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August No.1: A Musical Composition

Here’s something I’ve worked on over the last couple of days, as I fiddled about with my new musical equipment. Since it’s the the first composition I completed this month, I’m calling it “August No. 1”; guess what I’ll call subsequent compositions if I manage any additional one this month. This one is a vaguely 80-ish electronic instrumental, and it’s a combination of samples, programmed drums and keyboard parts I did myself. I made it echoey and drone-y because I kind of like echoey and drone-y.

For you music nerds, it’s in A minor and it’s at 120 beats a minute, mostly because that’s the default tempo of the DAW I used, and I didn’t bother to change it out this time.

Enjoy!

https://whatever.scalzi.com/wp-content/uploads/2021/08/August-No-1.mp3

— JS

By John Scalzi

I enjoy pie.

29 replies on “August No.1: A Musical Composition”

I like it! it’s much more music-y than any of the things I’ve made so far. mostly I just whack a bunch of keys on the keyboard and make things sound as weird as possible…

Sounds very ’80s new-wavey at the start. Then you start adding keyboard pings that, in some cases, sound like ’80s keyboard guys like Jan Hammer (Of Miami Vice fame) or Jean-michel Jarre… And a few that sounded distinctly ’90s.

Overall, 8/10. I could totally see somebody putting a bass guitar and some angsty vocals on top of this and calling it a Joy Division tribute song!

That’s not bad, I like it! Like a previous comment said, I was also a bit of a fan of Flock of Seagulls.

Hey – if you’re willing to get really experimental: export it to MIDI, mail or link me a copy, and I’ll convert it and play it in Lord of the Rings Online and make a video! We can see what happens!

I like it!

I saw “John Scalzi” and “No. 1” and for a hot second, my brain did a riff where I heard a James Brown-ish intro.

“I’d like to know…are you ready for some SUPER DYNAMITE 80’s MUSIC!

“Introducing the WORLD’S GREATEST BLOGGER…

“MR. WHATEVER…

“THE HARDEST WORKING MAN IN SCIENCE FICTION…

“JOHN SCALZI NUMBER ONE! NUMBER ONE AUTHOR BROTHER JOHN SCALLLLZI!”

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