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Thanks for posting. It’s a very cool song, I just heard it on your reverbnation page. I can definitely hear the Beatles influence.
What program did you use to record it?
I’ve been checking out macprovideo.com. It looks like a very good site with tons of information. They have various types of subscription options and I’m tempted to try the $25 per month one. I will probably try the free one first, where they let you check out 10% of each tutorial. Not bad. Have any of you guys heard about this site? Check out the Apple Logic section here: http://www.macprovideo.com/tutorials/logic
I’m pretty much learning how to use Logic now, but I’ve found that the brass sounds are the worse. Do you have any tips for working with sampled brass sounds?
I’m not sure. I have to say I keep it simple and use the sounds the come with Apple Logic.
What do you use?
Hi Ilusa, welcome to the forum!
I think Casey has given you great advice, I really have nothing to add to that except that it’s also important to be consistent. Putting yourself to a schedule and following it is good.
I wish I was more disciplined. This is one of the things I’ve always tried to change.
Welcome yerik, it’s good to have you here.
I’m a 30 year old electric guitarist and composer from Costa Rica, but currently living in Massachusetts, USA. My interests are mainly in contemporary classical music, electronic music and jazz, although I still listen to a lot of pop and rock as well.
Thanks for posting the mp3, sounds really good! What program are you using to generate sound? It would be very interesting to hear it along with the game, just to hear it in context. I am not familiar with the game (I am not very familiar with video games in general), but it sounds like it’s a very complex one. I was not aware that it was possible to mod video games, is this like an open source video game or something similar?
I used Finale for a long time, but switched to Sibelius after a music copying job I had to do, and I have to say they both have good and bad things. I think once you master one of them it’s probably a good idea to stick with it. But I do wish there was a more flexible notation application out there.
What program do you use to synchronize the audio and video. I have recently purchased Apple Logic Studio (I am really glad I did). It’s a great program (now I have to learn how to use it, ha ha).
I am glad you found the site and I hope you keep coming back, I am the owner. I have not done anything with it for a long time. I tried really hard for a while, but it has been difficutl to get people interested, so I stopped trying.
We’ll be relaunching the site with a slightly different concept and look soon, more technically oriented to computers, software, etc. One of the persons who will be working with me is really talented with music applications so I’m sure that will make a difference.
Coming back to your topic, do you have any screenshots of the scenes you are orchestrating? Post them if you do.
Talk to you soon.
Hey Matt, are you still around?
How’s the food in Mexico? I’ve heard it’s great…
I agree, we need more people posting in here.
I had a composition teacher that always said that if you wanted to learn harmony, you should buy yourself a copy of the Bach Harmonized Chorales. He said one should sit down and play the chorales on the piano and analyze them, sing them, and know them well.
Everybody knows that Bach was the great counterpoint and chorale master, so why go a different way. This has proven to be invaluable to me.
However for analyzing and understanding Bach, one must at least poses a basic knowledge of harmony, so it’s good to know that you are trying to read and teach yourself about it. A book I could recommend to you would be: "Harmony & Voice Leading" by Aldwell & Schachter. I think this is a very decent book because it makes emphasis on real music, specially the music of Bach. Some theory books tend to divide the theory from the real music, so whatever you learn ends up being useless.
About your question regarding the role of the diminish chord:
In what they call "the common practice period", the chord built on the 7th scale degree of a minor key is a fully diminished 7th chord. Fully diminished 7th chords are unstable and have a dominant function, meaning that they always want to resolve to the tonic of the key.
In major keys, the chord built on the 7th degree of the scale is a half diminish chord (has a minor 7th instead of a diminish 7th) and has the same dominant function. These leading-tone 7th chords as they usually call them are interchangeable with dominant 7th chords because they share common tones, both in major and minor keys.
It’s important to note that in minor keys, the chord built on the second scale degree is a half diminish chord as well, but in this case has a predominant function, mainly because it does not have the leading tone of the scale in it (7th scale degree), so it does not create that tension that wants to resolve to one. This chord was frequently used in first inversion (with the 3rd of the chord in the bass) to avoid the tritone or augmented fourth relationship with the bass, that was considered to be dissonant.
It’s always good to remember that the bass in most cases, tells you the function of the chord.
Hope this helps.
Good to have you here and it’s good to know that the site has been of any use to you. I’ve always wanted to visit Mexico, where exactly in Mexico are you?
Well, other than listening to contemporary classical music, I listen to a lot of jazz, and some rock as well. I play jazz guitar myself, although I have not been active for a couple years as a player…
My favorite jazz drummers as of know are Bill Stewart, Jack DeJohnett, and some Vinnie Colaiuta.
For rock, I have to say I’ve always liked Will Calhoun (Living Colour).
No one else comes to mind right now, but I’m sure I’m missing some one.
I agree, Tool is such a great band. I like Radiohead too, and have always been a big Mr. Bungle fan. Oh, I can not leave Frank Zappa out. Great stuff!
That’s great. What do you play, jazz, rock? Who are your favorite drummers?
Hey Casey. It’s good to see you’re still around.
Florida? Lucky man! UNF is in Jacksonville right?
I’m in Massachusetts and it’s freezing here. I lived in Miami for 4 years, I did my undergrad at FIU. I really like Massachusetts though, I just don’t like the cold weather that much.
Do you play drums too?
I bought a drumset about a year ago. I’m a guitarist but I’ve always wanted to learn to play drums. I got a pretty good deal on ebay for a Mapex, but it’s been a year already and I haven’t bought any cymbals.
How’s the weather over there? I’m sure its nice and warm.
I’m in Massachusetts and we’ve had a crazy week here. Lots and lots of snow!
I’m really looking forward to getting Logic Studio. I’ve heard it’s great.