The next random item from the library is a book that I would normally run away from very fast. It is Open Australia by Lindsay Tanner. Lindsay Tanner was a fairly high level politician in the Australian Labour Party.
This book appears to be the result of a few days of literary diarrhea on his holidays. It is a rambling outline of his political philosophy, I guess. Hence, his ability to get high profile politicians to put quotes on the back cover of his book. I wonder who would willingly read this kind of stuff.
Anyway, I picked a random page and tried to extract what his point was, which was difficult because he’s a politician. In summary:
- Politicians seem to only know about the opinions of a very small minority of people.
- Education about the nitty gritty politics of government is good.
- Governments are moving from exercising power via command to exercising it through negotiation and persuasion.
So I can try to map this to music:
- people professionally involved in the music business or in music education are most definitely a small minority compared to the vast majority of consumers of music.
- education about the types of music in popular culture could be useful in allowing composers to be more relevant to their audience.
- Music is written and performed in a very different way nowadays than in bygone eras. Computers allow anyone to write, record, mix, use samples, apply sophisticated effects in a way that only top studios could do a few decades ago.
Contemplating this made me examine my own process for writing music. By this, I mean the entire process from conception to the production of a sound file. I made a couple of charts. This is an incomplete summary of what I have done. It doesn’t include what I will do in the future though. It is definitely a “work in progress”.
The first diagram is an outline of the mecahnics of how I compose. The end result is notation entered into Noteflight, an online music notation program.
After I have a composition notated, it’s time to make a sound file that sounds better than the audio output of the Noteflight software.
Each of these little block can be expanded on a lot. Especially, the Reaper part. Even the “Room” can be experimented with, using different recording locations with interesting reverb.