Important Realisations on Making Music

Dear all,

I want to share with you some realisations I have discovered about my journey with producing music.

I have come to discover that if I am to get better at making music, I have to practise. I have realised that it is that simple. And one of the main reasons why I haven’t improved over the last couple of years is simply because I don’t practise enough.

I have noticed another curious thing. I have created 107 tracks on my Soundcloud, but hardly anyone listens to them. I have come to discover, the reason for this is because a lot of them are ideas that I didn’t spend enough time on.

“If you truly want to make a piece of music the best it can be, you have to spend some time with it.”

So there you have it, simple realisations but powerful shifts in how I approach making music.

I hope this helps someone out there…

Software of choice

Hello my friends,

I want to continue my quest on understanding the relationship between me and music software.

I believe I have come full circle in my understanding, and will be moving into using Reason exclusively at some point in time.

Propellerhead have just released Reason 9.5, and they have now included VST’s which is a number one requested feature from Reason users.

Now more than ever I feel is the time to jump exclusively to Reason, my favourite music program.

 

But here is the wisdom I want to part with you.

I have been using Logic, a lot more recently and have made quite a few compositions, but here is what I noted. When using Logic, the usability and layout seems perfect!, it seems ‘logical’. BUT….

It doesn’t inspire me like when I use Reason and I am also not a fan of the black background in the main window, I feel it makes me depressed.

I notice Logic has a lot of features, more than Reason, it seems, but I have come to discover that it not about having more features, more functionality, but having the ‘important features’. That is all that is necessary.

So in conclusion I have discovered it is not about which software is better, but which software are you most comfortable with?, which software is fun for you?, which software inspires you? And it will be different for everyone.

 

So even though in my mind I thought Logic is supposed to be better, more professional, it means nothing to the CREATOR.

I believe I actually make better music in Reason. Music that is closer to my heart.

 

I want to say that gratitude is also important. I am greatful that I have Logic, that is all that is necessary, even if you don’t use it.

So now I feel I can switch programs, because I am doing it based on my own experience rather than what I thought the program was supposed to be.

Here is a video that I think presents a brilliant message that the Creator has the ultimate power. And that’s YOU!

 

Love Jamie

 

Darker Shades ep

Dear all,

I would like to welcome you to my latest release.

These are some of my latest tracks that I have been working on and the intention is to show the wondrous beauty of the darker shades of light that all fit and compliment the whole being that we are.

Let’s bring all into balance.

Love Jamie

New release to come sometime this year

Hi everyone,

I just wanted to notify you that I am thinking about releasing some more music this year.

I have recently been organising my music folders so I can properly assess which tracks I want to work on.

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I am currently thinking of releasing a small EP or album of my most favourite tracks that I have been working on. I am going to choose a variety of material as alot of the tracks I make have a different feel to them.

I want to get these tracks polished and I want to make sure they deliver to my vision and intention.

I am really excited about this and I am looking forward to sharing my music with the world again.

Love Jamie

Realising the Scientific Method

Hello,

I wanted to talk about an obstacle I have been coming across.

I’ve always wanted to know how all this music production stuff works. The more technical stuff related to sound engineering. One of the things that has always baffled me is the Compressor.

screen-shot-2017-02-24-at-13-55-59I realise even though I’ve done a degree in Electronic music, watched numerous tutorials, looked through many books, I am still unsure how to mix and produce my work.

I realise now, that the only way I am ever going to understand this is to read about it and experiment with the compressor until I understand it. I believe it is in that direct experience that one can truly learn something.

So I hope that helps someone out there. I thought it was really funny and beautiful how one can do all these things and still have a basic understanding of how sound works in their music productions.

Composing Part 2 – The Essentials

Dear all,

I wanted to continue this series on composing as I have recently come to another realisation about how I compose.

Recently, I have come into the position where I have set everything up in my room like this:

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Speakers are set up, keyboard set up, guitar and microphone connected. Everything is set up so I can compose.

 

But I have been coming to the point where I go to sit down, and then I am unable to take action and actually create anything.

Its funny, everything is set up, but that doesn’t mean you will create anything.

So after talking about it with people, I had this experience.wp_20170201_14_09_48_pro

I sat down, just me and the computer and a mouse, and I worked on one of my compositions that I made.

It was magical! It was like a meditation, so peaceful, relaxed, and focused.

So the realisation is:

“You don’t actually need all this gear to compose”

Just the computer, and you, is fine. I found it a much more enjoyable and direct experience. Of course, all the additional gear I bought has a purpose, but when it comes to the actual composing, you don’t need it.

 

 

Composing – How not to get stuck

Hello babes and babets!

I wanted to talk about something I have been experiencing lately in regards to composing music on the computer.

I have been coming across a problem where I can only compose 16 bars or so of music. Many times I get inspired and I just run with it, but I can’t seem to go beyond this range and complete a piece of music.

 

The idea of music software is that it is supposed to aid you in achieving your vision and musical ideas. A lot of the functionality makes it instant for you to get sounds or patterns.

However one can end up getting into a trap:

 

‘Trying to compose using as little effort and thought as possible.’

I realise, if I am to compose something and be able to work on it consistently, I actually have to put effort in. I actually have to think about what I am composing.

 

All this is very obvious of course, but one can easily forget these simple truths.

Inner Vision

Dear all,

I was listening to Peff’s sound creations for a synthesizer he was working on and it got me thinking.

Some of the expressions that he plays for the sounds sound perfect, like they were always meant to be expressed like that. And it made me think:

I think that’s how we create, when I hear sounds…how would this sound like to be expressed, or what is the best way to express this sound, its like the sounds have a consciousness of their own when you hear them.

I think when people compose they go through this same inner process. I think we use are inner vision, and we say, what do we see?

I think this is where our creativity comes from, that tangible space where everything exists. Our inner world.

Releasing Tracks

Dear friends,

I have noticed that I have amassed quite a collection of tracks on SoundCloud now. The other day I went through all of them and noted what stage I was at with them, whether it was an idea, experiment, or a song I was trying to create.

I am thinking of setting myself a goal to try and work on these tracks and finish them.

Although it is tempting for me to keep releasing new ideas as they come, I am going to hold on to them for the time being, and try and focus my efforts on improving the tracks I already have, waiting for me.

Of course, if there is one I really like, I will share it, follow my intuition.

I can see that there can be a situation where one creates so many ideas, forget to go back and finish them, bloom that original intention they had for an idea.

Hope all is well,

Jamie