Musical instruments

Shadowbane2

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I once played the Sax, and was damn good at it too! Then some issues came up in my life and I had to leave it by the wayside.

Once played Bass extensively. Then once again, issues came up and I had to drop it. I still take it out and play it occasionally.

Now I play the Banjo. I got a good feeling about this one. A feeling lkike I won't have to give it up. ;)
 

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Jdvn1

Hanging in there. Better than the alternative.
Thunderfoot said:
DUDE! we SO have to hook up sometime and crush brain cells. I haven't worked with a good composer in years and I have some strange ideas I'd like to bounce of your cranium.
Hey, you're the one in the business. ;) I consider a hobby of mine, mostly. Whenever I'm not studying. :uhoh:

What I really want to do is compose a really epic RPG video game music (kind of like Final Fantasy?). If I could get my name out that way, I'd compose for a movie (though neither of those will ever happen :lol: )
 

Conaill

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Almost forgot: I used to play the sax too. Or at least, I *tried* to.

I love the instrument, but I'm sadly lacking in talent. Looks gorgeous on my wall though. Plus as an engineer, I really appreciate a well made piece of machinery like that.
 

Dannyalcatraz

Schmoderator
Staff member
Hey you two! I'm an entertainment lawyer- let me draw up the contracts!

There are a lot of computer game programmers out there just looking for musicians- do a little research.

For instance, down here in Dallas, SMU has something called the Guildhall- a program through which they offer a degree in computer game design. Those students need musicians. While I'm sure they usually use fellow students, I'm sure they'll use anyone they can get for the right price (usually free).

The point of going that route is networking. If you do a good job for an undergrad's game, he or she WILL remember you...and you'll have something for your resume.

Heck- over the past decade, rappers and rockers of international status have contributed their talents to game soundtracks- it could be you...
 

Jdvn1

Hanging in there. Better than the alternative.
Dannyalcatraz said:
Hey you two! I'm an entertainment lawyer- let me draw up the contracts!

There are a lot of computer game programmers out there just looking for musicians- do a little research.
Very true. When I was a UT-Dallas, there was an organization just for game programming. I went to one of the meetings and met lots of interesting programmers wanting music for their games.

Most of them didn't get very far off the ground, though, and I eventually had to leave Dallas. I don't know where to find a resource like that in Houston.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
Start a thread! SOMEBODY on these boards is likely to be a gaming industry professional with a rolodex or Palm with the info you need.

Beyond that, I know U of H hosts a lot of CLE courses for attorneys all over the state- at least a couple of them will be on the entertainment biz. You could take such a course, but they're pricey and will cover a lot of stuff you either won't need or might not understand. However, if you get a flyer, the speakers will be listed... And U of H's staff would probably know someone.

Prof. Walt Champion, a buddy of mine, is widely published in Sports & Entertainment law, and he's connected to TSU.

There are also several books out there that are essentially "Who's Who" in the biz. Mostly, they cover company executives and their gatekeepers, but you're starting to see more esoteric entertainment associations show up.

The local Chamber of Commerce probably also lists all the game companies of note within the city and its 'burbs.

Also check out the free press, recording studios and music stores. If anyone knows who is looking for musicians and composers, its them.
 
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Are you two going to GenCon, I'd love to hook up over a Guiness and just talk. I may have a project in the works thanks to another thread here and I could use the advice (legal) to see if there are some roadbumps I might have to negotiate and possibly some advice (musical) on arrangement.
 



Jdvn1

Hanging in there. Better than the alternative.
Dannyalcatraz said:
Start a thread! SOMEBODY on these boards is likely to be a gaming industry professional with a rolodex or Palm with the info you need.
I should look into this, eventually. I'm currently in school, though. I probably don't have the resources (time or money) to spend on this yet.

As far as connections, it's been my experience that no one takes you seriously when you're relatively young, have little actual experience, and don't have references or some other way to say, "Hey, I know what I'm doing." Nonetheless, I'm willing to try.

And, no, not going to GenCon. It's a bit out of my way, being in Texas.
 

Dannyalcatraz

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Staff member
I should look into this, eventually. I'm currently in school, though. I probably don't have the resources (time or money) to spend on this yet.

As far as connections, it's been my experience that no one takes you seriously when you're relatively young, have little actual experience, and don't have references or some other way to say, "Hey, I know what I'm doing." Nonetheless, I'm willing to try.


IME, you're right. I've been a lawyer 10 years (damn, where did the years go?) and my grandparent STILL won't take my legal advice about getting a (non-relative) lawyer to do their wills, nor will they listen to my Dad's (their son) medical advice...and he's been an MD for 34 years or so.

However, let me say this cliche: think outside of the box.

I just got my MBA last August, and I was part of a team that did a big presentation to the University of Dallas as part of our final grade- and make no mistake, this was a real $100k+ project we pitched. To jazz up our Powerpoint presentation, we had our team leader's son lay down some jazz, rock and technopop tracks for our use.

The point? If you're a student, you're probably around a lot of people- students AND faculty- who want nifty unique music for a variety of reasons, and there's no reason you can't supply it.

Consider this example: there are several software programs out there (available to the public, and starting right around $100 as I recall) that let you turn digital music files into ringtones. Buy one, use it on one of your original compositions, and put it on your phone. Tell your family and friends and other people you did this. If they ask- and some will- offer to make them a custom ringtone for a buck. While other people will be working as tutors, you'll have a cottage industry in your dorm room.

One of my college mentors had a biannual production called The Lennox Lecture- a multimedia production that was a presentation about an issue in philosophy. I was part of the production team, and we used samples of prerecorded music and sound effects.

Were he still doing it today, I'd suggest he use original compositions from the student body or local bands, record the sucker (the music, at least) and sell the CDs and DVDs (with every musical contributor getting a little royalty check).

And whatever campus you're on, some professor somewhere is doing something similar...
 

Jdvn1

Hanging in there. Better than the alternative.
I'll certainly ask around for this sort of the Dannyalcatraz--thanks! :)

I guess I'm just not so great at finding these sort of people, but flyers wouldn't be tough at all.
 

James Heard

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I played one brass instrument or another from the time I was in third grade until my second year in college. I had and used music scholarships, but music scholarships need so many music classes that I finally gave up on it. I'm pretty good at music and I like music, but it's just another creative thing that I do and like - not the only thing.

Last time I picked up a horn it was just painful, my muscle memory knows what to do but I don't have any of the hard-earned calouses or muscle tone. I tore my lips to shreds rather quickly. I also play bass guitar pretty badly, and when my daughter was having trouble learning her recorder I found out that I could teach myself that quickly enough to cause deep emotional distress in a young child. I just wanted to be able to help her, I swear!
 

Laurel

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Played the Clarinet, Piano, Flute, and Saxophone. Longest and most proficient with Clarinet and Piano, and just got my nice clarinet back in the hopes of starting up again. Living in an apartment leads to noise complaints even when playing the music correctly... some people just don't like the classics I guess... or maybe I am that out of practice :heh:
 

dragonhead

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Laurel said:
Played the Clarinet, Piano, Flute, and Saxophone. Longest and most proficient with Clarinet and Piano, and just got my nice clarinet back in the hopes of starting up again. Living in an apartment leads to noise complaints even when playing the music correctly... some people just don't like the classics I guess... or maybe I am that out of practice :heh:
So I guess you like roleplaying Bards then? :D
 

Laurel

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dragonhead said:
So I guess you like roleplaying Bards then? :D
I would only play a bard if my group would also let me bring one such instrument and actually attempt to play during a session. And I would not except bleeding ears as a reason to stop playing :p
 

Crothian

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I can play anything brass, though I'm a bit out of practice. I have been giving my nephew trumpet lessons and that helepd him a lot. I only own a TRombone these days, a n heirloom from the Great Depression.
 

Mark Hope

Adventurer
I play bass and have done so for years. Had moderate success in a couple of different bands, but I'm not playing with a group at the moment (probably moving country in a few months, so don't wanna get involved with anything until I'm settled again).

I play a few different models, fretless and fretted. You can see my #1 rumblehammer in my avatar to the left. That's a Kubicki Ex-Factor 4, that is :D. You can touch it if you like. Go on, reach out and stroke it...

Actually, no. No, you can't. In fact, you can't even look at it. Stop looking. Stop it! Turn your head away from the screen and stop looking, dammit!!!
 

Kid Socrates

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I played trumpet from sixth grade to my senior year of high school (six years ago), but have not picked it up since. I went from being horrendous (HORRENDOUS, I tell you!) to making 9th chair District trumpet my senior year, one of the bigger improvements in my class. I also was drum major my senior year for the marching band, played trumpet in the jazz band for three years, and learned how to play the French Horn well enough in about two weeks because we needed one. I was told I sounded like I'd been playing it for three or four years. French Horn is HARD, by the way.

I also sing, but mostly to the steering wheel and my iPod. I did get to sing a song I wrote onstage with a contemporary Christian music band (Dr. Nimbus and the Noisemakers) back in 2000. That was a lot of fun.

I toyed with playing the bass, but apparently there's this thing called a "bass clef" where all the notes are wrong, at least as far as us uppity trumpet players are concerned. ;)

Lately I've been sucked into remixing and music-editing, and am researching software better than Wavepad to do that with. It's pricy as all get-out, so I want to get the right one since at my budget, I'll really only get one shot at it. I'm also planning on getting a keyboard to assist in that, and I'd love to get into composing because my brain focuses on musical stuff pretty well.
 

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