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Why do you make music?

offline Indeksical from Phobiazero Damage Control (United Kingdom) on 2018-01-04 08:26 [#02541518]
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I don't know why I do, it just makes me feel better i

Why do you?


offline mohamed on 2018-01-04 09:05 [#02541521]
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i dont watch tv, i dont read, i dont listen to music, its
the only thing i do and i give a relative fuck about it, too


offline Indeksical from Phobiazero Damage Control (United Kingdom) on 2018-01-04 10:02 [#02541525]
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So it's something you are passionate about? What sort of
feelings does it give you? When you make music do you have a
goal in mind?


offline RussellDust on 2018-01-04 11:29 [#02541527]
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Making music, writing, drawing, and painting are not only
ways to get something out, but also very peaceful processes.
I’m in my world, no worries, I don’t really think.
It’s like knowing, you get intuitively connected. If I
don’t do those things, I tend to fill up.

I also listen to music, watch tv, and read! ;)


offline Indeksical from Phobiazero Damage Control (United Kingdom) on 2018-01-04 11:41 [#02541528]
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yes i agree with you, for me it's a cathartic process of
expressing myself at that time which is sometimes peaceful
and sometimes frustrating and everything in between. i think
this is why i usually work quickly and don't return to
things hardly ever. it's a product of its time and of me at
that time and it's nice to listen back and reflect on that


offline umbroman3 from United Kingdom on 2018-01-04 13:04 [#02541529]
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for the hoes and the money

no really it's just a hobby


offline Monoid from one source all things depend on 2018-01-04 13:31 [#02541530]
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I make the music i actually like or want to listen to, or at
least i try. Creating things is also better than just
consuming things.


offline w M w from London (United Kingdom) on 2018-01-04 14:54 [#02541531]
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Entertainment. Like the nintendo "entertainment" system.
Brains like entertainment. Except for.. almost everybody
that has been transformed into a zombie by the compulsory
education system, which is a much worse system than the
nintendo entertainment system. Usually other humans
entertain you, but when you have no friends and are close to
the lowest pecking order in society, you have to create
artificial things, like music, for anything at all to even
exist. By creating music or any other art, I'm creating
artificial friend substitues.


offline welt on 2018-01-04 18:29 [#02541536]
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The immediate reason is that I get in a bad mood if I don't
improvise/compose/create tracks for a too long time. My
skills are not that great, so usually I'm a bit discouraged
from creating music when I look at the results. But then I
get too "depressed" if I don't create for too long, and
shrug it off, and then I start again.

... When it comes to playing the music of others, it's
different. Playing J.S. Bach on the guitar gives me mental
orgasms like nothing else in the world.


offline Hyperflake from Wirral (United Kingdom) on 2018-01-04 18:30 [#02541537]
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Cos the mimbly pimplies told me too


offline mohamed on 2018-01-04 19:42 [#02541544]
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exactly the same for me


offline marlowe from Antarctica on 2018-01-04 21:33 [#02541628]
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music makes me


offline jnasato from (Antarctica) on 2018-01-05 01:11 [#02541690]
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Making art feels good, mang.


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2018-01-12 18:54 [#02542266]
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hah, not a bad answer
i got into electronic music for the girls, of course!
serious tho, it's just pressing buttons on things - it's
basically the same as using a remote control to find a tv
channel you want to watch.


offline steve mcqueen from caerdydd (United Kingdom) on 2018-01-12 19:02 [#02542269]
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tony's sculpture looks like trump (The Horror In Clay)


offline belb from mmmmmmhhhhzzzz!!! on 2018-01-12 19:46 [#02542271]
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i haven't been able to make music for a couple of years now
and i miss it a lot. no wavelab on the computers here :( i
used to love chopping samples up, making rhythms out of
found sounds n shit, it was my main creative outlet. need to
get back to it


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2018-01-13 00:26 [#02542315]
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it's a good question.

if you asked me, "do i enjoy myself while writing music?"
the answer would probably be "maybe about half the time."
the other half i am obsessing over details. driving myself
absolutely bonkers. refusing to let myself get up to pee
until i finish this bit. i get the same way with
programming, building circuits, and posting on xltronic.

on the flip side, i remember when i was writing "too bad" i
was absolutely glued to it because working on it was the
only thing capable of distracting me. every time i took a
break, i collapsed into a heap of tears.

there's the comment clark made about how it's creating
little mazes for you to find your way out of, how he would
have mental health issues if he didn't, well, i really feel


offline -crazone from smashing acid over and over on 2018-01-13 07:47 [#02542316]
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Acid and rave parties in the 80's and 90's made me want to
create music too. Been playing with music programmes on
computers, drummachines, samplers and synths since then. My
goal is not to become a musician, I just love to play with


offline Indeksical from Phobiazero Damage Control (United Kingdom) on 2018-01-13 10:16 [#02542317]
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What do people generally spend most of their time doing when
making music? Crafting the sounds they will use, composing
with them, post-production etc?


offline mohamed on 2018-01-13 11:39 [#02542320]
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i think one has to match the music and the words he spends
over it


offline EpicMegatrax from Greatest Hits on 2018-01-14 05:57 [#02542363]
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it really, really depends on the context. am i using a bass
guitar or a laptop or an akai mpc? all very different
workflows. i'll go with software, though, since that really
feels like what you were asking about.

first, i do something. put some notes and sounds down. put
some more down. get a loop going; a groove. start unrolling
it into a song with a story... and, here is where i spend
most of my time: fuss with it a little, play it back,

i will often listen to the whole song (as much of it as i've
written) six or seven times in a row just to get a single
note right. once i've been going a couple hours, i don't
have to rewind as much, but there's really something about
how one noise leads to the next and how if i don't start
from the beginning i don't have the proper perspective.

it actually gets quite strategic -- how much can i change
before i have to play the whole song over to make sure it
still works?

i feel like i am amplifying something. each pass through the
song, i have opinions and change something. those little
decisions are a gradual wind that goes somewhere... i
suppose i am amplifying myself, somehow.


offline Fah from Netherlands, The on 2018-01-14 19:04 [#02542403]
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Generally trying to put down what is in my mind as best as I
can in any way that I can. I can't sit down and just do
whatever, it has to come from somewhere. Sometimes I put
some image on my big screen and I let my brain loose on the
visual stimuli and write that down into composition. I could
make an album to a two-color gradient..


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