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Is Classical Music Worth Listening to?

Whenever I listen to classical music, especially when I listen to the works of Mozart, Beethoven, Bach, & many other of the great composers in classical music, I feel almost at peace with myself.

 

It’s no secret that music is not what it used to be: while technical advancements have made great strides in the modern world & music industry, mainstream artists & film composers tend to simplify their music so that the every-man may enjoy it without any sort of musical experience or knowledge in the field.

Personally I believe this is a good thing! I think music can and should be for anyone & everyone. I do, however, believe that in spite of this revelation, the complexity of music has been simplified, which isn’t bad, but it does make me appreciate classical music more, especially with the several studies that seem to show classical music benefiting our everyday lives.

 

Many medical studies show that listening to classical music may lower blood pressure and stress; may decrease pain (especially after surgery); may increase attention and relaxation; and may even make you smarter (though I’m not sure on that one, despite the several studies shown on the PubMed® website).

Additionally, many studies have been done on modern pop music, but they seem to do more with the business side instead of the benefits, save a few that show that some people are “turned off” by complex musical styles.

 

But why classical music? What makes it so different from modern music that it would have a positive effect on people?

Now, I’m no music expert. Far from it! In fact, I still struggle to read notes on sheet music, even after working with music for over 9 years! But I think there’s a certain structure to classical music that has fallen out of popular use over the decades; still used in sparsity, but not to the extent that it used to have been.

What is that structure? Well, that’s hard to answer: if you pick out a classical piece & listen through it, then pick out another piece from another composer or perhaps even the same composer, the composition may be so different that you may not even know what to look for. I don’t believe I would even know what to look for!

But I think the composition, instrumentation & complexity of the classical pieces lend themselves to their very essence & style, and why they’re so interesting & unique.

 

If you listen to Beethoven’s “Moonlight Sonata“, then listen to “Fur Elise“, they have a sort of similar somber vibrancy, yet they’re so dramatically different in composition and execution, yet still written by the same man!

We can do the same for the works of Claude Debussy: if you listen to his famous “Clair de Lune“, a very calm and beautiful piece, then listen to “La plus que lente“, they both are similar sounding, yet their style and execution are divergent.

Now, this formula doesn’t have to be just for classical music: you can use this for any artist and compare their hits to their lesser known songs, and the style will be different I’m sure! I only used this as an example of how less is often more: when you have less tools at your disposal, you’re often encouraged to become more creative in how your execute your project.

 

So, in closing, I do think classical music is very much worth listening to. It’s not as funky or beat-driven as pop music or hip-hop, but it has a certain beauty and charm that’s hard to find anywhere else, and is a driving force in my aspiration to become a better and more talented composer.

 

Thank you for reading, wishing you a lovely weekend!

 

~Robin <3

 

 

 

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Staying Diverse in Music

I often get asked the same question about my music when it comes into topic.

“What kind of music do you write?” is what my friends and colleagues ask a lot, and up until recently I’ve never had a simple answer. I used to reply “electronic music”, which is true! Every song and album I’ve released is 100% digitally composed. But I try to never limit myself to one genre. It’s very constraining, and I feel detrimental to my talent.

There is so much music in the world, and so much variety that it’s really hard to choose a favourite sometimes. Some people swear by one genre of music, while others listen to whatever “music mood” they’re in, which can range from classical to heavy metal to urban rap and back again, depending on the day.

I feel like, with writing music, it’s that kind of thing for me. I write whatever I feel.

Music to me is not just sound, but feeling and emotion constructed in an intricate and complex audible pattern that is wonderful to listen to. For many musicians and composers, it’s the songs from their heart, the ones they sing to themselves. Staying diverse in music, writing based on emotion and feeling instead of stereotypes, is very important to me. it really shows the line between a good musician and an absolute madman, hahaha.

So when people asked me what kind of music do I write, I would say the former, “electronic music.”

Now when they ask, I will say, “I write all music.”

 

Thanks for reading, and I hope you have a lovely day!

 

~Robin

 

 

 

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Remastering Project IV

When I sit down to make an album, I usually have an idea or theme to run with, a sort of “yellow brick road” to follow when writing and designing the songs. I’ve used this idea philosophy quite a few times, especially with the recent release of “The Tower“, and the older albums like “Storms of the Past“, “Amalgamine“, and “Rise“.

When it came to a theme for “Project IV” 4 years ago, before I’d even started hosting music on Bandcamp, I had no idea what I wanted for the album. I thought to myself, “Well, what if I just made experimental music?” and ran with that.

2 years went by and I’d still never finished the album, so when an opportunity came around to finally publish it, I was lost: Project IV hardly had any content, and what it did have was barely enough. So I pulled some older songs out from my hard drive and called it good.

It worked… for a short time.

Eventually I realized the songs on Project IV, while they were some of my favourites I’d ever written, they were diminishing in quality at a rapid pace. But I was never confident to fix that.

So it just kind of sat and gathered dust, while my career slowly inched forward.

Last Wednesday, though, as I was looking through my portfolio on Bandcamp, I passed by Project IV again, and with a small sigh, decided it was time to finish what I’d started 4 years ago.

I ran the tracks through some EQ settings, adjusted some volume issues I had, and re-rendered 6 of the original 8 tracks. I brought 4 more songs from my Soundcloud profile and equalized those as well. Lastly, I designed a new album cover. The one I had previously was very lazy, and basically a shiny red version of Rise’s cover.

I wanted a cover that was not only new and fresh, but reflected my new style. So I went for a more urban-looking title, with paint-dot effects and soft lighting. The cover was too small for Bandcamp’s system, so I made a quick adjustment, shaved the corners to make it look more retro, and signed the cover.

I really like the look, because it reminds me of the old records I have on my bookshelf, where music wasn’t as simply-published: it was a production, and took time, and that kind of woke me up.

Music is more than just putting notes together, or re-releasing old, dusty songs every year.

It’s an art. A production. Something I want to spend my whole life doing.

All in all, I feel the more time I put in, the better the outcome can be.

Thank you, and have a great week!

~Robin <3

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Welcome to my New Website!

I’m not really a web designer, so when it came to deciding what kind of site I wanted and how I’d make it, WordPress seemed like the best choice.

I wanted a site that not only was functional and easy to navigate, but also looked professional and clean!

That’s why I’ve created this site using WordPress, because it’s flexible and intuitive and easy for me to understand. Plus it has a lot of nice features, themes, plugins, and the like.

Enjoy your stay!