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Reference Music As Guidelines: Using reference music to create better songs
Linnaeus University, Faculty of Arts and Humanities, Department of Music and Art.
2018 (English)Independent thesis Basic level (degree of Bachelor of Fine Arts), 10 credits / 15 HE creditsStudent thesis [Artistic work]
Abstract [en]

This essay examines how reference music can be used as a tool to fix weaknesses within my own songwriting and production process. The weaknesses were found by analysing feedback from other students on my own music. Four reference artists were then analysed with the intent of finding solutions to these weaknesses. Four new songs were then written and produced by implementing the solutions from the reference artists into the creative process.

The results were mostly positive, as the songs had improved on various issues found in the feedback analysis. However, the method restricted the creative process in some occasions rather than inspiring it. The reasons for this are in part due to the choice of reference artists and which aspects of their music were in focus for the analysis.

Abstract [sv]

I detta arbete undersöker jag hur referensmusik kan användas som ett verktyg för att stärka svagheter i mitt eget låtskrivande- och produktionsprocess. Svagheterna hittades genom att analysera feedback från andra studenter på min egen musik. Därefter analyserades fyra referensartister med syftet att hitta lösningar på dessa svagheter. Fyra nya låtar skrevs sedan och producerades genom att implementera lösningarna från referensartisterna till den kreativa processen.

Resultaten var mestadels positiva, eftersom låtarna förbättrades på olika svagheter som hittades i feedbackanalysen. Metoden begränsade dock den kreativa processen i vissa tillfällen snarare än att inspirera den. Anledningarna till detta beror dels på valet av referensartister och vilka aspekter av deras musik som analyserna var inriktade på.

Place, publisher, year, edition, pages
2018. , p. 17
Keywords [en]
Reference, Music, Pop, R&B, Songwriting, Production
Keywords [sv]
Referensmusik, Musik, Pop, R&B, Låtskrivande, Musikproduktion
National Category
Music
Identifiers
URN: urn:nbn:se:lnu:diva-73989OAI: oai:DiVA.org:lnu-73989DiVA, id: diva2:1205644
Subject / course
Music
Educational program
Music Production Programme, 180 credits
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Available from: 2018-06-06 Created: 2018-05-14 Last updated: 2018-06-06Bibliographically approved

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