So, Tropers can do music too, right?:

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51 Saeglopur13th Jan 2011 08:06:08 AM from Various places in the UK
Resident Hipster
It's February, not this month - so starting now be not allowed, if it's the same as NaNoWriMo, which I assume it is.
Listen to Music with Tropers at The Troper Turntable!
52 SpainSun13th Jan 2011 08:14:50 AM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
crazy and proud of it
Quick little jazzy mix, drum arrangement by myself:

Quick little techno-sorta mix:

EDIT: greatly improved version of the second song:

edited 13th Jan '11 4:50:05 PM by ssfsx17

Our latest song which we just truly finished, in MP3 form:

It's in Russian. The song itself (and the lyrics) is by my dad, he plays the rhythm guitar and sings. The girl singer is one of our friends and she's really good at singing. I figured out how to do bass without a real bass guitar and then did the bassline. The bass is all mine, including composing that bassline.

Also, here's a YouTube link to another our song:

(listen in HQ)

I'm one of the singers. My voice is the hilariously br00tal one during the choruses. It's also in Russian (as usual) and it's about the "Someone is wrong on the Internet" phrase. grin It's mostly lyrics-based for its appeal, which is unfortunate for those that don't speak Russian... but the three-voice combination is still awesome.

edited 14th Jan '11 3:36:56 PM by Muzozavr

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55 aishkiz17th Jan 2011 04:32:22 PM from under the stairs
Slayer of Threads
I'm a classical composer.

The one thing I sort of want to learn is audio engineering because I am literally the most technologically illiterate person ever, and I don't have the patience to learn how to play an instrument. And in today's musical climate, you can't just write. Well, except for the five or so people who were fortunate enough to be "discovered" by someone with enough spare cash to market a record.

That said (largely since I never practice) I'm also an extremely mediocre pianist, and don't really have any ambitions on that front. Just fantasies.  *

edited 17th Jan '11 4:32:49 PM by aishkiz

I have devised a most marvelous signature, which this signature line is too narrow to contain.
I improvised this on the piano

I also wrote a song. If anyone cares, I might be able to email it.
57 JHM18th Jan 2011 02:57:39 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Thunder, Perfect Mind
I'm in a band that teeters on the edge of not actually existing. For your listening pleasure...

The Myspace Page The Bandcamp Page

Note: Yes, I am the vocalist on most of the tracks that, well, have vocals. The glaring exception is "The Bunny Song", which I think is still there. I also play keyboards (reasonably well), recorder (with reckless abandon), and a few other instruments (results may vary).

I'm also a kind of amateur composer, mostly of weird atonal and/or minimalist material. Lots of microtonality and nested polyrhythms. Definitely not everyone's cup of tea, but I like what I do.

I also create complicated ambient-ish soundscapes. The long track on the Myspace is somewhat representative, although that one is entirely composed of older band material, so the feel is slightly different.

edited 18th Jan '11 3:03:42 PM by JHM

Moronic, pretentious fan
The mix for Mosquito wasn't so hot, but I actually quite liked Toy Cannons. Also your drummer is pretty good.
Because I choose to.
59 JHM18th Jan 2011 03:46:08 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Thunder, Perfect Mind
Mixing "Mosquito" was... interesting. Half of the band wanted the effects louder, the other wanted them quieter and then complained that they couldn't hear them. Head, meet wall.

Joe is a pretty exceptional drummer. (He's improved since we recorded those.) He refuses to believe it, though.

edited 18th Jan '11 3:47:18 PM by JHM

60 Solstace22nd Jan 2011 11:55:08 PM from the Second Viennese School
Hexachordal Combinatorial
I think I might give that RPM challenge thing a shot....

edited 22nd Jan '11 11:55:20 PM by Solstace

61 SpainSun23rd Jan 2011 03:15:12 PM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody

edited 23rd Jan '11 3:15:25 PM by SpainSun

I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
62 Taco24th Jan 2011 07:26:47 PM from software , Relationship Status: Tsundere'ing
Hey guys, technically this is music!

Also, what programs do people use for making music? I've been looking for maybe a good music sequencer or chiptune tracker.

edited 24th Jan '11 7:27:22 PM by Taco

63 Wicked22324th Jan 2011 07:49:32 PM from Death Star in the forest
You can't even write racist abuse in excrement on somebody's car without the politically correct brigade jumping down your throat!
64 Solstace25th Jan 2011 07:30:03 PM from the Second Viennese School
Hexachordal Combinatorial
Spain: I can fully support that, since I have no way to do drums/rhythm.
^^^ The most comfortable software for making music on a standard computer setup (i.e. without MIDI keys) is tracker software, hands down.

For chiptunes, try FamiTracker, a tracker that emulates the sound capabilities of the NES. I guess there are others, but I've only had any semblance of experience with this one and it's really good.

If you want to make things more complex than chiptunes, try Schism Tracker (an emulation of the old-school Impulse Tracker) or ModPlug Tracker (a tracker much more comfortable for spoiled Windows types like me). If you want to use VST with the latter, along with lots of useless additions and less stability, use OpenMPT.

Now keep in mind that I've only mentioned free software...
66 SpainSun26th Jan 2011 01:14:00 PM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody
Spain: I can fully support that, since I have no way to do drums/rhythm.

Cool. PM me and we'll work something out.
I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
67 Wheezy27th Jan 2011 01:03:36 AM from South Philly
(That Guy You Met Once)
This started out with me trying to create something that would sound like a villain's theme song from a 16-bit game.

Adding the beat was an afterthought. This is also just a first draft - so I'll replace the beat, which came packaged with FL Studio, with something... better.
68 SpainSun27th Jan 2011 03:33:00 PM from Somewhere Beyond Here
Laugh it off, everybody

Solstace and I have started a pseudo-band called Portland Pattern.

Further updates as events merit.
I spread my wings and I learn how to fly....
69 MikeK29th Jan 2011 05:53:58 PM from planet earth , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
3 microphones forever
I like it, Wheezy.

If anyone wants to collaborate with me (either for the rpm album or otherwise), let me know. If you can't really go the full on collaboration route, sending me recordings of short riffs or weird noises I could loop or generally fool around with would be cool too.

edited 29th Jan '11 5:58:12 PM by MikeK

70 MousaThe1430th Jan 2011 04:04:15 PM from Northern Virginia , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Writer, Artist, Ignored
I am a writer, not a musician, though that hasn't stopped me from trying. I can make lyrics easy but making songs is a creative roadblock for me. I thought my project Disillusioned Knights would go ignored and before anybody says "Why didn't you come to us?" the answer is I did.

However, to my shock and horror Cakman actually produced a beautifully done version of my idea, and it's actually pretty good. Disillusioned Knights ladies and gents.

71 annebeeche30th Jan 2011 05:26:36 PM from by the long tidal river
watching down on us
I am primarily an artist and a writer, not a musician, but you can listen to the few recordings of my my clumsy piano-playing that exist.

Original composition in C major

Original composition, Semetic March

Cover of the intro to Rush- Closer to the Heart

I've got other music, but since I no longer have a laptop I no longer have a way of recording my music.

edited 30th Jan '11 5:27:28 PM by annebeeche

Banned entirely for telling FE that he was being rude and not contributing to the discussion.
I shall watch down from the goon heavens.
Well, actually, I'm trying to get a music career started. I'm not that great now, but yeah. My music is spread out all over the internet, but mainly, you want to look at my Tindeck account(for remixes) and my Soundcloud account(original stuff).
73 MikeK7th Feb 2011 04:12:14 PM from planet earth , Relationship Status: watch?v=dQw4w9WgXcQ
3 microphones forever
I always forget that when it comes to productivity in making music, I seem to be better off doing things pretty spontaneously because when I have more of a plan I start overthinking things and therefor not actually doing much: Case in point, all last week I was struggling over lyrics for a song, and yet today I just intended to record myself clapping out this rhythm that popped into my head, and now I have this whole trippy Singing Simlish chant going. The latter is not "done", in the sense that I wanna go back and structure it a bit, but I'll probably post it here.

edited 7th Feb '11 4:12:54 PM by MikeK

I compose quite a lot and sing. I'm less satisfied with my voice than I used to be; I think it's gotten worse with lack of practice over the last couple of years, and I really need training. The music I listen to is a really eclectic mix, which results in my own style being kinda schizophrenic.

Oh, and please keep in mind that these are all recorded in my livingroom on my PC with a Guitar Hero microphone and an inexpensive guitar, and I'm more or less learning to use my software as I go. I don't have a MIDI keyboard and my piano skills are rusty anyway, so most things are sequenced with the mouse and piano roll. I'm pretty self-conscious about this stuff, so go easy, haha.

Red Light Lullabies: My friend and I have been trying to start a band for years. One night a couple of years ago, we decided we needed to write a song, so I wrote some lyrics, composed a melody and a rhythm guitar part, we recorded the rhythm guitar, I recorded the vocals, and he improvised some lead. From writing to completion, this took us like 45 minutes. My vocals were pretty good here, much better than any of these other recordings, I'm afraid.

Idle Hands: A very lo-fi, quick recording. Just me, an acoustic guitar, and a very old microphone.

Mad World: A forum I frequent was putting together an album of 80's covers by forum members. I picked Mad World and spent a couple of days putting together the track. All synths. I avoided listening to the original or Gary Jules' cover while working because I wanted to try my own take on it.

Elegy for Alessandro: This song was my last exorcism of leftover pain from a really harsh breakup, so it's pretty emotional for me. My vocals aren't terribly strong (in no small part because I was a wreck while recording, haha), but of all the songs I've written over the years, this is probably my favorite set of lyrics. The guitar solo is not very good, because my friend wasn't on hand to play for me, so I had to do something myself. I'm not very good at the guitar, haha.

Homecoming: These are my worst lyrics ever. The song is written from the perspective of a high school guy, though, so I will call the cliches Stylistic Suck rather than accept responsibility for them, haha (truth is I had put together the track and needed lyrics for it. I was very tired and sick and so I just sort of half-assedly threw something down. Obviously it didn't work as well as it did when I threw stuff down for Red Light Lullabies). My vocals are pretty terrible, because I had a bad cold while recording. I actually played all the guitar parts and they didn't sound half bad. One of these days I'll redo the vocals, but in any case, this is a sort of odd 80's-influenced thing.

What Could It Hurt: This was a one-take recording, so there are several problems with my vocals, but overall I'm pretty happy with it. This is another one with just me and an acoustic.

New Prime Theme: This was my first attempt at orchestral composition. It's all samplers, of course, and technically speaking it could be terrible. I don't read music or know music theory, haha. Anyway, I composed it for Olan Rogers' new webseries New Prime. He really liked it and talked to me about it by Skype for a few minutes, so it may appear in the series at some point.

A Dance in November Snow: A very brief instrumental piano piece. I probably spent about twenty minutes on it, and I guarantee I couldn't actually play it if I had a piano, haha.

edited 10th Feb '11 5:58:44 PM by Wulvaine

75 JHM10th Feb 2011 08:12:26 PM from Neither Here Nor There , Relationship Status: Showing feelings of an almost human nature
Thunder, Perfect Mind
Going solo... Sort of. Enjoy.

Note: This actually began as a kind of tongue-in-cheek experiment in slowing down and pitch-shifting Apple loops. It got much, much weirder and more complicated from there, as evidenced by, well... If you've heard it, you know what I'd mean by "too many layers on the cake." I was kind of aiming for a dreamlike, processional feel, although I'm not quite sure if I've achieved such a thing.

edited 10th Feb '11 8:33:46 PM by JHM

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