Music was my first love and was my primary chosen form of self-expression since my teenage years. As I became more serious about my photography and entertained the notion of creating a career from it, I realized that I wouldn’t have time to create both music and images (At least not for a while.).
Last week I crossed a major personal milestone, and since then I made myself a promise to use all of the skills I have amassed in my art, which would include audio production. For the first time since I have started taking photographs, I’ve recently begun working on writing and composing music again.
It feels amazing to stretch a familiar creative muscle. While some of the elements of playing once are like riding a proverbial bike, it is interesting to me how much my approach to music has changed as the result of creating images on a regular basis.
Over the last few years, I have listened to quite a bit of electronica, and hip-hop. They’re a great way to dig up some motivation when black coffee isn’t doing the trick. Because of their tempo, and sense of timing, they are often also great to use in the short video clips that I’ve created for social media.
I believe that constant exposure these elements have altered my internal concepts of composition, drama, balance, and I’ve noticed that even my perception of timing has changed drastically. I find this particularly surprising when creating soundscapes because my approach to playing acoustic guitar not altered in the slightest.
My goal is to eventually use these pieces in future video works and exhibitions and thought it would be fun to share. Hopefully, it sounds like a soundtrack to a movie that you haven’t seen yet. You can check out the rest of my compositions on my Soundcloud here.
Let me know what you think!