Aviators

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About Aviators

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    Vermont, USA

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  • Biography
    My name is Tyler Shaw a.k.a. Aviators and I hail from Vermont.

    I’m an independent electronic musician. I pretty much make everything from dubstep to alternative, metal to orchestral. I specialize in vocal songs, which usually take elements from alternative rock and modern electronica. I prefer to cover and combine a wide range of genres instead of fitting into just one. Why settle for one when you can have them all?

    I began my musical journey at the age of 4, when I began playing the violin. I played it for 8 years before quitting and moving on to other things. I figured that playing the violin would never get me anywhere in life, but I now realize that it had grown my skills in music theory, as well as teaching me to read music.

    I picked up the guitar shortly after quitting violin, and instead of taking lessons I taught myself. Instead of going the typical route of learning chords and such, I just played around with solos and learned to play songs by ear.

    In early 2011, I took my first step in music production; I began using a DAW. Garageband was my first one, and it taught me all the basics. I played around with everything I could and pumped out a couple absolutely horrible songs. After months of fiddling with Garageband, I chose to move to a more pro-level DAW. Fruity Loops was my first choice, and I quickly learned that I wasn’t ready for such a big switch. Having no idea what I was doing was a good thing, though… It allowed me to learn quickly by trial and error. I played around with it for a couple months, and I ended up working on what became my debut album, Reflections of a Dream.

    Today, I release an album every few months and continue to make music every day. I am also scoring a few indie games that will be released in the coming months.
  • Real Name
    Tyler Shaw
  • Occupation
    Musician, Graphic Designer
  • Twitter Username
    Aviators84
  • PlayStation Network ID
    Aviators84
  • Steam ID
    Aviators

Artist Settings

  • Collaboration Status
    2. Maybe; Depends on Circumstances
  • Software - Digital Audio Workstation (DAW)
    Acid
    FL Studio
    Live
    Logic
  • Composition & Production Skills
    Arrangement & Orchestration
    Drum Programming
    Lyrics
    Mixing & Mastering
    Recording Facilities
    Synthesis & Sound Design
  • Instrumental & Vocal Skills (List)
    Acoustic Guitar
    Electric Guitar: Lead
    Electric Guitar: Rhythm
    Piano
    Vocals: Male

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  1. Hey guys! Stargazers is my latest release and a really experimental dive into some retro musical motifs and apocalyptic settings. I had an awful lot of fun making it, and I hope some of you enjoy checking it out! The genre is New Wave/Alternative, and the album is always free to listen to on my Bandcamp. Hopefully on a few days it'll be up on various music sites as well, so I can post those in an edit if anyone's interested. Feedback is always appreciated, I'm definitely doing more like this so I'll keep any tips in mind for next time. For fans of rock, I recommend checking out Acid Rain and Chaos Theory. For fans of more electronic songs, check out Meet You at the End and Oblivion. Aviators - Stargazers
  2. I'm a massive fan of both Christopher Nolan and Hans Zimmer, and I think the new movie Interstellar is their best collaboration to date. The music in that movie is... Well... I don't think I can describe it as anything other than magical. As with a lot of music that inspires me, I was compelled to remix it. I rocked it up a bit from the source material, since the source material is pretty mellow, and in my opinion it turned out kinda cool. Check it out if you're a fan of symphonic rock, orchestral music, or just awesome soundtracks! As always, I'd LOVE some feedback too. That's what I come here for.
  3. No one has given feedback, but that's okay! I went ahead and finished it. That doesn't mean changes can't be made, though. Please give me feedback before I submit it to the judges, anything helps! The song now has vocals, so hopefully that'll make it a bit more interesting. :3 https://soundcloud.com/aviatorscompositions/neverending
  4. Hey everyone! I just recently finished my third full vocal album, and I'd be honored if you'd check it out! http://music.soundoftheaviators.com/album/mirrors-deluxe-version You know, just take a listen or two, tell me what you think. One of the best parts of releasing an album is the critique that comes with it. I'm always looking to improve!
  5. Oh, I love this tune! Excuse my extreme bias to the original while I give my opinion. xD I quite enjoyed the mix, but the mixing and mastering were a little odd. Not obnoxiously off, just maybe a little over compressed and not what I'm used to. A little unbalanced in the low end too, to be honest. Melodically, the piece was heaven to listen to. I loved the arrangement, and the sound design was gorgeous. I liked how you made it sound chiptune-esque but somehow atmospheric and distant. Perhaps that was just the clever and subtle use of reverb? It was fun to listen to, that's my general consensus.
  6. So, I've worked on it a bit more, but I'm stumped as to what I'm going to do for the bridge. The bridge is really weird in this song, so I was considering totally changing it up, writing my own lyrics, etc. Maybe I could even incorporate a new melody into it, like Rooftop Run from the same game or something. I'm still hoping to get feedback on the song itself, but I'd also love to hear where you guys would be interested to hear the piece go. I'm open to suggestions. For anyone who hasn't heard the original, check out the bridge: Weird, huh? xD
  7. Hey guys! I'm back with my first game remix in a long time, and again, it's Sonic! Something about that series' soundtrack just drives my inspiration wild. Last time I had a pretty simple remix of the Sonic 3 credits, but this time it's a cheery Drum and Bass cover/remix of Jaret Reddick's "Endless Possibilities", with my own vocals to take the place of his. The vocals aren't in yet, but they will be. I did only start this two days ago. xD But enough about the piece, I'd love it if you could take a listen and give me some feedback! Every bit of critique is useful, positive or negative, and the more specific the better. You can take a listen to a WIP of the song here: https://soundcloud.com/aviatorscompositions/endless-possibilities-remix Thanks for the feedback, and I can't wait to finish this muffersucker up!
  8. I was sure to check the encode settings before I submitted my Sonic 3 mix, "What We Left Behind". I noticed it has gone on the "To Be Posted- Conditional On Encoding" list. If you could let me know what I need to re-encode it as, I'll gladly do so. :D

  9. This EP is fantastic! The simplistic abstract sounds almost remind me of C418, yet each song has a uniquely strong rhythm. If there's one thing you absolutely nailed, it was the mixing here. Nothing's ever overpowered, it's all fit in nicely. This is going in my iTunes library. I think my favorite would have to be "Fly With Me". It brings childhood memories back for some reason. It's just fun to listen to, yet calming. Keep it up!
  10. Hey there! I've been working on an experimental project recently that ended up taking on a life of its own in the form of a concept album. This album is Aeterno, which is written as the score to fictional video game. There's no game this was based off of (aside from a little TimeShift reference), it's all original, but I figured this would be a great place to share it! I'm trying to brush up my composition skills to get into professional scoring. Sure, I've got a lot to learn, but practice makes perfect! I'm not asking any of you to go buy the album, I just want you to take a listen to a song or two. Tell me what you think. Did I capture the "gamey" atmosphere I was trying to achieve? I'd love nothing more than some feedback. You can find the album here: http://music.soundoftheaviators.com/album/aeterno Thanks!
  11. Random fact: A lot of Sonic fans think that the credits song was based off of Stranger in Moscow, but it's vice versa. MJ was involved with composing for the game, and later made a song with the same chord progression. xD
  12. Well hey there! It's been a while since I posted anything, and I've improved a lot since I was last here, so I decided to give it another shot! I'm working on a remix of the credits song from Sonic 3. Check it out and tell me what you think! http://soundcloud.com/aviatorscompositions/sonic-3-credits-remix-wip
  13. oh hey Aviators! I know you're busy with MLP stuff (can't wait for that single you're gonna release tonight), but have you ever thought of doing something here on OCR again?

  14. Yup, I'm working on a full-length album. It's going to be Techno/Alternative/Electrorock with a touch of Dubstep. I recently finished the song that will kick off the album, the first track, and I was hoping to get some feedback from people to make necessary improvements. The album is going to be about 10-11 songs, some of which are done. Some will have vocals (Thanks to this awesome singer I know, and my own voice + auto-tune) but some will be instrumental. The first track, "The First Word" is one of the instrumentals. I've put a link below, so if you could please give it a quick listen and tell me what you think, I'd really appreciate it! Any feedback, good or bad, helps me out. Thanks! http://soundcloud.com/aviatorscompositions/the-first-word
  15. I've used samples, I've used VSTi's, I've used SoundFonts, I've tried everything... I just can't seem to make any good sounding string-driven songs. I was wondering if anyone has any suggestions for me... What do you use to make string sounds? Any kind, Cello, Violin, Contrabass, I just want to know how to make at least somewhat realistic compositions. Any links, suggestions or advice I appreciate, thanks!