The title of my daytime job is Art Director/UX-designer, meaning I help clients with various design related products & services. At my occasional spare time I have the option to be creative in other areas, one being music production.
I have no formal training in the music area (apart from a couple of years in school playing the guitar), so everything is self taught through either trial and error or reading up on a specific manual/tutorial.
What I think sparked my interest in creating music was when I discovered Protracker on the Amiga 500 back in the late eighties, where I suddenly was able to add 8-bit samples in a four channel tracker and then have the combination of sounds played back in the shape of a song. Good times.
(Before the Amiga I had a Commodore 64 and actually tried to create music on that machine, but since I didn’t understand anything of the various composition applications that were available, I scrapped the idea of ever creating a song on that machine.)
Fast forward some ten years to when I got a *cough* borrowed copy of Cubase installed on my Mac. That DAW allowed me to use virtual instruments, and suddenly I had the (in theory anyway) ability to create whatever I wanted sound wise.
I remember a specific time when I imported a ripped .AIF of an old Commodore SID-song, and then slapped a beat-loop on top of it. I then realised that I could make my own versions of the C64 tunes I had listened to so many times back in time, and took my first steps in the creation/remixing world. Around the same time, a website was born that specifically collected C64-remixes of old SID-tunes, so I was happy to realise I wasn’t the only person doing remakes of old C64 game-/demo tunes.
Apart from remixing old 8-bit songs, I have also tried to create music of my own. As mentioned earlier, I have no formal training in music theory, composition and can’t read note so I have often felt limited in terms of knowing the basics of … a song? Creating a four bar loop with drums, bass, lead etc isn’t that hard in itself, but how the hell should you go about if you want to make the foundation for say, a pop song? I have heard terms like intro, verse, chorus, bridge etc, but what do they mean? Or rather, how to use them in a context that sounds good and work? I have yet to learn and understand this, and that’s one of the main purpose of this website – to strive to become a better creator.
By the way, my setup nowadays consist of an iMac, a Focusrite soundcard and Reason 11.