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I write code and I write music. I'm currently studying for a master's in computer science, researching how music can be used to create user interfaces, and writing the music for Takamo Universe, a 4X space MMO.


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comment Is the particular skill of singing the melody correctly necessary to be able to play the trumpet?
I can't sing to save my life, but I was pretty good at playing the baritone, another brass instrument with similar technique to the trombone.
Jul
23
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
(My comment was pretty heavy-handed. I'm sorry for that. =/)
Jul
23
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
If you disagree, can we please discuss in meta?
Jul
23
comment What are necessary people and skills in doing good rap music?
Unfortunately, I produce electronic music, not rap, so I can't recommend anything for your specific case. It looks like you know what you're looking for, though =)
Jul
23
comment Instruments that challenge your ear
This question looks like a shopping cart question to me, and I believe it should be closed. Please vote to close or discuss at meta.music.stackexchange.com/questions/840/…
Jul
23
comment What are necessary people and skills in doing good rap music?
If you're asking specifically for which software to use and are already researching the rest yourself, any DAW should be fine, including Garage Band. There are several other questions on this site discussing DAWs in more detail, such as music.stackexchange.com/questions/14201/… and music.stackexchange.com/questions/12180/…
Jul
23
comment What are necessary people and skills in doing good rap music?
I see that you are active on other SE sites. Producing music is as broad and deep a field as software development, so unfortunately, we won't be able to answer your question. I suggest you start by finding a book or magazine on music production. In my experience, Computer Music Magazine writes great articles that can help you get started, and it looks like you can easily shop around for other resources that might be more helpful for you specifically. Good luck!
Jul
22
comment Keeping time when tired
(Also, sorry for my snarky answer earlier. It should have just been a comment =/)
Jul
22
comment Keeping time when tired
I think you're best bet is to take a nap beforehand. In addition to making it easier for you to keep time, I think it will make it easier to play in general.
Jul
20
comment What is the easiest/most popular way of figuring out the chords used in a song?
+0 In my experience, most of the music I listen to and write uses chords from outside the key, so this technique wouldn't be very helpful for me. I'd upvote an answer that's applicable to more styles of music.
Jul
20
comment Why am I always sticking to minor keys?
I prefer minor sounds too. :) I suggest playing with mixolydian scales instead of major ones - I personally like the sound of the lowered seventh and think you might as well.
Jul
19
comment Is a switch to the relative minor still called a modulation?
Interesting - I've never heard the term "mutation." I'd like to learn more, so is there any chance you can post a source?
Jul
19
comment How to give a song this sense of “conclusion”?
+1 This is a technique I've noticed used several times, and it really is especially satisfying and melancholy.
Jul
11
comment Song Structure: What's up with Verse/Chorus/Verse 2/Chorus/Verse 3/Bridge/Chorus?
Not all music follows this structure. Electronic dance music eschews verses and chorus for buildups, drops and breakdowns. Orchestral music is often organized in symphonies or sonatas. Film music often has to completely abandon common structures in order to follow the action that it accompanies. And so on.
Jul
9
comment What are the origins of music theory?
A couple of questions about whether music theory is strong like math, or more subjective: music.stackexchange.com/questions/16138/… music.stackexchange.com/questions/16172/…
Jul
9
comment What are the origins of music theory?
I agree with @Meaningful Username. There are several valuable questions being asked here, and I think the OP would do well to break them up into multiple other questions.
Jun
30
comment How to choose a key signature for a song that modulates often?
Are you sure the key is changing? If you change keys every few measures, it sounds to me like they might simply be chord changes, not modulations. But I also know that jazz can involve some unusual music theory...
Jun
23
comment Why must the final bar complete the anacrusis?
Even if this were a rule, this is music, not math. Your last and first measures should be as long as artistic taste dictates, not Wikipedia or your teacher.
Jun
6
comment What can I do to make cover song to be more interesting?
-1 from me: This question seems very broad to me. I would have preferred you described a specific song you were trying to cover, some attempts to make it more interesting, and why you weren't satisfied with them. (But I am in the minority...)
Jun
6
comment When were the terms “Major” and “Minor” applied to keys?
+1 Nice find! Can you please post a link to the article? =)