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I don't write them down, it's all in the head. I can post the audio in the stages that the song progressed to. As in the foundation piece first, than the next file, when the the bass is added, than guitar and so on. I know I should write them down, but I just go wherever the music takes me. What I will do is post one track, explain what the direction was and so on, put a commentary then you'll hear the end result. Also, it isn't orchestral it is instrumental though, is there a software that can transcribe audio?
Give No Mercy To Fear.
okay here is one that i will use for example, it is important though to listen to them sequentially (1,2,3) to understand what the process is. And no, there is no violin, but someday soon!
This is the foundation, the piano invokes mood, while the drums, rhythm.
this will set precedence to what direction i would take, after recording this, it will sit for a day or so then i would play it back. I did like this track, so now begins listening for what sounds will enhance it. It is also good to keep in mind the tandem of pressure and release, these two are important in making music, at least i believe so.
The piano has a trait in this bit where it does not fill all the space of sound, i liked it like that so than another instrument can fill in.
As i mentioned, experimentation helps, i experimented with different sounds, guitar with chorus, echo, and different piano organ sounds, but what appealed best was reverbed guitar. Reverb can make or break a piece, so one must utilize it wisely, use your ears, and if in doubt leave it alone, than come back to it.
Again, pressure and release, the guitar begins with palm muting, and when the change happens, it is played with more ring.
To round it off, the bass fills in the bottom end, by the time the guitar track was done, i knew what i wanted with the bass. And it filled any other gaps, but i didn't simply pluck the strings, playing the full chord gave it a fuller sound. And in the end of the piece, pressure and release as the outro comes to a slowdown.
So that is how i go about it, i don't title songs beforehand as i feel bound to make the composition based around the title, but that is just me, we are all different.
In not giving the song a title, i can let the music write itself, as it were. The instruments help each other achieving a singular sound, i approach music when i perform with anyone,as how can i assist them. As a drummer,for example, how can i send the guitarist off into his solo, or how to play to lock more with the bass, or how can i help the singer, to play off each other is what i like, to assist others is what i like.
Sometimes helping the song is not playing another instrument, it all depends.
All of this said to say that making your own compositions is a journey, and really whatever preference you like, if you find yourself with an idea, don't let it go, build around it. If it takes a day or a week or more fiddle (pun intended) with it!
Finally, for the segments, i used audacity, i think it is an excellent DAW.
Thanks for reading!
Give No Mercy To Fear.
Sorry it's been so long since I've posted anything, but I finally finished my first piece. At least I think it's finished? I'll probably go back and change some at some point. This particular piece is supposed to represent the last supper. The Organ represents the devil while the Cello represents Judas.