Bowlerhat

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About Bowlerhat

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    Mudkip (+150)
  • Birthday 08/05/1996

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    Female
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    The Netherlands
  • Interests
    Music

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    Heey, I'm Jorik. At the moment I'm studying jazz composing and arranging at the conservatory of Maastricht. Despite being a jazz musician, my interest lies in lots of different genres, and especially hybrids between different styles and stuff that can't really be pushed in a certain corner greatly interest me. I've got a big passion for video game music, even though I rarely play video games. It's my dream to become a video game composer after I've finished my studies.
    At the moment of writing I'm a youthful 21 years old. I'm also trans, which means that despite being biologically male, I identify as female. Because of my studies I'm living in Maastricht right now, but I'm originally from Leiden. Both Maastricht and Leiden are cities in The Netherlands. Thanks for reading until the end, and have a nice day.
  • Real Name
    Jorik Bergman
  • Occupation
    Composing and arranging

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    2. Maybe; Depends on Circumstances
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    Recording Facilities
  • Instrumental & Vocal Skills (List)
    Drums
  • Instrumental & Vocal Skills (Other)
    recorder, kazoo, whistling

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  1. Great! Then I will do that without any further ado. I would be interested in hearing those minor mastering tweaks/permutations, but I guess that I can read them in the evaluation after it goes through the jury's Thank you all for the kind words! I'll pass it all on to the musicians as well since they deserve most of the praise.
  2. Thank you so much! I indeed wrote the lyrics myself.
  3. Thank you! I didn't play anything, it'd be impossible to play this many instruments this well haha.. I arranged everything and I organized and conducted the ensemble.
  4. Hiiii, I did an arrangement of Zelda's Lullaby from the legend of Zelda. I'm thinking of submitting it. Any thoughts on this before I send it in? I'm not so sure about all the mixing, and there's also some minor timing issues that were difficult to solve. But generally I think it sounds cool. Source: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=UpfYSyiyf2U&t=62s&frags=pl%2Cwn
  5. This. Even when I'm arranging a video game tune or a jazz standard or a whatever and the melody is already given from outside, I always first play the bass and the melody together to make sure they work. When I have two outer voices that convey the things that I want to say at that moment, it can be anything from atmospheric desert to adventurous battle theme, the inner voices fill in themselves. It can be done in many different ways, but when the outer voices run I know that I'll have a nice progression. That's the reason why things like counter motion works so well, and paralel fifths and octaves don't. This is of course also a stylistic thing, but in every genre of music you can have good and bad relations between the outer voices, it's just that the criteria is different. I think that when you're just thinking of chords, rhythm and melody as something separated by semantics, you'll never be able to write coherent music. It's all about the relationship to each-other and how it mixes and ends up as an organic whole that makes the music.
  6. Here's a little duet I did with myself. Most of it is improvised on the spot, everything besides the harmony and theme of course. I'm not so sure about the audio quality. It sounds decent, but also not spectacular. Same with the mixing. Any opinions on this? Original tune: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=8dhzm7HJiMA&t=92s Thank yooouuuu!
  7. Cool stuff, it reminds me of something in Super Mario Galaxy, don't know what track specifically. If you want I could record some actual flute for this, maybe add a little solo if desired. :)
  8. To move on, something else I found interesting was point 7. Because, as a composer I've found myself to be very dependent on other people since I'm mostly unable to perform and play my music myself. Not just because I don't know how to play the trombone and the violin and the vibraphone and the clarinet and the contra-bassbasoon and the whatever but also because I'm literally physically unable to play all those instruments at the same time. I know how they work, and I do play quite some instruments, but some music is just written to be played life. I mean, I'm a jazz composer, which means that I always deal with living, breathing people, and I can imagine that being a completely different thing from writing music completely on a laptop. I definitely know the mess of having to organize rehearsals for 10+ people with completely different schedules, and I wish I would be able to do it all by myself, but would that imply that writing music that is to be performed live and that also includes more then 2 or 3 musicians is an invalid business tactic? That would contradict about 300 years of music composition, including the crazy late romantic era where composers would write for giant 200+ musician seated symphony orchestras with two choirs and their neighbors. So while I understand your notion of advising composers to stay as self-sufficient as possible, I also think that it's very much centered around a way of making music that is designed for self-sufficient composers that are able to do everything by themselves, and that it doesn't mean that all ways of composing are like that. That's kind of an awkward sentence, but I hope my point is clear haha. Of course I'm not saying that you don't have a point. I usually write my music for ensembles that I know I can make myself and I'm always connecting and making friends in order to make my netwerk as big as possible. And, more importantly, I write simple and effective and I prepare everything as perfect as I can. So rather than saying that you should rely on as few people as possible, I would say that you should be smart with the people you work with, that you should always have 3 back up plans and that you have to be very very realistic in the way you write. Which nicely connects to point 12, because that statement is just soooo true. Being a decent human being should be everyone's priority because no one likes people that aren't likable.
  9. Bowlerhat

    OCR03704 - Lunar Pool "Looser Tool"

    Oh man, this is fantastic! I love it so much. Great bass and drum writing, and there's some cool harmony going on. I don't know the source, but I definitely love the remix.
  10. Bowlerhat

    Too many projects in general

    Another important thing to realize is that it's impossible to actually 'finish' a track. Music is a never-ending process, and as you progress in it your standards keep rising along with your art. Once you accept the fact that the things that you're going to make are not going to be perfect it immediately becomes easier to follow Meteo Xaviers advice to just finish your damn track because the hurdle isn't as high and the expectations for yourself are more realistic.
  11. Heeey, I wrote a song for nonet taking a large influence from video game music. Hope y'all liiiiiiiiiike it.
  12. Okay, so. First of all. I really like what you did this thing. It's al very breathy. I've heard breathy things are good for zelda. A few things that I noticed: I'd say the drums are really really busy. Which isn't necessarily a bad thing at times, but I think it's a bit much here. I think that it fits at the beginning, and is also nice for a climax kinda thingy at the solos. But, since it's busy at all times, the whole thing stays static and it kinda distracts from the rest of the song. Since you have a classic bossa bass rhythm going on, I'd recommend using a 3-2 son clave as your foundation during the theme and then build up from that. This will calm the whole thing down, give it a more dynamic range and will make the nicely implemented busy drum parts stand out more. I also think the solo's are a tad too long. Or rather, that there's too little happening in the solo section besides the solo's. Like Timaeus also mentioned, it gets static after a while. I think calming the drums down at the beginning will already help a great deal, but you can also differentiate at other sections. What I personally always do during solo sections is repeat parts from the original theme and put them as backings for the solo to solo over. I mostly do this with horns, but it would also work with the piano during the vibraphone solo for example. Try putting the original cello D-A-D-E-D theme in the low register of the piano and put it softly underneath the vibraphone solo. I'm not sure whether it will work, but you just have to experiment with things and see how it works. But giving cameos of the theme and/or backing in general in the solo section will make the listener remember what it actually is that they're listening to besides a bunch of solos, and will also give the section an intensifying effect. During the first theme, you could space the harmony in a better way. What I mean with that is this: The theme in itself is very focused on the one. The melody really works towards it, and then stays quiet for a while before beginning another pick up line to the one. That's basically what it does the whole time. It's what makes the melody so breathy and spacious. So, if I were to play piano for this piece, the one place I definitely would not play is the one. Since it's already so full. There's so much space after it, which would be a great place to dump some nice voicings without actually distracting from the melody. So, try giving the piano more diversity in a the horizontal sense of the word. See where in the track there's space, and use that space to fill in the harmony. I'm assuming that this is not the actual end of the track? Because it'd make a lot of sense to first go back to the original theme before ending this. And not ending in a fade out is also always a pro. But I assume that that's what you're planning to do. That's all I think. Overall I really like it. It's pretty close to the source, but the instrumentation and laid back feeling make it different enough for me to stand out. In a good way that is. Nice work!!
  13. I love the reharmonization of the title theme at the beginning. It was done in a very subtle yet tasteful manner and totally set the scene for the rest of the track.
  14. This sounds like a really great project!! French horn is such a beautiful instrument, and I love how you're trying to expand it's current limited fieldwork. I'd definitely be interested in helping out with arrangement stuff. What's the time schedule you have in mind?
  15. Bowlerhat

    Keys to Improving Composition?

    I think that, besides the great things mentioned above it's also very important to have certain arranging techniques which are difficult to acquire by yourself. This of course depends on the genre of music you're writing, but a good knowledge of things like voice leading, instrumentation, reharmonization and similar things are generally very useful and help a lot with composing. Luckily, there are a lot of books about this. I'm personally not a big fan of books, but there are a few classics out there which in my opinion are a must have for every composer. Of course, it's a totally different thing whether you're writing for a string orchestra or for a rock band, so I can't really recommend anything as I don't know what your type of music and line up is. But, what I'm trying to say is that you don't have to do anything by yourself. There's a lot of people in the world that know a lot about composition and are sharing their knowledge in great detail for a small price. Just blindly listening to other people and constantly staying in a safe zone is of course also not the way. Absorbing information about things that interest you, and meanwhile experimenting with the things you're learning is in my opinion one of the richest and most fulfilling aspects of writing music. It's about the joy of discovering. Just playing around with chords on a piano for a few hours can be a very valuable and educational experience. This, in my experience, also brings the best results. Someone can tell you that the first inversion of a major chord sounds amazing, but hearing it yourself, and most importantly, stumbling on it by yourself when you're just messing around a bit, maybe accidentally adding a 9, has a lot more impact. First of all because it highly depends on the context, but also because that way it comes from yourself. This makes your music more you, and this authenticity and personality is what makes music so beautiful.