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C'mon who inspires you? Try and keep them to a ten list minimum just so we don't have some kid who floods the page with everyone in his downloads folder. So yeah go for it, ten. If you can, include why.
1. Pole: Pole practically nailed what I had been trying to do when I first started making electronic music, a real glitchy sound. Becuase he used a broken TR-909(or so I hear) his music has a weird, popping and cracking effect that I can't emulate as well as I'd like. His latest album Steingarten became one of my regular listens.
2. Philip Glass: No one nails repetative music like Philip Glass. Songs built around themselves, and as such, progress in a much more subtle way, but after listening to his string quintet play an Aaugmented arpeggio for 5 minutes when that top trumpet melody comes in it feels all the more epic. Koyaanisqatsi define film music for me.
3. Dust Brothers: The Dust Brothers are two of the best producers I can think of. Having done the Fight Club soundtrack, they sort of got under-rated under all the awesome hype surrounding the dvd release of the film. While the film is great, I consider the soundtrack better. With an incredibly inventive use of samples, and with the substance equal to their style. They really narrowed their music down to a catchy, dark caricatuer of modern life.
4: Aphex Twin. You can't have an electronic artist not have Aphex Twin in his top influances, it's unheard of. Drukqs and Selected Ambient Works contain some of my all time favourite songs.
5: Boards Of Canada: When I first heard them I thought it was all boring mid-range dirge, but then you sliten again and again and you hear litereally hundreds of things you havn't heard before. Smokes Quantity is my favourite song.
6: Miles Davis: Miles Davis' Bitches Brew contained some of the best jazz improvisation I've ever heard. And while you can't really improve while mixing and creating music on a computer, you can fuck about and record whatever you do and then try and mix it into whatever stupid thing you recorded 5 minutes ago. Brilliant.
7: Radiohead. Kid A/Amnesiac is what got me into electronic music, having only ever really heard Autechre beforehand, my electronic music knowledge wasn't very broad. But it was a great surprise to hear people doing this in a band, and executed so well. Kid A is one of my favourite albums, with Amnesiac containing my favourite Radiohead songs. Also, Kid A and Amnesiac spurred the greated Radiohead b-sides aswell.
8: Autechre. Ultra dub, synth-tastic, dance. The ultra low key dance songs really clicked with me. Focusing on the beat and everything surrounding it rather than the melody/vocal line over the top of it, it really felt like Autechre tried turning the properties of 90s dance music around. And while it had been done before. No one did quite like Autechre, quite as well, or quite as inventive and original.
9: Beach Boys. Now some people dislike me saying this. But Pet Sounds, was better than SGT Pepper's. I love the Beatles, but the Beach Boys just got it right, like perfect right. Pet Sounds is quite possibly my favourite album ever. Pet Sounds being one of the most popular experiemental commercial pop albums of all time, it set the bar for what could be achieved with imagination and patience. Using bike bells and recorders for melody lines rather than vocals. And then using vocals to soothe you through it all the way over the top. They experimented with themselves, as well how to write music. This also spawned lots of classical music in the 60s/70s to do the same.
10: Kraftwerk. Autobahn is why electronic music is so great. The versitility of it, the immense things you can do. And mroe importantly, the simplicity of it. Certain electronic albums create the feel of busyness to a point of confusion. And while making electronic music can be difficult, when learning coding for Max and Reaktor, and other music/macro creating programs. It's all relatively simple realistically. It's all things clipped together in certain ways, and this was what Autobahn was. A series of events, clipped together, really well. Kraftwerk made computerized music not just to make music with sounds people hadn't heard before, but to make it simpler, so that there were clear central themes you could focus on. While this isn't to everyones taste, thinking that they must be taken at face-value and aren't 'growers', they'd be wrong. Autobahn defined Kraftwerk for me, and really, you have to listen to it ten times to even begin to understand it.
ps: if there are spelling mistakes, fuck off. I'm not spell-checking all that.
My influences... too lazy to explain:
Armin Van Buuren
That should be enough to keep you all busy.
It's pretty much the artist that I'm currently listening to. Right now, it'd have to be Cordis and Cape Town, both awesome trance artists in my book. ;)
At 2/26/08 06:14 PM, navij11 wrote: Nice...
My influences... too lazy to explain:
I'ma use NG Artists, kk?
inspired me to get my first program.
inspired me to upload to NG
inpired me to make a list of people who inspire me
Nav, i need Mediafire .wav's, K?
Nearly every song I listen to influences my music, when I hear diffrent songs I listen to the different techniques the artists use. I can honestly say, that once I had learned how to make music I now listen to music in a completely different way.
But mostly Hixxy, Styles, Sharkey and the rest of the Raver Baby crew have influenced me alot.
Charlie Parker, James Brown, John Coltrane, Sonny Rollins, Herbie Hancock, Duke Ellington, all the greats of jazz and funk. I do like electronic and trance music a lot, but i dont know where to get started, artist wise, like who to listen too, which artists do which style, etc.
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Chronamut- He was the first guy on the Audio Portal that I listened to, and he was also the guy that made me think "Fuck, that's EASY! I can do that!"
Since been proven wrong. :D
MaestroRage- Mostly influenced my newer orchestrated stuffz. Most recently (and most obviously for me) was Memories Before Death where I tried to do MaestroRage better than him. :D
DavidOrr- About the same reason as MR- high quality orchestrated music. "I can do that shit."
Since been proven wrong.
Philip Glass- He has been the single greatest influence on my piano playing in songs. While MR and DO seem to rely more on a wide spectrum of instruments to carry them through a song, I always find myself relying more and more on a piano to carry the main melody and keep the song interesting.
Weird Al- Probably the first music I actually listened to. And relistened to.
And listened again. His stuff was always awesome. And still is.
Rave4Yourself (I call him Sasha)- Definitely an electronic music king. I've never been able to really nail that electrotranceravemachine sound that he has- and I really want to.
B0UNC3- Mostly for giving me a bar to attain as far as techno/trance goes.
Bitch is gonna die. :D
And that's about it, really. Fuck other people. All of them. Especially you, Rig. Fucking Rig.
For the type of music I write I would have to say Rob Dougan, Danny Elfman, John Williams, Dream Theater, and Kanye West.
Beethoven, Mozart, Chopin, Peter Sculthorpe, Tchaikowsky, Richard Strauss, Scott Joplin, John Williams, MaestroRage, DavidOrr. The Living End, Augie March, Fourth Floor Collapse, Muse. Daft Punk, Waterflame, cornandbeans.
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At 2/26/08 09:40 PM, SolusLunes wrote: And that's about it, really. Fuck other people. All of them. Especially you, Rig. Fucking Rig.
Well fuck fuckity fuckiddly fuckersaurus mcfuckerson you too.
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At 2/26/08 10:12 PM, Rig wrote:At 2/26/08 09:40 PM, SolusLunes wrote: And that's about it, really. Fuck other people. All of them. Especially you, Rig. Fucking Rig.Well fuck fuckity fuckiddly fuckersaurus mcfuckerson you too.
Hi there, Rig :D
you fucking assface
At 2/26/08 06:10 PM, Twoism wrote: C'mon who inspires you? Try and keep them to a ten list minimum just so we don't have some kid who floods the page with everyone in his downloads folder. So yeah go for it, ten. If you can, include why.
1. This would have to be my dad. He taught me how to play guitar (on an acoustic) and also supported me in my piano lessons. He also introduced me to alot folk and bluegrass music, which I've grown to like more and help support/pay for my me to pursue a sound recording degree. With out him I wouldn't be here right now.
2. Dream Theater, probably the most instramentaly talented band ever, no exaguation. They praticaly created progressive rock/metal, with an amazing blend of instramental rock, Jazz Fusion, and prog metal. I've modled my style of playing piano and keyboards after Jordan Rudess, and I admire their unique style of composing.
3. Kamelot, when it comes to elusive and melodic metal Kamelot band to look to. The brillance in their song writing is what inpires me the most, that and how Kahn seems to suduce your mind with his powerful, epic, and enchanting vocals and then when the guitar comes in with melodics riffs and sweepping arpagios it seems to just give your brain a phycolgical orgasam. My #1 influence when comes to lyrics.
4. DJ Shadow, not my typical genre, but you got give the points for origenality taking old vynal records and manipulating them to make a whole new genre of ambiant electronic/hip hop, noe thats inovation.
There are others but those are the big ones for me
WUML Lowell 91.5 FM - Real Underground Radio
I could be here all day talking about this, but I only have so many characters to use...
Video Games and Movies- I'm not even gonna try and name em all, but many MANY game and movie soundtracks have influenced my taste in music.
Tool- I always loved there intense and ambient sound. Plus, Lateralus is one of the best rock recordings in existence.
Earth, Wind, and Fire- How many of ya'll know these guys? A funk/soul band from the 70's. Their music is immortal. Unbelievably talented musicians and singers.
Led Zeppelin- No explanation needed.
...okay lazy mode engage...
The Apex Theory
Rush- One of the first true progressive rock bands (you'll see where Dream Theater gets it)
Boom Boom Satellites
Yoko Kanno- Cowboy Bebop, Escaflowne, etc.
Gustav Holst- listen to "The Planets"
Israel and New Breed-
Vince Guaraldi- He wrote the Charlie Brown music
Between The Buried and Me
The Derek Trucks Band
The Allman Brothers
I'm just gonna stop there...
I too, am going to use Newgrounds artists for mine, I mean, NG is the main place where I hear most of my music and I can compare myself to tohers bacause they are using the same program as me.
1. F-777: Was the first person I 'met on Newgrounds and has been kind and full of advice ever since. He is constantly providing the Audio Portal with songs that I not only love, but try to match in quality and style. He is a great artist and inspires alot of the stuff I do.
2. Kr1z: Pretty much the same as F-777. He pumps out awesome songs EVERY TIME and is happy to help me with my FL problems. The difference however, is that Kr1z's songs somehow seem (not wanting to say 'better') unique to others. He really knows how to make a trance song and its his style that I try to copy/perfect.
3. B0UNC3: While I don't know him as well as other artists, his songs are SO GOOD, theres a reason why he has so many fans on NG. His massive attention to detail inspires me to put in a little extra time tweaking the various aspects of my songs.
4. MaestroRage: Reminds me that, in contrast with my original thoughts, you CAN make beautiful classical songs using a computer.
5. My Fans: While there arent that many, the people that consistently come back to my songs and review them positivley and show so much support for me are one of my greatest insirations. The feeling I get when so many people enjoy my music...just makes me want to do more!
Nine Inch Nails, from their pop synth "Pretty Hate Machine" to the organic "The Fragile" and intricate "Downward Spiral" releases... then on to their hard rock "With Teeth" album. "Year Zero" is alright, but not really an influential work in my opinion.
Rammstein, Eisbrecher... just recently broke into NHD, loving it so far.
Michiru Yamane: The composer of Castlevania: Symphony of the night, Lament of innocence, Curse of darkness and more. Very cool music she can come up with.
Koji Kondo: The composer of most of the classic nintendo games (mario and zelda for instance). He came up with most of the best game music and he is still owning most of the videogame composers. John Williams made his own version of the Zelda theme. Good stuff!
Mozart: I have always loved Mozart.. he came up with his requiem when he was dying in his bed, he never finished it because he died before that. One of the most touching pieces i have ever heard. I see him as one of the great geniouses from this world EVER!
Chopin: He was perhaps one of the greatest Pianists and composers ever. He has his "own sound" with the piano. He was the man who could find the "kling and klang" (if that makes any sense haha :D) But anyway, really great composer!
Dionysus: Right now, they have 3 albums. It's hard to find a song that is NOT good. Really good guitarist's, strong melodies and my favorite singer (it's the same singer Luca Turilli has in his older albums) When i listen to them i get inspired to make some friggid METAL d00d!
There is much more bands/composers that get me inspired but it's really hard to remember those right now. Also i like John Williams and Danny Elfman
Saint Germain, introduced me to acid jazz
Faithless, introduced me to dance, techno
Lou Donaldson, introduced me to great sax
Herbie hancock, introduced me to superb solo's and nice synthesizing
billy preston, introduced me to jazz blues piano
bob marley, introduced me to reggae
Koji Kondo, Mozart... Martin Leung probably too. Jack Penate recently :P
I don't have fixed influences thou, I just keep listening to music and think of motifs and all that stuff when inspired.
Indescriptive topic names have left me in despair!
in no particular order
prodigy- first cd i ever bought and still the best drum sounds ever
estradasphere- so many styles, so much fun on the ears
mike patton- so many side projects, so many new and awsome sounds
mud honey- for making a great sound
frank zappa- when hes bad he really sucks, but when hes good hes one of a kind. and for working non stop until he died.
please spamwangle responsibly.
Here is some of my source of inspiration
1. Kitaro. Very beutifull classical ambient music.
2. Jean Michell Jarre. When i heard Oxygen first time, i was sold out :D
3. Rob Hubbard. One of the greatest C64 music composers
4. Martin Galway. Another one of the greatest C64 music composers
5. Lazer Dance. Great space-synth band.
6. Akira Yamaoka. Maker of Silent Hill game series music and ambience world.
7. Prodigy. Do i actually need to explain. Love the beats... Love the beats... :)
8. The Crystal Method. Inspire me at tb-303 acid medleys and beats aswell
9. Victor Vergara. Also known as "Awesome". One of the best Fasttracker 2 musicians what i know.
10. Darkhalo. Great drum´n bass, trip hop, ambient musician.
And many many other great composers :)
Aww I love you solus..
I think it's funny i'm writing this.. as making music was entirely an accident on my part and something I started as a joke..
Dreamscaper - yes the same man all the controversy was about - he was a GOD on newgrounds when I first came here - and in my mind - still is ^^
Crud - I was watching a flash one day, by FoxCat0 and heard "just a tickle" in it and was enamoured, after reading up more on Crud I discovered HE ONLY USES FL PRESETS! The things that man can do with simple plain ol' fl studio astound me <3
Evil-Dog - I was a little intimidated by his assholism back in the day (he's an assaholic - i'm helping him recover :P) - but once you get past that he's a totally awsome guy.. and a super talented artist - also is the guitarist for "chuck's nation" - a band in Quebec ^^
ParagonX9 - yes, cliche - I know, but BEFORE he was super-godded I just LOVED listening to his stuff - he really does have a knack for those "boss battle" vg kinda songs, and he uses DNB in a way I don't hate! How rare.
XBrav - I suppose I owe my whole existance to this man - 2 months after I started submitting I chanced upon his stuff in the vg portal - Ironically - he had only signed up a day before me - but already had more than 100 songs.. not only did we help each other evolve in our music styles, to which I owe noone more credit to than him, XBrav cared about the state of the audio portal more than ANYONE ELSE ON THIS SITE. It saddens me to have seen him melt away when him and I were actively campaigning for changes and whatnot.
Czer323 - no longer attends this site, but back in the day was just as huge as ParagonX9, and some say just as overrated. His production skills are amazing though and he is just oh so talented!
DJ-Draconum - he's come and gone, but I actually liked his VG remixes more than paragon's - a real talent and inspiration in the early days when I was just starting out ^^
ZeRo-BaSs - I was horribly intimidated by this man - he dwelled in the vg portal and could just so totally kick my ass music wise. We have become friends over the years though and see ourselves now as more or so equals.
AznPB - I don't think he frequents the site anymore - but he was another amazing artist, there were just so many great older artists here originally,.. it was a real inspiration to make music.
API - we've had our differences and sometiems outright fights but he really does deserve all the attention and success he has earned - good on ya mate ^^
Kingbastard - aka monketbullman and prolly a billion other alts, aside from a "redhead" side to him.. one of the most talented artists on this site. He has a distinct style and has influenced hundreds of people. Also a good friend, just don't talk to him when he's drunk..
B0UNC3 - mainly for being a great friend and teaching me in the "declining days" of newgrounds that there was still talent left on this site - I had gotten so disgusted with the state of new musicians that I simply wouldnt listen to anyone new.
Synteza - aka Extracy, aka SonicEclipse, this man restored my faith in REAL trance, and inspired "glistle"(which in turn inspired Solus, Dj_immune, and others lol). No matter how many idiots argue against me, euro"dance" is NOT trance. Not in the true sense of the word, it's just an offshoot on the blissbul heaven that is real trance.
Rucklo - pre-mod Rucklo was always refreshing to listen to. Back when his songs were just wild and crazy and made for fun without any worrying about real mastering or any of that stuff. Rusklo is a great guy to have as a friend though and always a good ear to listen to your stuff :)
f2x1 - this man is from RUSSIA. RUSSIA! He has some kickass music and I always enjoy listening to it and talking to him.
Whirlguy - without him in the early days I dunno what I would have done.
Ed - sadly I can't find any of his stuff on ngs nemore - and don't even know if that's his actual username on ngs - another gingerhead, this man's production skills are one of the best on this entire site.
DJ_Seri another awesome artist that I have had the privelege to encounter.
Glib - originally called Watercolour - why he changed that awesome name is beyond me,.. and currently, beyond him too. Yet another ginger, his style is rather similar to Kingbastard's.
non-ngs inspirations would be Weird al - which I was so totally obsessed with, NIN, Nobuo(obviously), Andy Mckee, vanessa carlton and michelle branch( for the beauty in their songs) and various j-pop artists.
and to anyone else that feels left out - it just means you can after my "development" era - I try to keep the inspirations to a minimum these days as I don't like to be influenced by others and thus end up sounding like them.
Anyone who plays swing music
SOULJA BOI CAUSE HES SO DAMN ORIGINAL (JK I hate the guy)
yeah... and others I cant think of right now
At 3/27/11 10:22 PM, sugarsimon wrote:
the brilliant songs who create a production for music