“This guidelines is a lot completely different than mine…”
What comes to thoughts whenever you consider an epic music? Is it virtuosic guitar shredding? Ear-piercing vocal performances? Maybe it’s merely the sheer size of the monitor that invokes a sure epic high quality?
No matter your standards, we’ve acquired you coated with this episode of Themes and Variation. We’ll choose aside songs, artists, complete genres, and easily what it takes for an artist to assuredly label their music as “epic.” And as is customary, we now have a ton of enjoyable doing it — you’ll have enjoyable too. Be part of us, gained’t you, down this rabbit gap?
You possibly can hear to Episode Three in its entirety proper right here, or click on over to Apple Podcasts, Spotify, Stitcher, or anyplace else you get your podcasts to subscribe.
For this episode, I’m joined by Soundfly’s CEO and Founder, Ian Temple (comply with him on Twitter right here), in addition to Soundfly’s VP of Curriculum/Composer, Mahea Lee. We dive into every thing from what is likely to be the first efficient use of a vocoder, to how utilizing masterful orchestration can stretch a single melody to the brink. We additionally be taught a lot about one another and our tastes in music, oh boy…
Need to dig a bit deeper? Take a look at the companion course on Soundfly.
If you happen to’re having fun with this episode, and also you’d like to be taught extra about a few of the musical subjects we touched on, go forward and go to Soundfly’s free companion course for songwriting prompts and extra sources. From modes to melody-writing, we’ve curated some further sources for listeners who need to go the further artistic mile and put stuff from the episode into motion.
Episode Three Highlights
1. Need to write one thing harmonically ambiguous? Attempt utilizing the Dorian mode.
Mahea: It’s exhausting to really feel tremendous settled in dorian since you don’t have that large main tone on the 5 (chord). We talked about my love of gray areas in songs after we talked about songs from the first album you ever purchased with Marty. Modes like dorian which might be like “darkish” however there’s a little ambiguity, are nice songwriting units particularly.
2. There was just one music that ticked each field on Ian’s epic music template.
Ian: As I stated at the begin of the present I got here up with a template to assist myself navigate. So I made a decision that songs can be graded in accordance to 5 traits. Insane dynamics, we now have stress till you’re gonna explode, that’s one other factor I used to be on the lookout for. We’ve acquired size, its gotta go lengthy longer than you anticipate. We’ve acquired grandiosity, it’s acquired a large sound. After which the fifth was similar to magic sauce, one thing sudden or unexplainable.
3. Carter might have picked the cheesiest music of the bunch, due to some file scratching.
Carter: Different notes on my “guidelines of epic ness” you might have sorting vocals, which don’t enter music till minute three. You bought pinch harmonics, a few of my favourite guitar stuff ever. Ugh, this beautiful tacky however you might have file scratches so this 2002…
Ian: (laughing) noooo, no, no, no!
Carter: Yeah, so uh, 2002 this music comes out and that was like peak nu-metal…
Mahea: Was it a assertion or similar to, they favored the sound?
Carter: Nicely, we’re gonna hear to that proper now.
We’ve created a collaborative Spotify playlist so as to share each music talked about and talked about on this episode. Be happy to add any epic songs you need to share!
Observe: Please don’t simply add your personal songs that don’t match the theme. Whereas we love listening to your music, this isn’t a playlist for self-promotions, and we’ll take away them.
We’ll see you in two weeks with a new theme, new friends, and a few new songs to break down. When you have any feedback, questions, or theme ideas, drops us a line at [email protected]!