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Anyone write their own Music?


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I write my own using a realy nice Ringtone composer with a wide selection of instruments, save as MIDI, play on Windows Media Player (while I use Microsoft Movie Maker's Narrate section to record the Music to a WMP format) - I strongly recommend a low recording volume so it is not overdistorted.


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I write music on electric bass, with a guitarist friend and a drummer, we jam on sunday nights for the last 6 yrs or so. I have 2 alesis adat's that are 8 tracks each and a 24 channel Mackie board. They record digital to super vhs tapes (which are actually getting hard to find)then I mix em down to stereo on the computer. It's primitive by way of what's out there now but I have fun doing it. one day I won't be able to find tape and I'll be forced to come fully into the digital age. I have some good mic's and stuff down there too. and having a decent level is definately the key to keeping the distortion down. (well, except the sweet tube distortion coming out of greg's mesa dual rectifier)

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I do a bunch of things - I've got a hardcore/metal band that's getting pretty notable in Seattle (www.myspace.com/shadowatmorning) and I also do acoustic solo stuff (most of which is up on youtube).


I write and transpose (mostly) classical music. I'm in a woodwind quintet (minus the bassoon) *shrug* but I transpose a lot of stuff for that group, otherwise we'd have nothing to play.

I also write pieces. Though, most are pretty short and a lot of them are unfinished. I've actually had two different community bands play a piece I wrote.


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I compose music, and sing, in different styles and play a number of instruments. Although I have Protools, which I use for mixing podcasts, I always go to studios when I need a recording to count.

"You... you mean those were supposed to count?"

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The Jade wrote:

I compose music, and sing, in different styles and play a number of instruments. Although I have Protools, which I use for mixing podcasts, I always go to studios when I need a recording to count.

"You... you mean those were supposed to count?"

I love Pro Tools - I'm Pro Tools certified. However, I've been playing with Adobe Audition at home and am somewhat impressed with that too. (Basically a multi-track version of Cool Edit Pro for those who know this stuff.)

All my compositions sound like film scores, oddly; they're mostly instrumental. Oh, and I sing, too, but only in the car.


yellowdingo wrote:
I write my own using a realy nice Ringtone composer with a wide selection of instruments, save as MIDI, play on Windows Media Player (while I use Microsoft Movie Maker's Narrate section to record the Music to a WMP format) - I strongly recommend a low recording volume so it is not overdistorted.

Yes, well until I lost much of my hearing during my last tour in Iraq, but I used to write and produce music.

Some of it I used to add mood effects for my campaign over the years.

If anyone is interested, drop me a line.

In service,

Rich

Go to The Original Dr. Games Site.


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I.Malachi wrote:
The Jade wrote:

I compose music, and sing, in different styles and play a number of instruments. Although I have Protools, which I use for mixing podcasts, I always go to studios when I need a recording to count.

"You... you mean those were supposed to count?"

I love Pro Tools - I'm Pro Tools certified. However, I've been playing with Adobe Audition at home and am somewhat impressed with that too. (Basically a multi-track version of Cool Edit Pro for those who know this stuff.)

All my compositions sound like film scores, oddly; they're mostly instrumental. Oh, and I sing, too, but only in the car.

Fantastic. I see from your profile that you write screenplays as well. So do I. :)

Have you used any of your editing skills for film work? I'm just getting started now. My first work is a short film that documents the goings on at Nic Logue's Iron DM Tournament.

How does Adobe Audition stack up to Protools?

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I use Logic Studio. It does everything and more.


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Andrew Turner wrote:
I use Logic Studio. It does everything and more.

My friends who do a lot of sequencing, such as for electronic music, enjoy Logic. Those who record band style music tend to prefer Protools.

I heard Logic employed an extremely clean system, but I haven't used it since early 2002.

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The Jade wrote:
Andrew Turner wrote:
I use Logic Studio. It does everything and more.

My friends who do a lot of sequencing, such as for electronic music, enjoy Logic. Those who record band style music tend to prefer Protools.

I heard Logic employed an extremely clean system, but I haven't used it since early 2002.

I use the 2007 package. It runs very light, and being an Apple suite it runs seamlessly and has never crashed. It's the easiest but most robust system I've ever had. I write a lot of electronic pieces, and enjoy remixing Orbit-style; it's a perfect application for that type of use.

Here's a fun example made with Logic Studio.


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Andrew Turner wrote:


Here's a fun example made with Logic Studio.

<G> That song so totally weirded my cats.

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Hmmm... Note to Self

...caterwauling must be mixed into the next piece...

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Andrew Turner wrote:

Hmmm... Note to Self

...caterwauling must be mixed into the next piece...

Heh. Did you write the piece that accompanies the Pathfinders of Golarion video on your YouTube page? If so, congrats, it's an excellent piece.

Jade, I love doing film work and sound effects; I was an intern for a now-sort-of defunct game company and later became a Tape Op for them. I actually have screen credit as a writer but enjoy composing more. To me, the soundtrack is as important as the movie.

I haven't used Logic since 1998 when I was first training for ProTools and haven't used it much since, either, but only because it wasn't available where I worked. The platform they used there was SaDIE, UK based, I believe, because the director who put in the program didn't like ProTools (I'd have probably been more successful there if they did).

Audition is fairly comparable to ProTools at the home studio level and isn't bad for mixing tracks either. I use SoundForge for mastering though.


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Andrew Turner wrote:

Hmmm... Note to Self

...caterwauling must be mixed into the next piece...

I have a feeling you're on to something. Your music might one day drive felines into a mad mating frenzy. Then you can start Crazy Pussy records and cat breeders from around the world will make you rich.

I.Malachi wrote:


Jade, I love doing film work and sound effects; I was an intern for a now-sort-of defunct game company and later became a Tape Op for them. I actually have screen credit as a writer but enjoy composing more. To me, the soundtrack is as important as the movie.

I haven't used Logic since 1998 when I was first training for ProTools and haven't used it much since, either, but only because it wasn't available where I worked. The platform they used there was SaDIE, UK based, I believe, because the director who put in the program didn't like ProTools (I'd have probably been more successful there if they did).

Audition is fairly comparable to ProTools at the home studio level and isn't bad for mixing tracks either. I use SoundForge for mastering though.

Thank you for explaining the different programs.

Have you any time for or interest in freelance editing and composing?

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The Jade wrote:

Thank you for explaining the different programs.

Thanks, though it was a bit more info than was needed. I've tended to ramble in my old age.

The Jade wrote:


Have you any time for or interest in freelance editing and composing?

I'd make time. Email me: thekinnakeeter at yahoo.com

I must let you know that I no longer have all the equipment I once had - now just a desktop system - but I'm still interested and would be willing to rent or buy whatever else is needed.

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Here's a truncated piece for strings done with Logic Studio.

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Andrew Turner wrote:
Here's a truncated piece for strings done with Logic Studio.

Nice. I like the visual imagery, too. I'm putting together a project studio in my home. Mac-based, of course, so I'll probably add Logic to the Pro Tools setup - just to learn it, you know?

By the way - where can I buy your album?

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(Jade, I subscribed to the Atomic Array. Just what I needed - another addiction. :P )

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I.Malachi wrote:
Andrew Turner wrote:
Here's a truncated piece for strings done with Logic Studio.

Nice. I like the visual imagery, too. I'm putting together a project studio in my home. Mac-based, of course, so I'll probably add Logic to the Pro Tools setup - just to learn it, you know?

By the way - where can I buy your album?

iTunes and Amazon on 15 October; and thanks for the interest.

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I'll watch for it. Thanks for letting me know.

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I.Malachi wrote:
Andrew Turner wrote:

Hmmm... Note to Self

...caterwauling must be mixed into the next piece...

Heh. Did you write the piece that accompanies the Pathfinders of Golarion video on your YouTube page? If so, congrats, it's an excellent piece.

Actually, that's "Army Strong" by Mark Isham.

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By the way, Rone, did you ever find that music?

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The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
I.Malachi wrote:
Andrew Turner wrote:

Hmmm... Note to Self

...caterwauling must be mixed into the next piece...

Heh. Did you write the piece that accompanies the Pathfinders of Golarion video on your YouTube page? If so, congrats, it's an excellent piece.
Actually, that's "Army Strong" by Mark Isham.

Thanks! :)

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I.Malachi wrote:
The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
I.Malachi wrote:
Andrew Turner wrote:

Hmmm... Note to Self

...caterwauling must be mixed into the next piece...

Heh. Did you write the piece that accompanies the Pathfinders of Golarion video on your YouTube page? If so, congrats, it's an excellent piece.
Actually, that's "Army Strong" by Mark Isham.
Thanks! :)

If you like Mark Isham's piece, you can download it for free here.

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Wow, thanks to you both. I'm thinking of ordering the music for that for my symphonic band if the conductor approves.

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Anyone that might be remotely interested... shameless plug ensues...

My album, False Satellites hit Amazon today, and I'm currently outselling Moby's most recent album. [crowd roar]Yay, me![/crowd roar]

Who's Moby...?! Surely, you jest...

If you are interested, but don't want to buy from Amazon, it is scheduled for iTunes October 15th.

Here's a new video for one of the tracks, Anneberg Cadence.

Enjoy :-)

PS
If you take a peep, watch your speakers--deliberate clipping approaches...

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Andrew Turner wrote:

Anyone that might be remotely interested... shameless plug ensues...

My album, False Satellites hit Amazon today, and I'm currently outselling Moby's most recent album. [crowd roar]Yay, me![/crowd roar]

Who's Moby...?! Surely, you jest...

If you are interested, but don't want to buy from Amazon, it is scheduled for iTunes October 15th.

Here's a new video for one of the tracks, Anneberg Cadence.

Enjoy :-)

PS
If you take a peep, watch your speakers--deliberate clipping approaches...

Thanks, Andrew! I'll order it Friday when I get paid.

(Thanks for the warning on the clipping.)

EDIT: Finished watching - interesting. The dancing cigarettes somehow put me in mind of Pink Floyd. Great job!

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This Is Who We Are is a new video to promote vol. ii, Chorales of the Techpriest, of False Satellites.

It's a bit more upbeat than most of the other pieces, since I was recently told by my brother-in-law that my music makes people either want to kill or worship the devil--I haven't decided if that's a complement or not. ;-)

Oh well, if electronica is your thing, click the link and give it a listen. If you like it, the EP will come out later, toward the end of 2008.

Cheers.

You might notice that it ends with my idea of heaven--a library! :-)

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A cool graphics version of the above-mentioned video.
:-)

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new link for Anneberg Cadence redux, for those interested--no clipping :-)

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Summer Rain, an EP from volume ii --the complete companion album, Chorales of the Techpriest, is due out in Feb 09.

Hey--how come I'm the only one ever posting here? There's bound to be more Paizonians out there who compose.

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Don't mind me, I'm just a s%*#ty folksinger...


I did some writing. Now I have lyrics but no music to put them towards. Sigh! Life is never fair.

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Anyone who might have bought False Satellites--

The tunes were recorded in 16 channels, which means you get to buy them in iTunes Plus, and they'll sound loud and awesome on a quality stereo or professional system...

... but without some EQ adjustment, they might be too loud (or sometimes too soft, with some sounds seemingly absent) on your computer speakers or through standard headphones with your iPod, resulting in distortion and clipping.

If this is the case, simply send me an email with the digital receipt from iTunes or Amazon (moonseolnyeo@msn.com), and I'll send you a digital version of the album that is kinder to your desktop speakers.

PS
We've already taken care to preclude this issue from volume ii, and if you buy that one and want the 16 channel version, the same offer will be made--send a digital receipt and I'll send you the higher quality digital version.

Cheers :-)

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I did buy False Satellites, Andrew - so far I like Ordo Cacaphonia the best. I haven't been using my computer to play it - I put it up on the Genelecs and it sounds fine with a little EQ.

Elaine, I have the opposite problem. I write music all the time but my lyrics are awful.

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I'm planning on buying False Satellites after my next paycheck.

Anyway, as far as writing goes, I have still another problem. My lyrics are OK (same goes for my music- not Greg Ginn or Richard Shindell by a long shot, but at least it isn't the kind of b*%+$!!@ you hear on the radio. I use more than two chords for a song).

My main problem is that I'm just really f%*+ing SLOW. It takes me f***ing FOREVER to finish things- I usually have about eight songs that I'm working on at a time, and they all get shelved for eons, dug back up, reworked, and re-shelved. My guitar case is so full of scraps of paper that I'm not even sure which ones are done and which ones are still being worked on... *sigh*.

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The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:

I'm planning on buying False Satellites after my next paycheck.

Anyway, as far as writing goes, I have still another problem. My lyrics are OK (same goes for my music- not Greg Ginn or Richard Shindell by a long shot, but at least it isn't the kind of b*%#*@&@ you hear on the radio. I use more than two chords for a song).

My main problem is that I'm just really f%@!ing SLOW. It takes me f%@!ing FOREVER to finish things- I usually have about eight songs that I'm working on at a time, and they all get shelved for eons, dug back up, reworked, and re-shelved. My guitar case is so full of scraps of paper that I'm not even sure which ones are done and which ones are still being worked on... *sigh*.

Don't feel too bad. I do the same thing. It's nice to know there are others like me.


I.Malachi wrote:

I did buy False Satellites, Andrew - so far I like Ordo Cacaphonia the best. I haven't been using my computer to play it - I put it up on the Genelecs and it sounds fine with a little EQ.

Elaine, I have the opposite problem. I write music all the time but my lyrics are awful.

How would you describe your music?

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EileenProphetofIstus wrote:
I.Malachi wrote:

Elaine, I have the opposite problem. I write music all the time but my lyrics are awful.

How would you describe your music?

Probably similar to films scores usually. Or very much like Mike Oldfield both in his short, lyrical (pop) songs and his instrumentals. Other influences are U2, Pink Floyd, the Beatles, even Enya... etc. but those are the main ones.

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I invite anyone who's interested to take a peek at my site, The Dark Sacristy.

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Just bought "False Satellites".


When I turned 40, I had a "midlife crisis" but instead of buying a convertible or finding a mistress I bought a guitar. Have been playing for a little over four years now.
I write mostly country and bluegrass tunes. :)
Lots of fun.
-g-


hedgeknight wrote:

When I turned 40, I had a "midlife crisis" but instead of buying a convertible or finding a mistress I bought a guitar. Have been playing for a little over four years now.

I write mostly country and bluegrass tunes. :)
Lots of fun.
-g-

The mistress wouldn't have been fun?


I've done a fair bit of composing. Composition was originally (for about six years) my emphasis in college. Though, regrettably, I haven't written anything musically for about five years, since composing a score for a childrens play that a university put on (it was a trying experience). I've partially moved onto other things (play writing, short story writing among other things) though, there's a few pieces that are calling me back to be orchestrated, or re-written.

I've never gotten into mixing or recording. Never had a knack for it though, I was strictly composition, theory and orchestration. So notation software I'm very familiar with, but Pro-tools, yeah, it's way beyond me (I've tried to play around with it the few opportunities I've had).

I'm interested in listening to Andrew's stuff though now that I've discovered this thread.

Scarab Sages

I find that Reason is a fantastic piece of software - anyone else use it?

I write trance and progressive, so it suits my needs perfectly. I've not got any new tunes on the go though as having a baby takes up a lot of time! ;)

Cheers! :D

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Hello-hello, to any interested--

Chorales of the Techpriest EP is listed at Amazon and iTunes now. You can head over for a sample listening, if you like.

Cheers
:-)


The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
Don't mind me, I'm just a s#**ty folksinger...

I didn't know you played folk songs. I'm in the beginning stages of becoming part of a folk trio with my best friends. Who knows, though, if that'll happen. We're going to cover silly rap songs and turn them into pretty folky songs.

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YeuxAndI wrote:
The Eldritch Mr. Shiny wrote:
Don't mind me, I'm just a s#**ty folksinger...
I didn't know you played folk songs. I'm in the beginning stages of becoming part of a folk trio with my best friends. Who knows, though, if that'll happen. We're going to cover silly rap songs and turn them into pretty folky songs.

Nice. Personally, I've found that folk and punk can transition back and forth very easily for some reason. Lately, I've been working on a folk-y arrangement of "Rather Be Dead" by Refused. It's actually working, scarily...


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Andrew Turner wrote:

Hello-hello, to any interested--

Chorales of the Techpriest EP is listed at Amazon and iTunes now. You can head over for a sample listening, if you like.

Cheers
:-)

Sorry I forgot to mention way back at the beginning of the thread...Your vision and art are totally baddass!! (I'm trying to crush a gladhanding streak I've been on lately, but Bravo!!)

being a wood throttler (make whatever double entendre you can-but I mean my BASS) it's hard to conceive of the different processes of composition sometimes

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Amardolem wrote:
Andrew Turner wrote:

Hello-hello, to any interested--

Chorales of the Techpriest EP is listed at Amazon and iTunes now. You can head over for a sample listening, if you like.

Cheers
:-)

Sorry I forgot to mention way back at the beginning of the thread...Your vision and art are totally baddass!! (I'm trying to crush a gladhanding streak I've been on lately, but Bravo!!)

being a wood throttler (make whatever double entendre you can-but I mean my BASS) it's hard to conceive of the different processes of composition sometimes

Thanks! :-)

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