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Music of the Minor Modes

The prior post concerned the three major modes which are designated by their major 5ths. The minor modes are similarly designated by their minor 5ths. Each has a unique history and flavor, but they share the familiar minor darkness of emotion in common. From the bittersweetness of the Dorian, the tense power of the Phrygian, […]

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From the Mind to the Page: A Composer’s Tips for Optimizing your Creative Process: Part 2

By Lukas StanleyIf you haven’t already read Part One of this article, I would recommend reading that first. It can be found here: http://blog.shockwave-sound.com/2015/07/from-mind-to-page-composers-tips-for.html In Part One, I discussed how to make the most of your creativity by effectively setting a writing schedule that coincides with your creative peaks during the day, having a plan […]

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Orchestral MIDI Arrangements

The absolute beginner’s guide to the Orchestral MIDI Mockup By Thomas James Slater Like many composers in the more analog field of pencil and paper, I was entirely unaware of the other side of music production. For years I thought that the bleep and bloop of midi, compliments of my music notation software, were all […]

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Depth and space in the mix, Part 1

by Piotr Pacyna “When some things are harder to hear and others very clearly, it gives you an idea of depth.” – Mouse On Mars There are a few things that immediately allows one to distinguish between amateur and professional mix. One of them is depth. Depth relates to the perceived distance from the listener […]

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Drum tips for music producers

by Piotr Pacyna  Here are a few tips for anyone thinking about spicing up his drum parts. Some of them are for more advanced producers, while some of the others will be suitable for less advanced readers. However, this article is not for beginners. You have to know at least the basics of MIDI programming, […]

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