Writing a Remix that Stands Out | with Local Dialect | December 13th

  |  Jeff Straw  |  

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Wednesday, December 13th | Online Live Streamed Workshop  | 3PM Pacific or 7PM Pacific

 

What does it really take to compose, arrange, and produce a remix that stands out from the noise? Putting in more studio hours than everyone else? Rewriting the melody in a crazier way? Watching more YouTube tutorials?

Actually, it's none of the above. All it really takes is an awareness of your environment, your tools, and most importantly, your own mind. Developing an understanding of these things allows you to systematize and streamline their use to support your creativity.

Do any of these experiences sound familiar to you?

  • Ever spent far too long tweaking a chord progression or an automation curve, at the expense of finishing the track?
  • Ever spent days mixing a track only to realize that a problem in the composition was holding it back all along?
  • Ever sat down with the intention of writing, only to get sidetracked by processing a less-than-stellar kick drum, then come out hours later satisfied with neither your writing nor the kick?

Wouldn't it be great if there were a way to avoid these situations so that when you sat down to write, you could just lose yourself in the process, flow with your creations, and most importantly, have fun?

These are common problems that can pop up one way or another in anyone's musical journey. We have personally faced these issues, and after running up against a wall over and over again, we've found that the solutions lie in the simple, unsexy things that surround you every time you enter the studio.

In this workshop, you’ll learn how to optimize your workflow and environment in order to call forth the spark that makes remixing fun again. You’ll also learn some hacks and strategies for getting your creative juices flowing and avoiding the pitfalls that drag you down.

The first half of the workshop addresses the starting point of all tracks: writing a loop. You’ll learn how to draw out the seed of an idea from your remix stems and flesh it out into a loop that carries enough interest and detail to support a fully finished track later on. Along the way, you’ll discover some mental strategies you can use to develop a consistent and repeatable process for finishing music in the future!

In the second half, you’ll learn how to take the loop and transform it into a fully-fledged arrangement. A good arrangement contains natural cycles of tension and release, and doesn’t lose energy or interest over time. You’ll learn tips and tricks to master these techniques, so that you’ll never be “stuck in a loop” again.

There is beautiful music in all of us, and there are ways to eliminate the obstacles that stand in the way of your remixes coming to life!

Workshop Outline

  • Writing a loop
  1. Tips for writing a remix versus an original composition
  2. Chopping up remix stems for inspiration
  3. Mental strategies for composing
  4. Composing melodies and harmonies over existing material
  5. Composing drums and percussion
  6. Developing a repeatable composition workflow
  • Arranging a track
  1. Macro automation and long-form energy manipulation
  2. Introducing and removing elements to maintain interest
  3. Sculpting transitions to build tension and release