Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby davephillips » Fri Jan 12, 2018 12:14 pm

nickture wrote: Why do you write/create your own music ?


Because no-one else will.

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby folderol » Fri Jan 12, 2018 1:53 pm

davephillips wrote:
nickture wrote: Why do you write/create your own music ?


Because no-one else will.

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dp

Really loving some of these answers :lol:

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby 42low » Sat Jan 13, 2018 12:02 am

nickture wrote:Do you ever find that the non-musical side of things (OS and/or hardware configuration, learning virtual instrument software, learning/configuring a DAW, etc) distract from the creative process? Or do you enjoy it just as well?


Btw this too.

Do what you want and enjoy it. Don't be ashamed or whatever and don't let yourself be distracted.
Even if it doesn't become what you want you still gained that you've learned from it and had you joy doing it.
Grow. Become better. It ain't as difficult as you think. Start simple. Not all good songs are that highly symphonic.
If you stumble then ask here. The help you get here is great!!

Take rap for instance. Build a simple boom tshh boom tshh tshh with some fun sounds or samples over it (beware © infridgements!) and talk over it in that beat, and you got your first rap song which for sure will surprise you. Most likely not a worldwide hit song and which will not bring you piles of money. :D But it's a rap song. Your rap song! That simple. :mrgreen:
And you learned and had your fun which will stimulate you, so what's too lose.

Come on man. I still learn each day becoming better (i think), and that's mostly in the recording proces. I still can't sing well and probably never will, but i've learned how i can make (edit) it to sound better :twisted: and hopefully once acceptable. Meanwhile i've learned to even upgrade the already nice vocals of my kid which can sing.
Now i produce nicer music too than i did 2 years ago. And in 2 years probably even better then at this moment. And after foolin' around with music and recording for more than 30 years now (started as kid) it still will probably take about 120 years to reach my first hit. :roll:
My music still sucks. Should that distract or discourage me? Withhold myself the fun of it? Eventually you have to take the first step to get up the stairs.

Simply start with it. Now. May i dare you? :)
Good luck and much fun. Post your work and let us enjoy too. :wink:

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby Baggypants » Tue Jan 23, 2018 1:26 pm

Wait... You don't have to write your own music? How did I not know this? Oh thank goodness! I'm free! I'm going to dedicate my life to only playing scales while using every different setting on my synths and plugins. True undiluted expression!

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby nickture » Tue Jan 23, 2018 3:58 pm

42low wrote:I think i'm one of the 'strangers' here on this one between the many electronic producers. :mrgreen:

My style of working is rather old school music with instruments. Even were i for instance use hydrogen for drums i still fall back on that old school drumming and the sound i want to get.


I'm with you on that sentiment. I usually only use virtual instruments out of necessity (my wife probably wouldn't be terribly thrilled with me buying a drum set when I don't really know how to play it very well :lol: ) or if the style of music I'm writing suits it.

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby nickture » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:10 pm

jonetsu wrote:I never was able to do covers. Very early I played some well-known guitar licks and friends would go "aaaahhh" then I'd say quite shortly well, that's all I know. And I never digged deeper in 'perfectioning' playing other people's tunes, nevermind learning them.

Very early I created stuff. In other words, the pleasure and fun I had was to do stuff out of nothing. Maybe because I was not able to do covers ? If I would have went the cover path, would I still be creating as much ? Don't know.

Cheers.


I enjoy doing the occasional cover here and there. I've also started experimenting with what I call "character pieces". This is by no means a new thing at all in terms of songwriting; what I mean by "character piece" is that I think of a setting and create characters with specific roles in that setting. I'm basically telling a fictional story that doesn't necessarily have anything to do with my personal experiences. This is a new tool for me in my evolution as a song writer and I'm finding that it's really opening up a lot more possibilities for me than just writing songs about my experiences, thoughts, feelings, etc. etc.

For example, I just started working on a project I can only describe as "scenes from winter in the countryside". It's going to follow two significant others (bf and gf, husband and wife, something along those lines) doing mundane everyday things against the backdrop of their love for one another. Stuff like driving home after being away from one another for a while, going for a hike together, etc., all enhanced by their deep connection to each other. It's probably a pretty played-out style but it's one I'd like to try my hand at :wink:

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby Michael Willis » Tue Jan 23, 2018 4:28 pm

I ask myself this same question, sometimes when I feel like a fraud that can't compete with "real" musicians. I had a moment recently when I remembered a twelve-year-old me that dreamed of making music in an amateur home studio. The technology for home recording has become really affordable over the years, and now I'm at a stage in my life that I have been able to cobble together such a studio. I owe it to that naive twelve-year-old to live that dream. Who cares if I can compete with "real" musicians anyway? That's not the point, the point is that I'm living my dream.

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby jonetsu » Tue Jan 23, 2018 9:04 pm

Quite often music tells a story, even if it's not explicit, especially with instrumentals. Not all instrumental music does, although as soon as there's some kind of progression, of instruments in and out, of chords and tonalities, there's a story somewhat being woven. There's motion. After improvising for instance, listening to what was done, if one focuses of what the story could have been, then it's possible to accentuate it further and refine the music so that it becomes more defined for the listeners... even though we might not even know what the story is about ! :?

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby GMaq » Wed Jan 24, 2018 5:03 am

Hi,

Great topic, loving the variety of answers and experiences,

I write original material and also unabashedly play covers (covers have bought a lot of gear :wink: )

Like many others I can't explain why the urge to write is there, it's just an urge that won't go away until the song is produced like an itch that needs scratching. I think many would say it feels like somewhat of an external phenomenon without a tangible explanation.. :?

I also think it is sort of an extension of the rationale for playing covers, often covers are selected and learned out of an admiration and appreciation for the talents of the original artists it also follows that original material comes out of a want to take something that has inspired you and take it further or add new facets to it or just generally make more of a particular sound or genre you authentically enjoy..

I also believe there is a huge difference between playing a cover by simply parroting what the original artist did or playing a cover by re-interpreting the original artist's work in a way that is genuinely you, sometimes interpreting covers is a great stepping stone to getting to a new plateau of writing your own material.

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby nickture » Wed Jan 24, 2018 3:29 pm

GMaq wrote:
I also think it is sort of an extension of the rationale for playing covers, often covers are selected and learned out of an admiration and appreciation for the talents of the original artists it also follows that original material comes out of a want to take something that has inspired you and take it further or add new facets to it or just generally make more of a particular sound or genre you authentically enjoy..

I also believe there is a huge difference between playing a cover by simply parroting what the original artist did or playing a cover by re-interpreting the original artist's work in a way that is genuinely you, sometimes interpreting covers is a great stepping stone to getting to a new plateau of writing your own material.


+1 on this, I feel exactly the same way about covers. I've only done a couple, and there are some others that I'd like to do in the near future. Honestly, doing covers has helped me in multiple ways ranging from learning better tracking and mixing techniques in my DAW (Ardour) to learning how to write more coherent song structures.

I agree that there's a huge difference in just emulating note-for-note and tick-for-tack another musician's original material, but for me personally sometimes it's nice to be able to focus on DAW techniques (and even some musicianship!) when a song is already laid out for you (in terms of structure, lyrics, instrumentation, etc. etc.). When I first started pretending to be an audio engineer :wink: I remember feeling a bit overwhelmed and scatterbrained trying to learn how to hone my workflow and DAW skills at the same time as I was trying to write music that wasn't totally confusing and crappy.

I hope to (one day...) be able to take a cover and be confident enough to make it my own and interpret it my own way. I think that's a sign of maturing musicianship there (Nirvana's "Man Who Sold The World", Joe Cocker's "With a Little Help From My Friends", and the list goes on and on and on...).

Again thanks everyone for sharing your thoughts, it's been great reading for me!

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Re: Why Do You Write Your Own Music?

Postby jazzbassoon » Fri Mar 09, 2018 4:43 pm

davephillips wrote:
nickture wrote: Why do you write/create your own music ?


Because no-one else will.

Best,

dp


This somewhat describes it for me, although my perspective may be somewhat unique. I'm an electric bassoonist, and let me know how much music you have found for that! There are a couple pieces, but most of the things that people are doing with it are their own creations. The genre is very new and it just isn't out there (yet). To be able to play the music I'm finding I'm going to have to create it or pay someone to create it, or steal from other instruments. Sometimes what you're looking for just hasn't been created yet!


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