I just finished up a piece of music for a project here at work and was really happy with the result. It featured a ton of Omnisphere, Kontakt and Goliath. The music ebbed and flowed, moving from edgy, glitchy moments to large washes of breathy voices. There were moments when the music would "hang" and then come crashing back in. You know, cadence, tension and release, stuff that makes music... music.
One of the people involved in the project decided he didn't like the piece and had an editor use a program called Sonicfire http://www.smartsound.com/ to create a piece he thought would work better. The piece he sent was a horrible guitar loop over and over with very little change to the piece.
I am not the best composer in the world, I am not a purist, I am not a musical snob but when I have someone feel they can replace genuine "hand made" music written specifically for a project with an auto-generated hack... well it's a sad day for music.
At first I was angry and then the more I thought about it the sadder I got as it seems that some people think that the craft of composition can be replaced with cut and paste. In this digital age George Lucas thinks he can throw a ton of CGI at us and we won't realize that the story on the last three Star Wars movies is crap and that no amount of digital effects can save it. Same thing with the Brittany Spears of the world. No live singing at a concert, just flop around to prerecorded music. Where is the craft???!!!!!
On a positive note I saw a Cirque de Soleil performance this weekend. Real musicians on the stage playing some of the most inspiring music I've heard. I am going to buy the album (Alegria, check it out) and hopefully the composer will get some money from this sale and be able to continue writing gorgeous music. I am not going to buy Brittany's new album but I may google some candid photos of her as this seems to be more important to her than singing (note, I don't hate Britanny, she's darn cute, I just have issues with people calling her a musician )
I'm sorry I can't post examples of what I did yet due to the fact that the project isn't "out" yet. Without them it's hard for you to "hear" the story. I'm wondering if any of you have experienced this before and how do you explain to "these people" if they don't have the ears to begin with.
All the very best,
PS In the end I replaced some of the washier moments with more rhythmic passages. Still cool, still fitting the piece. Of course there is a second version to the video due next week and they want to revisit the music. Maybe I should buy Sonicfire? (or become a plumber )