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Anyone else agree that sound design should indeed come second and melody & basic flow should come first?
SoundcloudCoolschmid wrote:Just buy as many $200 synths as possible so you can be bad at all of them.
But if it works for you then do it, there's no wrong way of coming up with music.
Maybe when you're starting out you make a song that changes key's like a seizure, or has a really static beat/rhythm, but hey...it sounded good to you, right?....That's why people say practice, practice, practice....with time it all fit's into place and makes sense. I used to call them musical epiphany's...now they are fewer and much further between, but are getting more and more important.
But someone for someone like Downlink or Chaosphere, it's really the sound design and rhythm that drives his songs, so I'd be surprised if he plotted the "melodies" of his song as a first step, but rather sound design and the sounds' 'feel' first.
I'm still a noob to producing, but for me personally I need to do sound design first because melodies flow through my head like ADHD and I can throw a drum pattern down in 30 seconds once I've chosen my samples. Hence sound design is usually what I do first because it's what I need to concentrate on most.
But ultimately it's all about what drives your song, what element you want it all to be built around. Just my 2c
First time I wrote this way I wrote pure pop (cheesy as hell too)
2nd Time it started down quite a darker path but then the tune progressed and now it's on a purely tribal electro'y feel with the drums being the focus which is odd.
I find easier to know what notes to jam out once the synth patch is made. The timbre, ADSR and any effects on the patch will have as much sonic influence on the output as the actual notes, so I find it difficult to understand how you can compose a melody with a vanilla saw-wave, when the final rendition will vary so much more once you've constructed the actual synth.
To me, whether you're gunna compose jazzy chord like structure or aggressive dissonant tritones depends entirely on the flavour of the synth youre using. May argue that you know in advance the sound you will make once the melody is laid out, but to me feeling the notes out comes much more natural once you know whats going to be playing it.
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