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MusicMonday – A Free Mind

MusicMonday – A Free Mind

This grey Monday morning we’ve something relaxing and beautiful to ease you into the week.  The featured track “Yesterday” by A Free Mind contains some engaging vocals, a dialogue between the male and female singers.  Accompanied by a great arrangement this electronic/pop production displays some great skills and subtlety in the use of sounds.  We caught up with A Free Mind to discuss his work.

You used MAGIX Music Maker to create your project. What drew you to the program and how does it help you in your work?

I have always enjoyed mixing tracks, ever since I got into it when I was 13 years old when I obtained a Ejay PC demo on a PC gamer demo disc. I was hooked ever since, over the years I have grown and matured and I came to realise that I had reached my limit with Ejay and decided to look for a bigger and better program to use. Back in 2007 I started looking for a more professional mixing program, after a short search I came across MAGIX mentioned on a number of forums. So I downloaded a trial and it started from there to be my only source of mixing fun and creation. I find it very easy to use, the system helps you edit samples, add effects, change pitches, change volumes etc it really adds depth to your music and I find it so easy to use with the drag drop and preview sample interface. I have looked at more professional software, but since I am unable to play a proper instrument I find the tools available on MAGIX more than capable of the job of providing music with the added features of making your own samples, something I am still learning to do.

How long have you been producing music and what drew you to it?

I have been making music since I was 13, Ejay started it, but I properly got into mixing music when I first obtained a copy of MAGIX Music Maker back in 2007. I have always enjoyed mixing and creating songs, you can use music to portray a vast amount of emotions, joy, sadness, fear, rage, love and fun. That’s the beauty of music, it effects everyone differently and therein lies what makes music so special to everyone, because everyone has a special song for them that brings back a feeling of some sort. That’s why I fell in love with MAGIX, it enables you to create such emotions in music without having to actually perform or write the music yourself. If you have a vast amount of Soundpools the creations are endless, only limited by what you can imagine

How did you come up with the idea for this project?

Every time I come up with a song, it is always a spur of the moment thing. I play with samples and sounds for maybe 1 to 2 hours before I find something I like the sound of, then I build the song from there. I had an idea to make a sad song, something I’ve not really managed to do effectively. So I played around with samples, found the vocal sound I liked, slowed it down and it went from there. It always starts as an idea but the journey that it takes me on when I end up with a song is never the same. It’s a lot of trial and error, but you just need good judgement on what sounds good with what sample and your halfway there.

What advice would you give other music makers who would like to go in the same direction?

I would say to them that MAGIX is an excellent tool to get your creative juices flowing, there’s not an easier or more in depth music making tool on the market to date, and anyone who has any imagination can use MAGIX Music Maker, you don’t need music making experience or mixing experience, MAGIX provides the tools to use your creativity musically, what you do with that is down to you. That is the beauty of MAGIX Music Maker.

Author

Originally from Ireland, Alan has a strong background in music technology and production with a passion for music of all kinds. He is an active performer on the Berlin experimental music scene and also releases his own music. Alan is a former member of the MAGIX Team

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