I was just curious about what you all think about composers as in those who study music, theory, play an instrument, have experience in music etc. compared to "composers", or those who go out, buy a computer, midi keyboard and some samples and call themselves composers.
*NOTE: I am not intending any disrespect or offense to those in or outside of this forum who are "composers". I use the quotation marks as a way of distinguishing between the two types this post is about.
Recently, a young 18 year-oldish "composer" in my area emailed me out of the blue and stated that they liked my music on my website. They liked the style and asked me questions about harmony and things specific to how I compose music. They attached YouTube links to their stuff. Well, I go to their YouTube pages and am blown away by the quality of the samples they use, and the music sounds pretty damn good, better than my sample libraries! Under the description they state "This was made in an hour, unmastered" yadda yadda. This person also had won a scoring award from some film festival.
I'm jealous obviously, and a little upset. It took me five years of music school and about five more years of scoring experience to get to where I'm at today, and I'm not even doing this for a living yet-Heck, I've never even received an award for composing! I started with REASON 2.0 and worked up to Logic Pro 9. Within the past year I finally saved enough to get a nicer sound sampler for strings and brass, along with a faster computer but I'm still nowhere near the specs this person has. Anyways, I called the "composer" up and we chatted. I was very interested to see how they started, and to find out about what samples they used, and about their studio.
They stated that they had about $5K and just got a really nice computer, sound samples that were top shelf right now, and a midi keyboard. They had only been composing for maybe a month or so. The reason they got in touch with me was to see if I could collaborate by teaching some scales and some basic theory, keyboarding skills, etc. in return for "playing around with my samples". Let's just say we haven't been in touch but I keep tabs on this person and they are continuing scoring projects. They are doing in no time what I have tried to be doing for over 5+ years.
Am I a bad person to have somewhat of a loathing towards this "composer"? I mean, we are all striving for success in this world, we all want to be heard, we're all in the same boat if you will. I'm happy for what this person has accomplished and am so jealous at the ear he has for writing music, but it seems like anyone nowadays can just buy a bunch of equipment and call themselves a composer without an ounce of musical/orchestral/etc knowledge. To me, that's unfair, then again, I have a computer and a keyboard and sound samples. That's how I make my music. But I spent years playing in ensembles, studying theory and starting my studio from scratch. No wonder this industry is tough - There's so many people who can just do it right off the bat, get inspired by the latest Hans Zimmer-scored movie, purchase equipment and then boom! They are now "composers".