Opus 3

I think I may have bitten off more than I can chew with this one.

I decided to go ahead and use the ‘self-plagiarising’ melody exactly as it is after I asked the musicians of reddit for advice and was told that I was overthinking it.

Things went well for a while. I even wrote another post on reddit thanking the people who had responded to my last post because my composing was going so smoothly. But since then, I’ve become stuck.

I spent about 90 minutes trying to flesh out the ‘bare bones’ version (which is more or less finished) of ‘Follow Me’ before I realised that everything I’d just added sounded wrong. I deleted almost all of the work I’d done. And then I noticed something far more troubling than self-plagiarism: a section of ‘Follow Me’ sounds like real plagiarism.

So now, I’m trying to change the part that sounds worryingly familiar. Once that’s done, I’ll have to start adding instrumentation, but I don’t mind admitting that I haven’t the foggiest on how to go about it. ‘Follow Me’ is determined to give me an uphill struggle.

While I’m stuck and fuming, I’m venting some of my frustration by snipping away at the workload on some of my other pending compositions. I’m getting quite fond of the one with the theme of ‘sword fight’; I’m toying with the idea of coming up with a title for it.

4 thoughts on “Opus 3

  1. Don’t stress too much about getting Follow Me done now. If it’s just not coming together, I tend to go to something else that is (like the Sword Fight composition you have) and work on that. If that gets finished easily, then bam there’s your next composition. I have a melody I’ve been trying to get hashed out for months and it just hasn’t been coming together so I move on to other things – I don’t know why, it may be because I don’t have the skills to make it how I want it yet, or it isn’t the right time for me to be working on it but whenever I revisit it I find it gets better after I’ve learned something new from doing other tracks. I find it’s easiest to be flexible like that, especially with music because just hitting your head against a composition just gets frustrating after a while.


    • Thanks, Crystal. As always, you’ve given me excellent advice. You’re right – I should take advantage of my hobbyist status to work flexibly. It’s just that I have this strange idea that not going through with a task I’ve set for myself is ‘losing’ to a lack of self-discipline. But, in the end, I suppose it doesn’t matter. The only important thing is to keep composing, and if I’m stuck, I’m not composing.

      I’m sorry I haven’t been around much lately. I hope you do well in your VGM Academy challenge. Good luck.


    • I hope you managed to catch it before you published your piece!

      Sometimes, I hear similar melodies from different composers, and it makes me wonder where the line of acceptability lies. If other composers think it’s fine, why not me? But all it takes is one instance of plagiarism for an artist’s reputation to go down the drain…

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