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So, Tropers can do music too, right?:

I've seen writers, director and the like around here. And I know there are musicians around here, but I haven't seen anyone posting their music in here. so this is the Thread to do it if you want to.
It's not exactly naive. And it can happen. But it's tough. And definetly worthwhile.
 2 Wicked 223, Sat, 25th Dec '10 10:18:29 PM from Death Star in the forest
inb4 Litis
You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
I'm not even gonna bother :(

 4 Tibetan Fox, Sun, 26th Dec '10 4:02:58 AM from Death Continent
Feels Good, Man
I've dabbled. It's part of my present long term plan to properly learn music theory and become good at it.
Moronic, pretentious fan
Here:

http://aevumnova.bandcamp.com/

My band, an experimental metal group with music generally along the lines of the whole 'djent' thing.

http://www.reverbnation.com/alextandy

My own compositions can only be found here so far, but I'll make bandcamps for any side projects I actually complete. Expect music here to be downtempo electronica, ambient music, or more cinematically-inflected pieces.

We used to have a 'musicians in the troper community' thread which I was planning to restart, but you've essentially done it now, so, thanks, I guess.

The other musically accomplished troper I know of is Spain Sun, whose work is (from what I've heard) heavily sample-based experimental hip-hop, although we'll need to wait for him before we get any links as I don't know where he's relocated his music to.

edited 26th Dec '10 4:38:46 AM by AsTheAnointed

Because I choose to.
 6 Wicked 223, Sun, 26th Dec '10 8:55:05 AM from Death Star in the forest
Outside of a couple of musical doodles in my head, I haven't really done anything music-wise (Lord knows I've been trying, though). Like Tibetan Fox, it's currently my plan to become more versed in music theory so I can get these ideas out of my head.

I'm also a beginning bassist, and a slightly-less-beginning drummer.

You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
Wow, that Aenum Nova thing you've got going on is really good, though the compressor is VERY painful. Each and every bass drum hit really kicks in the head when things get intense. I think it's better to increase the release on it... Plus, even though you've pretty much nailed the synth prog sound, you gotta think of something in order to stand out from other djenters. Maybe glitch elements? Good luck!

I wonder if it's possible to produce a metal record without using compressors at all...

EDIT: Err, figured I meant eliminating the attack from the compressor, actually.

edited 26th Dec '10 9:58:47 AM by Litis

 8 Wicked 223, Sun, 26th Dec '10 9:15:18 AM from Death Star in the forest
Each and every bass drum hit really kicks in the head when things get intense. I think it's better to increase the release on it...

Agreed.

Seriously, I should not be able to feel my headphones vibrating every time the bass kicks.
You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
 9 Mike K, Sun, 26th Dec '10 9:55:01 AM from planet earth Relationship Status: YOU'RE TEARING ME APART LISA
3 microphones forever
I have no musical training whatsoever, but I try.
Moronic, pretentious fan
I don't handle any of our engineering or production (I know nothing aout the subject) - a friend produces for us. He loves his compression, which does make the music hard to listen to through headphones, but through properly bass-oriented speakers it tends to work a lot better. I can't really adjust the production much tbh, since George has his heart set on being compressed and punchy and I'm far too clueless about tone and audio to have anything to add or suggest. Besides, I always listen to it through massively bassy speakers where it sounds intense.

Also, glitchier elements are already there and already a djent cliche. I just try to keep the songs varied, keep a good balance between metal and ambient elements, and use influences from all kinds of music. Probably the most original thing we've done is the more orchestral, operatic finale to the album's 14-minute centrepiece.
Because I choose to.
 11 Spa´n Sun, Sun, 26th Dec '10 12:12:40 PM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Click my signature.

Interestingly, the more musically trained someone is, the less they like my music. Which is probably not a good sign.
I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
 12 Tzetze, Sun, 26th Dec '10 12:16:24 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
We've had this thread three times or so. Do you think that I should petition a mod to get it stickied?

(Me: Mediocre trumpet player, teaching myself sound editing)
 13 Spa´n Sun, Sun, 26th Dec '10 12:17:29 PM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Do it.
I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
 14 Tzetze, Sun, 26th Dec '10 12:19:27 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
 15 Spa´n Sun, Sun, 26th Dec '10 12:27:09 PM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
That was fast.

We should sticky the Chatterbox while we're at it.
I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
 16 Tibetan Fox, Sun, 26th Dec '10 2:41:45 PM from Death Continent
Feels Good, Man
In my case, the only performance ability I have is singing. All the music I've made has been sequenced on a computer. I'm also planning on learning how to play keyboards eventually. But for now, it's easier to lean on the software.
 17 Spa´n Sun, Sun, 26th Dec '10 2:50:21 PM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Keyboards are a bitch.

I've had mine for five years and can barely play "Axel F" yet.
I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
 18 Tzetze, Sun, 26th Dec '10 2:51:31 PM from a converted church in Venice, Italy
DUMB
Chatterbox can stay up by itself, I think.

I'm working on keyboard too. It's difficult without a proper stand, though. :/
 19 Wicked 223, Sun, 26th Dec '10 2:55:12 PM from Death Star in the forest
Use an ironing board. tongue

I've been thinking about getting a keyboard too; the bass isn't exactly a good songwriting instrument.
You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
[up] depend on who you ask, and who you play with. anyway I'm a guitar player. and I've composed mostly for the film I'm working with my friends
It's not exactly naive. And it can happen. But it's tough. And definetly worthwhile.
RE: Aevum Nova

I fucking hate djent, but that was surprisingly not terrible (when it wasn't all chuggachuggachoochoo).

Moronic, pretentious fan
I only listen to djent acts that court melody, and/or some variety in mood and timbre. With the exception of Meshuggah, Katatura and TTDTE, which have enough groove to keep my interest, bands which do nothing but wank about with polymetric chugging, monotonous heaviness and would be 'technicality' utterly fail to engage me, so I can see where you're coming from in regards to djent.

Honestly, acts like Veil Of Maya and Vildjharta just poison a vast wellspring of potential progression and creativity in my opinion (that's not even starting on the newer bands springing up which somehow manage to be more dull, repetitive derivations of said bands). The whole djent thing is really a very mixed bag.
Because I choose to.
 23 The Gloomer, Tue, 28th Dec '10 2:46:53 AM from Northern Ireland
Inadequate law student
I play a few instruments; my mother plays the piano so she got me started on that and I subsequently began getting clarinet lessons, which lead me on to the saxophone which is now my main instrument. I had to do music exams for all of them, which means my abilities as a pianist are significantly more limited than my grade would suggest; because I've spent so many years learning to play exam pieces, I've neither been taught nor picked up any really useful techniques for playing. Fortunately, I've avoided this so far with the saxophone because my sax teacher taught me about improvisation and that kind of thing.

I got guitar lessons for Christmas, so hopefully I might get the hang of the bits I'm not very good at.

 24 Saeglopur, Tue, 28th Dec '10 4:12:12 PM from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
Might as well post here even though I've said it all before, seen as it's stickied.

I play Alto Sax, Guitar and a modicum of Piano, I sing Tenor in my University Choir (surprisingly good quality recording here, although it cuts out just before the good bit sad), and I'm currently a member of a jazz sextet and have previously been in an awful comedy ska band, to my great and unending shame (although we once did an awesome cover of Rasputin by Boney M).
Listen to Music with Tropers at The Troper Turntable!
 25 Wicked 223, Tue, 28th Dec '10 4:30:04 PM from Death Star in the forest
So, can anyone recommend any good reading/articles/things of that sort to a beginning bassist/musician?
You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
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