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A Rather Tough Decision

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It's been some time since I found out about computers and tried a couple things, got bored of website designing and started to love C++. However, there is a new desire growing in me day by day...

Not 2 years ago, all of a sudden, I was introduced to a music genre named Trance and rapidly started to dig in different radio shows and albums, seeking those amazing songs. However, it didn't stop there. Numerous times I found myself waking up in middle of sleep, whispering songs and playing melodies in my mind subconsciously!

Recent weeks, I have been thinking about getting into music production. This task requires most of my free time, and since my major is management, I may need to put programming on hold for a couple months as there will be neither mental energy nor time for it. This is a really tough decision for me; My major, Programming and Music production... love them all but cannot be good at all of them.

Not sure of what the outcome will be like...

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05 December 2010 - 03:56 PM
Depends what will bring the bread home. I'm thinking your programming and major will keep you financially stable.

You must remember with the music business that you have to be really good at what you do to make yourself a success and some dollar.

I'm sure you'll make the right choice.


05 December 2010 - 07:50 PM
I'm having similar problems between Networking/IT and Programming. I decided to stick with programming, but I will always keep an interest in networking.

Pursue the option that will interest you the most. If you think music production is where you should be, go for it. Keep programming as a hobby. If you think programming would make you happier, go for that. Really, it's about what you know you could do day in and day out and enjoy the hell out of it. The best jobs don't even feel like a job.



06 December 2010 - 08:21 AM
:) I like to listen to trance while coding. It kind of helps block out the rest of the world so that I can simply concentrate on the task at hand.

My best advice is this: Program the world. When you learn about new things, try to think about how programming can apply. Even it you are just writing macros to help you in writing music or just using techniques in programming to help you approach problems. Programming is a tool, an ability, a way to approach problems that others may not have.

Try not to look at life as, "one or the other" -- We are all a sum of our experience. You may not be able to concentrate as much on programming as music but if you open your mind to it you may find that what you learned in programming can aid you in music.

I for one have always found programming and mathematics to be helpful. If not in direct application then in critical thinking skills.


07 December 2010 - 09:55 AM
Thanks for all the advice guys... you may not know how much these comments are valuable to me in this harsh time :)

Today I began working on my first track, and came up with an energetic rhythm; in the meanwhile, I am practicing some music theory to be able to understand how things work out. It's beautiful to see how software synthesizers and effects are combined to generate sounds!


07 December 2010 - 10:31 AM
You may also check out the source code for some open source audio production apps like Audacity, LMMS, VST's and such. Perhaps you'll find that you can tie your passions together.

I also like to listen to trance or classical while coding. Music with lyrics distracts my brain!


08 December 2010 - 08:42 AM
Here is some info on binary inspired music. In this case the rhythms are based upon binary numbers (binary as in CS i.e. 4 bit nibbles, 8 bit bytes etc).

See there is no need to see the world as "one or the other."

This is one of the neat things that Mathematics teaches us: Permutations and Combinations. There are almost always plenty of permutations and combinations of ideas within a field that have not been explored. Granted that is often because the majority of them are noise but the human mind is amazing at spotting those that are not.


08 December 2010 - 03:28 PM
Quite funny, I've been playing and recording music for 10 years now, and started having programming cravings about a year ago. Kinda in the same situation as you, but turned around. I think it is wise to give yourself some time (especially while you're still young) to try different stuff out, and explore all you areas. Also, be sure to post some tracks!
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