I definitely dont make songs lol, I am far more into the soundscape style stuff.
I find this type of stuff to be relaxing for me, its like a journey through my mood, but I can record it.
In honesty, I never wanted to share any of the stuff I worked on. It was purely a hobby I threw myself into because I got to spend more time with my wife while she painted.
I’ve always been super envious of people who have the ability to compose songs and get them laid down. I cant even decide on what genre I’d want to get into if I felt that was the path I wanted to go lol
I am gonna work on developing my composition skills. I love learning, and genuinely love sitting in front of gear. I have a massive amount of free time (finally quit my job, and blacksmith at home for income), and I’ve been being pretty good about creating something every day just as practice. Or even to express myself when I need it.
In terms of samples over synthesis, I do a bit of both to be honest.
I used to use drum samples a lot, but recently I have been using synths (software, rather than hardware) to create percussion. I am missing a sub woofer in my recording area, and my kick drum is always wayyyy too flipping present and forward.
I think I prefer using someone elses samples for stuff like that, at least right now. Eventually I’ll get more comfortable and just sample my own sounds, there is zero reason for me to aggravate myself each time by tweaking drumsynths knowing I don’t have a sub lol.
I do absolutely love synthesis tho, and that is what I spend most of my time doing lol. Between hardware and VST’s, effects, daws, and all the extra stuff that went into my hobby, I could’ve bought a powerhammer and forging press most likely however, I mess with synths every day, but I don’t forge every day lol.
Generally if I’m jamming like this, I have rules for patterns, and can make things relatively generative with some LFO work on a hardware sequencer. That allows me to focus more on sound choice, effects, or little pieces of ear candy that distracts from the repetition.
Really all I want to do is make this nifty little background tracks in menus for like vidya games and stuff lol, its the stuff that kinda hides in the background out of focus but adding to the overall vibe.
Mad respect to all musicians out there that know what they’re doing. I’m an idiot and chose a path that requires me to know a bunch about everything.
Def Leppard had a one armed drummer and created great music, my drummer has like 7 arms and no regard to ethics or morals.
Not once had it occured to me that drum kits were designed to accomodate human physiology and certain sounds can not be simultaneously played without requiring extra appendages. I was so preoccupied with whether or not I could, that I didn’t stop to think if I should.
One day, I’ll remember that “less is more”, probably not today, but one day.