As a music producer, it's hard to find the line between creativity and blindly reusing other people's work. If you use presets from a synthesizer, you're using someone else's synth programming. If you use someone else's synth, you're using someone else's Digital Signal Processing code. You can purchase melodies and chord progressions from a MIDI store. You can use sample packs for musical instruments that somebody else recorded. You can use pre-made drum loops.
At each step along the way, it becomes less clear what your role is in the creation process.
I have decided to solve the problem by adding restrictions to the creative process. These restrictions include:
- Use only samples that I personally have recorded with a microphone.
- Use only synthesizers that I personally have coded the DSP and programmed the presets.
- Use only DAW software that I personally have coded, including recording software for recording samples.
- Use only melodies and chord progressions that I personally have created.
The music I release under these restrictions will be associated with the artist name Bit Trouper.
Google gives 2 definitions for trouper:
- an actor or other entertainer, typically one with long experience.
- a reliable and uncomplaining person.
So now it's time to build a Digital Audio Workstation. I'm calling it Genesis.