Listen to Your Heart in Digital Music

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Listen to Your Heart in Digital Music

By: Brianna Henry

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During the 2015-2016 school year, I enrolled in the second period digital music class. In this class we worked on computers to create pieces using Logic Pro X software and the thousands of sounds it had to offer. While I learned the basics of Logic and experimented with different sounds, more importantly I learned more about myself: how to use music as a means to convey thoughts. I had always been interested in music, but this course aroused in me the interest of becoming an artist using digital music.

The world of digital music is full of little tricks and mechanics waiting to be discovered. Because of this, you look deeper and deeper until you find what you are looking for. Whether you’re searching through loops or making your way through Logic always a new sound lurking. Being human, we often find ourselves in situations where we’re at a loss for words. I know I always do. From time to time, I may be able to gather something in my head, write a poem or two, and answer that one essay question from English class. I might even be able to have one of those deep conversations that you’ll remember for a lifetime, but most times I can’t seem to express myself verbally.

Discovering digital music now gives me the opportunity to say what’s on my mind with software instruments and mysterious new sounds. Every now and then, someone listens to what I create and they seem to mirror what I was feeling when I created it. That’s the goal. You want the listener to hear the music, imagine the words behind it, and perceive no difference between what they heard and what you felt. The class also allowed me to see that everybody has individual tastes and interests, so your interpretation of a piece may differ from someone else’s.

Although I can’t say exactly what I want to do for a career, I hope to take classes that will introduce me to new ways of making music. Every day I learn something new about myself that can possibly lead me in another direction. I will say this, though: ever since I was five, I knew that whatever I ended up doing as an adult was going to involve music, and if digital music can open doors for me, then I’ll be content pursuing it. I have thought about producing and songwriting as a full-time career, and I will continue to seriously consider it. It doesn’t matter which career in music I end up fulfilling. I just want to be happy doing it and touch a couple hearts along the way.

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