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Is my track too much like an existing track?

Postby MitchT » Sun Jan 22, 2017 11:21 am

I've thrown together a rough idea for a new dance track. Problem is, I'm pretty sure it sounds too much like an existing track by someone else - specifically the chords around which it's based.

Here's a short clip of what I've done:
https://soundcloud.com/tranceconcept/shifter

Here are some clips of the track I'm worried it sounds like:
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWoge-w ... be&t=1m28s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWoge-w ... be&t=5m13s
https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=WWoge-w ... be&t=5m40s

Would you abandon it?
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Re: Is my track too much like an existing track?

Postby BJG145 » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:24 pm

Don't take my word for it, but it didn't strike me as a problem, and it seems a shame to abandon. I don't know how simple it would be to transpose it very slightly if you wanted to change it up a bit.
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Re: Is my track too much like an existing track?

Postby MitchT » Sun Jan 22, 2017 12:30 pm

BJG145 wrote:I don't know how simple it would be to transpose it very slightly if you wanted to change it up a bit.
Thanks for your comment.

"Shifter" is in D and the track I'm doing is actually in C - I transposed my demo to D just for purpose of the the clip in case it helped to highlight the similarity, so it's already in a different key.
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Re: Is my track too much like an existing track?

Postby alexis » Sun Jan 22, 2017 4:01 pm

I'm not a trance maven, but, I like to listen to trance if I'm driving home very late at night, and it all sounds very similar to me!

With that as background, your track does sound quite similar to me to the one you referenced. That's probably completely unimportant though, unless the audience happened to also be a bunch of trance "laymen", perhaps a jury of your peers, :-o , after you've made millions :) !
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Re: Is my track too much like an existing track?

Postby pariah223 » Mon Jan 23, 2017 8:50 pm

Art doesnt exist in a vacuum.. and everything you do at this point is going to drawing on influences wether it be intentional or not.. and any song you write is going to sound like another to someone. Certain styles of music are more or less prone to this of course. We are only given so many notes to work with.. its the emotion and feel you put behind those chords that make it what it is. Just keep doing what you are doing and dont spend too much time being concerned you sound like someone else.
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Re: Is my track too much like an existing track?

Postby MitchT » Mon Jan 23, 2017 11:50 pm

Thanks again - puts my mind at rest!
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