mniip mniip mniip mniip mniip mniip.
Would work as a name for a record label-
Have you heard the last album from mniip records?
But mniip is neither a alarm clock or a record label but in his words:
I am a male 16 year old student from England and I have just finished secondary school,
I love to make music and I consider it a hobby that could have a lot of potential in my future.
I really love caustic, it is a wonderful app that has allowed me to express my musical creativity!
So here is a nice interview where you can get some insight in how he creates his music and there is also possible to download the Caustic file to study closer.
It is nice to see is how he uses the Automation...
Which leads me to another point on the Caustic Web page you can access and download a lot of the songs that people are making and lately there is a active amount of material being remixed in between different users. Users also being super friendly you can easily contact them directly for questions etc.
This can be an interesting way to use Caustic -
to learn music production even if you rather use other application / Software, as the application have all the basic music production tools that you need so you can see it as taking a very cheap class in music production. But for sure you would end up using the application for work later too in some or all of it's aspects.
SHUT UP AND LETS GET TO THE INTERVIEW FRANK!!!
So you used Caustic to do Fading Entropy, did you use any other Android applications?
Nope! :D everything you hear in Fading Entropy is entirely made in Caustic, with exception to the drum samples which I think we part of the default kit sets available. But yes, all the synthesised sounds you hear are made using the subsynth machine and one bassline machine.
What other Android applications have you played with?
I have experimented with a few apps available on the android market before I got Caustic, particularly synth emulators took my interest ( I have a keen interest in synths).
Do you use any software and in that case which?
I do not own any mainstream music making software however. That's something to consider for the future, as I am really happy with Caustic :)
I do not own much music hardware, I have a 61 key Yamaha midi keyboard, but it's standalone and I only really use it for playing. I have a good pair of headphones for when I am making music though (Samsung in-ear).
If there was one feature that you could implement in Caustic what would it be?
One thing that I would love available in Caustic would be the ability to control automation instantaneously. The way I do this currently is by decreasing the tempo extensively. And then manually, I quickly change the setting of the parameter, which takes a bit of effort, but the intended effect is achieved somewhat.
What do you like the most in Caustic?
That's definitely a good question. I really do love every aspect of Caustic. But one thing that I have always enjoyed is the subsynth because of how much freedom I have making sounds. Just the ability to draw a wave on a screen and hear it play fascinates me. Finding a good virtual synthesizer was what led me to finding caustic in the first place.
Could you talk about how you went about making Fading Entropy- Was it melody or drums first or... Also how you work with Automation during the song or in the end or..?
So fading entropy basically began with a quick 1 bar bassline segment I came up with, and then I built on the idea by adding compressors side-chained to the drum beat to make the pumping tune. Before I started making fading entropy, I realised what a compressor actually did and associated it's function with many upbeat dance music, and so I was inspired to continue to make the song. I experiment with automation during the making of patterns and then I will fine-tune, or add various other automation parts once the song is fully sequenced. I will probably spend half of my composing time adding and experimenting with automation.
Any tips in production that you use regularly in your music making?
I have never really had to give advice, but one thing I would advise keyboardist trance makers is begin your ideas in A minor, but transpose your musical ideas up or down until you are satisfied with the overall effect of that key. You will know what I mean if you have played a piano, the white keys are all part of the C-major scale, which is parallel to A-minor. I just find it easier to arrange all of my ideas in a familiar key... Also, try to balance the amount of minor or major chords within progressions so the song is both uplifting, but also has the edge to it.
So on Soundcloud you already have a substantial amount of music made. Which one of those songs would you say is your favorite or one of your favorites?
A few of my most recent songs I would consider my best. But I would definitely say that Pulsar is my favorite so far because of the contrast in ideas and the general uplifting sense created by the melody. However, I think wrath of the strawberries is a pretty close runner, I like the harshness of the sounds.
Okay, I definitely will continue to dedicate myself to making music. I am taking music technology in college, which should give me a really good deal of experience in mainstream music software. After that, we'll just have to wait and see! ;)
Have you managed to get any serious interest to what you are doing outside of friends and family?
Apart from the people on the Caustic forums, and a few followers on soundcloud, no not really. But I am looking to expand that. I have thought about uploading my creations to Youtube to promote myself further.
Do you play any instruments?
I play the keyboard! Infact, I have played the keyboard as long as I remember. It's something I have always loved to do and has influenced my passion for music.
Do you think that it has helped you with your music making and if so how?
Yes definitely, most of my ideas begin at the keyboard before being compiled into caustic. I normally play around for about an hour every day experimenting with different chords and melodies, as well as playing existing songs too.
Can you mention some musical artists that you like?
A few I like their music: Deadmau5, Imagine Dragons, Avicii, Skrillex... though I do like rock music too, so also Led Zeppelin, Deep purple, Rush, Boston...
Who influenced you the most in your music making?
Nobody in particular influences me most. I think my inspiration is the result of the collaboration of many electronic names like Euphoria, system F, Royksopp from the 90s onward, to some of the pop music heard today.
Any other Caustic users that you want to promote here?
Yes definitely! I apologize if I forget anyone, but I definitely am feeling the groove with AndyBones, Skarabee, ImpulseGame, Pan65 and Bojeroo
What are you working on now music wise?
At the moment, I am concentrating most of my work on a piece that I am "finishing off" inspired by a fragment written by a user called Lorwy. But I also have a few other projects that I wish to continue when my exams are finally over.
Any last things you want to share?
I think thats about it!
So hope that gave you some inspiration!
It gave me some... and thanks a lot to you mniip for participating in the contest providing great music and taking time to share with us your thoughts in the interview...
Interviewed by Frank Malm / Musical Android
mniip Soundcloud page
Caustic on the Playstore
The Caustic Song file: