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  1. There’s a technique known as “retrograde,” which would be reversing the series of notes in a melody or song. Composers use this technique many times. An example of a composer who used this technique would be Koji Kondo (the composer for famous video games, such as the Legend of Zelda, Super Mario, etc.). A portion of his Ballad of the Goddess theme would be a retrograded portion of his Zelda’s Lullaby theme. If utilizing this technique just resulted in meaningless, random, nonsensical, rubbish melodies, then Koji wouldn’t have used it. This says that reversed melodies aren’t meaningless rubbish. I, myself, reverse melodies and songs, and draw the conclusion as to what emotion/scenes are being conveyed. I've shared a few melodies and songs to others that I've reversed, and these people heard them as meaningless rubbish. But, perhaps these reversed melodies and songs do express the emotion/scenes I described, and that the reason why people hear them as meaningless rubbish is because reversing a melody or song isn’t enough to convey something meaningful to the audience. Something more is needed to convey their meaning. So, I might be the one who’s able to hear them as meaningful because that’s my meaningful vision in regards to them. I must find a way to somehow convey that vision to the audience. I’m quite sure if Koji simply reversed a portion of his Zelda’s Lullaby theme, that the audience would hear it as meaningless rubbish. So, Koji had a meaningful vision in regards to a portion of Zelda’s Lullaby he reversed, and he somehow conveyed that vision to the audience. That’s the reason why so many people love that retrograded portion, and don’t think it’s meaningless rubbish. Now, I've taken the song "Love Is A Battlefield" by Pat Benatar and reversed it. When people listen to reversed songs, they often try to find meaningful words or sentences in the reversed lyrics when they listen to them. But, I don’t do that. I listen to the reversed series of notes, whether they be played by an instrument or sung, and try to find meaning in it. These are the scenes I envision in regards to this reversed song. So, I'll share this reversed song, and describe the scenes: https://youtu.be/Nh3sDkLsjqw Starting from 0:02-0:14 in this video, this would just be the intro. Then, from 0:15-0:31, this conveys something settled. It would be like something slowly creeping up. Think of a person standing there, and something's about to happen. It doesn't sound cinematic, like something you'd hear in a movie though. It's different than that. Then, starting from 0:32, this is a moment of shock where the person looks, and notices some demonic creature about to grab him. The tension rises as the song leads into the chorus, starting from 0:40-1:17. The chorus conveys something dramatic and horrific, as the person is being dragged to hell, screaming. Again, in regards to the scenes I'm describing, don't think of anything cinematic because the emotion this reversed song conveys is entirely different than the type of emotion conveyed by cinematic music. Anyway, the reversed chorus of this song conveys even more dramatic horror than famous horror music. It's in a league of its own. Pat Benatar yells while she's singing the chorus, and that really adds to the dramatic horror. Then, from 1:17-2:02, it sounds settled and ominous. Then, from 2:03-2:36, it sounds like something evil is brewing. That's all the scenes I'll describe of this song because you get the idea.
  2. When writing a melody, I heard your melody has to make sense to others and that you can't just write whatever melody you're inspired to create. What I've been doing here is writing melodies through inspiration alone. I just used the raw power of my emotions to create melodies that I thought were profound, powerful, and expressing of certain scenes. I put no thought in creating my melodies and I just let the inspiration alone create these melodies. I know I said earlier that our brains are naturally capable of creating great music in our heads with no thought at all. But, maybe, this isn't the case. Maybe this whole method of using inspiration alone just creates rubbish, meaningless melodies. These would be melodies that make no sense, musically speaking. They'd really be like random tunes, plucked out on an instrument, by a baby. So, that means I'd have to use another method that actually works. If I really have to use another method, I might be lost and confused. I might not be able to create melodies that express what I want to express to the audience. So, currently, I'm relying on method #1 which would just be my natural inspiration/instincts in creating melodies. I'm hoping this method works to create great melodies that express what I want to express to the audience. Maybe my inspired melodies are great, do express the scenes I described, and I just have to find a way to bring out that power and greatness to other listeners as I said before.
  3. I'd have that writer's instinct and the painter's instinct. But, I might not have the composer's instinct. I'm really getting the idea that melody writing is something special and different from all other fields of art. So, if I was working in any other field of art, I'd know how to express what I want to express to the audience. But, to express what you want to express to the audience through melody writing, that's something special and requires some greater ability. I might not have that ability. That means, even if I was a skilled composer who wrote good music, I might not have the ability to express what I want to express to the audience.
  4. I don't think it's like that. If I was a painter, I'd know what to paint in order to express what I want to express to the audience. If I was a writer, I'd know what to write to express what I want to express to the audience. But, when it comes to melody writing, that's a different story. I'd be clueless on what series of notes and rests to choose for a melody that expresses what I want to express to the audience.
  5. Thanks for taking your time to read and respond! But, maybe, my brain isn't naturally capable of creating good music in my mind. So, I might be creating rubbish music to share to the world. In which case, I'd need to know how to create melodies that convey something awesome and meaningful for other listeners. I wish to create melodies, themes, and songs that express the things I wish to express. I don't just wish to learn how to write good music. But, I'm not sure how to do this. How would I, for example, create a melody that expresses someone coming along and showing kindness? Sure, I could write a good melody if I learned how to do it. But, I wouldn't know how to create a melody that expresses kindness. I'll give another example. The Super Mario theme song is in the key of C major. But, how did the creator of the theme (Koji Kondo) choose the notes and rests for this theme that expressed what he wanted to express to the audience?
  6. Yes. If I just claimed I'm naturally creating great music in my head without any knowledge about composing, I'd be bragging about myself. But, I'm claiming everyone has this natural capability. If not everyone, then many people. Again, I present those reasons why in my opening post. Also, I'm just keeping an open mind here. I'm actually undecided if my musical claims are true or not. I'm very well open-minded towards the possibility that I'm creating rubbish music in my mind that I just think is great and expresses the scenes I described.
  7. There are things I didn't get to explain yet though. These would be the most important things, and they would be those 2 reasons posted above in this opening post. Not only that, but this opening post presents and explains things the best way. The previous times I explained and presented things wasn't that good.
  8. Note to Reader: I know I've posted a topic similar to this on a few occasions. But, this topic contains some new information that's very interesting. I talk about my tunes and explain some new things in regards to them, but then share a bit of information that explains why I think our brains are naturally capable of creating great works of art in our heads. So, I'd like to begin here: These are short tunes I've composed that I'm sharing for now. I don't have the proper instruments for these tunes because I don't know much when it comes to instruments or music in general. Also, when creating melodies, I just create whatever I'm inspired to create. I personally think my melodies are awesome. If they sound like awful rubbish to you, then perhaps I just have to find a way to bring out their power and greatness to the audience. Only I know their power and greatness since I'm the one who created these melodies. So, I hear these melodies as awesome and conveying of certain scenes, while other people might hear them as nothing more than noise (i.e. meaningless rubbish). In other words, others might hear them as random tunes, plucked out on an instrument, by a baby. In summary, the power and greatness of my melodies currently lurks in the shadows where nobody can see it but me. I will find a way to bring out that power and greatness from the shadows and into the light where the audience can clearly see it. I have every reason to think I'm naturally creating great tunes in my head. I could've accurately reproduced these tunes in my head and I just have to find a way to convey their power and greatness to the audience. Or, I didn't accurately reproduce them and it would be no different than someone who has created an awesome drawing in his head, but was bad at drawing it. Either way, someone might say to me that I'm not creating any good music in my head to share to the world. I think I am though. Why is it that I think I'm naturally creating great music in my head, having no knowledge and experience whatsoever in composing? Well, there are two reasons why and I give those reasons below. After that, I present a few of my tunes. So, here are those reasons: 1.) Even if you're a complete novice who has no knowledge and experience whatsoever in any field of art, you can still naturally create great artwork in your head, whether it be through drug trips, dreams, or just plain inspiration. During dreams and drug trips, you witness awesome and beautiful artwork with no effort at all since your brain automatically creates it for you. If you've ever talked with people who went on psychedelic trips, I bet they'd tell you they've witnessed beautiful landscapes they've never seen before, met beings they've never met before, and heard angelic music they've never heard before. Psychedelic trips allow any average person to enter beautiful or hellish realms. These realms are great works of art, created by our brains. The beings, music, landscapes, etc. are all beautiful, awesome, hallucinatory works of art. 2.) There's an article I'd like to share which talks about how we naturally have remarkable musical abilities. I think one of these abilities is to naturally create great and powerful melodies, themes, and songs in our heads. The article talks about statistical learning which gives our brains these natural abilities. So, technically, our brains do have musical knowledge which allows us to naturally create great music in our heads. Here's the article: https://getpocket.com/explore/item/the-music-in-you With all of this being said, I'm going to share a few of my tunes. I'm not sure what my tunes will sound like for others. However, if people do report that my tunes do convey some sort of emotion or scene, it might not be the emotion or scene I intended to convey since my melodies are only in their beginning stage of development. I must, therefore, find a way to bring out the true power my melodies have for other listeners. If you just leave a melody out there for others to listen to, you're just being vague to the audience. You're not articulating exactly what you want to express to the audience. That leaves the melody open to a wide variety of interpretations where one person might see the melody as conveying something, while another person sees the melody as conveying something else. That's why the artist must bring out the absolute power of his/her melody. That way, everyone who listens to it will get to hear what the artist intended to convey. It would be like if someone has written a sentence that's unclear to the audience. One person who reads the sentence might get a different message from it than someone else who reads it. But, if the writer makes the sentence absolutely clear to everyone, then everyone will know the real message the writer intended to convey. Anyway, here's my 1st tune. It, to me, conveys an awesome, video game boss, fight scene. It's something you'd hear in the chorus of a theme song: Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/TPRzdwWp39A Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/user-432115982/1listentofirstamazingvideogamebosschorustune Music Sheet: https://ibb.co/Zxt2Ct7 Here's another recent tune. It's a very dramatic one and it's my most dramatic tune: Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/v5QrRusy7tg Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/user-432115982/1listentofirstultimatedramatictune Music Sheet: https://ibb.co/CPT1xwY Now, here's another tune. I think it's very cool, awesome, and catchy. So, here's the tune: Youtube Link: https://youtu.be/agJP5QOw3jY Soundcloud Link: https://soundcloud.com/user-432115982/awesomeepictune Music Sheet: https://ibb.co/m9KFZ02
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