[linux-audio-user] RE: More Homemade Muzak

LinuxMedia linuxmedia4 at netscape.net
Tue May 17 00:42:47 EDT 2005

 >>>> Herky-Jerk (OGG audio file, 3.4MB)
 >>>> http://www.xscd.com/pub/music/herky-jerk.ogg

 >> I like that.  Can I request a beat, though?

 > Drums are a real weak spot with me. I have a good sense
 > of rhythm and I always wanted to be a drummer instead
 > of a keyboard player (but my mom and dad forced me to
 > take piano lessons). I love Hydrogen but I always
 > feel that if I were to try to add a drum part it would
 > sound ultra-cheesy and unrealistic.

When I actually have everything set up the way I want it and get ready 
to make music, I will probly eventually look into electric drum pads (or 
whatever you call them). I'm assuming they are all midi. Would midiable 
drum pads help to make it more musical for you (assuming one could use 
the drum pads to trigger sounds via midi and a linux sequence/sampler)?

 > On the other hand, I feel that if I were to START with
 > a drum part, it's metronomic nature would restrict or
 > prevent more fluid, expressive tempos for the rest of
 > the parts of the music.

When I think of "starting with drums", I think of it as an exception to 
the rule, possibly as a way to inspire me to write new sounding music 
(instead of my usual approach of writing by playing my main instrument 
and accompanying it with my singing *then* adding drums). This way, 
starting with drums would actually be a creative thing to make things 
fresh and different. And if the Electric Drum Pads helped open up 
creativity, then maybe this approach may actually make things more 
creative for you.

 > In a live band (I was a professional
 > musician for about a dozen years), the drummer and ensemble
 > are all in "psychological sync" in a way, so that the tempo
 > fluctuations sound "tight" and realistic, yet human and
 > variable. That seems hard to achieve using software percussion

Yeah... nothing beats a group of musicans that click and all adding 
their personal sound to one complete song. Just being with people and 
playing can inspire more creativity.

Just a few thoughts.


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