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Tsabo

The idea in your head/how to start the idea

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Ok i'm having this problem. I'm not an experienced composer ( this is not the problem i'm talking about) when i want to compose a song, i think of a situation. i close my eyes see the situations, but i don't hear any music. Then i start to "make" up music in my head, i'm thinking about the which instruments i hear playing, what they play and when they play it. This is what i mean with "the idea in your head" but then the problems comes, i want to compose it, put the music in my computer and change a stuff, make the scene complete. but it's kinda i don;t know how. I don;t know much about computers, nor music programs etc. I don't know how to get the music in the computer. Do i use a keyboard whith the music parts i tought up? i don't have a keyboard, nor a program to record the music the off the keyboard. What if i don't need a keyboard? do i use a program? what kind of program? it's all kinds of things i don't know, maybe you guys can help me :D is there a book/url which can help me out? Or how do you put the music you think off "in" your computer or do you make it on the computer? I'm having this problem for a long time, but i can't really find the solution :D [Edited by - Tsabo on September 7, 2005 3:31:41 PM]

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You seem to be quite lost. Let's start with a simple question... what kind of music to you write? And as a follow-up, what kind of instruments do you like to use in your music?

Starting out with electronic-based music creation can be an extremely daunting task... I basically taught myself everything I know, and it was HARD! I wish I had been able to get some advice, but I was completely in the dark, and didn't know where to turn.

There's a couple options if you want to write synthesized music. One is to purchase a MIDI keyboard. Any basic music keyboard comes with a large variety of sounds, allowing you to do pretty much any style you want. In addition, most are 16-part multitimbral (meaning you can have 16 different instruments at any one time), allowing you to put together full songs using only the keyboard for sounds. You can hook the keyboard to your computer, and use a notation program or sequencer to write the music, and have the keyboard play it.

Another option is to do everything with software. You'll have a main sequencer program (sort of your "master" program, which controls everything else), and you can also have software synthesizers, which will be your source of actual sounds. All-software is a very popular route to take for electronic composers... it's both flexible and cheaper than hardware alternatives. I myself create all my music using nothing but software, other than my guitar, which I record live. The downside to the software-only route? You need a blazing fast computer with tons of RAM, for best results.

I've barely scratched the surface of synth music creation. Hopefully other users will add their own opinions, and we'll be able to help you out find a good solution.

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The instruments are most of the time a orchestra ( which i also like), but with different settings.
The music i write depends on the situation i think off,
is it a sad scene? it sounds sad ( mineur)
is it a fighting scene? high beat forte sound
is it funny? mostly some jazz tunes i think off
so i can;t really say what music i write, it just pops in my head, but then i need to write it down or something or put it on the computer

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Unfortunately, I think this just takes a lot of practice. I can hear a tune in my head, and know exactly how to play it on the guitar, despite being nowhere near a guitar at the time. You can learn what an interval (ie. the difference between two notes) is, and from there you know how to write the tune. All you need then is one of many music programs and you're away. Some programs let you use a keyboard hooked up to the pc, others let you use the computer's keyboard in the same way, some will have you point-and-click the notes, others will let you input it as if it was real music notation. That part is not very important though - what is important is developing your listening ear so that you can quickly match up what's in your head to what you're putting in.

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