13 Nov Pro-tip: Think of your music as organic entities that grow and change naturally.
Posted at 22:09h in Pro-tips
During my time studying Composition at university, this is one of the few things that really stuck with me and was something a great composer told me after I showed him one of my early productions.
Treat your music like it has a life of its own; make it evolve and change as it progresses. It’s a simple idea but very powerful.
Add in small details you think nobody will notice (hint: they will, at least subconsciously), vary things up in 4/8/16 bar sections and add slight variations to sounds as they repeat. Don’t let a second of it be filler or sound like it shouldn’t be there.
Make your tunes come alive and separate them from the rest of the pack by giving them a soul of their own.