- Auld Lang Syne Wave
- Awake In a Manger
- Deck the Walls
- The Second Noel
- Go Yell It on a Mountain
- Harking and Heralding
- Jingle Swells
- Joy to the Worlds
- O Come All Ye Fateful
- Unholy Midnight
- Silent Flight
- We Wish You a Merry Xmess
Blog about making digital music by Robert Dawson
Here is my first Xmess song, Angels We Have Heard Are High:
I've decided on a working title and a list of songs for my Christmas album. I'm calling it, appropriately, Xmess.
Here is the list of songs, all of which, except the first, remain to be renamed.
If you just spent $200 on Logic Pro like I did and don't particularly want to spend any more learning how to use it, then you're in luck! Check out Apple's Logic Pro 9 User Manual and related resources.
As soon as I figure out how to add a set of links only to this section, I'll add it there for quick reference.
While in Barnes & Noble recently, I ran across a great book that intuitively organizes and easily explains music composition, appropriately entitled Music Composition For Dummies. I've looked at several books in this series and have been let down by their quality, but this one is superb, the best I've been. It covers lots about music theory and composition and brings it down to earth for those without much prior musical knowledge. Highly recommended.
It was so good that I couldn't wait to buy it before diving in and taking notes. These cover the first two chapters if I recall.
1. Choose a mood.
2. Tell a story.
Tempo (and bpm)
Syncopation - putting strong accent on normally weak note
Rhythmic phrases - sections of rhythm
Tip: Find rhythm in everyday language.
Musical framework - duration of musical section; amount of time to secure listener's attention
Motif - smallest melodic idea
Melodic phrase - 4+ measures, usually with pauses
Period - complete melodic idea; usually 4, 8, or 16 measures
Spice up phrases with:
Think of conflict and resolution (i.e., a story).
Parts of the story
The scale governs tonality. Chords are made up of notes in a given scale.
Look, Ma! I made my own loops! Just playing with all the lovely Logic sounds.
This is my first try with Logic Pro 9. I call it Beatophilia, because I seem to be in love with beats lately. And the original is in surround sound!
As an aside, one nice surprise of making music is suddenly hearing it everywhere, in everyday sounds as auditory patterns.
Just in time for Christmas 2011, I'm making a Christmas album!
You will hear such songs as:
Don't wait. Order your CD today!
I seriously have no idea what any of these will sound like. The goal is to learn how to make digital music.