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Gabriel Leopardi
post May 6 2015, 06:15 AM
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Hello guys! Creativity workouts are back! smile.gif

The idea of these workouts is to dedicate some time to activate our spiritual side. So let's forget about reason for a while, and search deep within for creativity.

This might sound weird to you, but I guarantee once you have got a hang of it, that it will open up new possibilities.

The first experiment consists in visualizing an image that I will share. Using your deeper perception - you should musicalize it with a note, a chord, a noise, a melody, an unfinished idea, a song or whatever you can create. The creation (music) must be original, recorded by yourself and shared here.

Each of us has a different perception of reality and it will be interesting to see different GMC:ers create different musical ideas for the same image. We will then analyze the results.

I will share the first pic soon.

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post May 6 2015, 05:39 PM
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I wanna try that!

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post May 6 2015, 09:03 PM
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post May 6 2015, 09:08 PM
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Cool is a great way to compose something.

I would like to join!

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post May 7 2015, 03:48 PM
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Cool guys! You're welcome.

This is the first photo for this workout:

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photo by Chan Kwok Hung (from Hong Kong)

Close your eyes and get into the photo. Imagine being one of them, imagine being the one who took the photo, imagine being the director of a film and deciding the sound composition. There are different points of view that you can get, and the music that you'll imagine will be totally different.

Remember that just one chord, one note, a noise, a short progression or melody, a 20 seconds song, a complete song, everything is welcome here.

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post May 7 2015, 04:30 PM
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Woaw... this picture activate some opposite emotions in me. I don't know if I'll be able to translate it into music. I never intented this kind of exercise but it is very interesting.
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post May 7 2015, 07:07 PM
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Hey Gab!

So this is something I've been slowly developing and I think it fits the picture:

https://soundcloud.com/stortzmusic/hear-our-cries-idea-two

(Don't mind the terrible mix - I didn't spend too much on it)


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post May 8 2015, 03:43 PM
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QUOTE (Chris S. @ May 7 2015, 03:07 PM) *
Hey Gab!

So this is something I've been slowly developing and I think it fits the picture:

https://soundcloud.com/stortzmusic/hear-our-cries-idea-two

(Don't mind the terrible mix - I didn't spend too much on it)


Wou! It's beautiful! You're right, your composition is very cinematic and connect amazingly with the photo. I did the exercise of focusing on the pic and playing the music with headphones and I've really felt it. Even I discovered a lot of expression on the younger child eyes. It's awesome how music can makes us have a different or deeper perspective of an image.

Thanks for sharing this with us Chris. It's magic. smile.gif


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post May 8 2015, 05:15 PM
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Gab, I'm in for sure.

WOW! What a picture. I want to record the sound of tears falling from my eyes and landing on the open B minor 7 chord, (the saddest sounding chord I know)

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post May 9 2015, 11:34 AM
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QUOTE (Chris S. @ May 7 2015, 06:07 PM) *
Hey Gab!

So this is something I've been slowly developing and I think it fits the picture:

https://soundcloud.com/stortzmusic/hear-our-cries-idea-two

(Don't mind the terrible mix - I didn't spend too much on it)


This music is beautiful, it's perfect harmony with the picture
sadness, suffering....

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post May 9 2015, 03:54 PM
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QUOTE (Phil66 @ May 8 2015, 01:15 PM) *
Gab, I'm in for sure.

WOW! What a picture. I want to record the sound of tears falling from my eyes and landing on the open B minor 7 chord, (the saddest sounding chord I know)

Thanks Gab



Do it! I want to hear it! smile.gif


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Thanks Gab and MisterM!

The chorus I had done for a while but never took it anywhere but the picture gave me a sense of direction. Glad you guys liked it cool.gif


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post May 10 2015, 09:16 PM
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QUOTE (Chris S. @ May 9 2015, 01:04 PM) *
Thanks Gab and MisterM!

The chorus I had done for a while but never took it anywhere but the picture gave me a sense of direction. Glad you guys liked it cool.gif


Wou, that's a great result for this experiment. It's awesome how a picture can give direction to a composition.

Anybody else would like to participate on this one? Remember that you can provide very short ideas, even a chord, or a noise are welcome.



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Tomorrow hopefully. I'll try my best wink.gif


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QUOTE (Phil66 @ May 10 2015, 05:58 PM) *
Tomorrow hopefully. I'll try my best wink.gif


Promising.... smile.gif


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Ok, I went with my original idea of the Bmin7 chord and then played over it. I didn't go for a tune exactly, I just stared at the picture and came up with a more atmospheric piece rather than melodic. Hope you like it and can give some good advice.

Sorry for the abrupt ending. I tried to work out how to fade the chord picking out and somehow ended up chopping it off, couldn't get it back sad.gif
Is there a way to fade out the end of a track on a DAW?

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ May 11 2015, 07:26 PM) *
Ok, I went with my original idea of the Bmin7 chord and then played over it. I didn't go for a tune exactly, I just stared at the picture and came up with a more atmospheric piece rather than melodic. Hope you like it and can give some good advice.

Sorry for the abrupt ending. I tried to work out how to fade the chord picking out and somehow ended up chopping it off, couldn't get it back sad.gif
Is there a way to fade out the end of a track on a DAW?

Cheers

https://soundcloud.com/gmcphil-1/cw-1

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Nice one Phil! biggrin.gif

What DAW do you use? I use reaper and to fade out a track I just right click it and hit properties and there is a fade in / fade out option.

Every DAW is different though rolleyes.gif


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Thanks Chris.
I use guitar tracks 4 by Cakewalk (Roland). It's nice and simple, 32 tracks and came with THIS

I guess I'll have to read the help files rolleyes.gif

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QUOTE (Phil66 @ May 11 2015, 09:07 PM) *
Thanks Chris.
I use guitar tracks 4 by Cakewalk (Roland). It's nice and simple, 32 tracks and came with THIS

I guess I'll have to read the help files rolleyes.gif

Cheers

I don't have any experience with it but I did a quick search and saw a thread (not sure if this is what you use):

http://forum.cakewalk.com/m/tm.aspx?m=2241320&p=1

Seems like the easiest way would be to bump the tracks down to one track (render all the tracks into a wav / mp3 file and then import the file back into the DAW so you only have to apply the fade to one track vs every track), set a marker at the point you want the fade to start and then another where you want the fade to end and select the type of fade.

The post were very ambiguous as to where these functions actually are located blink.gif


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Thanks Chris,
I'll check it out when I get home. I only really need to fade the chord picking track because the other track finishes earlier.
Cheers buddy

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