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I never wanted to learn music theory. So I've been doing everything I possibly can to improve my musical abilities without it. I've mainly been improving my ear. I've been doing some perfect pitch training and while I don't yet have "Perfect Pitch", I am more "color aware". I think this song proves that you can make a very technical song without knowing the technicalities. My advice to anyone who writes music: Develop Your Ear! It's crazy how many people know so much about music but can't tell you what a C is without at least hearing a reference note first. Develop perfect pitch and perfect relative pitch: they are both important. It takes a lot of patience but it will pay off, and you may never need to learn music theory if you can develop your ear well enough. As I said, I've not yet reached Nirvana (lol) but this is a step in the process.

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what you're talking about is becoming autodidact. Music is - for some people - something you can learn to make yourself.
and you're getting there, i can hear that this song is pretty harmonic. the melodies you use are not too simple, especially the bassline is good. i like how you managed to have multiple feels to the track. the use of transitions is also pretty decent, except at 1.30 where you bring the other melody back out of nowhere... yeah no dont do that :P
also, electronic music isnt only about melodies and song structure. its also about how you work with sounds - which im sure you have been doing, but it could be alot better. just play with buttons some more, try some more effects.. you can develop a better sound along the way.
just giving you advice as far as it helps.

myxibrium responds:

Not really autodidactic. That would indicate that I was learning music theory by myself instead of learning it from an instructor. I'm talking about NOT learning music theory, since it's very involved and can get incredibly complicated for even simple songs like this. For a music hobbyist, I think it's completely irrelevant. The most important thing by FAR is developing your ear, which doesn't necessarily have anything to do with theory.

I personally didn't think the transition at 1:30 seemed out of place, but that's just because I had listened to it over and over again. And that same transition repeats two other times in the song (i think).

Thanks for the advice! I'm always open for constructive criticism.

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Feb 4, 2010
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