Wednesday, June 24, 2009

Inderawangsa – Matematika

Azer rely on humming and MIDI for song writing. For many years, Azer has wriiten his own MIDI programming which is now in Python but this link is a good reference for those who are looking for typical MIDI software in the market.


Song and Music by Azer Mantessa

HeartFeelFlow: Step 1 – Reflect

Flow 3: Keep Moving

Having to stop is normal but what important is to start again. There will be a lot of interruptions along the way but then what is life without those interruptions? Interruptions are the blessings. Just like there are sunrises and sunsets, there is always a brand new day. It means, we always get the chance to start again.

This is the main reason why to reflect is very important. To keep moving requires the complete positive pictures of us. It reminds us who we are. It helps to make the tasks fulfilled.

Interruptions also help us to learn from our mistakes and the past. To keep moving however requires us to have the art of ‘Letting it go’.

To keep moving is always as equivalent to how we get started. Do it one step at a time. As usual, always start with the first step. Be committed while we are at it so that every second counts.

Wednesday, June 10, 2009

Inderawangsa - Sangkar Duka

Azer rely a lot on humming and MIDI Programming when comes to composing songs. It is important to understand what is MIDI and a bit extra to learn how MIDI programming is done in LINUX.

Sangar Duka

Song and Music by Azer Mantessa

HeartFeelFlow: Step 1 – Reflect

Flow 2: Be Equipped

So what do we need in order to write songs? Do we need a large sophisticated studio for recordings? Do we need some fancy musical instruments? Do we need to have a master degree in music? Do we need like 18 hours a day? Do we need to have the talent?

The answer is NOT NECESSARILY.

Fundamentally, it helps having a simple recording medium. I personally use a cheap microphone, the computer and Windows Recording. I never start writing songs by playing musical instruments, I hum! I have no formal musical lessons. I am a self-taught composer. Usually it takes me 4-5 hours to complete a song. I have no talent in song writing but I suspect talent has me … ahaks … I just made that one up.

Okay, we need of course a little knowledge in music and it helps a lot listening to many kinds of music. That is why it is very important not to be prejudice on any music. It helps a lot to feel what kind of sound any musical instruments produce.

It helps to keep things as simple as possible. What is a complex situation anyway? A complex situation is a combination of simple situations. During the songs developments, at anytime, the song can be turned into something more complex as we wish but always start with something simple.

It helps to be motivated. It gives us the confidence. Stay away from de-motivators – Fear, Frustrations, Lack of clear goals, Lack of plan, etc.

Have the time. No time is not an excuse. It takes a few seconds to few minutes or maybe few hours to have a simple melody to be converted into a song (I am a melody based by the way).

Have the ability to steal. Yes, it helps to steal other people’s playing style and later on mutate the styles as our own. Yes, stealing is part of the methodology I use in writing songs. If you think I love inventing new wheels, well, you are wrong … ahaks.

Stay motivated by being motivated while we are at it. You see, motivation is like fuel. Once we are running out of fuel, we need to re-fill.

Ask other people. I do this all the time. Ask people what kind of music they listen, where do they listen, and ask for references. I like YouTube and other musical websites. Of course ask them anything necessary.


Wednesday, June 3, 2009

Hawa Gersang


Finally Azer has written us a song!

Softwares used for song development:
MIDI Programming.
Cakewalk Sonar 6 Producer Edition
Adobe Audition 1.5

Softwares used for video production:
Macromedia Flash MX
Windows Movie Maker.

Softwares used for animation:
Reallusions iClone 3.2 PRO

Musical props and accessories are downloaded from Google Sketchup 3D Warehouse through iClone 3DXChange v.2.0 Trial.

This song is also posted at Cadenza MIDI Diary.

"Hawa Gersang" are Malay words meaning Dry Weather

Song, Music, Animation and Music Video by Azer Mantessa