The Sounds In Our Heads (Part 1).

For the longest time, I've struggled to translate the melodies in my head into reality despite being armed with a good amount of the latest audio plugins and equipment. Being classically trained in the violin and guitar did help, but it also opened an endless amount of possibilities that proved problematic when the need to focus arose.

Disclaimer: I'll probably do a longer tutorial/review on this, but hey, do bear with me for now.

Through hours of meandering and plonking around with various synth presets, string textures and soundscapes, I've found that the most meaningful and helpful way(s) to get started is by 1) selecting a genre of music to write, studying the works of those who are proficient in the genre, 2) making a commitment AND a timeline to finishing a track (or tracks) and then rinsing and repeating.

Today, I want to focus on the first point.

Genre specifications are significantly important for anyone who creates music (thank you curators). If you desire to write say, Trailer or Cinematic Music, the compositions of Hans Zimmer, John Williams, Steve Jablonsky or Thomas Bergerson are probably great places to start. Take your time to listen to their music and note down what gives their work the special quality it has that makes it unique to the genre. As you analyse it, make sure you enjoy this process, because this is probably one of the most practical ways of self-education when it comes to music production.

Make no mistake - this process isn't sexy. It's not talking about the latest plugins or outboard gear. It's not necessarily fun. Often it can be frustration especially when you compare your own work with that of these masters.

But this is part of the big picture that will hopefully help you get to where they are.

In a nutshell, how do you translate the sounds in your head into reality? First off, by knowing how they should and would sound like in reality, and that comes from experience, a pair of good ears, decent audio software, instruments and education.

I used to grow increasingly annoyed when I could not translate the sounds in my mind into something that was of quality or comparable to that of the great composers I admired. Today, whenever I hear one of their works, I get inspired.

To end, this is the song that started it all for me: