I honestly wish I knew more about music composing. I guess I’ve always had an interest in music, but I only took one semester of band/music before flunking out and I definitely don’t remember anything about how to play the trumpet except maybe how to purse your lips when you blow in to the mouthpiece.
It was probably around that time I got in to modifying MIDIs in Noteworthy Composer, and even started trying to compose my own songs, but I didn’t understand time signatures or how to make sure notes fit a given beat length, so the first (and only) song I ever composed eventually desynchronizes from its bass line.
But for some reason I kept modifying MIDIs, and I got in to this habit of, like, taking MIDIs of video game music and using the Yamaha XG50 Software Synthesizer to transfer them to MP3. Usually, that made them sound cleaner than they did, on, say, the Sega Genesis or the Super Nintendo, but they still kind of sounded like MIDIs.
Eventually a more musically-inclined friend turned me on to a piece of software called Fruityloops, a professional music production tool, and over the next 12 years I slowly stumbled my way through to a roundabout understanding of its features. And I just… kept messing with other people’s MIDIs.
It’s the sort of thing that makes me feel more than a little guilty, because for the most part, all I’m really doing is applying instrument packs, effects, and equalizer presets. Occasionally I’ll do a little more work, poking at the actual notes in the songs themselves, but since I never learned how to compose music, it’s never anything very complex (certainly nothing that would ever get me on ocremix). It feels like I might be disrespecting the people who sequenced these MIDIs, since I’m not exactly asking for permission or anything – usually I pull from the freely-available pool of MIDIs available at vgmusic.com.
But, at the same time, it’s definitely something I enjoy doing. Some of the songs I just linked off my soundcloud are things I bashed my head against for days, weeks, sometimes months or even years, trying to figure out how to make it sound the way I think it should sound. Finding the right combination of soundfonts and effects takes a surprising amount of effort.
So, yeah. Hi. Hello. Feel free to ignore me for being weird, I guess.