I’m trying to find some old MP3s, but they’re just nowhere to be found. Music I composed years ago, because I want to share a couple with someone. Specifically, not the songs below, but I thought you might enjoy them anyway.
How I used to compose and record the music was simple. Step One,think up the music in your head, and Step Two, create it all using synthesized instruments. Like MIDI files, but then recorded as MP3s.
The songs below were part of a CD I had put up on MP3.com (back when it was cool). In random order of preference, here they are:
This was actually imagined as the telling of the fall of a castle. It took place in Medieval times, when people fought with swords and shields instead of guns and vests. Uses a dumbed-down orchestra.
Do You Remember?
I always imagined this simple piano piece as a sort of hypnosis on someone who was repressing something awful, like a murder. I never did figure out what was being repressed. Also, this was the first time I actually tried creating a MIDI file based on something I actually played on a piano. I didn’t have a MIDI keyboard, so the entire piece (like almost all of my instrumental work) was created on a computer by pointing and clicking on musical staves. Very time-consuming, but worth it in the end.
The long version of how this came about it: Back at university I took a screenwriting course. The final project was to adapt a short story into a screenplay. What I ended up choosing was Answers to Soldier by Lawrence Block. It first appeared in Playboy magazine, and subsequently was collected in the book Hit Man, which chronicled the main character’s career as a hit man up until his retirement. Spoiler: he lives.
So, I chose this, wrote it, and then decided to give the screenplay a soundtrack. I was going completely for the synthesized music feel. I also just downloaded the instrument that made the Blade Runner theme and thought, “I must use this somewhere!” The melody was an instrument I had the computer make that was basically a muffled sine wave tone.
I hope you enjoy all of the songs posted. If you do or if you don’t, write below.
Funny, I found a CD of MIDI songs created before I had a good Soundfont bank, and also before I had a real grasp of good music composition. And I listened back to it on the ride home and was very happy to know I don’t compose music that poor anymore.
Then again, I don’t really compose music anymore.