Hello there! Welcome to my music-making diary. I used to make and sell hip-hop beats, but it's been a long time,
and I no longer have the same taste in music.
I know what kinds of music I enjoy listening too, but I'm not sure which music I would like to make.
I'm using this diary to document my progress and my explorations, one audio clip at a time.
I'm proud of this instrumental.
I'm not sure if someone would sing on it, but I enjoy listening to it.
I did everything on the MC707, and there was no editing, mixing, or anything on a computer, which is precisely how I want to approach this hobby.
I started by creating a few progressions and melodies with the sounds you can hear in the instrumental.
I then resampled those pieces without the drums and the bass and made a few more progressions and melodies.
I repeated the cycle, and in the end, I had 4 sections that I felt went well together. Besides the internal sounds from MC707, I recorded an ambulance a couple of months ago.
For this one, I built most of all of the sections on the MC707 and then
recorded them into Reaper to arrange and mix. I wanted to move everything
into reaper because I struggle a lot with transitions between sections and
work on it on the computer feels easier. I'm not sure whether these
sections don't work well together or I don't know how to make them work
together. You can also see that my drums still suck. My next one is almost
finished and I'm pretty confident that I improved in both of these areas.
Trying something different.
I wanted to participate in this year's Jamuary. I definitely
couldn't publish a jam daily, but I could publish at least one for the
whole month. I don't know yet what to call this project, so I'm going
with Music After 30 for now.
Beats from 2020 on the MC707
In the summer of 2020 I've acquired an MC707 and since then I've been in love
with making music again. I've learned so much, and there's so much more to
learn. These are a few beats I made during the rest of the year. They were
made with the MC707 and recorded into a DAW where I made some final touches.
Mixed Feelings Piano
I was really digging the piano loop from the previous entry, so I
decided to put a little more work into it. This is what I came up
with. The "song" has two parts, all instruments are VSTs that I played
in the launchpad, the voices are recordings that I did in the past
except one that's from Youtube. I didn't put a lot of effort into the
drums because I got tired of it before I had time to get there.
Loop: Jazzy Mind F***
I was playing around with the piano and trying to build a nice, and
complicated, chord progression. The result is the piano you hear. Loved
it. Threw a couple of synths on top of it. Even better! It gets a bit
crazy by th end. It was a good session.
Loop: Night Bass
In this loop I'm mostly experimenting with kicks and bass. There are two
bassses, one only enter after the "drop", the idea was to make it sound
like a growl. The whole porpose of this experiment was to try and make a
Synth: Lo-Fi Piano
In this experiment I made a Lo-Fi Piano Synthesizer. No audio samples in
that piano. I think it sounds awesome.
Loop: Kill the piano & Before
Two little loops I've been playing around with. Both have a sample +
some VST instruments on top. I feel that using a couple of samples make
the song feel more organic and rough, I can never get that feeling when
I only use VST instruments. I guess I have to level up my editing
Nothing left to prove
I put a lot of effort into this track, but I can't make myself finish
it. I think it's a better investment of my time to make more tracks than
making this one "perfect". There's a main sample, some VSTs and drum
sounds I collected from the web. The voice samples are from a TV Show my
girlfriend happen to be watching at the time.