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Do you use songwriting software?

Discussion in 'The Writers' Block' started by kbold, Jul 18, 2019.

  1. kbold

    kbold Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I may be old fashioned, but to me the idea of using software to create lyrics or music (or both) to write a song seems wrong. I don't even have a rhyming dictionary.

    I can envisage someone winning a songwriting competition with a song that has been written by software. I can also envisage (if it hasn't already happened) the population singing along to popular songs written by software.

    There seems to be a range of this type of software available.

    So, do any of you use software as an assistant or crutch for your songwriting.
     
  2. Jim622

    Jim622 Friend of Leo's Silver Supporter

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    No - I do have a rhyming dictionary and a thesaurus. Can’t remember using either.
     
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  3. Toast

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    The funny thing is, I can't think of many jobs or hobbies that are not enriched by some kind of software. I'm learning to play guitar more than I am writing songs at this point, but I easily imagine a time when I will be using software as a trainer/digital audio workstation. That is if the world doesn't end first.
     
  4. kbold

    kbold Tele-Afflicted Silver Supporter

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    I have no problems with using software as a learning tool, or using a DAW to lay down tracks. I think my hangup is with using it as a basis for artistic achievement.

    I use a rhythm machine to lay down drum/percussion tracks. While this is software derived, I don't feel it's impinging on my songwriting efforts.
     
  5. Dismalhead

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    I've probably written 35 songs in my life; never knew there was such a thing as a rhyming dictionary let alone songwriting software.
     
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    I just use my guitar and my head.
     
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    And a pen. A pen helps too.
     
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    I am truly odd.
    I don’t use a pen.
    I am blessed with a good memory, at least for music-related stuff.
     
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    ...and paper, that's always useful, although the back of an envelope/cigarette packet works too.
     
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    Wow, my memory sucks. I wouldn't remember good lyrics I'd come up with 10 minutes after I thought of them.
     
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    I think my musical memory is good because I play a lot, and play with lots of different people.
    So far, anyway.
     
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  12. getbent

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    I'm stuck on my first song "You're orange and I'm purple"

    just can't seem to get the words going right.
     
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  13. kbold

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    You're a salesman????:twisted:

    You're an actor????

    You're schizophrenic????
     
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    Forgot the “with”.
    I’m a working musician, wise guy.
     
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    This annoys me.
    Software available to write the music and the lyrics,then play the music,then fix a crappy vocal.
    At what point are we no longer musicians and/or creative ?
    Whats the point of the exercise when you are just a tech pushing buttons ?
     
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    The software might come in handy. I guess you could try using this software and see what the song sounds like, then tweak it from there. If the goal is to end up with a killer song I'd be happy to achieve that by any means available.
    If it worked and I made a bunch of money then I guess I'd have the time to sit around and write my chitty songs by myself the old fashioned way all day long.:)

    That probably wont happen though because I don't like messing with software or computers/ phones in general beyond the basic stuff. Id also be suspicious of dropping a song file I wrote into a system that could possibly steal the song.
     
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  17. Mase

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    Point taken.
     
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  18. Toast

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    I haven't used songwriting software before, but I imagine its strength is that it helps one to structure their writing/ideas. I've used software for script writing and it helps me to organize my content into script form. If I were going to write an essay, I'd probably start with an outline or some way of organizing or brainstorming my essay ideas into a whole. Do I need software to write an outline or structure my ideas? No. I do find, however, if you're new to something, then having software that helps guide you through a process is helpful. Software that breaks down a process into simpler steps tends to be useful to me, e.g. tax software. Good software, in my opinion, helps to present your own work to you in a way that allows you to comprehend it as a whole work as well as drill down into its parts.
     
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    You could just do it the old fashioned way and learn a copious amount of other people's songs. You then figure out what parts you like and manipulate these tricks into your own songs. Worked great for The Stones and countless others over the past century of recorded music. YMMV
     
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    i've got an IBM 7094, but this is all I can get it to do for me..


     
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