Make Better Music 9: What’s Your Story?

make better music. Trebuchet magazine
make better music. Trebuchet magazine

Making music is like storytelling – you guide the listener through a slice of time, taking them where you want them to go, for the effect you want to achieve.

If you want to shock you can take them down a familiar route and then suddenly change the surroundings to an unfamiliar and shocking landscape….
If you want to relax and reassure them you can create a safe, happy environment where nothing will ever hurt them.

Where did your story start? And where does it finish? How can you show that progression in your music? What will your audience learn along the way?

Remember that good storytelling is always a learning experience for the listener – and music is no exception. When people enter into that contract of listening and being guided, they open themselves up to being taken on a journey…they are waiting to learn and experience the things you tell them…

What is your story?

About Dave.
David Learnt composition (harmony, counterpoint and orchestration) to degree level through studying Schoenbergs Fundamentals of Musical Composition. He is a founder member of avant pop duo Cnut, and orchestral doombience outfit Regolith.

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David Learnt composition (harmony, counterpoint and orchestration) to degree level through studying Schoenbergs Fundamentals of Musical Composition, the classic text on twentieth century harmony by Vincent Persichetti, Henry Mancini's Sounds and Scores, Rimsky-Korsakov's excellent books on orchestration as well as studying any scores that intrigued me. He is a founder member of two bands, avant pop duo Cnut, and orchestral doombience outfit Regolith, and have performed across Europe with them.

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