This week somewhat productive yet not as productive as I wished it was.
I had a sort of new found understanding that music is “good” or “catchy mainly because of repetition. When a listener hears a song, they rarely walk away with your lyrics or “Central Message”. The listener usually remembers the tune. This got me analyzing modern hits and their individual “tunes” and I realized that so many songs depend on their hook or recurring tune, and in many songs this tune is engrained into the song itself. The chorus sometimes is straight up the bassline, examples include “Do I Wanna Know” by the Arctic Monkeys, “Seven Nation Army”, “Another One Bites the Dust”. This understanding made me take a new angle of songwriting, I tried to start by writing a chorus first, and then using the rhythm or melody of the chorus to structure and plan my entire song. However, because this was quite an unproductive week I wasn’t able to produce much.
Now the somewhat productive part of this week
This understanding that songs rely on a singular line or melody told me that although it’s possible to write and perform a good song with just a guitar, I need more instruments, harmonies, and layers. Therefore, I need to master Logic Pro. I also need to brush up on melody writing and understanding of music genres and instruments but I’m putting that aside for now.
I spent most of my time this week doing Logic Pro stuff. I found some interesting videos online where people sampled some day to day sounds like paper ripping or clamoring of pans and made beats out of them. I tried to do this by downloading the audio of an iPhone 4 buzzing. I used and cut this sound to make a short drum loop. I uploaded it to SoundCloud in the link below.
I fooled around more with Logic and eventually made a song, check it out in the link below.
The strange thing is that I actually was somewhat satisfied with this song, even though it was very easy to make. I realized that making pure EDM is different to writing full melodies. EDM is made with a combination of loops, I did not go through the pain of making full melodies to write this song, but I still liked it nonetheless.
Even though doing pure EDM is very easy and NOT what I plan to do much in the future. I did make a breakthrough this week; I was satisfied with something I made. I hope this is some sort of trend that continues in the future.