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Song Title Indicates Meaning
by jaspertine
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Wed, Jul 22, 2015 @ 5:58 PM

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permalink   Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 6:11 AM
Very good use of the guitar sample and a nice relaxed feel to the mix.

For me titles are not so much to indicate meaning but rather a way to help me recall what piece of music it is when I read it sometime in the future, so I usually use words from the samples I’ve mixed (or anagrams thereof).
permalink   Thu, Jul 23, 2015 @ 8:31 PM
lol - with my latest remix I probably appear guilty as charged - and no offense taken by your observation / comment. :-)

With instrumentals that would seem somewhat of an inherent issue.

Of course I could have called my remix “A85” in honor of its key and bpm or maybe 20150703 in honor of the date that I finished it. Or 42, because it was my 42nd upload here and 42 is also the answer to the ultimate question of life, the universe, and everything. But that might have been even more pretentious. :-)

In this case the name of that instrumental actually has some meaning derived from how it came together: I used a loop named after Osaka, a pacific ocean port city in Japan. I live in Vancouver, a pacific ocean port city in Canada. And I started working on it as the sun was setting at my place. And since it was a pretty chill kind of piece and not a death metal epic, “Pacific Sunset” seemed not too misleading. :-)

But your point is indeed something that I’ve often wondered about myself: What would be a less arbitrary way to name instrumentals? — If you have any ideas, it might save me hours of dreaming up arbitrary names for future instrumentals. :-)
permalink   jaspertine Fri, Jul 24, 2015 @ 6:56 PM
I’ve tried all kinds of things, from flipping to random pages in the dictionary, to inventing little short stories for the song to be a soundtrack to, to just pounding on the keyboard and using the resulting mess of letters as a name.

What got me thinking about this recently was an album of songs that supposedly were a commentary on materialism and consumer culture, but there’s no way I’d have gotten that particular subtext out of the tracks if the artists hadn’t told me outright that’s what he was going for.
Kara Square
permalink   Sun, Jul 26, 2015 @ 7:42 PM
What an awesome thing to think about… plus, the remix is great… great fuel for thought.

I make a lot of instrumental music for the purpose of licensing… and guess what? Explanatory titles make them sell (i.e. ‘ukulele’ anything). Soooo… I think of them as little advertising descriptions. I know this can be perceived as taking away from the artistic side of music, but that’s how I can make money from something I love to do. Maybe I’m getting older and it just doesn’t bother me… I’m making music that people need for their projects and that’s pretty awesome to me. And then… other songs are pure artistic explorations sooooo… I suppose that’s how I artistically compensate for the latter. Just thoughts… :)