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Old 11-11-2012, 08:15 PM   #1
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How do you write your music?

This is especially aimed at those who produce electronic music, because I'm curious. Do you hear something in your head and then try to create that on the computer? Do you play around with a keyboard? Do you just put notes together in a program until it makes something you like?

Personally, I don't know how to play keyboard whatsoever. I'm a guitarist (well, primarily a bassist and drummer, but I play a bit of guitar as well), and I write almost everything on guitar. I'll play something, put it on the computer, then play over it to find the next part. Sometimes, I'll do the same thing on an electric bass, but for the most part, I write everything on an acoustic guitar. Does anyone else do something similar?
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:19 PM   #2
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Well I definitely don't write electronic stuff. I always have a basic idea in my head but then I write lyrics first. Then the music is built around that to suit moods and whatever else.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:21 PM   #3
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I just play random shit until I see some potential for something. Usually that just comes from two notes that sounded good together and then I add on to that, and then just play things with a similar mood to them for the rest of it. Then I gotta tab it out on paper because I don't have anything to record with, huge pain in the ass.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:22 PM   #4
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With MuLab. Everything I make ends up sounding empty, or lifeless though. I have a rubbish memory so I usually start with a little melody or beat for 4/8 bars, loop it and build and build from there.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #5
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1. Idea. Could be a rhythm, a melody, a lyric, a chord progression, etc. Whatever it is, write it down somewhere.
2. Figure out the BPM, dial it in as a loop in Ableton.
3. Come up with a drum beat.
4. Work out a melody and some chords.
5. Record them both.
6. If there's a vocal, do the vocal.
7. Redo anything that's not up to par.

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Old 11-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #6
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I usually find that as an electronic composer, a piece of music might not necessarily start with a melody, lyrical idea or chord progression. Because I am creating everything myself (except voice) and not in a particular order, the composition might start to take shape with a nice texture or percussive loop, and then everything else begins to fill in around it.

Composers of contemporary electronic music usually experiment with compositional methods- you might find that some composers will have a particular process that becomes a piece of music- like a mathematical system for creating sequences of notes and chords, or a piece of software that generates rhythms.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:25 PM   #7
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I do a combination of the first three methods. I have an atmosphere I wish to create and then I write a single part in the song. If I like the part I write another part. I keep doing this until I'm satisfied with each section. I don't really finish songs that often.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:28 PM   #8
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I ask myself what Billy Joel would do and then do the complete opposite.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:29 PM   #9
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Just randomly playing until I have something that I fell is good. then start to build it up from there. I don't have any recording stuff, so I just write it down.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:30 PM   #10
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Well it depends really. A lot of the time I'll start with a beat, hip hop, dnb, dubstep, house, whatever. Then I'll either play a bass line on my piano or guitar or just make one up in the piano roll. Then from there I'll usually have an idea of what I want to do with the song. Usually I'll add either Massive, Nexus, or Syrtrus to it. Or at this point I start to arrange the backbone of the song. It all depends. Sometimes I start with a lead, sometimes I start with a bassline. It all depends on what I am doing.

Other times I want to start with a sample, or remix a specific song. That is more specific and what it takes is different every time. Usually I just slice the parts of the song I want, play a beat and arrange it. Then from there I try to get more and more detailed in the remix.

I try to have an idea of what I want from the start. If I don't then what I make doesn't really come out good.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:31 PM   #11
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This is especially aimed at those who produce electronic music, because I'm curious. Do you hear something in your head and then try to create that on the computer?


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Old 11-11-2012, 08:31 PM   #12
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:33 PM   #13
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1. Idea. Could be a rhythm, a melody, a lyric, a chord progression, etc. Whatever it is, write it down somewhere.
2. Figure out the BPM, dial it in as a loop in Ableton.
3. Come up with a drum beat.
4. Work out a melody and some chords.
5. Record them both.
6. If there's a vocal, do the vocal.
7. Redo anything that's not up to par.

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Old 11-11-2012, 08:34 PM   #14
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:36 PM   #15
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i've spent so much time as a sideman and hired gun i don't even remember how to write my own music.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:36 PM   #16
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:39 PM   #17
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i've never actually sat and written a full song, but have come up with some cool riffs and such that i think could be pieced together to create a full one. i usually just sit and experiment with things.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:41 PM   #18
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Depends on which instrument I'm writing for. If it's the typical band instruments, I usually just compose in guitar pro. If I'm writing for one of my folk instruments, I like to jam to come up with a skeleton melody and then flesh it out in guitar pro, and finally I go back to playing to add in the ornamentation.
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Old 11-11-2012, 08:44 PM   #19
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I have a melody that comes into my head and I play it, moving the general theme around until I am happy with it and then start building off of it to move it to different areas, eventually ending up with a segment of music that I never finish and sits tucked away in a folder of music I never seem to be bothered to revisit.
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Old 11-11-2012, 09:15 PM   #20
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I just sit with a guitar, figure out some chords, and add lyrics that fit the song. Then I call my band together and everyone figures out what the hell they are going to do.
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