After playing with GarageBand, I decided to step up a game and deep dive into Logic X Pro. There is a lot to learn but once you grasp the basics, learning becomes routine. I’m glad I have amazing resources around me, including experienced co-workers, some of them with experiences like working on soundtracks for the movies “The Matrix” and “8 Mile” and collaborating with record producer Bob Sinclair. When I don’t feel like bothering “The Gods”, YouTube becomes my best friend.
I also added some basic tools for better input and output. For around $100, I managed to get MIDI keyboard from Alesis and some basic studio headphones from Tascam. The MIDI keyboard is awesome, completely meeting my basic needs. It came with complimentary software plugin, XPand!2 which has couple hundred instruments included. The headphones have satisfying sound quality. I didn’t like physical comfort and cable malfunctions which caused me replacement orders almost twice already. For that reason, Beats Studio or Bose QuietComfort is on my wishlist.
The creative process was quite challenging. The moment I got the keyboard, few melodies got born right away. I noticed that if I started working on one project, new random melody idea would steal the whole attention and technically make me abandon the previous one. I really wanted my first Logic X Pro project to be well sounding, cool track. Finally, no matter what I just decided to focus on one idea, sketch it, structure it, do basic mix and mastering.
I called it Sunset Memories. The track has warm sound and reminds me of colors of golden hour during sunset and brings some good vibes.
Here it is:
The other day I was about to get into the shower when also decided to stream Beats 1 Radio. I stumbled upon Beats 1 Request show that was live at the moment.
People were requesting songs and I thought I’d send one request too.
I texted to firstname.lastname@example.org and got automatic reply right away:
“Send us a voice note with this request! Just make sure you say your name, where you’re from, the song you want to hear and why we should play it! (Fun reasons why get picked first!)”
Ok. Right in the bathroom, I hit the voice record and sent:
“Hey, this is Devi from New York. I’m about to go in the shower and I want to request ‘Forgot About Dre’ by Dr. Dre and Eminem. I just think It would be fun to listen to it while in the shower.”
I got thank you reply and that was it. I waited for the magic, but it never happened. The show ended with other’s requests, so I thought I missed my chance.
Today, I was hanging out at the One World Trade Center and working on my new track.
Ping! The message comes in from Beats1Request@icloud.com:
”Hey! Your voice note is playing on today’s Request Roulette. Good Luck! #Beats1Request”
Boy, it was exciting!
I jumped into iTunes and started listening to the show again which just has started, while nervously Googling for the ways to record the stream. I was not fast enough, so I failed on that. (Btw, Don’t try at home, it might be illegal. Just saying.. Hi team.. 👋😇)
There were four competing voice requests for different songs from different parts of the world, and 5th one I hear:
“Hey, this is Devi from New York. I’m about to go in the shower and.. “ (you know the rest)
The moment my voice note finished, DJ opens Siri and asks:
“Hey Siri, pick one out of five”
And then DJ says:
“Here you go! Forgot About Dre on Beats 1 for Devi”
Being streamed from your bathroom to the world (Beats one operates in 115 countries, with DJ’s in LA, NY, London and Paris) was totally new experience.😄
Plus, yes, hearing your request is always fun!
P.S. (Next Evening):
Summer got hot and as always, at any season, people talk about the weather.
We all know how much of struggle it is for European to understand what’s the temperature outside when American says it’s in the 90s. It took me some courage to switch my Weather app on Fahrenheit (I’m still struggling to correctly spell it) and start measuring life in imperial.
Growing up with music being part of my family, I have a special relationship with it. My grandmother was a teacher in a music school. My father is a passionate composer and my mom plays a few instruments too. I remember two years of my early childhood, unsuccessfully trying to learn piano. Also my first fear of the stage, making tons of errors while performing in school’s annual concert.
My relationship with music is nothing different from yours. I call it special because season by season. First, I forget its existence (literally listening to nothing), then I fall in love with it and sometimes I crave to create it (usually ending up creating nothing).
More than a decade ago, watching my father composing, mastering, and working in the studio, helped me acquire some understanding and very basic skills in music. Though, last time I applied it was probably around 2008, when being a –wannabe- DJ in junior year of high school was a cool thing. Except for few short films and video editing after, when I had to trim and match a background music.
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