Find songs you like on the Mods Anthology, and rename them to something
else. Then change a few notes here and there, and replace one of the
samples with something off your hard drive. This way you can get a brand
new song, without actually having to compose! Oh, and also make sure to
erase the original guy's name and put on your own name. Make sure your
name uses mixed caps and lots of 'el3eT' capitalization. Judges love
Judges like it if you keep the song interesting. Try to change motifs
every other pattern or so. Sometimes you'll also want to experiment with
lots of random key changes and chord progressions. One of my favorites is
going from F minor to C# major, over and over again. If you're really
daring, you can also try the opposite approach, which is to make the song
really catchy and ingrain it into the listener's mind. Try repeating the
same pattern, 8 or 9 times in a row. Good patterns are like fine wine,
you can't ever get enough of them.
Make sure the song is long enough. Nobody wants to download a 800k tune
and then only get 45 seconds of tune! Try making it as long as you
possibly can. I usually try to get it to about 15 minutes in length or
so. Making a song that long is pretty tough work too, you know. Here's a
trick, though... re-use those patterns! In fact, you only need about 5
patterns for a really good song, just experiment with putting them in
Judges like nothing more than hearing original samples. So here's some
places you can get those fresh new sounds which will make your friends go,
"Hey is that a new WAVE song?"
- Take your pets, squeeze soft parts of their anatomy, and record the
unique sounds they make. You can get great leads this way!
- Tape your car's exhaust, loop it, and use it as a drum sample!
Heck, use it as a bass sample too!
- Borrow a friend's 1985 Portasound and get lots of samples of that
Harmonica patch. It's really groovy if you play it an octave or two
above what you sampled it at.
- Sample at 44khz, 16bit, and resample in CoolEdit down to 4khz to save
space. This also gets rid of that annoying high end on your samples.
Write orchestral. Everyone loves orchestral. In fact, try to emulate
every Danny Elfman score you've ever heard. Some people also like to
sprinkle in some samples from UNREAL.S3M, but that's strong stuff and I'd