Day 10 – Courage

A third of the way through the challenge already!

I wrote a couple of tunes yesterday, but wasn’t happy with either. One just didn’t seem to have much of a life, and the other one was starting to come out a bit on the similar side to something famous that I would need to check it against. I decided to leave both on the computer.

Today, I seem to have had a little more inspiration, and have produced a demo called courage. Maybe it would work for an action scene or something like that.

Day 7 & Day 8 – Ascent & Rebellion

I was unwell for a few days so Tune-a-Day got put to one side and I did a lot of sleeping…  Now I’m trying to catch up again. This is day 7 – not quite sure where all the darkness came from, but it works its way up as it goes along, hence the name.

As I’ve been out of action, I pushed myself to get a second tune written and demo’d today. So here is day 8’s tune as well. I’ve been trying to use unusual time signatures so that I hopefully write something different.



Day 5 – Spy Kidz!

Today’s tune is probably one of the wackiest I’ve written yet. It starts off as funk and arrives somewhere in the land of fun, aggressive commercial electronic pop. I’m not sure about all of it, but I’m not really trying to get to fully finished productions. It’s more about getting ideas and exercising the ‘creative muscle’.

Tune-a-Day June 2016

Last year, my friend Max said he was going to write a tune a day in June. I felt challenged and joined in. It was an enormous struggle to get past the two week mark producing a proper tune every day, but I made it to about three weeks in before the writing petered out. It was as tough as any physical workout.

This time, I asked Max if he was up for it again this year… I wanted to do this, because I don’t feel like I have written enough in the last twelve months, particularly writing purely for pleasure and wanted to concentrate on some songwriting.

I managed to forget June had started though, and suddenly saw Max posting a tune on 2nd June. (What am I like?!) So I have started a bit late, and am going to try to catch up.  The first couple of tunes were just small ideas, loops to get warmed up to the idea of writing music again after churning out various college assignments over recent weeks. Most of the last year’s music writing has seemed to be writing to a brief, with a few exceptions, so I need to find the strand of pure creativity and draw myself in deeper. It might take a few days or so to get where I want to be!

The tune for Day 3 is a step beyond where I got to with the first couple of ideas, so is the first thing from this year’s challenge that is worth sharing. (Note: It’s just a demo of the idea – not properly mixed and produced.)