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Old 23-06-2017, 06:35 PM   #41
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I'm guessing this will all be lost on the OP as it turns out they are really just butthurt that more people like Justin Bieber than Aphex Twin and that Justin Bieber doesn't work as hard or isn't an artist or whatever other drivel. That seems to be the crux of the issue if you read the first dozen replies.

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Old 24-06-2017, 09:32 PM   #42
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I just do whatever I want musically. the main issues that i have are that i have 5 different projects with different styles going...i can't bring myself to put my technical prog metal project into my death metal project or my ambient project into my synthwave project so mafacka has to have 5 different 'bands' to get his various tunes out. Go figure. I like when people dig my tunes but i really just do music because I'm a creative guy and i can't live my life without making stuff. I don't even see how people work jobs, come home at night and just watch netflix and sit there doing nothing but looking at their lives go by without bringing something to life, be it a decorative quilt or a song. But genres dictate to me that my country songs don't go well with my brutal death metal songs so things gotta get divided up.

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Old 26-06-2017, 04:14 AM   #43
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But genres dictate to me that my country songs don't go well with my brutal death metal songs so things gotta get divided up.
Genres also dictate to pour feelings and ideas into specific differentiated buckets such as "country songs" and "brutal death metal songs". How about doing a brutal-death-in-the-countryside-metal song instead?

Seriously though, did you have some collabs between all those projects? Might be interesting to start combining all those different artistic sides...

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Old 26-06-2017, 08:58 AM   #44
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I suppose that music should locate on facet between what people like and your creative impulse. It often happens that artist believe that his art is great and so genious and people don`t understand him but actually he is mediocre and people feel this. Genuine people who were geniuses didn`t think about such a things. They just created and all! People feel sincerity. If you do well and with a soul, then you will still be in demand.
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Old 26-06-2017, 11:19 AM   #45
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Just write music nobody (including yourself) likes. Problem solved.

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Old 26-06-2017, 01:02 PM   #46
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Just write music nobody (including yourself) likes. Problem solved.
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Old 26-06-2017, 09:49 PM   #47
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As a person who has owned a lot of gear I can say that if you are very wealthy knock yourself out, but if you are like the rest of us plebeians than find about 3-4 pieces of gear you really like that cover what you want and use those for some years. Get to know the pieces and you will find the sound you want from them, and only expand when you've made exponential progress on what you have.

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Old 28-06-2017, 06:24 AM   #48
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I make music that I like. When I finish song I really end up with songs that I like to listen. I could listen to my songs.
Few days ago I was chilling, music on PC was playing, tune sound familiar. I'm like, wait, why the fuck is this so familiar... after half a minute or so I realized its my song...

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Old 28-06-2017, 07:56 AM   #49
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Just write music nobody (including yourself) likes. Problem solved.
And for what?
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Old 28-06-2017, 10:53 AM   #50
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And for what?
It was meant to be a joke. But now when thinking more about it, one could possibly learn something from it.

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Old 28-06-2017, 02:33 PM   #51
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Philosophy: Should you write music that you like or what you think others would like?

I tend to deviate to creating only my genuine ideas, because I find it uninteresting to try to subscribe to certain genre techniques. Rather I tend to write whatever comes. Whatever I think sounds interesting, regardless of what it is. Of course I'm influenced by others' music, but I never start writing music with a genre or something in my head. I merely try out stuff until I find something to work on.

This poses some problems though. How can you ever predict, whether your style will ever appeal to others. After all I think everyone desires to be liked, because it makes your music more "valid" or accepted. And some people believe that only music that appeals to people can be good music or good art. If the art never reaches the general population, then what is its worth?

Then again there have been artists such as Van Gogh who were not popular during their lifetime, but rather became admired after his death.

So should you listen to yourself and only yourself or should you listen to others as well?

Creating any kind of artistic work, thinking it is to please others is not a philosophy. It's conformism. It's a approval-seeking behavior and acting.

You will find much more satisfaction in your work if you do what you like, not what you think others would like.

Finding out what you really really like, what moves you deeply, might take some time. And that is okay.

But don't like something just because others like the current two-week-lasting trends in modern music.


You don't need to 'understand' how other artists think. Other artists are already out there doing their thing. The world does not need another one of them, the world needs your first YOU. So do your thing, worry less about validation from others and find yourself in your music. Let the music write itself at some point, don't resist it too much by categorizing everything and losing your creative intent under the spell of the 'What Would Others THink'-discourse.


There are MANY MANY people out there with awful taste in music. So keep that in mind.

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Simply write what you want to write, and those that like it will gravitate to you. Create your sound.

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Just write music nobody (including yourself) likes. Problem solved.
That's how noise and vaporwave got started, but unfortunately people actually like that shit

I'm pretty sure that's how metal started, too. Fuck it, I built my taste around bullshit music
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That's how noise and vaporwave got started, but unfortunately people actually like that shit

I'm pretty sure that's how metal started, too. Fuck it, I built my taste around bullshit music
Seapunk? Adult Contemporary? Elevator Jazz Fusion?

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Old 03-07-2017, 07:38 AM   #55
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Simply write what you want to write, and those that like it will gravitate to you. Create your sound.
Exactly. People feel when it is written with a soul.
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I could not do what people like even If I wanted to.

As a personal hobby, the "art" (if I may) is much more about the process than the result. Sitting and enjoying something I put a lot of effort on is rewarding.

Of course it's cool if someone like it and relate to it but I'm fair selfish about this matter because I'm the one and only audience that must be pleasured.

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You're standing on the shoulders of giants. I say rip off your inspirations, and you'll eventually land upon your "true" style. Take Tycho for instance. He's ripped off Boards of Canada so much on his earlier releases that it almost feels like plagiarism. But now he's found his groove on later releases like Dive and Awake.
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You're standing on the shoulders of giants. I say rip off your inspirations, and you'll eventually land upon your "true" style. Take Tycho for instance. He's ripped off Boards of Canada so much on his earlier releases that it almost feels like plagiarism. But now he's found his groove on later releases like Dive and Awake.
I agree. I remember David gilmour reccommended the same thing in an interview. However I recently read this book on Andrei Tarkovski ( Russian movie director) where he really focuses on how an artist has no right to copy for the sake of success and has a duty to express themselves in their own unique way and trust that there are others like you out there whom your music will speak to.
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I don't like Aphex Twin or Beiber. Both of them seem to be just out there for popularity and conformity these days. OK, I exaggerate a little bit.

Anyways, before anybody flames me... I'll shut up about that.

I like to try to create a new subgenre with every tune. I feel that every new tune should be genuinely NEW and fresh and exciting and inspiring and surprising somehow. It just can't happen that often if trying to fit the mold.

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my favorite thing ever is producers saying each tune they create is a new subgenre

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