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    Other people's music always sounds better

    Is it just me, or does other people's music always seem to sound better? Probably because when we write music ourselves we spend so long with it that we know it inside and out, but when we listen to other people's music it is new to our brain and we don't know what to expect. Even after multiple listens we can discover new things. This newness makes it much easier for the brain to respond emotionally than it can with the music we write ourselves . . . is this true for anybody else?

    I was just thinking about film music, and it seems to me that in the improbable (but possible) event of the book I haven't finished writing being turned into a movie, though it might give me the chance to write a film score, I might get someone else to write it . . .
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    Re: Other people's music always sounds better

    I'll have what you're smoking!
    Actually, I can understand what you're saying but no ones music sounds better than Guy Lombardo and his orchestra! Or, mine for that matter. Or Kevin’s or Hydan's, or Karl's, or Maestro’s or everyone else. Gee, I guess your right cause suddenly mine sounds pretty shabby against most if not all of these people, including yours! I've been listening to the composer station just about every day now and I can definitely say you're right up there with the rest!

    What book? WAAAAAAAT BOOOOOOK?

    I'm writing a book now. "Everything You Need To Know About Snacks But Where Afraid To Eat." I am going to make a movie of it and have Emral star as the snack King! I'm not writing a score...just sampled sounds of people chomping on chips and other crispy snacks!
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    Re: Other people's music always sounds better

    Other people's books always sound better too . . .
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    Re: Other people's music always sounds better

    Quote Originally Posted by SeanHannifin
    Other people's books always sound better too . . .
    Especially when you through them against the wall!

    What, Sean, no school today? No conserving in the conservatory?
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    Re: Other people's music always sounds better

    School is over, just finals left . . . and I can't study with all this good music!
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    Re: Other people's music always sounds better

    It's the same for me Sean.

    Usually after I have "finished" a piece, I can't listen to it without hearing all the things that I'm not quite happy with, or would like to adjust. I get to the stage where I can't bear to listen to it.

    Usually, though, after a couple of months and I come back to listen to it, I've forgotten all the pain and frsutration associated with it, and quite often I quite like it again.

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    Re: Other people's music always sounds better

    There must be a legal way to make ourselves forget writing the music . . .
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    Re: Other people's music always sounds better

    I have quite the opposite reaction. I guess part of the reason is that if compositionally something is not developing right, it usually goes to the 'archives'. I sometimes listen to something after a short time has passed and I become amazed that I wrote it.

    Hope that doesn't sound too egotistical, but as composers I believe being too modest can hurt the creative psyche. Remember, it takes a lot of courage to create.

    BTW.... I am not saying that I think my music is better than everyone else's in my own mind. I still haven't even come close to Bartok yet. I highly suggest you check out the "Concerto for Orchestra" by him. If film scores bring you down, this will positively floor you!
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    Re: Other people's music always sounds better

    Yes, that sounds way too egotistical . . . Just kidding!

    I'm sure it's just a case of familiarity. For example, after spending around a month composing that largo on the demo page, I just don't want to work with it anymore, my brain wants to work on something new. Maybe I just have a low attention span from too much television in my youth.
    Sean Patrick Hannifin
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    Quote Originally Posted by jesshmusic
    I have quite the opposite reaction. I guess part of the reason is that if compositionally something is not developing right, it usually goes to the 'archives'. I sometimes listen to something after a short time has passed and I become amazed that I wrote it.

    Hope that doesn't sound too egotistical, but as composers I believe being too modest can hurt the creative psyche. Remember, it takes a lot of courage to create.

    BTW.... I am not saying that I think my music is better than everyone else's in my own mind. I still haven't even come close to Bartok yet. I highly suggest you check out the "Concerto for Orchestra" by him. If film scores bring you down, this will positively floor you!
    YEAH Jesse that's talking!

    I can answer as Vasco Rossi, Italian rocker:

    Q: what kind of music you like and you hear?
    A: My music of course!

    Anyway " I still haven't even come close to Bach yet "

    P.S. Sean I'm joking. Probably you are right, and you will discover in the future, writing something nearly perfect for your potential, the decanter effect!

    After long session of mixing and refining everything seems to be so wrong and unbalanced. But after some day / week / year, when you hear again the result of your long work you will say:
    "WOW! It's really good! I did really a good work! It sounds so nice!"

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