Category Archives: Music

Music that I create and my opinions about music. Computer/Electronic music is the main interest.

After Eight Lessons – Music

As I told you in Music Masterclass for the New Year, I am taking an online video masterclass in the production of EDM (Electronic Dance Music) taught by a well-known musician in that genre, Deadmau5.  I have completed eight lessons of the 26 lessons.

Taking a break from lessons and homework, I created the music in the link below.  The music attempts to use the many things that I have learned about EDM melody, lead, and bass line creation as well as a lot of material on programming synthesizers both modular and not, both hardware and software.  I have no synth hardware and Deadmau5 really insists that hardware sounds better. Part of the homework has been to “make sounds no one has ever heard before”.  You will hear some of that in the music.  If you are not familiar with EDM, you may be surprised at the music.

In the next lesson I will be learning the EDM beat (basically one kick drum hit per quarter note and claps and/or snare every second quarter note with added hihats.  All of that varied a bit.) Also, how to create my own unique, “signature” kick drum sound from a two or more samples of kick drums and some distortion.

Happy belated Valentine’s Day,

Cy

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Music Masterclass for the New Year

Throughout the past few years, my interest in music has remained unabated. If you are a regular reader, you know that I produce a new piece from time to time and that I have set up a store to sell the music and, of course, the soundcloud account for everyone to listen to my productions.  This new year, I have decided to up my game.  January 3, I enrolled in an online music masterclass: “Deadmau5 Teaches Electronic Music Production”.

deadmau5 Teaches Electronic Music Production | Official Trailer

Watch this video on YouTube.

Deadmau5 (pronounced “deadmouse”) is a well-known Electronic Dance Music (EDM) producer and performer.  He has founded his own record label “Mau5Trap” and performs to packed stadiums, has received several awards and nominations and has been on the cover of “Rolling Stone”.

The course consists of 23 video lessons by Deadmau5 with a downloaded pdf workbook for each lesson. I am currently on lesson 7 of the masterclass and I already have learned a some techniques about how to compose a melody for EDM and how to extract and develop a bass line and a lead from the melody you have developed.  I find that I was doing it a more difficult way before this.

Because I have been composing music “in the box” (in the computer) for about six years, I know some of the techniques and tips already. For instance my current masterclass lesson 7 “Introduction to Synthesized Sounds” mostly covers things that I am familiar with. There is always something to learn though.  As part of this lesson he develops one of his signature sounds called the “deadmau5 pluck”.  He does it rapidly without a ton of explanation because he’s really just demonstrating many of the features found on synthesizers.  I plan to spend part of today (maybe also tomorrow?) learning to do this on one or more of my synthesizers. Note that I am talking about software plugins that are synthesizers, not the hardware keyboards.  I don’t have a hardware synthesizer.  Apparently, deadmau5 has a large collection of hardware synths.  Hardware is expensive but needed for performing and he also seems to prefer the hardware for sound development.

EDIT: the “deadmau5 pluck” took only a couple of hours to get a very similar sound.

I hope to develop some music that I can publish very soon as part of these lessons.  It’s great fun!

 

Let’s all have the best possible outcomes,

Cy

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“My Hero Tonight” a new song

I’ve been distracted with numerous other parts of life. Finally, I have finished another song.  It is intended to be EDM but as usual, I got a little carried away into my own thing.

Try it, you may like it!

“My Hero Tonight”, EDM, November 2016

The song is also on YouTube:

My Hero Tonight

Watch this video on YouTube.

Namaste,

Cy

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Future House Sound

Today I released my first music in the Future House genre.  It has been fun to learn and produce.

I have had to learn a lot just to put this together.  My skills with the DAW (digital audio workshop) software Reaper have been growing steadily.

Here is the YouTube link:

House of Music

Watch this video on YouTube.

Here is soundcloud

If you are using Firefox browser, the soundcloud player does not work!  I am trying to get solutions to this.  Click the link below to listen to the music.

Listen to: House of Music

 

I hope you enjoy it.

Namaste,

Cy

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A little noise tutorial

Today, I finished a small Youtube tutorial on how to make a laser noise in your Digital Audio Workshop (DAW).  This type of sound effect is used in many electronic dance music and techno music creations.

I used the Reaper DAW and the TX15Wx sampler plugin and a simple sine wave.  The TX15Wx is a nice, free VST plugin.  It has plenty of good features.  Samplers are used to simulate real instruments by adding samples of the instrument to the plugin.  In my case, I am making a noise that I want with it.

Tutorial-Laser-sound

Watch this video on YouTube.

It was fun to do and less complicated than one would think.

May we all have the best possible outcomes,

Cy

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Playlist for my “Insane” album is now on Youtube

I have just finished creating a playlist for the “Insane” album that I have for sale.

No fancy videos but the music is all there.  This is mostly older pieces that I have decided to gather into an album and sell. To buy it click the “Go to my store” icon on the right.

Hope you try the playlist here!

Playlist: Insane
Watch this playlist on YouTube

May we all have the best possible outcomes,

Cy

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My second album for sale

Album Cover
Album Cover

I have remixed a number of my songs and created the album that I call “Insane”.

The music genre is mixed; some dance, some rock, some electronica, some just my style!

NOTE: The pricing is pay what you want. If you click a button to buy something, there is a place to edit the price to whatever you want.

I am excited about this obviously. It has taken some bravery on my part to see if people will pay for my music.  There have been some sales of the first album.

The web address is:

http://www.nimbitmusic.com/cyball

May we all have the best possible outcomes,
Cy

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“Carcinoid” music video released today.

I got a great signal boost from The Carcinoid Cancer Foundation yesterday! The COO @CarcinoidNETs on Twitter tweeted about my new YouTube videos and she posted on the Carcinoid Cancer Foundation (CCF) Facebook page about my music and blog as well!

This is tremendous exposure for me and I am now trying to return the favor by posting a music video of my piece “Carcinoid”.  This music was composed in 2011 about 3 months after I was diagnosed with carcinoid cancer, during the time that I was quite ill from a treatment called chemoembolization or TACE (transarterial chemoembolization).  That treatment was supposed to be outpatient but I went into Carcinoid Crisis and spent the night in the Intensive Care Unit!  I was told that there would be “flu-like” symptoms for 3 weeks but mine lasted 4 weeks and for a week there was a fair amount of pain in my liver.  After the illness my symptoms from the cancer disappeared and my liver tumor shrank.  Unfortunately, after six months, the tumors grew back and the symptoms came back actually worse than ever.

The music is an echo of my emotional and physical illness from the cancer diagnosis and the treatment.

Carcinoid

Watch this video on YouTube.

 

This music is a free download at my store.

May we all have the best possible outcomes,
Cy

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YouTube Videos Loaded 2016-02-22

I have created some videos for YouTube to support my music store.  I am told that YouTube is the second largest search engine.  That means that more people will have the chance to see the videos and click on the link to the store.

Click here for my YouTube Channel.

These are simple videos which emphasize the music. I have also created a playlist for the album:

Playlist: Chillin It
Watch this playlist on YouTube

Since yesterday, I have received a few views and a couple of likes and a comment.

Since opening the store last week, there are a couple of sales and a few fans signed up.

Certainly not “going viral” but it’s a start.

Namaste,
Cy

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My music store is open!

I have decided to try to sell my music instead of give it away. The new store contains the first album that I have created from existing tracks. All have been freshly mixed/mastered.

Below is the profile and first product.  You can click the “Store” menu item at the top to see the store.

NOTE: The pricing is pay what you want. If you click a button to buy something, there is a place to edit the price to whatever you want.

I am excited about this obviously. It has taken some bravery on my part to see if people will pay for my music. The web address is:

http://www.nimbitmusic.com/cyball

I will be adding another album soon.

May we all have the best possible outcomes,
Cy

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