Paarth Madan

A medium to iterate on my own thoughts.

Making Beats

Posted at — Mar 10, 2020

I’ve been trying to do things that I used to do when I was kid. The logic is pretty simple – when I was a kid, I had a lot more free time, and with that time, I often did things that peaked my interest, and made me happy. At some point, my curiosity and drive to do all of these things was slowly replaced. I’m trying to reverse that.

Music exploration was a big part of my youth. I’ve never been classically trained in any instrument, although I’ve dabbled a bit in the guitar, piano, production, harmonium, trumpet, trombone and flute.

What’s especially interesting is that I haven’t had a strong affinity towards achieving mastery in one of these instruments. Rather, I enjoy exploring and stimulating my mind in different ways, and I use all forms of music creation to do so.

Lately, I’ve been producing my own beats. SoundCloud will be up soon – very soon.

I find beat production to be an extremely creative process that has a very short feedback loop (pun intended). I can continually change and play around with how notes are laid out for a particular instrument, and I’ll immediately have a real-time response of what that sounds like. As such, I’m able to express myself creatively through the music, as really, the beat is a reflection of how I’m feeling, and what I decide sounds good at that moment.

The most intriguing thing I’ve found about beat production is it’s a very introspective process. Looking back, some of the days where I was feeling really joyous, end up being the sessions where I make songs driven by happy, major melodies.

Likewise, the days I’m perhaps feeling a little closed off result in dark, trap style beats.

Of course, these are organic experiences.

I’m writing this post with the intention of manifestation. In articulating how I feel about music, the hope is to solidify it’s value and continue to use it as a creative outlet.

Without extracting the fun, and fluidity of the creative process, some things I might consider doing are:

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