Edit 2016-08-24: Chapter X (placeholder) and Chapter XI are now up.
Ever since I started using my netbook for casual composing I’ve kind of felt that the tracks I’ve written on it have sort of a unified feel, a certain atmosphere, like bits of a soundtrack to a storyline that doesn’t exist. So I said to myself: let’s come up with a storyline! Below is what I have so far, a playlist with all tracks can be found here. Please keep in mind that these tracks are all works in progress.
Sooner or later it happens to all of us. But here’s 10 tips for getting out of a creative rut.
Hopefully something in there will be of use!
The complete Talisman: Digital Edition soundtrack is now available from my Soundcloud page. Enjoy!
I don’t know how many of you have noticed the “Forum” link up top. It’s been there for almost a couple of months now but I didn’t want to post about it officially unitl things were properly under way.
Anyway, Scoring Central is a new indie composer’s forum where you can discuss everything related to virtual orchestration and working with DAW’s and samples, post your music (and get feeback on it, if desired), and generally rub shoulders with like-minded individuals. Everyone’s welcome, whether complete noob or seasoned pro. The forum is quite active despite the relatively small number of users, and we’ve been having a lot of interesting and educational discussions so far.
If that alone hasn’t convinced you to join, I might also mention that I’m frequently sharing new and experimental samples on the forum that you won’t find anywhere else. So if you want to stay up to date on any additions to SSO as well as other releases, registering (or at least keeping an eye on the forum) might be a good idea.
When your idea isn’t working out because of the nature of the samples you have… maybe it’s time to rethink the idea rather than feel frustrated with your samples?
Being a sick and twisted person I actually enjoy some amount of limitations in my musical tools. Limitations can be frustrating, no doubt about it, but they can also be inspiring and, for me, strangely liberating. I’m a tinkerer if there ever was one and anything that forces me to keep things simple and get things done — instead of spending hours and days exploring endless possibilites — is a good thing. I’m guessing this helps explain why I’m still using decades-old sample libraries on an ageing quad core machine and don’t even have the decency of apologizing for it.
I have updated the site’s theme a bit. Hit Ctrl+F5 to clear the cache and reload if you can’t see any difference.
Took a bit longer than anticipated, but the fourth and final installment of The sample quality myth article series is now up. It’s called The human factor and deals with both desirable and undesirable human elements in our sample-based compositions.
Enjoy, and let me know if you have any questions!
I have done a bit of housekeeping on the Choosing a Reverb article, adding Sanford Reverb to the list of recommended freeware reverbs and removing Ambience from it. I have also updated the description of Eos as I now own it and have some experience with using it.
Talisman: The Horus Heresy is now released! The soundtrack is also available for purchase via Steam.
Hope you’ll enjoy it!