I’m going to make an active effort to start posting more frequently on here because the fact that I was so consistent with posting for years and just sort of fell off the past few months has been bothering me. I usually write up my posts in a word document then copy/paste them, but I literally have a few posts waiting in the wings I just haven’t posted so that system hasn’t been working for me lately it seems. So instead, going to try just writing straight In WordPress, and hope that not having to take the extra step to post something will motivate me to post more frequently again!
I was planning to post something else more talky, but I spontaneously decided to just make a quick stock footage video for an original I made a few weeks ago. I finally got to one of the melodies I liked a lot from that 21 Days of Video Game Music composing challenge in July, and finally sat down to work on another original! Gotta say, it’s been nice to write something original again, even though I do love making covers. Not gonna lie either: I think this is probably the best original I’ve done! This is also teh first thing I’ve fully mixed in Reaper, and you can be the judge of this, but I really do think something as small as mixing with better stock plug ins that Reaper has makes a huge difference in the quality of my tracks. It’s also really nice to be able to monitor my effects going on in realtime without the program crashing on me all the time, because that was a chronic problem in audacity for me.
Going to go into more detail about my Reaper journey so far, and other music updates in another post, but until then, enjoy this original track!
Tomorrow is the final day of my 21 day VGM Challenge and I was debating waiting until next week to do the wrap up post or just doing it day before it was over. But I figure, what I learned during the challenge isn’t going to change overnight so I’ll just do a post about the things I learned during these past 21 days in a nice bullet list format!
- Biggest thing I learned was no matter what, if you want to write something, just sit down and write. This doesn’t just go for music, it goes for anything: If you want to write a novel or fanfic, or blog, just sit down and write. You’re not going to like the first thing you churn out, but you’ll have something to grow and learn from, and you’ll get your brain working in a creative way so you can actually be in the proper mindset to work on the piece.
- For music, don’t be afraid of hitting a road block! There were so many times during this challenge I hit a snag while making a melody or chord progression, but instead of getting frustrated, I stopped and said what I had was going to be my bars for that day. A few times, the next day I came up with something I could use for the thing the day before, so just stopping and taking a breather instead of banging my head against the wall helped loads.
- This is a huuuge one that I see a lot of musicians and creators struggle with, and it’s a constant battle for us but honestly don’t be a perfectionist. There were a few times I made a mistake, and it made something even better than I was trying to get because instead of giving up because it wasn’t “perfect” I forged forward in spite of the “imperfections”. Especially in music, flaws show character, and can make something great out of something you may have thought was garbage. So really try and check your perfectionism at the door, and just get out there and create!
- I was getting burnt out halfway through the challenge, but I forced myself to keep on moving forward. I know people think that creativity should be some sort of muse, or flash on inspiration, but it’s really a muscle you need to flex so it can get developed enough to come up with ideas. Whenever you need to. If you want to make this your profession, then making music when you’re not “inspired” is a must have skill.
- I’m slowly learning how to develop better melodies and figuring out how to make things more dynamic, and I wouldn’t have known that without this challenge. I also wouldn’t have figured out the sorts of VSTs I want to buy for the type of music I make without it either, and wouldn’t have figured out writing for different styles isn’t as hard as I thought. I put off doing a few other projects to keep my momentum going for this challenge, so I will probably do this sort of thing every so often to get a lot of ideas for songs.
- As it stands, I’m going to work on some collabs, some other covers, and also work on fleshing the ideas I got from this challenge out (I already have at least three things I know where I want to go woo). I’m really happy I did this because as you see, I learned a lot from it, and enjoyed it a lot and defs will do it again!
If you want to check out the ideas I came up with during the challenge, you can check out the playlist I made for them here!