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FlowersInTheRain's Music Productions, Lo-Fi Edits + Other cringy stuff from back in the day

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Nov 3, 2019 3:41 AM
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So I decided to share some of my works. Music never really went the way that I hoped it would for me. I was playing the piano since about 10 years old and was doing really well playing classical pieces and I also used to learn Final Fantasy pieces. I started playing because me mother wouldn't get my a games console and instead got my a keyboard because she was studying music part-time at a local college (although she was a qualified and practicing doctor in her home country). I didn't get any tuition (until university where I did a few lessons) but I did learn to read music although slowly. I practiced until I memorized a piece and could play it flawlessly. After that I got into studio music production and I did that from secondary school until I finished university. I then worked at a music studio doing genres of music that I didn't like and in the end I left the whole industry. I didn't create anything musically from about 2009 to 2018. These three pieces I am sharing are some of the ones I made last year in 2018. The other stuff in the playlist is from back when I was in university which was 2005 - 2008.

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But now with the emergence of lofi I think I am ready to try my hand once again. I just don't know where to share my music. I would like it to be added to some youtube playlists or something. I don't really care about money I just wanted for people to hear and hopefully for someone to connect with it. I feel like I have to learn everything all over again but this is something I must do because I have sat on this for far too long while pursuing things like relationships, online communities, forum signatures, military, fitness, travel, anime etc etc. It all began with music and church for me. And I feel kinda empty not touching music for so long.

I should also mention that this is but a fraction of my work. I lost pretty much everything when my external hard drive crashed in 2009. I had alot of work I was really proud of. Compositions and finished songs.


Full playlist (includes alot of cringy stuff I did from back in the day)
https://www.youtube.com/playlist?list=PL1Zg3TweosTbfqvKQG6nH5WYI3t8jI6Tt

Some of the songs with lyrics in this playlist are not my own production as I used existing beats for a mixed tape and I did some edits. This was when me and my friends went through a silly rap phase.

I am going to start making new stuff again (haven't made anything since last year) so anything I think is good enough I will upload and share here in this thread from now on if that is okay with the mods.
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Nov 15, 2019 2:01 AM
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Hey guys, I've been busy these last few days making some Lo-Fi edits. I haven't done anything like this since I was in college back in 2003 - 2005. I was inspired by this lofi edit byTSII to make these.

I hope you guys enjoy listening to these as much as I enjoyed making these edits. Let me know your thoughts and how I can get these out on the interwebz for others to hear and hopefully enjoy aswell.

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Sound Cloud Playlist - https://soundcloud.com/flowersintherain/sets/flowersintherains-lo-fi-hip-hop-edits
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Nov 16, 2019 11:38 AM

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I am sorry for having taken so long to reply. I just finished listening to your track "Frozen" and...I'm sorry, but I don't like it.
First, I don't like the synth bass (I think that's what it's called?) it sounds too ugly to me. The way the music was sounding, I expected it to build up to something bigger, but it just sounds the same throughout the whole track, which made it feel too repetitive for me. I feel as though for an instrumental track, there wasn't much going on. To my understanding, lo-fi are meant to sound relaxing, but Frozen did not sound relaxing to me at all.
Now, I haven't listened to much lo-fi, so I think you should take my feedback with a grain of salt.
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Dec 8, 2019 5:58 PM
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Thanks for the feedback @RealTheAbsurdist

I've heard aswell from others that it isn't really Lo-Fi aswell. I didn't know that Lo-Fi had to sound relaxing to be honest. I'm still trying to figure out exactly what genre the stuff I made belongs to. But for now it doesn't really matter. As for it sounding a bit empty for an instrumental track - I would say that comes down to me being so used to composing with the intention that somebody would rap or sing over the track. But I don't have to do that anymore so I might start trying to make OST sounding stuff in the coming months.

Here is a new track for you all. This one is an original composition. It might be Downtempo or something.


https://soundcloud.com/flowersintherain/bowsettes-castle


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Dec 11, 2019 8:03 PM

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Alright, I just listened to your new track twice while reading manga, and I think it's fantastic. When listening to it the 2nd time around, I noticed one or two melodies I didn't notice before, so that definitely means that your track is certainly complex. Most hip hop music tends to just have one main melody that goes with the drum/bass line, and usually an additional melody during the hook. In other words, most hip hop music doesn't really require much attention to detail when it comes to the music part. I'm saying this, because I think it's important to avoid making your hip hop music, especially when it's pure instrumental, to sound more complex (although from what I've listened to, most instrumental hip hop is more complex than hip hop music with vocals). Your track sounds absolutely professional, even though I don't exactly understand what downtempo music is, even after looking it up. My only gripe, is that the distorted bass(?) throughout the track sounds very annoying to me. Of course, the track is meant to be distorting and uncomfortable, but I felt that the bass was just too much. Although, maybe other people who listen to this track might not find the distorted bass uncomfortable. Basically, DON'T take advice only from me.
Anyways, I'm sorry for replying late.
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Jan 13, 11:44 AM
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@RealTheAbsurdist Thanks man its really okay with me no matter what you have to say about it. I don't really know what downtempo is either myself. Since lo-fi is supposed to be relaxing and my stuff is rather dark I just put this tag on most of my stuff now. It is hard to put me in a box in general anyway so it makes sense that my music would also be hard to put into a box. I'll just keep experimenting anyway. Also I know that whatever I made definitely won't be for everyone. tbh I don't know who its really for. Maybe just for me and I just put it online like - hey look mom! Look what I did! Except everyone who listens to it is mom lol.

I like the gritty bass. I did the same sort of thing with the Rick & Morty Edit I did. And one or two people said they didn't like the farty bass either. But I do it intentionally so I might still keep doing that anyway.

Well, I've uploaded a new one and I've got another coming for Valentine's. Both tracks were made before your feedback though. So anything I put up after February will be with your feedback in mind and feedback I have gotten elsewhere online (most of it is conflicting feedback though so I might just go with my heart).


https://soundcloud.com/flowersintherain/booettes-mansion



 
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Okay, I just listened to Booette's Mansion and...wow. I think this is my favorite track I listened to from you. Like...damn. I loved it so much, that now I REALLY want to listen to your other tracks. You got yourself a SoundCloud subscriber. I can tell you put a LOT of thought and work into this track. I loved it so much I listened to it a bunch of times to really get a good feel of it, and because of how awesome it sounds.
Where do I even begin?

First off, I love how complex it sounds, without being jumbled. That's a mistake I think I did at times when I first started producing hip hop music: I'd add too many melodies at the same time in parts.

I LOVE that creaking sound that sounds as though something is going to snap. It's awesome how it's stretched out across each bar (if you don't know, I'll explain what a bar is down below).

The piano melody is awesome, the way how during what would be the verses in a vocal song, it goes, "dun, dun, dun, dun," and then in the sections where what I assume the chorus would be, the piano gets more complex.

There's something that intrigued me about the rhythm. Conventionally, there's kind of a count: like, 1, 2, 3, 4. But here, the count seems to be 1, 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, which is when the snare comes in.
Just to make sure, do you know about bars? It's a musical measurement that is vital to understand when making music. The counts from above make 1 bar, to my understanding.
Your track goes:

Kickdrum + kickdrum + kickdrum +kickdrum
Kickdrum + snare

An interesting detail I noticed upon my 2nd listen, was how the timing of the snare occasionally switches up, which I thought was a really cool subtle detail. Although know that a passive listener (as in, someone who's just vibing to the music) most likely won't notice this detail, but it's a cool thing.

What software do you use to make your music? Do you use a midi keyboard? It's not required, but it REALLY helps crafting better melodies, since it's easier to mess around and make a good melody using a keyboard instead of a laptop/computer. If you don't have a midi keyboard, I recommend getting one along with a stand, so hold it up properly when making melodies.

Here's the thing about feedback: with movies, anime, video games especially, there are generally at least some guidelines that most people agree on: character development is good, etc. If you follow these guidelines, generally a lot of people will like your story or video game.

But with music...that's the tricky thing: there are guidelines, but they don't guarantee your music will appeal to as many people as you want it too. That's why when you ask for feedback for your music, you may get contradictory opinions. Which I know can be confusing, so I suggest it's best to go with your gut, or trust the person who has more music knowledge, something that lack.

You have 20 tracks on Soundcloud at the time I'm writing this, which is cool, but if you want to gain more followers, get more feedback, you're going to need to probably constantly upload: like, once a week, or once every two weeks. Soundcloud to my knowledge is a competitive site, where quantity is vital. Of course, I don't use Soundcloud much, I haven't listened to people on Soundcloud much, so this is just a guess.
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Feb 14, 1:32 AM
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@RealTheAbsurdist Thanks man for all of the feedback you're always giving me. I'm glad you noticed that I made that track in 6/8 time signature instead of the standard 4/4. I work fulltime and live with fiancee and have too many hobbies now to create and upload consistently. If I did that I wouldn't be able to watch anime, play video games go to the gym or even post that much on MAL. I have a MIDI keyboard, an electric piano and even a cello at home. I used to have a trombone aswell but I couldn't play it. I use Logic Pro to compose. In my old college and uni says I also used Cubase, Pro Tools and some other ones I can't remember the name of now.

Well here is another one that I've been saving for a while that I made in November. I have some ideas for what I might try next after this but with so much anime on my watch list and now looking for Underground Vocaloid music I'm not sure when I'll get onto those. Maybe I'll put up something once per month or once every two months. Not very consistent but I want to spread out all of my hobbies so I don't get bored or burned out with any of them.

https://soundcloud.com/flowersintherain/havana-cuddly-whiskers-blue

 
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I really liked Havana. Very warm sounding, with subtle melodic changes. Really like how it slowly gets darker later.

I don't know if you have done so, but learning music theory would REALLY help at crafting melodies more easily. There's a video that covers music theory in only 30 minutes:

If you want your music to be known by more people, than it's best to watch videos on how to promote your music. From what I've watched, Instagram is the best place to do so.
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