hope you all had a great week!
I have a good topic today for you to discuss and think about…
I am talking about buying/using royalty music loops. You can get them from sites like: Loopmasters, Splice, etc. (the list could be updated later).
Yesterday I’ve read about this topic on Facebook, which was created by Dan Graham, who is the owner of “Gothic Storm”, production music publisher. He said that they’ve had an incident lately. One of their composers, who is in the pool at GS, used a pre-made loop in one of his compositions (melody-loop). They have published the track and after a couple of month they’ve had troubles because the loops was used in a huge hit song as well. (I think that he didn’t mention which one…but it doesn’t matter anyway)
What’s the problem? The problem is, that these big publishers use special tracking systems to indentify their track. It’s based on AI, similar to Shazam. However the software has troubles recognizing music, which has the same loops and sample-phrases. “I found track A, but actually it was track B…”
After a lot of discussions, they had to remove this track from the library.
It wasn’t great for the library, as this goes back to their reputation, and the composer’s work is questionable as well. How many others tracks did he compose like this using loops, which others use as well?
I know we had a bigger discussion here about using loops. But this is actually a great “real-life” example! As we have discussed earlier, it’s fine to use percussion loops, risers, booms, etc., but using melody-loops, which you don’t even cut in pieces, manipulate or whatever is really questionable.
As a composer you are not inventing the wheel. You use the same 12 notes, which others use as well. But when you use pre-made melodic-loops, you are not showing the right role as a composer in my opinion. I remember when I’ve started composing years ago with “Magix Music Maker”…small program/DAW where you stacked pre-made loops and made your “own” compositions. But even as a beginner back then, I’ve realised that the 2nd track had the complete same elements as the first one. There was no point to use this program at all.
So, if you should use this method, consider that actually 1000s of others are using the same loops, and you did’t make your track/music special in anyway. The best thing you can do in my opinion, is making your own samples, recording weird stuff, manipulate, etc. and making music with recordings which no one heard before, even if you use only one sound. It will make your track more special. Junkie XL is doing that all the time. It’s crazy, as it takes a lot of time, but at the end of the day, he really made real art.
What do you think about this?