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Freepower
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Hey guys, time for a nice little composition game.

I want you all to compose a short piece of music (at most about a minute, although this is a guideline, not a rule). Standard entry as an attached midi and Guitar Pro/Powertab file.

It doesn't have to be tonal, structured in any particular way, whatever. It'd be nicer if you can record your train of thought.

What I'd like is a piece about this -




I was recently reading a Steve Vai article about creating music that expressed what you felt "clouds" meant to you. Funnily enough, the instant I thought about waterfalls a piece sprang into mind. I have it finished but I'll submit when other submissions come in, as I don't want to be stepping into your musical headspace with my ideas.
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can it be mp3? I suck at gp.

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#4
Cool idea freepower. I was jamming on youtube to cortez the killer and whoever posted the song took the time to put on all these pictures related to the story of the song. Its a song about Cortez coming from spain to south america and it had all these aztec pictures like acient artifacts and scenic views and a jaguar etc. They were going on a slide show. With this on my moniter and the speakers playing loud it really made me feel the song and it was really fun to play over.

This was basically the same idea that images can spark your emotion/thought patterns which can influence your playing. Ill try to record something later on and submit it.
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#5
Great idea. That picture is such a cool picture in the sense that I immediately have ideas in my head for how a tune would sound looking at that. Never ever thought of using images as inspiration but there you go.
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#8
Kevin Moore did an album based off this sort of idea - he basically wrote the soundtrack to a 1950's children's book, or something similar. I might have a go later.
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#9
How long do people have to submit?

I have a lot of stuff this weekend, but I'll probably throw out something by next week.
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#10
I'm in. Though I don't know how to save a piece in Midi and always use my guitar when I'm writing. I'll see what I can do.

I too can already hear the entire piece by looking at the picture. Whether it comes out the way I hear it is a different story.
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#11
Quote by psychodelia
How long do people have to submit?

I have a lot of stuff this weekend, but I'll probably throw out something by next week.


Well, the brief only asks for around a minute and I'm gonna be on holiday next friday for a week, possibly not online, so it'd be cool if submissions could be in by next friday.
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#12
Verrrrrry cool. I love reading Vai's columns on his website about inspiration and practice.. like playing one note over and over again and working on vibrato alone, just moving your finger all around getting different sounds, or like this just thinking of something un-musical and drawing inspiration from it. I'll definitely be doing this (once I can figure out why my mic has this terrible buzzing sound).
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#14
^ sure, don't worry about the format. As long as you can express yourself musically in some way I'll be happy, and if you can upload it here the rest of us will be too.
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#15
does it have to be guitar?
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does it have to be guitar?


nope

Do whatever u want, as long as it's musical idea and does not give eardamage

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nope

Do whatever u want, as long as it's musical idea and does not give eardamage


lol alright.. i'll probably give it a try!!
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#18
Kay, I finished it...

Hmm, I tried to make it kinda ambiental and smooth, but I don't know how to make ambiental music so this is as close as it can get (although I'm kind of happy with it)...


Hmm, also.....KOTO SOLO!!!!!

EDIT:Added another part and made it repeat itself, you know, like some ambience music kind of thing...
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Kay, I finished it...

Hmm, I tried to make it kinda ambiental and smooth, but I don't know how to make ambiental music so this is as close as it can get (although I'm kind of happy with it)...


Hmm, also.....KOTO SOLO!!!!!



A cool stuff.

I think it would be cool if u double the koto solo from 21 - 28 with a flute. That would contrast better that it's a solo section, because the koto is also used before that. Was a cool thing, I liked what u did with shores and lil birds.

For me personally ur piece sounds:

" a guy walks up and start hiking along the river with thinking about stuff"

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#20
Quote by xxdarrenxx
A cool stuff.

I think it would be cool if u double the koto solo from 21 - 28 with a flute. That would contrast better that it's a solo section, because the koto is also used before that. Was a cool thing, I liked what u did with shores and lil birds.

For me personally ur piece sounds:

" a guy walks up and start hiking along the river with thinking about stuff"



But the river finishes in a waterfall
See how everything is related?


Yeah, tomorrow I will change some things and maybe expand the solo...
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But the river finishes in a waterfall
See how everything is related?


Yeah, tomorrow I will change some things and maybe expand the solo...



I see

Nevertheless it was nice and piecefull.

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Quote by gonzaw
But the river finishes in a waterfall
See how everything is related?


Yeah, tomorrow I will change some things and maybe expand the solo...


damn it.. i had a river and birds in mine too.
i knida went over board at the end and add a thunderstorm but thats just cuz i was bored..
actually thats as far as i got.
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#23
I might try it out, idk. It depends on whether or not I can come up with an idea to run with. If I do come up with something it'll be next week.
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#24
well see but i will try to come up with something
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I have nothing better to do at 2:30 in the morning. Cool idea
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Dug it gonzaw, very chill.


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#30
(Sorry for not critiquing right away, I'll get around to it!)

It's kind of funny, the two main things I'd want to do for this are ideas that I've already executed, or that I'm working on already. I don't think I should submit those, though, since I think that's kind of cheating.

Also, I kind of like the one minute limit, since I think most people's first reaction is to do something ambient, and a rough limit of one minute (I think) forces you to consider some other options. (Don't get me wrong, I'd love some cool ambient stuff, but it'd be nice to hear something totally different too).
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#31
Quote by psychodelia
(Sorry for not critiquing right away, I'll get around to it!)

It's kind of funny, the two main things I'd want to do for this are ideas that I've already executed, or that I'm working on already. I don't think I should submit those, though, since I think that's kind of cheating.

Also, I kind of like the one minute limit, since I think most people's first reaction is to do something ambient, and a rough limit of one minute (I think) forces you to consider some other options. (Don't get me wrong, I'd love some cool ambient stuff, but it'd be nice to hear something totally different too).


I understand, although i'm taking it a bit different. But this is first idea and I like what FP did.

I had the idea that for the next one, we pick 3 pictures (preferably random), and split it up in 3 minutes, that way we can also make a longer composition, but still with the rough element of 1 minute a theme.

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#32
Darn, the piece I wrote doesn't go with the picture as well as gonzaw's or JakdOnCrack's >< Does it matter if we go over 1 minute by like, 5 seconds? The only way to get about just 1 minute is if I change the last bar so it rings for 1/4 time. And that just sounds weird.

Anyway, here it is:

Waterfall.gp5
Waterfall.midi
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Quote by gary2damax
Darn, the piece I wrote doesn't go with the picture as well as gonzaw's or JakdOnCrack's >< Does it matter if we go over 1 minute by like, 5 seconds? The only way to get about just 1 minute is if I change the last bar so it rings for 1/4 time. And that just sounds weird.

Anyway, here it is:

Waterfall.gp5
Waterfall.midi


Lol it's a rough guideline. Heck if u make a beautifull piece and it's 1.30 minutes, you won't hear me complain. The 1 minute guidelines is that not everyone submits songs of 4 minutes or longer, to keep everything flowing. And to save up ideas for future pictures

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#34
Oh, that's good then ^^ I'd go edit the ending to what I originally imagined, but I don't feel like it, and it's okay right now xD
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Well, I suppose it's safe to upload mine now that the submissions are rolling in (great work on the promptness guys!) - I was basically trying to recreate the rolls and turbulence with polyrhythms, the "falling" water "falling" notes, and the overall chillness with some major pentatonic...
Attachments:
waterfall.zip
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#38
This is my first time trying to compose on request and I haven't been using the program for long, but I thought I'd give it a try before the deadline, mainly to see if I could.

I'm quite happy with it, though I would imagine it's not too original.
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#39
Quote by colohue
This is my first time trying to compose on request and I haven't been using the program for long, but I thought I'd give it a try before the deadline, mainly to see if I could.

I'm quite happy with it, though I would imagine it's not too original.

Upload it as a MIDI too, i don't have GP


To FreePower: I liked yours, it had a nice effect with the falling notes.
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#40
Question; are you allowed to use effects (such as delay) to illustrate your ideas? I came up with a piece a long time ago that I used a certain delay setting on that kind of gave me that waterfall idea.

Also, listen to the song "Out of the Sunrise" off of Joe Satriani's latest release, "Professor Satchafunkilus and the Musterion of Rock." It is a great example of writing in this style. You can clearly picture a sunrise if you close your eyes and listen to those opening notes. He hits it right on the head.
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