Audio and deferred aspirations 

Music and sound are a big part of my life. I’ve got one of those jukebox brains, that always has a tune playing, uncontrollably. I often think about what sounds and songs I’d make, if I could only take them out of my brain and into a useful format.

But I don’t even know the core terminology. Aside from a long-departed, neglected electric drum kit, I have no musical training. Messing around inside GarageBand feels like flapping around a numb limb.

Audio and deferred aspirations 

I’ve got a project that looks great visually but needs sound. All my sense of being an avid computer artist suddenly vanishes, I look around for someone who talks about Ableton in their free time, propose a partnership, nothing happens. I build another project up, it looks cool, has no sound, I look for an audio person, the project gets pushed to the back burner. Rinse, repeat.

I wish I was the audio person I keep looking for.

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Audio and deferred aspirations 

There was a half-semester course in audio media literacy in college. We listened to Subotnick and Matmos and wrote what we felt about them.

We were told we had to buy Cubase, full price, and had to use it to make something for class without any substantial training.

A lot of folks lost all interest in audio then and there. I just developed an insecurity.

Audio and deferred aspirations 

You Merveillians give me hope. I mean it. Keep linking us to your sound clouds and band camps timbre champs!

But I’d really like to know if there’s a way to get there from where I am. I just want to make my stupid sounds, you know? I want to be able to make a github repo, take some graspable tool and just fill a bunch of folders up with throwaway melodies with cliche distortions. I want to know what I’m doing, instead of just stumbling around.

🔊🎶👀

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Audio and deferred aspirations 

@rezmason for a beginner i don't know how much could be hard to start with open-source things, they seems really good for the more experimental stuff, it could be hard for example to start from pure data or supercollider

Audio and deferred aspirations 

@rezmason maybe you could try renoise, it's cheap, it has lots of things inside and using a tracker it's a bit like making music with the matrix
renoise.com/products/renoise

Audio and deferred aspirations 

@rezmason for designing sounds, you should search for a some basic subractive synthesis tutorial, then i learned a lot from this articles:
soundonsound.com/search/articl

Audio and deferred aspirations 

@npisanti Thanks for the links, Nicola 😊 I'll look into these!

Audio and deferred aspirations 

@rezmason you're welcome! music is such a vast topic, there are lots of different languages and not all the tecniques for a kind of music can be applied to others, so i don't be afraid to ask = )

Audio and deferred aspirations 

@rezmason you might try ableton also? message me if you want some help! i produce a lot of music in my spare time

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