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About GPBrimer

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  1. I really like that with just your voice and a guitar you are creating a full song. My mind can't help but want to add different instruments, but I think that would just turn it to mud. As it is, everything was there in your composition. Your lyrics are especially great, very intricate lines. I was reading the lyrics ahead a bit and wondering how in the world you were going to fit in the "end is nigh" part. And when you nailed it to the rhythm I was a bit stunned. My first thought was that the guitar might be too simple, but once I heard how intricate the lyrics were it is a great match. The backing vocal bits were just enough to add some space in there. Wonderful!
  2. Oh, wow! I can hear that now. I think my mind chose a word and stuck with it. Sorry about that You are absolutely right, that is much more effective and makes a ton of sense.
  3. Thanks for sharing this. While they are pretty basic concepts, they are good reminders to start simple. I love having stuff like this to go back to when I'm stuck.
  4. The links and information provided by Alistair will be useful for you. The second part, as already mentioned, is that you have a lot of learning to do. You will find, if you have a decent knowledge of simply using a computer, that most of the technical stuff is pretty easy to set up once you simply read the manual that comes with the devices and software you buy. Where the learning comes in is learning the possibilities. For instance, the radiohead song "Idioteque" is an awesome electronic track, but nothing about it is actually difficult. The secret there is that the guys spent time learning their tools inside and out to find out what kind of sounds they could create. Which reverb worked for the drums. We could take that same drum track, remove the reverb and effects, and have a totally different track. For learning this, I recommend FL Studio from image line. It is designed for electronic music, with the ability to record audio and instruments as well. The audio recording is secondary, while hooking up a keyboard and triggering sounds/notes with it is a simple two-click setup. This can be a great way to practice and work out the various effects, instruments, and concepts related to electronic music. I found a book called "Dance Music Manual" by Rick Snoman to be very informative in learning the various techniques and styles associated with various types of music. It breaks down the functional style distinctions of many types of electronic music, offers advice on how the various types are mixed, and even goes as in depth as explaining how the various aspects of a simple synthesizer work to create a sound. While the title sucks (I know!), the book is great. Welcome to the journey
  5. One of the ways I deal with this is to use a drum sampler with pre-loaded sequences. I apply the sequences that work best with a track, then possibly modify the snare or kick to fit exactly with the guitar/bass rhythm. While this works, it is taking some of the creative aspects away from me as the songwriter. I tend to justify this as me not being a drummer and the drums tracks are simply "plans" that I could show to an actual drummer at some point if the song were in production. Honestly, I don't love doing it this way, because I want the drum tracks to be unique and of my own creation. But unless I'm willing to invest in a drum kit, the ability to record it, and the time to learn better drumming this is the best solution. If you listen to the songs you like you will see that often the drum tracks are interchangeable other than some fills and transitions. The same concepts apply to rock drums across the board. If you were planning to write in a different genre all together, drum sampling and looping should work fine. As for playing the drums on a keyboard it's often easiest to sequence each drum separately, one at a time. Starting with the high hat, then working on to kick and snare. Then moving the high hat to various cymbals to accentuate song changes, up/down beats, etc. I've searched around for books on how to write drums digitally, but there really isn't anything out there that I can find to help this other than some broader books about writing songs in various genres. As for the "power" of the drums, this often depends somewhat on the drum sounds used and the mix of the drums. For rock, I find that the Native-Instruments Kontakt set called Abby Road Modern Drummer has more than sufficient sounds and mixing options to accomplish anything from metal to pop. Here is an example of it's use: I have some work to do on the hats and mix, but this drum track was pretty simple to put in using the method I described above.
  6. Listened to this a few times, and on the first run through I had picked up my guitar and wanted to play along to it. It is instantly likable. I like that you create a clear sense of desire and frustration with the broken up "gimme" sections. There were spots in the lyrics where you create vivid imagery, but with a few word changes you might clarify the articulation. For instance: "it's clear to see my angry anxiety's your drug" works just as well, but with easier/more open transitions as: "It's clear to see my angry anxiety's a drug" It might even add a little duality to the meaning as well, which is always interesting. I'm not sure about the hook with "My loins are heaving" as the intro line. Something about this phrase feels more formal than the rest of the song, though it seems to be expressing a physical breaking point in the story of the lyrics. Obviously, lyrics are about self expression so the choices must maintain meaning and there is no easy analogue to this sentence. Anyway, I like the song a lot and I can hear a lot of things that could happen, so I'd be very interested to see what the flesh-out sounds like. I thought it definitely deserved some feedback, and since it had none what better place to make my first post on this forum. Hope I get to hear the finished work!