I prefer to create or choose a sound first as I know having a good sound will influence my writing decisions certain melodies will work great with a massive trance lead, but not as well with a cheap piano sound.
If something sounds out of place, fix it. Try adding extra notes and varying note length. Very… country-like. It lacks depth and power due to only being a single voice. Try the following to regain your inspiration and get the right sound:. I had to choose this one, I just did. The melody that comes in at is simply awesome.
One thing that stands out about Insomnia is repetition.
The A section first 4 bars features a downwards slope from the 1st beat. The B section instead travels upwards from the E to the F-sharp instead of dropping down to the D. This provides some variation while keeping the overall melody memorable. Yet another absolute classic.
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Below is the MIDI for the topline melody from this beautiful track. Notice the difference in range and rhythm compared to Insomnia. This here is an example of how simple melodies can be. Look at it! The rhythm and variation make it memorable. This melody has been stuck in my head for the past few months.
Musical Structures Lesson 1
You can hear it from Check out the contour on that. One of my favorite tunes from Basto. The main melody can be heard after Basto is simply going up and down the scale before making a large jump on the fourth beat of every odd numbered bar. Notice how the D is very prominent and drives the melody forward. This is one of my all time favorites.
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