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11 November 2010 @ 02:57 pm
Say I wanted to start making music with my computer and my brain. What else do I need?
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I'm feeling: chipperchipper
born from jets!!!catness on November 11th, 2010 08:09 pm (UTC)
Is your computer a mac? :)
ruthless compassion: happyaroraborealis on November 11th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)
It is!
Medyanimedyani on November 12th, 2010 12:19 am (UTC)
Macs rock!

Blue Gargantuabluegargantua on November 11th, 2010 08:19 pm (UTC)

What kind of music do you want to make?

If you've got a mac, you've probably got Garage band in there and you can play around with that.

Do you want to mash-up existing music or create your own? What kind of music do you want to make or what kind of instruments do you want to simulate?

There are any number of web-based music toys. Just search for "tone matrix" for example.

ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on November 11th, 2010 08:35 pm (UTC)
Probably weird, incomprehensible music, at least at first. But in the general realm of electronic/ambient.
BOB!!: Cruiser'scruiser on November 12th, 2010 12:36 am (UTC)
Even before Garage Band existed, my friend Jeff did lots of cool electronic/ambient music on his Mac. Now that there is Garage Band, it's pretty easy.
Chance: dork tower number 317miss_chance on November 11th, 2010 08:26 pm (UTC)
Without a lot more technology, I'd say probably also your fingers.


ruthless compassion: laughteraroraborealis on November 11th, 2010 08:30 pm (UTC)
Wait, really? Ms. Rich-Inner-Life thinks I need something else ... and it's my fingers?? ;)
Robsensesurfer on November 11th, 2010 08:37 pm (UTC)
You probably want to start with an affordable eeg... try

you can probably then tie that to something like max to filter the input.
Stunt Double for the Patriarchystarphire on November 11th, 2010 10:05 pm (UTC)
Ha! I don't think she meant quite so literally.
sol3sol3 on November 11th, 2010 08:49 pm (UTC)
I <3 reason. A lot. Like, really, a lot a lot a lot.

You can get a demo here, and frequently, usb music keyboards/midi interfaces will come with a "light" version of reason.

I've just installed Reason 5 recently, and really really really want to get back into making/recording music.
ruthless compassion: martini handsaroraborealis on November 11th, 2010 10:00 pm (UTC)
I was especially hoping you would chime in on this. Thank you!
Medyanimedyani on November 12th, 2010 12:21 am (UTC)
At first I thought, "I like reason" as in, one must be reasonable when composing music. Hrmm...
Eratic Philosopher & Gentleman Hobo: cooking things up in the labchillguru on November 11th, 2010 08:54 pm (UTC)
I can help with this. We should talk soon.
ruthless compassion: pouncearoraborealis on November 11th, 2010 10:02 pm (UTC)
Eratic Philosopher & Gentleman Hobochillguru on November 12th, 2010 04:21 pm (UTC)
I used to teach teenagers how to do this stuff, so I think you and I can get you doing something with this. ;)
Spikespike on November 11th, 2010 09:01 pm (UTC)
Garage Band and a cheap (pianoish) keyboard. Has music lessons as well as tools. Bet you have it already. If not, $49 for iLife.
... in a handbasketinahandbasket on November 12th, 2010 01:34 pm (UTC)
I'm with spike.
Start with garage band, and once it starts to feel limiting you'll have a much better idea of what direction you need/want to go in.
Beahbeah on November 11th, 2010 10:49 pm (UTC)
I haven't a clue, but you might ask melebeth, who has boatloads of clue on this topic.
veek on November 11th, 2010 11:41 pm (UTC)