Interest - Composing

Originally created by A β Pseudolonewolf
6 years ago.

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AgainstTedium
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So to help me (and hopefully you) compose a little more I'm throwing this out as an open invitation.

Here (∞ LINK ∞ ) is a very short melody. What can you do with it? Feel free to use it for a composition - It can be any length for any instrumentation, but must use the melody at some point. If you do try it, please post the result, either as a notated score, MIDI file, youtube/soundcloud link or a wave/midi file. Please keep all criticism as constructive as possible.

Legal stuff: This is intended as an exercise in composition, all finished pieces will remain the property of their respective composers, whilst the raw melody belongs to me. If you want to sell any piece you make from it, drop me a pm.

I'll post mine as soon as I've composed it! Good luck all
AgainstTedium
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Hey fellow composition lovers, I thought that this might be a good place to share tips or possibly set each other little challenges. I'm always on the look out for more inspiration, and collaborations might be a good way to start. So to get the ball rolling a couple of questions:
How do you compose?
What do you normally compose?
What would you look for in a collaboration if we did that sort of thing on here?
How else could we use this page?

So to my answers...
How do you compose?
I normally compose in my head on manuscript paper, then try out the ideas on a keyboard (even though I'm a terrible pianist). Refine them, and occasionally an idea worth writing down will come of it. Next stage is to input them onto the computer, I splashed out on Sibelius a few years back so writing it up is a doddle, now I can hear accurately what it should sound like, I realise that what is in my head and I'm now hearing are two different things. more tweaking, then it's (for the very rare few that get this far) off to the sequencer (I use SONAR for preference) and make a better sounding recording using my virtual instruments (East-West symphonic orchestra/virtual choir). That would be my typical method.

What do you normally compose?
I hate putting labels on my work genre wise, but I tend to be influenced heavily by the late romantic composers, the chordal structures in modal jazz, and the alternating clarity and polyphony of the word setting in a great deal of sacred choral music. Small groups of instruments, or solos it what I like composing most, though I have grand plans for a symphony one day...

What would you look for in a collaboration if we did that sort of thing on here?
Hopefully some people could maybe post ideas that they've had, but can't get anywhere with - that would be a source of inspiration to others.
A theme and variation collaboration could work well, one person posts a theme, and everyone else writes a variation on it - it needn't even be an original theme, as long as it is out of copyrite.
Maybe even set each other little challanges...

How else could we use this page?
Maybe critique each others work (using the old 'two nice things for every constructive dislike' rule)

Any other thoughts are welcomed as is the rubbishing of this idea (but please say two nice things to balance it out!)

Take care,
AT

Fenix Shakura
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Fenix Shakura 24 Germany PhlegmaticCholeric ISTJ 5w6 294C
*How do you compose?*
Usually, I'm not thinking much, and go to sequencing from the start. I use FL Studio 9 to ake MIDI's, maybe not the best program, but good enough. Sometimes the ideas just pop up in my mind, but lately I have to think more deeply to get an idea. I don't put too much effort in sequencing. Playing the notes on the right instrument on a rather static point of time is more important to me than volume, panning or anything of the sort. (Arppegio is a real pain to me, it's not that diffcult, but more effort than effect). I do use this effects, but in no professional manner.

*What do you normaly compose?*
I am trying to compose soundtracks for a game I'll try to build up in a distant future. I like the music of many Final Fantasy games, so I am mostly inspired by them, but I have other influences I only know subconsciously. They are all short and looping.

*What would you look for in a collaboration if we did that sort of thing on here?*
I will not share any of my music here, because I am not that creative and have to use any idea I get for my purposes. But I could help others, when possible, writing a variation isn't too difficult for me too, I'm not too bad in composing accompaniments, my problems are leitmotifs. In collaboration I would most likely improve, maybe even on the leitmotifs.

*How else could we use this page?*
Don't really have an idea.
Shadowstar
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Shadowstar 20 United States CholericMelancholic INFJ 2w3 6C
I absolutely love composing songs, with or without lyrics. I finished writing my first full song about two weeks ago, though I'm not sure what to do with it. I wouldn't feel safe putting it on Youtube or any other site like that, because I don't know how all the rules of copyrighting and plagiarism work, and I won't risk it getting stolen and having all my hard work go to waste.

And besides, I couldn't sing to save my life, and attempting to post my monstrosity of a voice on the Internet for the whole world to see is NOT an option. . .

So does anyone have any suggestions? I'd greatly appreciate it.
Samwise
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Samwise 22 United States MelancholicPhlegmatic INFP 213C
If you put the song on Youtube, you still own the Creative Rights to the music; people *could* strip the audio from your video, and use it, but you'd have legal advantage (in the United States) and the chances are ridiculously slim.

And you're a girl, so your voice is probably nice, or something...! Most girls have pretty voices, whether they believe or not. x.x
Fenix Shakura
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Fenix Shakura 24 Germany PhlegmaticCholeric ISTJ 5w6 294C
You ask what to do with it? Well the answer is quite obvious, isn't it? You show your songs to people you want them to see. Family, friends etc...
Of course you can post it on the Internet, but if you aren't sure about that, then you shouldn't do it. It's not that easy to remove something from the cyberspace.