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PostPosted: Tue Apr 16, 2013 2:12 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

Because I am a computer programmer, I am trying to structure my workflow in a similar way as a software development. I usually have some concept or "mental image" which I then try to "paint" using / experimenting with various sounds, harmonies, sequences, melodies, rhythm, field recordings, etc. The "image" is the key - every part of a particular piece must fit this "image", otherwise it is discarded or archived if it looks like it could be used for some other "image" in the future. While building a piece I am experimenting/improvising a lot, until I find a harmony/sequence/melody/rhythm/etc. I am satisfied with, then programming it into my own sequencer. In parallel to this, all sounds are programmed manually, arranged into multies/performances and saved on respective synthesizers (my setup consists mainly of hardware synthesizers). Repeating this for days/weeks/months until the piece has been finished, if ever Smile I work with MIDI only, never record track-by-track and mix in the computer. All my synthesizers are connected to a mixer but all faders on it are fixed - I mix using MIDI CCs only (so all mixing can actually be programmed into a sequencer) and everything is always recorded in one go after the final sequencer/sound environment has been assembled and ready to be recorded. Such setup fits my workflow perfectly because I don't work on music full-time and for me it is very important to have the possibility to continue working later, to switch work between different pieces, etc.

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PostPosted: Tue Jul 17, 2018 11:52 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

In the old fashioned sense of the word I probably don't compose anything.
All my tunes are mixed online using loops and sound effects. Basically I just blend my different sounds together to make music.
The website where I go to do it is Soundtrap. I use to also go to Beatlabs but I prefer using Soundtrap because you have better options to enhance or distort your different sounds.

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PostPosted: Fri Feb 19, 2021 4:43 pm    (No subject) Reply with quoteBack to top

As I lose my eyesight with age, I spend less time in front of the computer.

I compose music by practising in front of keyboards. When a take doesn't suit me, I simply delete it and re-record it.

I hardly ever edit it on matrix (pianoroll) like I used to. I have found that I finish songs earlier this way.

As far as composition is concerned, I try to give all the importance to the melody. That's why I often practice with the keys in a traditional way.

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