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Composing vs. Recreating Songs

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2018-06-23 15:25:27 / Author: CuriousSack
Hi lbp-musicians,

sometimes people ask me to recreate a special song with the musicsequencer...and I've already recreated a lot of songs, but to tell the truth...I'm more a composer of own songs! 
Its so much fun to experiment with melodies and sounds, to see the own ideas getting shaped and formed til you have a new song, unique, never heard before. Composing is freedom, its like a freestyle exercise whereas recreating a song is more like a compulsory exercise! 
Not to get misunderstood, both disciplines can be satisfying, but there is a different focus in each one. 
Recreating a try to get as near to the original as possible, which means you have to consider all aspects of the original song, like notes, rhythm, chords, choice of instruments and so on to get a result that is predefined.
Composing a song I mostly have no idea how the result will be, when I start to compose. And you have free choice of nearly every aspect of a song. 
If you recreate a song your recreation will always be compared with the original song, whereas own compositions always are a surprise for the audience.
To me composing songs is easier than recreating songs!

What do you think about composing and recreating songs or what do you prefer?

Many greetings, Jürgen^^
2018-06-23 15:25:27
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2018-06-23 18:20:31 / Author: mdkd
I don't recreate songs too often because I am bad at that. I mess around with instruments, change the notes, change the instruments and then... a really wonderful sequence of notes comes together and I continue that pattern. Thats how most of my songs come together. A few years ago I used to just change the instruments on the sequencer or use one more instrument. That sounded boring though. Nowadays I continue the pattern of notes and create new tunes that sound slightly different.

I also mess around after that and try to add more unique sounding tunes. The result: Magic Tunes 3.
2018-06-23 18:20:31
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2018-10-14 20:26:10 / Author: Sebart75
Hello guys.

To answer your interesting question, Jürgen, I agree with MDMK : it's more easy for me to create because for now I just improvise en sequence and repeat it, change some instruments, add some bridge variations, "et voilà"

But for me it's a motivating challenge to reproduce famous musics. It's also more satisfying, and I think I learn more doing that.

For example, I wanted to remake the Sepultura hit "Roots Bloody Roots" for a project level about vikings having violent revenge against orcs who destroyed their village. I needed rage, and I obsessively tried to remake the song. Now I did it, I'm kind of proud of it, even if it's not perfect because of the limitation of both LBP and my current talent. 

The same for the Witcher 3 OST, wich is fantastic but a loooot harder to remake in LBP because of special folkloric instruments they used and the changes of rythm. But doing it, I learned a lot.

Now I'll try to upgrade my composing level. For example with your circle of fifth tool. I also watched the following video and liked it, as it's very simple for music noobs like me
2018-10-14 20:26:10
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2018-10-15 04:42:51 / Author: mdkd
That's interesting and cool to hear. I might give the video a try too.
2018-10-15 04:42:51
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2018-10-15 08:47:05 / Author: Sebart75
Ok, problem solved, it's playable now.
2018-10-15 08:47:05
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