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  1. My take on this virus is that it will probably wind up being a good thing in the aftermath. People in Western Europe and North America have, since the boomer generation, simply had things way too easy and good for far too long. Most people today are so reliant on global corporations that they have lost all practical skills or ability to survive on their own. I live just outside of town, my sister lives on a rural property, parents live on an acreage, etc. Between us all, we're all good as far as food goes. Why? Because we make most of our own. Saving food grown in large-gardens (mini-crops basically), the slaughter of the spring cow, hunting trips, the chickens and their eggs, etc. there's still plenty of food. My sister recently made a pretty good bit of cash selling fresh eggs to her neighbors and friends and the entire immediate family now have freezers full of chicken. Meanwhile, my cousin, who is a man in his mid-40s, is absolutely freaking out since he got placed on a two-week quarantine and now has to cook for himself. He just doesn't know what to do since the restaurants aren't delivering and he eats at them basically every day. A man in his 40s cannot cook for himself. I've seen mothers complain that they now actually have to raise their children instead of hand them off to daycare. People hoarded toilet paper because, without Charmin, they couldn't clean their own @$$ and these people are supposedly "adults". I do believe that we are headed for a positive societal shift after this clears. I think it is waking a lot more people up to how important self sufficiency, on both the national and personal level is. Being tied into a "global economy" and relying on foreign countries to produce basically everything in your country will inevitably have devastating consequences. A Chinese viral outbreak has crippled Italy, and basically everyone else. Just like how a 2008 American mortgage crisis crippled the economies of countries that were not the United States. This virus is forcing people to realize the value of self-sufficiency, forcing them to spend more time with their families, dismantling meaningless entertainment distractions, reducing pollution, causing people to question consumerism, and so on. "It's always darkest before the dawn" and all that...
  2. I've done a number of tunes over the years for video games and stuff meant to sound like "Asian" music. Basically, the pentatonic scale is your friend here and the go-to instruments you want to use would be things like: The Dizi flute, Shakuhachi, Shamisen, Koto, Gongs, Taikos, Erhu, throat-singing and kabuki chants... Orchestral Horns and Strings playing pentatonic scales also work well alongside all that, and I'm pretty sure Musescore has at least some of those ethnic instruments.
  3. Well what I mean by "originality" is not the "signature" so to speak, that basically every composer will develop if they aren't consciously trying to reproduce another's. What I mean is the pursuit of originality as modernists saw it. This idea of something which is so totally detached from what came before it or some sort of technique that creates a "new method" of composing or creating art. By and large, most such attempts have failed to produce results on par with the traditions and techniques developed and nurtured over the centuries before them.
  4. I got banned from another forum for arguing with a guy that modernism/modernity is garbage and lowered standards dramatically. We're at a point where many composers can't compose a coherent melody or without ostinato at all, couldn't do it without samples, etc and yet these people can wind up in big gigs for film and such. All because of the pursuit of "originality" and eventually this "everything is totally subjective" relativism that inevitably arises from this mindset. I think this mentality is the most poisonous thing there is to learning any sort of craft and you see it everywhere now. Taken to its logical conclusion, one is to believe that someone who just sat down for the first time at a piano and banged out a short tune, not knowing what they're really doing, is in fact just as good of a composer, churning out just as good of music as Mozart because "muh subjectivity". I mean these guys literally tried to convince me that these two guys banging sticks together and mumbling is no worse than John Williams because "culture" and "communication" and other terms of obscurantism. No one who takes their craft seriously has this mentality, which really only exists to tear down standards so that we won't fear being judged as inferior to something else — and there's just nothing of value to be learned there except not to take advice from such people. Anyway, that's my rant that was inspired by this part of your post.
  5. The reason that those keys "sound different" is simply because you are making a comparison. If this comparison is removed, one will find that the listener is not affected "emotionally" by the key but rather what you are playing. The other aspect is that with major and minor keys, I'd suspect that what you are perceiving has to do with the overtone series.
  6. Cinematic Studio Solo Strings and the Nocturne series by Orchestral Tools are great.
  7. Hey, thanks! No, the drums are all free samples!
  8. A mysterious-sounding, sort of bizarre loop that I composed for a fantasy game. See what you think.
  9. I think my only complaint is that the wind instrument from around the 2:40 mark feels too dry and "in your face".
  10. Ha, well probably not exactly since there is an official instrumental out there and the original didn't have that kind of guitar solo and the structure is a bit different, but I appreciate the favorable review all the same ☺️
  11. Hey guys, I recently did a cover of Roxette's 80s hit "The Look" with the original studio vocals. Perhaps it's something you'll enjoy. and if you just wanna hear my instrumental
  12. Whether I start with a sketch or not depends whether I'm writing actual music or not. Though I never use piano for the former; guitar instead. The thing about a lot of purely orchestral music, past and especially present (definitely where film scores are concerned) is that it's a lot more — to use a euphemism — "textural" in nature. For such purposes, a piano sketch or something would not be accurately able to portray most of what's going to happen in the music, so it's better to just go straight to the orchestra or samples of.
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