How should we create electronic music?

I’m no mathematician and don’t understand the principles behind many of the weird and wonderful programs like Metasynth, Supercollider, Soundhack etc. I simply gather the sounds that please me and the rhythms that excite me and try to throw them together. If I understood all of these mathematical principles, do you think I’d create interesting tracks? Maybe yes. I wouldn’t say my tracks now are brilliant by any means but they are what I want to make and listen to at the time they are made.

I liken my noise & music making to some kind of painting. I usually throw a large amount of ‘paint’ on the ‘canvas’ and watch while a great deal of it falls onto the floor. I then spread what remains on the canvas so that certain colours come through and others are obscured. Sometimes, points of light poke through. Sometimes the canvas is naked with blocks of black slammed down hither and thither (is ‘thither’ a real word?).

There are many canvasses lying in the dust on the ‘studio’ floor. One day I’ll blow off the dust and put them back onto the easel to see if I can rescue anything. Maybe the paint will still be wet in places. I suppose I could chip away at the paint and break a few bits off. Maybe I could leave empty patches or add a bit of new paint. Perhaps blend a new colour.

But then perhaps, one day, the brushes will be unusable, stiff or broken. In which case, I shall use my fingers and hands.

By the way, I don’t like using spray paint.

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4 Responses to “How should we create electronic music?”

  1. Anonymous Says:

    I love the way you describe how you compose music. I feel the same. I turn on the computer and click on FL Studio. If I try to make something in a certain style it doesn’t work, something has to drive me, the rhythm, a texture. I always tend to do heavy electronic music although I also listen to synth pop but if I try to sound poppy when I am with my stuff I tend to hate it, the more I try the more I hate it!!!

    Wire Science is a reference for me, one of the greatest music ever made, a pure masterpiece. I love it and, yes, I also tried to inmitate the sound!!!

    I Post two links to some stuff I am working. I am sure you can hear some of your influence here.

    Posted: Mon Sep 27, 2004 6:18 am Post subject: Stuff I am working know
    Hope you enjoy it!!!

    http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/nha/neuralnetwork.mp3

    http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/nha/thedifferentengine.mp3

    silikonanswerDONTWRITETHIS@telefonica.net

  2. Lagowski Says:

    Thanks Gabi!

    I thought I recognised your address 😉

    I’ll check the links now…….

  3. Lagowski Says:

    Good stuff – programmed a bit like Front 242! I like the trick in ‘neuralnetwork’ where the listener thinks he knows the beat and then it goes the other way :->

  4. Anonymous Says:

    Thanks for taking the time to listen to my stuff, one of my all time music heroes!!! wowwww, that’s cool. I think I must polish those changes. In my page there is more stuff, my main proyect is N0 HUMANS A110WED :-D.

    http://personal.telefonica.terra.es/web/nha

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