I find something extremely annoying when composing music and I'm just wondering if anyone else has the same problem! I don't even think there's really an answer to it, but, hey, you are all very intelligent people out there and may come up with some good advice! If not, then share my pain!
Whenever I'm writing a piece of music, I find that after a while I begin to think I've heard it before somewhere else. This doesn't really happen until very nearly completing it but it's very annoying as I lose all confidence in what I've just written and am tempted to leave it altogether. I guess this is happening because I'm listening to the work on my ipod all the time to work out my next moves to develop it and so it becomes (too!) familiar!
Does anyone else experience this? Of course getting people to listen to the work always helps - I keep asking my husband if he has heard it somewhere before but although he shares my passion for music, he has the memory of a little goldfish!
Hope your day has been filled with inspiration!
I listen to pieces I work with on an ipod too. During the work of arranging I listen too the music many many times. Now, there is a lot of music out there and whatever you write it's bound to sound like something else. But if a melody sounds very obvious like some other melody I try to change it a bit to lead it in another direction.
If a melody is any good it has that familiar sound over it. That does not always mean that you've stolen it but it's a sign that it's a logical melody.
I'm convinced that all music is spiritual, it has it's origin in the spiritual realm. So all music comes from God, and if my melody sounds a lot like your melody - Hey, His gorilla looks a lot like His chimpanzee too : )
Never stop and throw something away just because you think it sounds like something else, because it always does!
Fredrick zinos said:
Fredrick zinos said:
Jonathan Metz said:
If you have a long melody the problem is smaller than if you have a short melody. Sometimes I can have a couple of notes in a melody that I know is from something else, but I still want to use them because they fit the melody I'm writing. Then I have to lead those notes in a different direction to make them land in a different place and different feeling than the song they originally came from. If I have a very short melody that is much harder to do. You can mask a lot of that stuff in the arranging too.
As Stravinsky said 'A good composer doesn't borrow, he steals!'
I believe what he meant was this. Ideas that you pick up either intentionally or subconsciously you must make your own.
Music is all about context. How else could there be, especially in the realm of popular song, an endless stream of new material that all use a very limited palette of chord progressions and very similar melodic shapes?
I must also say to Lennart, at the risk of going off topic, that the belief that music is spiritual and comes from (your) God doesn't really teach us anything. After all, it presumably means that all music, even bad music comes from the same source.
Anyway, as far as copyright law goes, as long as the melody is less than 8 notes long ( the bit that is 'lifted' from elsewhere) then you're safe. Oh, and if the composer has been dead at least 70 years then ditto! LOL
Even "bad" music does comes from God. The only thing we can aim for when receiving our compositions is to mess them up as little as possible. Mozart messed his music up less than Black Sabbath did theirs, but their music had the same source. Now, I could discuss this with you for three weeks in a row, without a tea break, Michael, but this is not the place.
However, my Christian faith is such a fundamental part of my core being that I could not stop it from being obvious even if I tried, so I'm not gonna try.
If someone is interested in discussing such things with me, you can drop by my homepage at http://www.spaghettitrain.org and leave a comment, and we can keep the discussion out of Composers Forum.
I hope this is not offensive to anyone in here.
Michael Tauben said:
Sorry for taking issue with your statements concerning spirituality and supernatural beings but my scepticism is such a fundamental part of my core being that I also couldn't stop myself.
I may just take you up on your offer to discuss the matter but I think we would both be better off developing our compositional craft.
Lennart Östman said: