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Old 24-11-2011, 08:19 AM   #1
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How do you make your music bleak and dark

To make the bleakest music ever, what elements do you use in your songs?

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Old 24-11-2011, 08:42 AM   #2
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Re: How do you make your music bleak and dark

rip off VSnares' album Doll Doll Doll.

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Old 24-11-2011, 09:38 PM   #3
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Old 24-11-2011, 09:40 PM   #4
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Old 25-11-2011, 12:10 AM   #5
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Re: How do you make your music bleak and dark

I use the good old trick of being a miserable cunt.

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Old 25-11-2011, 05:49 PM   #6
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That specific link only makes the victim sad and bleak.

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Old 25-11-2011, 08:33 PM   #7
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That specific link only makes the victim sad and bleak.
Yes. So that he/she starts writing songs in minor key and at very low bpm, with lots of disharmonies and lo-fi samples. Maybe there will be eerie sounds in there aswell.
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Old 27-11-2011, 04:11 PM   #8
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I have found that a reverb effect can add a certain aspect to creating a dismal sound.
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Old 28-11-2011, 01:34 AM   #9
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Re: How do you make your music bleak and dark

just so everyone knows, I wasn't kidding with my earlier post.

Other good albums to scour for this sort of feeling are VSnares Winter In The Belly Of A Snake, pretty much any early Skinny Puppy(I'm very fond of Rabies and VIVIsect VI myself), any Isis album (especially Mosquito Control and Celestial) and pretty much any Meshuggah album(i particularly klike Nothing, and Catch-33). Also Radiohead songs like We Suck Young Blood, The Gloaming, Climbing Up The Walls, Knives Out... OH, and mostly anything by Neurosis. Fuck is Neurosis even amazing.

EDIT: OH and a great example off these very forums: Abreaktor makes some pretty fucking moody stuff.

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Old 28-11-2011, 05:11 AM   #10
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I have found that a reverb effect can add a certain aspect to creating a dismal sound.
this

and slow, drawn out delays
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Old 28-11-2011, 09:19 AM   #11
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Yes. So that he/she starts writing songs in minor key and at very low bpm, with lots of disharmonies and lo-fi samples. Maybe there will be eerie sounds in there aswell.
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Old 30-11-2011, 03:16 AM   #12
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this

and slow, drawn out delays
Yeah, thats a great method. I have also found out that certain aspects of cinematic pads add a decent bleakness.
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Old 01-12-2011, 03:58 PM   #13
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The longer the note the more dread.
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:41 AM   #14
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The longer the note the more dread.
Oh, indeed! especially with dismal piano pieces. When I first started using Acid, I would stretch the fuck out of certain samples and orchestration to give it a real drawn out and creepy effect. I will say that i really had no idea of the "suspense" aspect at the time, but the end result was bleakness that I was quite proud of. Here is a link to my earlier stuff.[Only registered and activated users can see links. Click here to register]
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Old 02-12-2011, 04:46 AM   #15
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Re: How do you make your music bleak and dark

be depressed, and express yourself musically / artistically..

or you could be a poser and pretend..

the most depressing music to me is Nickelback, though. Every time I hear that rock star song i'm like

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Old 03-12-2011, 04:04 AM   #17
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Uh, be a paggos? Haha is this what you mean?

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First I read this story:

I crey every time. After I'm done creying, I write a dark song from deep in my heart sorrow.
That was very touching, Im on the brink of creying myself. And I feel that I must share the fact that I was reading this my mind interpeted the spelling as someone from New Jersey. Now that my friends, is total bleakness.
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Re: How do you make your music bleak and dark

minor "scales", verbs, iunno. i think i never did an uplifing track. this thread made me check up on the stuff i did and i noticed theres a track that i never bothered to finish, yet all the parts are lined out and i have a good idea about the overall final arrangement, will be something between 15 and 20 minutes overall. will finish it this weekend!

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Old 03-12-2011, 03:03 PM   #20
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Re: How do you make your music bleak and dark

I only make depressing/dark shit when I'm happy and in good phases of my life, but apart from this, minor scales, downpitched samples, huge distorted reverbs, samples, EVPs.

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