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So I had an idea recently that I want to run by everyone here. If I, or any composer for that matter, were to post time-lapse videos of them doing their composing on Youtube, do you think they attract much attention or get many views?

Allow me to explain my idea further. Basically the composer would use a screen recording program, like Fraps, to record him writing a piece in his DAW (or Finale/Sibelius, or whatever else you might compose in) from start to finish. Then the footage would be sped up and the audio removed. After that, he would record a commentary track in which he might talk about the piece, music in general, play clips or ideas that he had along the way, or he could even just treat the commentary like a vlog. And of course at the end of the video the completed piece would played.

The idea stems from a few different types of videos that I've watched on Youtube. There are "Let's Play" videos where people record themselves playing a video/computer game while commentating; and there are speed-painting videos where artists record themselves drawing something into Photoshop and speed up the footage. I enjoy both of these types of videos, and I thought it might be cool if I could turn composing into more of a visual art by drawing inspiration from them. I'm sure we would all agree that there is something visually appealing about seeing a finished score in Finale or a finished piece in a DAW window with all of its colorful tracks.

Also, this was the cheapest way I could think of to make anything resembling a "music video." It's still not free, though. I'd like to get your opinions on the feasibility of this idea before I start considering spending the ~$200 I expect it will cost me to get the materials I need to give this a shot.

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I think this is a good idea. I recon people are interested to see the progress of composing, esspecialy when the composer is explaining the progress. I will be interesting for other composers to see how their pers are going thru the progress, as well as for people who are interested in the progress of composing, but have little idea of how it is done. In that sence it can be very educational aswell. If you decide to go on with this idea, you are more then welcome to upload the video(s) to the YoungComposersTube channel.

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The problem is, composing is never as straightforward as a Let's Play or, Lord forbid, a vlog. Nor is it like where you have a blank canvas and paint something for an hour and its done. I mean, it *can*, but how often does that happen all in one sitting?

I agree. I wouldn´t recommend trying to video it all in one take. I would make it more like a short documentary. You could film yourself sketching an idea on paper, improving it on the piano, trying it out in finale, improvising again, walking around the garden singing etc. It depends on your personal style of course.

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