How to become an eletropop musician

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How to become an eletropop musician

Post by TheKeytarist » Wed Feb 12, 2014 7:46 pm

Found this gem on youtube (not sure if this goes here or in off topic).
It's funny because it's more or less true.
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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by commodorejohn » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:24 pm

Hahaha, beautiful.
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Post by Bitexion » Wed Feb 12, 2014 8:41 pm

That narrator voice is eerily familiar..but I doubt Automatic Gainsay would be involved in this :D

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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by stephen » Wed Feb 12, 2014 11:30 pm

Sounds like a lot of effort. Is there a fast track?
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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by calaverasgrande » Thu Feb 13, 2014 5:43 am

yeah, if I was intent on making pop tunes I might be mildly insulted.
Good thing my influences are all assholes with tin ears.

I do have to admit it is mildly annoying when I meet someone who says they are a 'producer' because they got Pro Tools a mic and took some online course. They often have a hard time understanding terms like key, tempo, meter and patchbay.
They certainly can't understand why I keep buying heavy synths that only make one sound at a time and don't have midi, especially when they can torrent that exact same synth sound!
Besides, if you can't make dubstep with it what is the point right?
Before you know it our budding friendship is ruined because I fancy myself a musician, and I hate most of what passes for pop music.

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Post by commodorejohn » Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:33 am

I would think self-identifying as a "producer" as opposed to a "musician" would be enough of a tip-off...
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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by ninja6485 » Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:47 am

Owl City sucks
This looks like a psychotropic reaction. No wonder it's so popular...

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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by calaverasgrande » Thu Feb 13, 2014 6:54 am

ninja6485 wrote:Owl City sucks
that's a real band?
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Post by commodorejohn » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:14 am

Yep, that's a real band. They did that twee little "Fireflies" number that my preteen cousins would not stop playing at family gatherings for about a year.
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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by chimney chop » Thu Feb 13, 2014 7:44 am

ninja6485 wrote:Owl City sucks
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Post by ppg_wavecomputer » Thu Feb 13, 2014 1:17 pm

calaverasgrande wrote: [...] They often have a hard time understanding terms like key, tempo, meter and patchbay. [...]
Huh?

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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by sequentialsoftshock » Thu Feb 13, 2014 10:31 pm

Whoever did make this is in southern Oregon (I looked up The Mail Tribune).


Anyone remember the time we bombarded Owl Cities blog with comments. Wasn't someone on their Dr McLove Spoon ? Was that you Zach ? :lol:
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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by stephen » Thu Feb 13, 2014 11:40 pm

They forgot to mention the best place to find an ARP 2600...
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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by meatballfulton » Fri Feb 14, 2014 1:03 am

from ickypedia:
Owl City is an American electronica project created in 2007 in Owatonna, Minnesota, one of several such projects by singer-songwriter and multi-instrumentalist Adam Young. Young created the project while experimenting with music in his parents' basement. Owl City developed a following on the social networking site Myspace, like many musicians who achieved success in the late 2000s, before signing with Universal Republic in 2008.

After two independent releases, Owl City gained mainstream popularity with the 2009 major label debut album Ocean Eyes, which included the quadruple-platinum hit single "Fireflies". The album was certified Platinum in the United States in April 2010.
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Re: How to become an eletropop musician

Post by Automatic Gainsay » Fri Feb 14, 2014 2:35 am

stephen wrote:They forgot to mention the best place to find an ARP 2600...

Oh, DAMNN... you beat me to it. I still chuckle to myself about that blog.

"Dear Diary,

The other day, I was just walking down the street, and I saw a garage sale! I thought I'd pop in to check to see if by chance maybe they had an iconic vintage synthesizer for sale, and they did! It was a synth called the "ARP 2600," and it is really big and old. But cool!

The fat lazy f**k loser of a poor old person who was holding the garage sale didn't know what it was (of course! No one ever does, because there's no way to find out!). They wanted $75 dollars for it! Can you believe it? Well, of course, I felt bad that they didn't realize how much these were actually worth, so... because I am a famous tween idol that makes millions of dollars... I told them the real value, and gave them a good price for it.

HA HA HA, I'm kidding. I talked them down from the $75 to a lower price. That's what they get for being old.

Now, I have an ARP 2600! I can't wait to program great sounds and play it in realtime. It can't be that different from what I do with loops, right?

I promise I'll marry all of you someday! In a rainbow-filled field!

I love you personally,
Adam"
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