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Looking for beginner-level criticism


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#1 tinymagus   Members   -  Reputation: 102

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:22 AM

Hi,

I'm an absolute beginner at music creation. I have a short (45 seconds) loop for a title screen for a game I'm working on that I'd like to get some criticism on. I don't see music as my calling in life, so don't feel that you're going to crush me with frank comments ;-). The loop is here. I will do my best to implement any suggestions that are posted.

I'm using Cakewalk Music Creator, and am relying solely on whatever post-processing it does automatically.

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#2 Jog   Members   -  Reputation: 120

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 01:33 PM

The easiest way to start IMO is to start only with "white" notes. Then when you have more feeling you should use also black one.
And you should start with another genre than orchestral music, which is really hard to begin with. Try something more electronical.
And the main thing is to keep trying and learning. Just everytime you end your track think about what you have learned today.
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#3 Moritz P.G. Katz   Members   -  Reputation: 1053

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 02:28 PM

The easiest way to start IMO is to start only with "white" notes. Then when you have more feeling you should use also black one.
And you should start with another genre than orchestral music, which is really hard to begin with. Try something more electronical.
And the main thing is to keep trying and learning. Just everytime you end your track think about what you have learned today.


I agree - although it's even easier to start with only black notes! (pentatonics)
Irving Berlin and Stevie Wonder would agree.

Your loop sounds pretty chaotic. You've got a good grip of rhythm, but everything else sounds rather random.
Keep it simple at first, you can move on to the complicated stuff later.

Let me also add that producing Electronic tracks could be simpler to create for another reason: it's much easier to get good sounding results as good orchestral samples are quite expensive and RAM hungry.

If you really want to start with orchestral music, I suggest taking some piano lessons with a good teacher who can tell you a thing or two about music theory too.

Cheers,
Moritz

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#4 tinymagus   Members   -  Reputation: 102

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Posted 22 November 2011 - 03:29 PM

Thanks for the advice.

I will look into some basic music theory and stick to simpler genres for now.

#5 KaykoO   Members   -  Reputation: 122

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Posted 23 November 2011 - 10:14 AM

Not to bad! Posted Image
But the notes does not make sense to me. But with some changes you could make this into a nice melody. Make it more simple and maybe adding a 3rd instrument like some trumpet or woodwind. I think the tune got potential so keep working on it!




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