Making music as a non-musician
1. How the hell do I make music?
When I started this project, I had honestly completely forgotten that I’d eventually have to do music. I mean for the longest time, I was just trying to get things to work, and when I finally did, i was like “oh fuck I need music”.
I ended up taking on the task of making the music myself instead of buying it, I just felt it would be more personal. It was okay if it was a bit shitty, it was mine after all. After like a day’s worth of attempts, I realized I need an actual keyboard to play the things I wanted, so I bought the cheapest one I could find.
It was fun to start the process. I played the keyboard as a kid; I was never really that good, but I did like it. I started thinking about what kind of music I wanted to make, but I realized what the answer would be quite quickly: piano music. The person the break-up was with was a pianist, and in addition, I had in the starting screen used the imagery of a piano, so it would just make sense for piano-music to be the centre of the music in this game.
Here’s the issue though: I don’t know how to play the piano. I knew how to play the keyboard in its most basic form, which is: melody with your right hand, and striking chords with your left hand. Piano music very often forces you to play two separate melodies with your two hands. And yes I tried, but I was... absolute garbage.
But it’s the age of computers, so I was able to find a work-around. I started with just doing the base melody, which in most cases was with my left hand, recorded that, and then let that play in the background while I then proceded to play with my right hand, with some melody that I thought fit with the base melody. This made the music I was making extremely limited in what I could make, because in most piano-music you can shift around quite a lot and make interesting dynamics... but it was something, and it was something that was enough for this project. In my next post, I think I'll talk about the songs or whatever you can call it one by one and kind of go through the process of making them.
Get The Night When He Left
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