Priorities

I’m going to take the time now to list my abilities and priorities, because I realized I simply can’t have my own recording studio, write music, produce for a friend’s band, and learn film scoring all at once. So:

I have the most experience with writing music itself. Composing with pencil, paper, and later with my computer, MIDI Keyboard and Finale is something that I’ve been doing for years.

With that in mind, my priority is to, of course, write original music. However, when I write for my preferred ensembles (concert band, symphony orchestra), it’s difficult to have it played because of the lack of my “personal orchestra.” Hence, my necessity of some sort of software to synthesize and make my music sound realistic without the need for a live recording of an orchestra. That’s where Cubase comes in.

Ideally, that would be my top priority: learning to use Cubase for the purpose of synthesizing my compositions. However, Cubase is simply so powerful that there are so many other things I’d like to do, such as compose right on the software itself instead of importing from Finale, or matching my scores to film. Hopefully I’ll get to those things in time to help a friend out with his movie project by scoring his film.

The Second Post

I know, what a creative title, right?

As expected, I have a lot to say, because it is the first day of posting on the blog after all. So let’s start from the beginning.

As a small child growing up in Korea I learned piano for a few years, did some traditional Korean music in school, and even tried a little bit of violin, but it wasn’t anything special. In fact, I barely remember any of that. It was when I came to the U.S. and started the bassoon in 5th grade when I actually became a musician.

And even then, I was only a member of the band, nothing more. Until 7th grade came around, and I met this girl who loved to play piano. I grew close to her through 8th-9th grade and she basically launched me into the world of music. That’s the time I got myself a copy of Finale, and started writing music. Ever since then it’s been learning and learning and more learning.

I made some big leaps when I started teaching myself music theory around the start of this year. I don’t think I’ve ever learned so much from simply teaching myself through books and internet resources, and I’m very happy with the knowledge I now possess in the area. But just like any other subject, there’s always more to learn.

More recently, and by that I mean a few days ago, I got a copy of Cubase! Very exciting stuff. Before it’s always been writing music in finale or sequence music in FL Studio. While Finale is a very advanced, industry standard program, it’s a notational software. Cubase is going to allow me to synthesize and work more realistically with my scores.

If I can learn it, that is. Currently, I’m squeezing my brain out trying to get a hang of this thing; it’s a lot more complex than FL Studio, which is the sequencer with which I’m used to working. Wish me luck while I try to figure this thing out. It’ll probably take me a few months, but hey, Finale took me a few years and now I’m a master of the thing.