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During portions of yesterday, I talked to Amy about some elements of music that I've needed to learn about. She explained measure length and time (4/4, 3/4, etc.). I finally understand what that means... I mean... I knew for a long time what effect it has on the measure... 3/4 time means 3 quarter notes per measure. But what I didn't understand is what that meant for the music. It seemed utterly arbitrary. What she explained is that it reflects the structure of the music. How often you repeat what you're doing. That sort of thing.

I sat down for a couple hours last night and tried to fix the ending to Mechanical Savior. This is what came out of that. I'm calling it Mechanical Savior B. It's a lot nicer, AND I got to learn to use a synth last night.

The synth thing was kind of hilarious. Especially initially, it was just this mess of letters that had very little meaning to me. I had no idea what ANY of it meant. But it was incredibly easy to use, and I was able to start messing around with the sound there. I got several sounds that I kinda wanna play around with in other conditions as well. But for now, I did this.

Although I was enjoying doing things with Project B, I kinda wanna take this synth thing and mess around with it to see what comes of it. There's a few note progressions and certain sounds that felt certain ways to me, and I wanna see what comes of that, now that I have a tool like this. I'm also downloading some other synths to see what I can do with them.
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I'm learning to write music. I think I'll document my education here, because why the fuck not?

Messing Around: Here was the first thing I put together. Just a silly thing as I learned the interface. It kinda sounds like part of a military video game background music. Just 24 seconds of stuff.

Anxiety: The first real "song" type thing I put together. It's short, but it's a little more complex and involves more stuff... I also felt like this was some sort of video game background.

Mechanical Savior: Don't ask about the names. Whatever. This song was my first "full song." I put together some loops and then composed them together. I also soloed over them at the end, and honestly, while I like some of the ideas there, I'd want to clean it up or remove them entirely. I do like where I was trying to go, but I don't think I got there, and didn't want to put in the effort to make it all the way. I wanna come back to it though, because I think I can improve it. Some bits in the solo really make me wince. Ugh.

Dark Rave: Seriously, don't worry about the names. They're mostly random, tbh. This one is probably my favorite so far. I really like several parts of it, and I could actually see myself listening to it.

Bridge Song: Aborted. I tried to take the Final Fantasy Bridge song and do something with it, but my lack of skill with the tools rapidly got in my way, and I couldn't figure out what I could do about it. It was really frustrating.

Project B: I decided I wanted to try making a fast song. OMG is this hard. At first, I couldn't figure out how to make fast drums, so I watched a bunch of videos online to see how they do drums, and I see you use cymbals a lot more. I learned while working on this that they're called hihats. I also learned what BPM meant! LIke, I knew it was "beats per minute," but I had no idea what a "beat" actually was. How many bass drum notes there were? I had no idea. Turns out, it's quarter notes! OR really whatever notes are at the bottom of the timing thing.

After this, I continued to work on trying to get something to go over those drums, and was finding it nigh impossible. I took a break to work on my scales, and found that my fingers remember all of my white key major scales, which is nice. I'm working on relearning the black key major scales and moving onto minor scales.

Today at work, I'm listening to a tutorial on how to use ableton to make EDM, and discovering a lot about how to think about music. First of all, a strong drum beat is more valuable than a fast drum beat. You can get good dance music without it being breakneck fast. I might abandon Project B to try some of the ideas I'm learning from this. I also found that I might be able to get that cool synth the dude uses, Xfer Serum for $10 a month from something called Splice

Avery thinks I shouldn't bother with a paid synth right now and just try this free one. We shall see.

I wanna listen to more music to learn this stuff, but I also want to look at tutorials to get a better sense of how to "see" the music. My symbolic library for representing and understanding music is so poor, I don't really understand the structure of what I'm usually listening to. It's just this mass of nice sounds, but what is in there doesn't make a lot of sense to me. God, there's so much to learn here.
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This is one of the most beautiful things I've ever seen. Sent to me by [livejournal.com profile] dv_girl



It really captures the wonder and awe that science and the process of understanding your world possess.

It made me cry.

Lyrics:Read more... )
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Wow. After less than a week of practicing playing my keyboard, I've already reached the point where I can play simple songs by sight alone. A simple song is one where one hand is playing a single note at a time. I am improving my speed on figuring out what notes to push on more complex songs, where I play more than a single note at a time. And of course, I still have the theme song to Star Trek: The Next Generation memorized, and that's a decently complex song. Both hands playing multiple notes simultaneously.

My rhythm is still completely and utterly foobar right now. I push the notes in the right order, but fuck all if they come out in anything even beginning to approximate the right rhythm.

Luckily, [livejournal.com profile] theragtagpoet has offered to give me lessons to educate me on the ways of playing the piano.

*perks up*

Jul. 6th, 2007 12:39 pm
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Huh.. I was listening to Pandora, and I thought I heard "Everybody will be dancing, every tranny-boy and girl.".

You can actually listen to the song directly at their website.

The band is called The Wowz. Anyone know anything about these folks? There seems to be scarcely anything on the net, and no lyrics to read anywhere. I can't tell whether it is positive or negative...
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Gaia Consort has put out a new CD. Everyone with money go pre-order it!

Go here to read lyrics and listen to songs.

Perils of Poly is a rather amusing and true song about some of the realities of being poly.

And who can't love Turtles all the way down?

Goodnight's lyrics seem to strike home with the very heart of why I'm poly.
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I was walking with [livejournal.com profile] crazedyote through a rose garden the other day and feeling a bit musical. Pony was commenting on how I seem so bright and cheerful and positive so much of the time, and the idea for this song came to mind... I took some time to flesh it out here.

Dancing Lands )

Cool cool!

May. 28th, 2006 02:38 pm
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Epica: Cry for the Moon is a REALLY neat music video. Check it out!

Polly Wally is just funny.

Freezepop

Mar. 24th, 2006 11:46 am
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Freezepop is teh r0xoR

That is all.

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