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adammonroe says

Music theory is interesting and will open your mind to the mathematical beauty of western music (for example, the cycle of 4ths is just the cycle of 5ths played backwards, musical intervals are actually just mathematical ratios (a perfect fifth is a 3/2 ratio to the fundamental, or 1.5 times the Hz value {Hz are just cycles per second} – maybe they aren’t perfect ratios in equal temperament tuning, but a really good violin player will be able to play perfect ratios).

Writing and reading music makes it easier to get your ideas down and to play other peoples music. However, I think when it comes to actual composition (for me anyway) I just sit down at the piano and compose – I don’t really think about what key I’m playing in or anything until it comes time to write the music down. Sometimes it can help if you get absolutely stuck, but I try to avoid thinking about music in terms of chord progressions and things like that, because one tends to get stuck in the same patterns. Creativity comes more from letting your mind wander than it does from analyzing theory, at least for me.

Music is like anything else in life – if you don’t know the basics, how can you tastefully break the rules? A lot of interesting music is built around bending the rules (Jazz and Blues for example). Overall, I think it is good to have a fundamental grounding, and I think it helps when it comes time to learn a new instrument. It’s just one more tool in your toolbox.

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adammonroe says

Hello, you only need to upload wav files 44.1 khz sample rate 16 bit. Optionally, you can upload mp3 files at 320 kbps. They need to be in a zip file. You also need to upload an mp3 preview with a watermarked version of your wav file.

Here are the guidelines

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Hi-res image scaled/resized to low-res image. Maybe a sharpen filter. My avatar is just a digital painting I did scaled down, the original resolution was in the thousands of pixels by thousands of pixels. I don’t think graphic design is particularly hard, but if you don’t have the skill set there are plenty of photoshoppers out there!

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When I first started uploading here my tracks got rejected quite often, but after awhile you sort of figure out how you need to do things in order to not be rejected. Being rejected is part of the growing experience at AudioJungle.

Now, when someone has been here for a awhile, has 100+ items in their portfolio (and hundreds of sales) then I can see how they might be a little miffed following a rejection.

Overall, it makes you a better composer/musician/whatever because you suddenly become concerned about the most minute details regarding your tracks.

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adammonroe says

Hello the progression for the first track you posted is
C F Amin G Many Many times.
The second track revolves heavily around a G chord
The third track is the most interesting. I don’t think those are complete chords, I think they are harmonic intervals that go something like
CG – DG – AE – GD – FC – GD – CG – CG (mostly 5th’s).

These tracks all share:
*arpeggiated piano chords played rhythmically
*violin, usually staccato played rhythmically
*A nice beat
*They all start off slow and then the beat kicks in
*sometimes guitars and odd percussion.
*key of C.

I do not believe it should be difficult to duplicate this type of sound and feeling. Just work around some basic chord progressions in C and keep adding rhythmic notes and layering instruments until you get something that sounds similar. Good luck!

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adammonroe says

Phew, a VIP program for sampled instruments, what will they think of next?

It’s definitely very big sounding.

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This has been talked about many times, but in my experience, if someone is going to pay for something they are going to pay for it and if they are going to steal it then they will steal it.

Soundcloud and youtube are two different things: Soundcloud is a high-fidelity copy of your music, youtube employs compression algorithms that make everything sound like garbage, not to mention whatever coloring your video editor does. Anyone stealing music from a youtube video is a penniless amateur who wasn’t going to pay for your track either way. Just my opinion. :-)

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I think it has something to do with the amount of suspense/buildup/mystery/romance lacking in movies these days. Movies tend to move pretty quickly towards the big action scenes, so you don’t really need brooding bassoons foreshadowing events or lighthearted flutes anymore, but even if they just doubled some of the horn lines or string melodies it would fill out the sound a little. I guess they need all that extra sonic space for all the extra percussion!

Good point. I love the Hitchcock and Herrmann combo—Vertigo, Rear Window, North by Northwest, Psycho, etc… In fact, it is arguably the best Composer/Director combo in Film History. As far as I remember, there were a lot of woodwinds and such in those scores (well, strings were the big star in Psycho lol), but also the big brass and percussion when appropriate. The spiraling themes of Vertigo are just fricken spine tingling (I’m getting goose bumps just thinking about it). Though Citizen Kane is arguably Herrmann’s best score, I still love Hitchcock and Herrmann together.

https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=kC5AzFc3coo
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Ol’Bernie knew how to milk those strings.
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When I think of Hollywood sounding scores, woodwinds that have that “big Hollywood sound” don’t really come to mind, you know? Maybe partly because modern Hollywood scores no longer use woodwinds :-) But they don’t sound that bad in the demos…

+1 It is interesting to see how the flute/oboe/clarinet fell out of favour for film scores. I sometimes watch movies from before the 80’s and see the woodwinds playing a strong roll (especially in British films LOL) but less and less as the years go by.

Mind you, one film score I really liked that did use quite a bit of woodwind was the one for the two new Star Treks. Whilst the main melody is played by horns, the woodwind theme backing it up is also pretty sweet.
I think it has something to do with the amount of suspense/buildup/mystery/romance lacking in movies these days. Movies tend to move pretty quickly towards the big action scenes, so you don’t really need brooding bassoons foreshadowing events or lighthearted flutes anymore, but even if they just doubled some of the horn lines or string melodies it would fill out the sound a little. I guess they need all that extra sonic space for all the extra percussion!
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I think bass traps help a lot and they seem to be cheaper these days than I remember. I have a wedge shaped one that fits into the corner directly behind one of my monitors (I know, I know never put monitors in corner but sometimes you don’t have a choice!)

But if you can’t afford it, you can’t afford it. Congratulations on your purchase of monitors – I always do all the panning/reverb/rough eq stuff with headphones and then finish off the eq and adjust everything with monitors until the mix sounds good on both.

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