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    maxquaini
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    Sounds like a silly one but I was wondering, have you ever found yourself almost “plagiarizing” yourself? Writing at least a couple of songs a week for a few years I realized many times I was closer to that – hopefully not too close, but not even too far.
    Even if you’re trying to keep your composing fresh and original, somehow there’s also a sort of pattern you’re using while composing and some songs might sounds very similar.
    I was wondering if it never happen to you. A couple of times I’ve been balrely composing the same song, maybe the rhythm was a little different and other parts where different as well but mainly thy hook was there.
    What you’re doing in this case? If the song is working fine it’s a shame to modify or even thrash it away.
    Last but not least. did you issued a copyright infringement claim vs yourself?! (Never mind, I’m kidding :))

    #39438 Reply
    Art Munson
    Keymaster

    LOL! All the time. I think, to some degree, it’s unavoidable. Too help avoid this there are many times I find other music I can use as models. By the time I’m finished it sounds nothing like the model or anything I have written before.

    #39439 Reply
    PAMMusic
    Participant

    Hehe I am very guilty of this. I think when the aim is to produce around 1500 tracks it’s very hard not to!

    I think making sure you don’t just rely on the same old software instruments etc for certain genres can help avoid it a bit though.. Keep getting new gear to keep things feeling fresh.

    #39440 Reply
    maxquaini
    Participant

    Thanks God! πŸ˜€

    Art, is refreshing to hear I am not alone, especially coming from an expert like you!

    Pam, yeah, it makes sense, actually, very close to GAS pleasing too lol

    #39441 Reply
    LAwriter
    Participant

    Haha! Of course. πŸ™‚

    #39442 Reply
    PAMMusic
    Participant

    Pam, yeah, it makes sense, actually, very close to GAS pleasing too lol

    Yeah any excuse to buy new gear. Every time I make a sale i say to my wife “See! I did need to buy that synthesiser!” πŸ˜‰

    #39443 Reply
    Michael Nickolas
    Participant

    Absolutely! I did hundreds of work for hire songs for educational projects over my career. There were times I would stop and think wait, haven’t I written this already?

    #39446 Reply
    maxquaini
    Participant

    It’s genuinely refreshing to hear we all are on the same page πŸ™‚
    love ya guys, thanks for reaching out!

    #39447 Reply
    MichaelL
    Participant

    I prefer to call it “re-purposing.” πŸ˜€

    #39453 Reply
    maxquaini
    Participant

    I’ll save it! :))

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