Feb 03 2009
So a few months ago I served as a panelist for an electroacoustic music competition. It was fun, and quite revealing, and I found myself oscillating (ahem) between joyful giddiness and abject horror as I listened to a big pile of recordings. I’ve been trying to concoct a witty, Letterman-style top ten list that would do justice to my swirling thoughts on composing electronic music that actually works, but I just keep returning to the same five key points:
- Got form and structure?
- Step away from the synth preset! Unless you can employ it with as much panache as Corey.
- Be yourself! I adore Radiohead (*insert band or composer of choice here*) just as much as the next person, but the only ones who will ever really sound like Radiohead are, um….Radiohead.
- Drugs don’t make the music better. At least not while you’re actually creating it, that is. Just say no. Seriously.
- A really awesome idea is a million times better than really awesome gear.
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