special. Cheap speakers from Walmart, and some decent headphones: Sony stereo headphones, extra bass. The cushy looking ones with leather phones. They’re comfortable enough that I can wear them all day, and they have a great range of sound and good audio fidelity. $70 last I checked.
I am extremely jealous of your skills, both musical and artistically. When ever I have seen or listened to either i have been quite frankly amazed.
Thank you very much! But no need to get jealous, what I do is very possible for most people to do if they push themselves. When I find an artist or musician who’s leagues ahead of me, I feel inspired rather than jealous or discouraged. Let it build you up!
QT-Mark:Alright, I've practically searched all over the internet, what the heck is the difference between Sad, Tragedy, and Dark in FanFictions? I dunno if this pertains to this thread, but I would just really like someone to answer that question.
Makkon:Sad = someone dies of cancer
Tragedy= lots of people die of cancer
Dark= Cancer is caused by a ubiquitous cult that's poisoning the city's water supply so they can horde all the corpses to use as flesh sacrifices in their black covenant ritual to bring back Lord Zerchon, Defiler of the Flesh and Beast of the Inferno. Everyone dies. Of cancer.
Hope that helps.
starsinautumn:And what of Grimdark?
Makkon:They use the guts for Christmas decorations.
Recordings by NASA, they are the sounds made by the planets. This is the planet Saturn.
oh my god
this is fucking incredible
I NEED MORE PLANET AMBIENCE HOLY SHIT
This is quite obviously the sound of a podrace
Obviously fake, but it’s pretty cool! Love the vintage pad-like sounds near the end.
[EDIT] OKAY, I DID SOME RESEARCH AND APPARENTLY THIS IS REAL. "The complex interactions of the cosmic plasma of the universe, charged electromagnetic particles from the solar wind, planetary magnetosphere, rings and moons create vibration "soundscapes" which are at once utterly alien and deeply familiar to the ear. Some of these sounds are hauntingly like human voices singing, giant Tibetan bowls, wind, waves, birds and dolphins. Many are familiar in a way unique for each listener."
The image that has been going around that is an ingame render of Sweet Apple Acres surrounded by realistically rendered pine trees is not ponykart official. I guess this just goes to show to everyone that bronies will love anything that is pony, regardless of how little sense it makes or how clearly it doesn’t fit the art style. It was nothing more than a test render by our shader artist Knighty who is working with the rendering engine. Please stop believing that ponykart will have realistically rendered pine trees in sweet apple acres. Thank you.
This is just to say that I *really* like your music and listen to it to cheer myself up, as a soundtrack while I write my novel, to get inspired, or to simply listen to good music. Thank you for being epic.
Makkon, you are a beautiful person, and a beautiful artist, I'm glad that we were able to become friends (though we don't talk too often and our interests/opinions don't always match up). I keep seeing your name popping up all over my dashboard and I thought I'd send you a message! I hope you get to go where you want to in life, career-wise and spiritually. You're so immensely talented, I can't even imagine you failing. Though I'm personally not a believer, God bless, and have a great day <3
Jackle, I have an immense amount of respect for you, and even though we don’t always see eye to eye, I’m also glad that we were able to become friends. I can’t wait to meet you! I really appreciate your note, and thank you for your encouragement. God bless you too, Jackle. <3
Makkon, Makkon, Ma-makkon~ Just a tad bit curious, but how did you get into art AND music (and origami, if you care to share~)? You seem to have a bit of history with both creative media.
Everything that I am I owe to my amazing father. When I was young, I could tell him anything because he always encouraged me, and when I told him I wanted to try something he would fully support me. Of all the people there are in this world, he’s the man I aspire most to be like when I grow older. Of course I was a lot of work, he started getting grey hair around 36 or so. I had (and still probably do have) a rather bad case of ADHD (which he and I are convinced that it’s a personality trait rather than a ‘condition’). He helped me to channel it constructively, and he’d often come home with new things for me to try, such as origami. I lived a good portion of my life in Okinawa Japan, my dad spoke fluent Japanese (from serving a religious mission in Tokyo Japan for a few years), and he was in the airforce, so he worked as a translator on base.
I remember telling him one day that I wanted to drop piano lessons and just focus on art. I’ve never seen him get so stern before, I think what I said really hurt his feelings. He responded with “don’t you even think about it. There will come a day in your life that you will regret it.”
That was a little long winded, didn’t mean to tell you my life story.
Hey! First of all, lemme start out by saying that you're an outstandingly extraordinary composer and artist, and that some of your songs have made a huge impact on my musical style. Second, I would like to ask your advice: I've got a few songs on FL Studio, but I can't really seem to get them past the audio sketch stage. Do you have any suggestions to get them from an audio sketch to a full song?
I’m having the same problem at the moment, and it’s pretty much akin to artists block; I know how you feel. I know what I need to do but I just haven’t done it, and I have no excuses other than physical tiredness. And constant hunger. You need to be constantly bringing in good art, music, photography, and just about everything good, so that you can be inspired and filled with ideas and insight. With that comes the drive to work, and focus. This is how I’ve been able to move a song from audio sketch to the finished track. Keep bringing in inspiration. Artistic input must exceed output, otherwise it’s like eating your own poo (or running on your own steam, as some call it). [I totally stole that last line from my friend, hope she doesn’t notice].
I need some advice, if you're able. I've been learning music production for about 4-5 months now, and I have learned tons. I have created extremely unique sounds that I am dying to use in a song. One problem, though, after 5 months of learning production, I have yet to actually make a full length song. I have so many awesome melodies and ideas laying around, but I just can't structure them to be more than a 4-8 bar loop. I feel like I should be much farther at this point. What can I do?
I’m struggling with the same issue myself, it’s essentially artist’s block that you and I are experiencing. But sometimes the best thing to do is put yourself in a good mood, take a shower, eat, and open the sequencer and just start putting it together. If you’re having trouble making the song longer than a few bars, sometimes mixing things and creating a sub-melody helps, most songs have a main melody, a chorus, and sometimes a bridge (like a subtheme that draws attention to the impending final chorus). The more variety you create in your pallet of patterns, the more you have to work with, and it’s easier to finish a song.
Hi, Makkon, I am a high school senior and 7-year musician. Last year, I listened to your Menu, Everfree, and Mines sketches and found the Rainbow Rhapsody redressing enormously inspiring. As soon as I heard it, I knew it was exactly the kind of music I wanted to write. Months later, I've made no progress. I have tried using Finale but can't get the sound I want. MUlab has been too confusing for me to use. I'm very frustrated, can you recommend any inexpensive software/guides to start out with?
I’m very sorry it took me so long to get back to you.
Quality software that’s going to get you the results you want usually doesn’t come cheap, and for good reason. But if you get the opportunity to try some other software (demos, student discount, other means), then I would suggest Ableton or Cubase as sequencers. I use Cubase, and Kontakt is my VST (virtual instrument). I can relate to your frustrations, I felt very much the same when I was using FLStudio years ago. It’s a good program, but not for the sort of music I wanted to make. Keep looking around, and if you have any more questions feel free to ask. I tend to respond faster from my deviantart or youtube account.
When I tell you I’m going to bed, you should probably assume that I’m lying. I may be under the impression that it’s my full intention to go right to bed, but no. Why would I go to bed at a reasonable hour like this? There’s already checked messages to check! Old comments from youtube to re-read, exciting updates on polycount from last tuesday to review. And then there’s tumblr. But I must check, and check again. It’s compulsive, it’s irrational, and it’s going to make me miserable tomorrow.
Today is Akira Yoshizawa’s 101st birthday (died in 2005). He’s the man who is responsible for turning origami from a craft into an art. I find it rather odd that I felt so inclined to purchase so much origami, and it all arrived in the mail today. I’m going to celebrate Yoshizawa’s birthday by folding some origami. If anyone else would care to join me in honoring this man and his life, please reply with your creations. I’ll post a few tomorrow.
This blog is on hiatus so there’s more to my thoughts than this, but yeah. I hate admitting it but Twilight is written more as a joke machine these days than a relatable lead character.
And what, Pinkie Pie isn’t a joke machine?
Let’s not start reading into things too…
I know I know, I want to explain myself a bit better, it’s more than that. She has been written differently all of a sudden and she used to be level-headed and a positive role model for my niece, and she used to be more relatable in that sense, which was why she was so funny and so entertaining to watch. Like, this isn’t the same Twilight I liked watching in season 1. She’s more like a character from Big Bang Theory and she’s written as an “egghead” instead of a “well read” pony.
But she’s not like that in every episode, only in a few, specifically in the ones about her. You just never notice when she’s being level headed and ‘well read’ because the behavior doesn’t stand out. She’s just being normal. An unfortunate trait in people I’ve seen is they pay more attention to the things that bother them than to the things they like. It’s the same trait in people that creates contention in romantic relationships (besides lack of communication).