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« on: May 11, 2009, 11:47:27 PM »
thought id seek a little advice from someone who is experienced in the world of prog songwriting. :)
i made an intro for a song and it sounded like the beginning of something HUGE so i made a bet that i could make it longer than 23 minutes and 10 seconds. i got to about ten minutes and iv hit a wall, i think i could end it there but i really want to make it REALLY long. lol
do you think its foolish to deliberately TRY and make a long song?

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« Reply #1 on: May 11, 2009, 11:56:00 PM »
I don't think it's foolish to try but it might be misguided to *force* it?
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« Reply #2 on: May 12, 2009, 12:38:29 AM »
Without any further information all I can say is take the Wonderland approach.

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=iZprKMB1 ... annel_page

Leave it for a while, come back to it, listen to it with fresh ears, consider any part of it that could be causing you to stop, a chord which is difficult to lead anywhere with the tone of the piece, a rhythm that doesn't quite fit, anything.

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« Reply #3 on: May 12, 2009, 12:39:55 AM »
The best songs in any genre tell a story.

How long is the story you're telling?
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« Reply #4 on: May 12, 2009, 02:51:12 AM »
I think it's ok to set out to make an epic as long as the result doesn't include long passages of wasted time and unnecessary repetition.  Make it count.  Don't go for length if the material doesn't call for it.  I've heard 8 minute songs that were truly over in 4.
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« Reply #5 on: May 12, 2009, 12:09:50 PM »
As John M and Jem noted during their radio interview (in a Frost report somewhere) - it's all about "songs".

I've just started writing more proggy stuff (with my dear other half) and we have a rough plan for a long song...no idea how long it will be, but it will only be as long as it needs to, to get the story across. I reckon it will probably hit 15 mins.

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« Reply #6 on: May 12, 2009, 05:57:51 PM »
so far theres no repeats in it an i have managed to knock down another 3 minutes XD goin quite well right now :) hopefully it doesnt sound too forced, il take your advice and come back to it to see if it still sounds good
thanks!

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« Reply #7 on: May 12, 2009, 09:48:26 PM »
Can I just say how much I love your name.  :D Marvellous stuff sir.

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« Reply #8 on: May 13, 2009, 01:12:14 AM »
aw wow
epic thanks iv only been on here for a day :)
i feel all proud of myself now lol

i deleted 4 minutes of song the other day but i like to think of it as pruning rather than scrapping

maybe il be there by christmas...

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« Reply #9 on: May 13, 2009, 02:03:21 AM »
Well how advanced is your recording and editing software? To add more of full bodied sound I love sampling sounds from everyday things and putting them in where I see fit. When you get stuck another good thing to is go and listen to some music that inspires ideas. This way when you feel ready you can come back to it and with fresh ears and ideas. But the bottom line with song writing in my head is it shouldn't be a chore, you should have fun writing songs.
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« Reply #10 on: May 13, 2009, 09:07:04 AM »
well i dont have any, really. just guitar pro so anything i do is just glorified MIDI at the moment, im only 19 so i cant afford any kind of fancy stuff right now im just planning to leech of the recources of huddersfield uni in september.

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« Reply #11 on: May 13, 2009, 12:08:25 PM »
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im just planning to leech of the recources of huddersfield uni in september.

Hey, another Frostie in Huddersfield!

I didn't study here, but live in the area now. But the trouble with leeching gear as a student is that when you're a graduate the gear suddently dries up! And for some reason the wife and kids prefer having a roof over their head and food to eat, which means that Dad doesn't get to play with prog songwriting anymore. I never did finish my trilogy of spiritual conceptual prog-rock pop songs. Ah, well, those were the days...

Good luck with the course.

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« Reply #12 on: May 13, 2009, 04:04:20 PM »
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« Reply #13 on: May 13, 2009, 06:45:26 PM »
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« Reply #14 on: May 13, 2009, 08:14:59 PM »
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well i dont have any, really. just guitar pro so anything i do is just glorified MIDI at the moment, im only 19 so i cant afford any kind of fancy stuff right now im just planning to leech of the recources of huddersfield uni in september.

I'm 20 and I have Reason 4.0, Logic Studio, several MIDI keyboards, two guitars and a Fantom X8. I'll not mention the Kaoss pad or the Tenori-On though. Or the Macbook Pro.

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