I feel pretty similar feelings about lyrics. To me, instrumental stuff sets a mood, while lyrics give that mood context. Instrumental = "what I'm feeling." Lyrical = "why I'm feeling this." If that makes sense.
Hey Makkon. I'm sure you've gotten this question before, but I cannot remember how you answered it. What kind of music do you listen to? Is it artist of songs that are similar to the kind of music you make, or another genre all together?
I have a rather general taste, but I am a little picky. I enjoy film music by far the most, usually music without lyrics. I feel that instrumental music can convey complex emotions with sounds and timing just as well as words. I do love lyrics though! Just not as much, since I can seldom understand lyrics in most groups. These days film composers are like the Beethovens or Mozarts from long ago, though they were probably more like rockstars than anything else. I’ve taken a recent liking to jazz, but more of the older stuff (for example Rhapsody In Blue). And with that came the inevitable affinity for electro jazz. Maybe soon I’ll try some of that.
Huh, now that's pretty interesting to me, as I feel a little on the opposite side. While your slower and gentler paced work is fantastic, I actually prefer the epic pieces you make. While I completely understand how one can get more feels from the slower stuff, I actually get more emotionally charged from works such as Celestia Origins Extended Battle Theme. Though I'm positive it's because I always tend toward more energetic music. Regardless, obviously keep doing what you want to do. : D
I enjoy both, and I’m trying to have a healthy balance of both. it’s for the best too. A good film has tension and release, and since film music is what I try to emulate the most I try to write intense music and slower music alternating.
Now obviously you're not going to make a song just because some random person says you should make it, but you should totally make more songs like A Waltz for Trixie. The epic-big-bass-orchestral stuff is fantastic, but I feel like the slow, emotional songs are where your talent truly shines, and there's not much of that. If you do end up making an album, I personally hope we'd see more of that style of music.
I agree with you completely. Though the softer emotional music is harder to write for me because I have to feel it more. It’s more complicated emotions to articulate, and it has to have a flow to it that’s difficult to explain. I can ‘feel’ the bombastic action of many of my tracks because it’s a very base emotion for me to portray. But the soft bittersweet subtlety is hard to keep up. But I think that makes it worth it, certainly.
I have more money in my paypal account than I do in my checking account.
Also I need to publish an album, but the only way I’m going to be satisfied with people paying me for my music is if I offer it for free anyway, and I remaster every track I’ve made (maybe even resample). But I just need to do it so I can move on to more music.
No, you’re not finished. None of you are. You were given over a month to work on your music, and I’ll be damned if you don’t use it. Polish the track, make it better, tweak it; improve it in every imaginable way possible. This is what the Remix War is all about. You might not have to pass your track through a board of judges to be published next to any of the big names, but what you will be losing is your artistic integrity. I don’t know about you, but I can’t sleep well if I publish a song that I didn’t give my all.
GET BACK IN YOUR SEQUENCER, YOU AREN’T EVEN CLOSE TO DONE.
I can't remember if it was you or someone else, but I recall someone talking about a sample library company noting that it gave student discounts that allowed commercial usage. Would you happen to know anything about this?
Yep! That company was spitfire, they have some great libraries like Albion and solo strings. they offer a 30% discount with full commercial use for students, but you’ll want to follow their instructions. you have to mail them, since they process theses requests manually.
I'm surprised that the theme is working so well for you. The head banner is actually meant to be in three pieces, which could explain why your avatar and menu banner jumped so unexpectedly... unless you have another reason? I'm just seeing your theme and wondering why the avatar and menu are behaving like they are.
I moved them over there. Are they in a funky position for you?
How did you get the confident line? Did you study art or self-taught?
Both! Going to school for art helps you to improve from critique and going out of your comfort zone, but personal study is where the confidence and mastering happens. I learned to draw confidently from continuous practice.
As if they couldn't make iLok's any more like metaphorical teabagging in inconvenience in the name of anti-piracy (and not stopping it effectively ANYWAYS) they have to choose to name the USB things "Dongles"
I’m publishing this for the mere fact that you used the terms tea-bagging and dongles in the same sentence.
Firstly, Eastwest are putting their Complete Composer’s Collection to 70% off compared to buying individually, due to the National Association of Music Merchants (NAMM) show being this weekend. Quite expensive still, but it gives you…
You inspire me with music, art, and now your words. Thanks to you, I won't let my performance at Bronycon turn into a regret, and I'll just learn from it. I'll just move on and improve from my mistakes. Thank you so much. <3 You told me exactly what I needed to hear.
Anytime, man. Hang in there, and keep being honest but fair with yourself. :)
Was waiting to talk on Skype but I'll say it here. It was absolutely wonderful meeting you. Watching you draw was absolutely wonderful too <3 So many good chilling times and so many memories to keep. ^.^
Lav, it was absolutely awesome getting to meet you too. You’re an amazing person! Thank you so much :)