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show user profile  mike_renouf
I used to write electronic music about 10 years ago, but the soundcard I used (the main gear I had - was an AWE32 Soundblaster card that performed as a sampler instrument) eventually became completely obsolete. I called a halt to the whole process when I ran out of time and couldn't face paying for a new instrument.

Recently I got the bug again and have started putting some tracks together. Incidentally, Bandcamp is my new favourite thing. What a great site!

Here's my little corner:

I haven't done ANY graphics yet for cover art or the page itself, but I have uploaded one track written at the weekend - somewhat inspired by the mess in the middle east. By default tracks are priced at £1 to purchase a permanent download, but you can stream for free. I'm undecided whether I should charge, and if so how much.

Hope you like this if you have a listen:

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9/9/2015 11:35:30 AM (last edit: 9/9/2015 11:35:30 AM)
show user profile  herfst1
It's a nice composition, really has a feel like it's gonna explode... but I think you need to push it.

Anyway, it inspired me to have a go at exploding it for the sake of it. Note: really shit production here, just 45 minutes work. And, no, not gonna take this further or anything, was just mucking around, so don't stress, not about to steal your stuff. :)

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9/9/2015 4:59:11 PM (last edit: 9/9/2015 4:59:11 PM)
show user profile  mike_renouf
Hey Herfst. I quite like that - thanks for sharing.

It's a very different vibe from what I was going for, but its catchy none the less. How did you put yours together? I'm using Ableton and a load of free VST plugins. I bought some midi controllers from Novation and they came with Ableton. The quality of free VSTs that are available from the web these days is stunning, so I don't foresee the need to buy any software. The percussion I used is a free loop which I treated with an LFO to the pitch.

I may have another go at my tune one day, but from past experience I have a tendency to noodle for hours and hours with the same pieces and then lose interest with them, upon which they get filed and never see the light of day. For now I'll call it finished and move on to the next idea.

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9/9/2015 5:19:35 PM (last edit: 9/9/2015 5:19:35 PM)
show user profile  herfst1
I just use Reason. It's a good little program and does pretty much anything you need it to do, plus it's endlessly tweakable.

I understand the fiddle for hours and the song turns to shit. Been there, done that. Nowadays if a song takes more than 30 minutes to compose (minus the production) I just throw it away. Sure, once it's composed and is a solid idea go ahead and produce it for hours and days, but music should be spontaneous IMO.

Like, yeah the track I made ended up completely different to yours, and that's what I love. I have a starting point (the kalimba at the beginning) then just go with the flow and see where it ends up, not really planning anything. Can make the same song 3 days in a row and, depending on your mood, it'll come out completely different each time.
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9/9/2015 5:35:07 PM (last edit: 9/9/2015 5:49:09 PM)
show user profile  mike_renouf
I totally take your point - maybe this one has the scope to develop into a more dramatic piece. I could certainly push it into a big cinematic-style tune. I bought the midi controllers about a month ago and have been getting to grips with Ableton since that time - I really wanted to get a finished track off my chest just to relieve the tension!

I've seen lots of talk about Reason online, but never really looked into it - off to google I go...

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9/9/2015 5:44:04 PM (last edit: 9/9/2015 5:44:04 PM)
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