Good evening, Margreate! Ah - "Martial Industrial": I couldn't imagine any musical style that would suit a young lady better! ;-) Hm... When I was a boy (maybe from ten to twelve) I used to be fascinated by weapons, tanks, airplanes and other military machineries. I had read everything about the Second world war (and about most other wars in the 20th century). My classmates thought I were rather strange... For some reason, I painted pictures of battles and airfights all the time. But today I can't find anything heroic or adorable in war. My feelings towards it are perfectly expressed in Bruce Springsteens cover version of "War" (on his live album). Anyway - as an artistic topic of course it offers possibilities to explore extreme feelings and states of mind... As for FL, a live musician I collaborate with told me recently he thinks it's great software. So - maybe a good point to start... Spasebo for the good wishes! Peace (!) - Michael -
Ah...where to begin:
I'd reccomend "Reason", it´s a (comparatively) easy to use software, and You can do a lot with it. If You prefer to work with larg(er) audio files, maybe consider "Cubase" or "Logic" (a "digital Audio Workstation"). A lot of people love Abelton Live", but I couldn't work well with it (maybe I'm too dullminded...). There are more, like "Cakewalk" or "Fruityloops", but I have no experience with those. If You don't want to invest money for the software, and have an iMac, "GarageBand" works well for first steps; You can combine it with "Audacitiy", which is freeware... Of course, You can also work with hardware - but that's another chapter... Cheers!
Hi, Highblah! Thank You in return for Your wonderful answer :-) To Your question: the short answer is "no" I think ;-) the exhausting answer could fill books by much smarter writers than me. As far as I know, Brian Eno was self-taught. Vangelis was an autodidact, too. Many excellent, famous and influential musicians had no formal education or training. Of course, they had talent. Determination. Imagination. Musical genes. Etc. On the other hand, to study at Berklee college can help... I think it also depends on the genre. Writing scores for Holliwood movies and Broadway musicals without a little training might be difficult. Experimental music is much easier: let a cat run across a toy keyboard, distort and reverse the output - there You go ;-) As for my humble experience, I'm autodidact, read a few books, bought some software and messed around with that until I dared to play it to someone. Ambient is much more a state of mind than a matter of "technique". Hm. In my opinion.. :-)
I'm yet another ambient and electronica musician (from germany, actually...) who likes to invite You to his sound.
If You're curious, I'd be honoured if You visit my artist page here or over at Myspace (which is kind of my home base...): http://www.lastfm.de/music/Michael+Br%C3%BCckner or http://www.myspace.com/mbrueckner Thank You! And whether You're interested or not:
Peace + good wishes - Michael - :-)