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About snazzypadgett

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    Nashville, TN


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    I'm in high school. Looking at colleges! Hoping to study music composition. Been following this site for several years now!
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    Will Padgett

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    Vocals: Male
  1. Hey Doug, just saw this topic today--those auditions were very interesting to hear! For the record, I thought you were definitely the best. You're a monster on that vibe...tasty stuff.
  2. Anybody ever thought about doing a book of video game stands music? Like, for basketball games and whatnot. But it would be way more fitting for gaming competitions. Wouldn't that be badass to have a full pep band playing rousing battle music for video game tournaments! Just wondering if anybody else thinks this could be a good idea--alternatively, let me know if I'm being an idiot.
  3. I'm lovin all the help you guys are giving me, there's just no way one person can remember all of the great music of the NES-PSX/N64 without some help. On that note, though, what do you guys think about the inclusion of these more unrepresented series, namely almost all of the ones suzumebachi has mentioned? Here's the problem I'm going to have to face--I have no doubt that I would love the music of many of those games (I'll admit, I haven't played most of those you mentioned), but this is going to a mainstream audience as well, and I'd like to really try to cover as many of the bases as I can as far as music most people know. I know, I know, it may disappointing that I'm not planning on including every stunning RPG of the 90s, but I feel it's important to make a list of: 1) Plenty of well known tracks from well known games 2) Some lesser known tracks from moderately well known games 3) A dash of music from games mostly unheard of by the mainstream gamers--these tracks would likely be more title-themes. I think it's a good idea to use title themes/very significant themes from these 'unheard of' games, as long as it's strong material (which I'm sure it is) Keep it coming guys! I appreciate all of the posts so far. EDIT: Coop, thanks a lot for that list, I was a bit worried about the oversaturation of one publisher...this list is going to be a real trip to organize.
  4. I'm surprised no one's mentioned the N64/PSX boom adapter? They're on ebay for 10 bucks, and everyone who plays Super Smash Bros 64 online (I used to) has one. I liked using a N64 controller for N64 games and a PSX dual shock for anything else. I personally think a PSX controller is the best for any SNES gaming, as it's set up very similarly. Here's a link! (seems they've gone up 5 bucks. still not bad i guess)
  5. Without going into too much detail, I can say that I'm undertaking a big project involving lots of video game music! And it's very difficult, but I am selecting only a few songs from a small list of games from the past. I would like the OCR board's opinions of what should be included, game-wise and song-wise. Here's what I have got so far: Mario -nintendo Zelda -nintendo Metroid -nintendo FF 1, 2, 3, 7, 8, 9, 10 -square enix Sonic -sega Castlevania -konami F-Zero -nintendo Contra -konami Donkey Kong (plus diddy kong racing) -nintendo Kirby -nintendo Megaman -capcom Metal Gear -konami Mike Tyson's Punchout -nintendo Earthbound -nintendo Ninja Gaiden -Tecmo Pokemon -nintendo Breath of Fire -Capcom Chrono Trigger -square enix Earthworm Jim -Interplay Banjo-Kazooie -rareware Secret of Mana -square enix Star Fox -nintendo Tetris -nintendo Goldeneye 007 -nintendo Crash Bandicoot -Universal Interactive Fire Emblem -nintendo Golden Sun -nintendo Kingdom Hearts -square enix Phantasy Star Online (and predecessors) -sega Vectorman -sega I know this is a lot of Nintendo games, but I'm trying to keep it in the 'classic' era--the 80s and 90s. Even so, I am sure this list could use some amending with your help. 400 or so songs total is my goal. Which games/series have I missed, or have I included that is maybe less significant to the history of video game music? Also remember, the more games, the less songs from each game I can include. It's extremely difficult to narrow the large RPG soundtracks down to a few songs to stay around 400 songs, has to be done. There must also be a balance between mainstream familiarity and the 'deeper-into-the-videogame-culture' tunes, if that makes sense--namely, RPGs. I'd just like some opinions from other people here genuinely interested in popularizing vgm!
  6. My thoughts exactly. My friends and I call Finale's playback the "hobbit orchestra" for a reason So maybe the GPO library I have isn't actually that bad, it's just Finale's inhuman playback? I'll try to work with the GPO in garageband, just playing in the notes and playing with articulations, and if it's at all better than Finale, I'll be on a good start. From there I need to learn to use Cubase/Logic. I think you guys have given me the info I need to go out and learn a lot. Thanks!
  7. Indeed some very helpful advice...thanks for outlining the differences in those two programs, Cerrax. Fortunately those two programs were the ones I was most considering. Now that I know about the different formats of samples, I can read up on the topic. Thanks! As for Garageband, I am pretty fluent with it, at least before it went crazy with features like the audition mode or But yeah, I know how to use garageband, it's pretty straightforward. Logic is....not. Hahaha. But you're right, they're related and it would help me to practice up with GB before buying Logic if I decide on it. Another question--regarding Finale, I know you can substitute the garritan orchestra that comes with it your own sample library. Would that actually sound decent? I'm betting it's a better idea to let Finale do its thing with notation, and use another real program like Logic/Cubase for the audio product. Also--thanks for eliminating ProTools for me. I didn't wanna go there
  8. I consider myself a ready and able composer and am used to writing out music for ensembles to play, but I have realized that...I don't have a studio orchestra or even any means of recording my friends play my music And I need to learn to make a real product, not just notes on a page, lol. I need to start investing a lot of time and interest in sequencing my music, which I used to do with pure MIDI + Reason 3. But now I'm in a different boat. I want to literally input the exact notes I have written out for a chamber group into a program, have convincing samples play them, and come out with a professional product. LoLz yes, I'm joining the bandwagon. I am reasonably experienced with sequencing/MIDI, but not very with live audio. I don't think I will even need live audio experience to pursue this aspect of what I'm doing. Lemme just ask some basic questions. 1) What program should I use for OS X? I only have Reason, which only uses refills. I think it's time to use professional samples, so what software uses VSTs/digital instruments? Does Logic Express? Or should I go with ProTools LE? Or Cubase? Or something else? 2) Is my methodology correct? I used to just throw in instrument parts with my keyboard and my ear, but now I'm planning on having full scores written out and just inputting them into the software. Then tweaking to make it sounds correct. 3) As for that "tweaking"...I know that's a serious field of study. Any recommended books for me to understanding mixing and mastering better? Thanks everyone!
  9. Oh my goodness!! When I saw your name as a reply to my topic, I couldn't believe it. Hahaha, you're the guy I thought of first for 'flute,' but I figured it was a long shot. Do you want to get on AIM so I can show you the files?

    You don't have to do anything, but if you want to take a look at it, feel free to get on screenname is 'willyp933.' And, I REALLY wouldn't need a 200% perfect recording. ANYTHING live is better to me than finale. :)

  10. Hey there! Yeah, I'd be happy to send you the parts. Do you want a finale file or pdf? Or jpg?

  11. I have written two pieces that are fairly short in length (2 minutes each), and aren't particularly difficult. I want to put them in my porfolio on my website but the Garritan samples just don't seem all that professional Would anyone be interested in getting the sheet music and playing through the part with a metronome into a wav file? They're woodwind quintets, so: -Flute -Oboe -Bb Clarinet -F Horn -Bassoon If this is a totally stupid idea, let me know! Hahaha. I just don't know how else to get this done. I don't have any good orchestral samples.
  12. I recently got back from a weekend of a jazz honor band where i played piano and it was basically the most fun I've had playing music, ever. Everyone was very very good and would come up to me and start snapping for a tempo and throw a Real Book up and we'd start playing stuff, as i drowned in inferiority LOL. My point is, I want to find a drummer, bassist, and guitarist that can start a jazz combo with me, but I don't know where to find people like that. I am a senior in high school. I am in a larger funk band with this girl bassist who is excellent but is very flaky so I don't think she'd be ideal for a small group. As for drummers, well, I have no clue. All of the drummers i know (and i know several because me and my friends are all in drumline) would probably not hold up to the jazz combo style...i mean, at this honor band thing, the drummer was a sophomore and seemed totally fluent with all kinds of styles, like he could do the jazz feet stuff (2 and 4 on hi-hat pedal) and the swung or straight threes on the ride like it was NOTHING, at fast tempos...i want to be around that. I know that will make me a lot better, being with decent jazz players. I'm sure i'm not the only one here who's been in this sort of situation before. What can you guys recommend for finding people that can play jazz with me? Like out of fakebooks and stuff?
  13. I've always wanted to know more about how other people think of music, as I have my own way and i feel like it's very specialized as no one i've talked to seems to share the kind of thoughts i have. So just post any kind of anything about how you think of music away from your instrument. I'll start! **DISCLAIMER: by posting in this topic, you're pretty much voiding all modesty. just try to be honest in your introspection** Since about three years ago I started thinking about the keyboard all of the time in my head, like if i hear a melody in real life or even just in my memory, I try to play it on my mental-piano. I dont have any piano friends that I would talk to about this, so does anyone else do this? I'm also really compulsive about inverting and revoicing chords in my head. With easier chords, i can audiate them, but now that i am being introduced into these new jazz chords, i cant audiate them but i find myself still doing lots of voicings of them in my head with just the visual of the keys. for the last two years or so i've been pretty limited in my mental-keyboard exercises but these new jazz chords are really complicating the amount of inversions and voicings that i can finger out in my head, so it's really exciting and i hope i can learn a lot of new stuff from it. aside from chords, i also have exhausted some ideas to a point where i get very frustrated to find myself thinking about it again and again, like the different equal divisions of an octave and the chords it makes (augmented, dim. 7th, whole tone scale) or how augmented chords can turn into either major or minor based on raising or lowering any note, ETC ETC and for this reason i am very excited to have some new material to think about with the jazz chords. i would really appreciate some other cool theory ideas that i can practice on Mental Piano®. so that's what happens in my head when something's not already occupying it. i consider myself lucky to have somehow guided myself into obsessively picturing the piano in my head, since it's relevant to what i want to improve at. what about you guys? Do guitarists have something similar for their instrument? i imagine that'd be a hell of a lot harder to audiate with, just because it's...well it's a guitar. Aside from note-patterns/theory, what else do you picture in your head? my imagination is just not as creative as what you guys can actually say you have going on in your heads!
  14. I may be getting my college laptop for christmas if I decide to get it now...but I dont know if I should wait until the summer. I know that the current line of macbooks was a fairly recent upgrade, so i dont think they'll come out with a new model by this summer, and I don't think the prices will drop. On the other hand, the new OS should come out then and I've always heard it's a good idea to not buy a laptop until its model is more than a few months old, to sort out kinks and stuff. But I could just buy the new OS and install on my laptop if I already had it, that's no problem. Is there any reason I shouldn't just get the college laptop for christmas instead of waiting for summer? Not to mention I have no other ideas for what i maybe some more 5A sticks...which are what, $4? heh.
  15. I just realized that I have to send in a screened piano recording to Indiana, my now favorite music school of choice (visited today), and not only that, it has to be the same repertoire as what I will be auditioning with. FUCK SHIT DIE. i thought I had until February to finish working on this piece that I've been working very hard on. But there is good news. I dont even have to play that hard piece, I just have to play a Bach prelude&fugue (prelude: check. fugue: not check), a beethoven/mozart/haydn sonata first mvmt (uh-oh. I learned pathetique a year ago, but i didnt polish it), and a short 19th/20th century piece (perfect, I'm using gershwin's prelude #3) I have two weeks from tomorrow to have this stuff recorded and sent in. holy fucking shit. Fortunately this weekend marks the end of my marching band season and I will FINALLY get time to practice again for more than an hour a day. I'm going to be practicing 5 hours a day through november, indefinitely. Even with this, am I completely screwed? I looooooved indiana's entire campus and obviously the school of music. I would hate to ditch that option. I'm going to work my ass off, but can I really do it? Is a screened audition taken very seriously or is it just a "okay he's good enough to come back for a live audition, stop the tape" type of thing? ALSO, i have to submit a portfolio of compositions (3 or 4) by Dec 1, but I knew that. I didn't know about the piano screening because I thought it was only for performance majors...anyway, I'm planning on submitting the following for my composition portfolio: -Something i'm going to write this week for a wind ensemble or something. -my big percussion medley of many zelda tunes (the music director said an arrangement is okay as long as you have strong compositions as well) -a piano original, i'll write that this week too....... -I have another something in mind, i just dont know if i like it enough, a contemporary small band piece. TLDR: Just be frank with me guys. Is it possible for me to learn a Bach fugue (that i've listened to many times), heavily polish Beethoven's Pathetique 1st mvmt, lightly polish a bach prelude and gershwin prelude, write another original ensemble piece (takes a while for me), write another piano original, record my piano screening, write another shorter ensemble piece, use my friend's dad's studio to record it (easy)...can I do all of this before Dec 1st? I am going to try with all of my might regardless of what you say, but I want the realistic opinion of another musician.