Opus 3

What I did in the past few days:

  • For the second time, I decided what my third piece is going to be. Opus 3 will be a song (female vocals, no lyrics) with themes of ‘priestess’, ‘love’, and ‘seashore’. It has no title yet, but the composing is going very smoothly. The song sounds melodic (a definite must for me) and pseudo-Celtic. I can’t wait to hear it once it’s finished.
  • I learnt of a soundtrack/film-music competition which will be held at a festival in the UK in October. An organiser of the event replied to my tweet of ‘Into Winter‘ telling me that my music was good and that I should submit it. I thought he was just trying to promote the festival at first, but he left another comment confirming that he’d actually listened to my piece, and now, I’m thinking that I might submit ‘Into Winter’. What harm could it do, aside from the application fee I’ll have to pay?
  • I got alarmed at rumours that SoundCloud is about to die. If you look at the comments in the post I linked to, you’ll see that many redditors seem ecstatic at this news, citing a plague of fake accounts (bots) and a badly-designed app as their main frustrations with SoundCloud. So far, I’ve had few problems with bots and haven’t used the app, so the impending doom of this platform is not entirely welcome news for me.
     
    I suppose it’s time to start uploading to YouTube, although I’d hoped to continue using SoundCloud for a while yet as it allows users to replace their uploaded files while keeping likes and comments. YouTube doesn’t seem interested in implementing that feature.

4 thoughts on “Opus 3

  1. I saw the soundcloud news. I wouldn’t worry about it until we actually get news from the company and not from a bunch of people on the internet. I really just used it to post what I was already posting on YouTube, so it’s not a huge deal to me (wasn’t planning on updating to a paid subscription when my free time got used up) but honestly I’d just wait and see what happens at the end of the year before completely jumping ship.

    And definitely! Got nothing to lose from entering a competition, best thing that’ll happen is you’ll win, and worst thing is people will hear and be exposed to your music! Win-win situation for sure 😀

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    • Regarding the competition, I think I’m mostly scared that my listeners will hate my submission and become biased against anything composed by Mirinae. But that’s a fear I’ll have to overcome!

      Why don’t you try submitting something? There’s an award for ‘Original score not produced for picture’; it’s what I’ll be shooting for if I decide to submit my music.

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  2. YouTube uploads would help if you are concerned about losing your tracks on Soundcloud like everybody else is. However, this week I’ve been learning that the real issue is whether or not you are on every platform. If you’re serious about this music thing and try to release music to Spotify, Pandora, Amazon, Google Play, Itunes etc. (which through DistroKid is only $19.99 a year btw) then the hype about Soundcloud is going to just make you laugh, like it is for me.

    If I were you I would be aware that Youtube is like a giant sea of data that takes up a massive portion of the internet. Internet surfers spend the majority of their time on YouTube these days so while it is a good opportunity for people to find you, it is more of a platform to send your followers rather than a place to start. I’ve been on YouTube for 7 years and still have under 100 subs. I constantly hear advice along the lines of ‘oh Youtube is so important for you as an artist for getting exposure’ and I just laugh and shake my head ;D

    Interestingly enough though, I think someone from Europe bought my album on Bandcamp recently. So check that out if you can. Bandcamp is a smaller playing field with people who are serious about collecting and listening to music like the old days. But as we move further into the digital age, more and more people are going to be streaming their music.

    Hey, the last thing I have to mention is I finally made my first blog post! I know you messaged me on Reddit saying you were interested in reading about composing. You are not the only one who wants me to explain how to create things, like the process behind it, so I’m coming up with more topics to write on. It will be at http://www.championdreamermusic.com/blog. Feel free to leave me more feedback on what you want me to write about!

    Best 🙂

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    • I’m sorry my reply is so late. I haven’t checked my website for a while – I’m going through a very busy stage in my life.

      Thanks for your advice regarding platforms. I hadn’t really thought about selling my music yet, partly because I don’t think it’s good enough, and partly because I’m scared of running into disputes (with customers, with publishers, with everyone). Your viewpoint is enlightening, though, and I’ll be sure to take a look at Bandcamp/etc.

      I used to think that fame on YouTube equated success elsewhere, but recently, I saw that a composer who has thousands of subscribers on YouTube has virtually no reviews on iTunes. Platforms are clearly a tricky business. I suppose the best thing is to just try out everything and see what works.

      Thanks for the link to your blog. I’ll drop by from time to time and see what’s new. I might have trouble following you on some of your more technical posts, though – as an untrained composer, this is an area in which I frequently feel out of my depth.

      Thanks for commenting, and I apologise again for the tardy reply.

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