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Posted by frootza - August 13th, 2018

Hey NG,


For Composition/FL Studio Workflow Lessons...

Send me a message, we have migrated to google hangouts, 30-60 minute blocks, explain what you want to learn and your availability and new students can get started.)


As you may know, in the past I was giving lessons via Skype for learning FL Studio workflow tricks and composition tricks for a wide variety of music composition subjects. When I returned from my slight hiatus, I had messages asking if I'm still doing this, and, I am, but I have migrated from Skpe to Google Hangouts. Skype does not go well with my current computer settings unfortunately. But it isn't the end! 

If, in the odd case you are interested in learning about a whirlwind of composition tactics that only the cats who snap their fingers after a tight set know, and want to learn step by step how I visualize the music I write, I have good news and bad news. 

The good news is, I do still teach, and will still teach, but the bad news is, my schedule is packed at the moment. 

If you are interested in lessons, which I can give in 30-60 minute blocks, feel free to message me here, though I will admit that I am often absent from Newgrounds. But, with the message, explain what you'd like to learn, and I'll use this to prepare a lesson plan for you. Additionally I will give you my direct contact, or at least something you can use to contact me more freely than a message on Newgrounds, and we can let the lessons commence. 

My apologies to those of you who messaged me and it took me so long to get back. I will certainly be back into the swing of things no pun intended. 


Posted by frootza - February 13th, 2016


Have a good day folks!

-frootza <3

Posted by frootza - February 6th, 2016

I was very ill since Christmas of last year (2015). 

i wanted to announce that I am now almost fully healed, (a bit of anxiety since my foot fracture) and will be participating in discussions again. 

Thanks to @tomfulp, @troisnyx, @camoshark and everyone else including @chrononomad, @step and also @echo for their crutiques, and advice. 

Do feel free to follow me, add me on Skype, etc, I would love to hear from all my NG friends. Also @sleepfacingwest 

@Lich, @soundchris, @purgy 

Love you guys!

Frootza/Murph/Biciuin (thats my nickname) 

Jam ON!! :)

Posted by frootza - January 22nd, 2016

The genre of "pop punk" will be making an arrival soon.

The genre is generally filled with such emotive lyrics from a male perspective, but generally allows females who listen to it to learn from these ideas, and likewise enjoy them too.

Here is a quick example of one of my favorite bands performing what I would consider to be a band that hit the wave of pop punk during a perfect time.



See how much fun they are having? But they aren't hurting eachother. Messiing up is okay because it's all about staying POSITIVE (youposibro?) and it's all about just dancing and having fun with whoever you are witth.

There is no shame in admitting you like simple catchy music.

Posted by frootza - December 26th, 2015

I need some rest.





Posted by frootza - November 12th, 2015

Hey guys!

I just got a new laptop, it's a total flying machine!

It took me a while to save but its a 2TB beast which is just what I need!

Getting used to FL 12 since I was stuck on 10 but as you know I'm a quick study!

Hope everyone has been well :)


Posted by frootza - November 1st, 2015

Hi guys so this is what has been new. Haven't had time to contribute to the Newwwwgrounds recently. But in a nutshell...

* Working at a really nice studio now. It's awesome! Learning a lot here. Amazing people to learn from.

* New five piece band, helping with some songwriting and also going to record a little concept album in another studio and see where it goes from there. Talented dudes!

* Working like mad in addition to holding the studio job and the projects together.

Hope you are all doing well! Sometimes you just have a lot to do!


Posted by frootza - August 31st, 2015

Take a Break

That is my advice, truly. If you are writing non stop, and reach a creative block, it is, in my opinion, your brain's way of telling you to slow down so it can rewire itself. 

Go outside, and just ponder music. You will find inspiration in the strangest of places. Quick example... 

I was writing some music with my drummer at his place. We took a break to just sit and think. I listened to his fan banging rapidly against his dresser and it had a fast tempo and unique rhythm. So, we decided to run with it and came up with some tasty music. 

So, in summary, don't forget to take breaks, you will let your brain refocus when you go to compose again. 

Detailed posts arriving shortly, hang tight guys! 


Posted by frootza - July 1st, 2015

Composition Advice (#4)

Karnatic Rhythmic Subdivision ***

Karnatic subdivision is a really interesting concept to delve into. I first heard this kind of music when I would listen to artists like Ravi Shankar, and first seen it live when I went to a Diwali festival with an unbelievable Sitar and Tabla player who were writing their own music and playing some classical standards too.

Karnatic Subdivision is found in Classical music in Southern India. What fascinates me about it, well one of the things anyway, is how they can seamlessly transition between these very intricate time changes. I'm going to attempt to explain this as simply as I know how, though I might expand on this later with notation *Yoink, I did, it's at the bottom! *

You can also include KS in Western music! It isn't restricted to that region, and certain artists have began implementing these rhythmic techniques into their playing.

You have probably heard of a triplet, sextupet, nontuplet even. This, in it's most basic sense, is what karnatic subdivision is. In fact, if you look at a Whole Note, you have probably heard a whole note like this. Speaking in 4/4 time.

Whole Note: 4 Beats
Quarter Note Expressed:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4

Simple right? It isn't as hard as you would think, but counting it can get very difficult.

*This simple form of subdivision is referred to as Chatusra*

My point being is that when we begin so subdivide beyond this, it starts to look a little bit different. To elaborate...

Quarter Notes:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -


This is the basic triplet illustrated textually, where each set of three (123) is linked to 1, 2, 3 and 4 (beats) respectively. *This is known as a Tisra in Karnatic music*

Quarter Notes:
1 - 2 - 3 - 4 -


This would be a quintuplet. Again, the subdivision going to the quarter notes. *This is called the Khanda in Karnatic music.*

*Misra is 7
Sankirna is 9
Tisra second speed is 6
Chatusra is four
Chatusra half speed is 2
Chatusra second speed is 8*

In order to start implementing this into your own musical writing and playing, it might be a good idea to practice counting these subdivisions to a metronome, as slowly as possible at first. The reason being is because you need to be able to feel the subdivisions of the beat, as they aren't going to be handed out to you like they usually are with a metronome or a drummer.

BEYOND the basic subdivision, are the permutations of the beats themselves. By that I mean, you can still count the subdivision, but it doesn't mean that your notes must fall on the subdivision since you can rest, and play with the note order while still subdividing the beat.

I'm not an expert on Karnatic musicby any stretch (yet!), as I've just discovered it recently and have began studying it recently as well. But, I do hope that you found this read interesting and may consider implementing some of these concepts into your own writing as well.

Take care! I'm going to be including a quick illustration of KS at the bottom, or somewhere in this newspost for you guys to peruse. Later I might delve into sequencing KS (which can be tricky), but as I was writing this I thought it would be more useful to explain these concepts first. Enjoy, and if you have any questions don't hesitate to ask. This is not a subject that can be so easily glanced over in my opinion, and takes time to understand and implement into your own playing and writing.

Check out this blog, where Mr. Alder, someone much more experienced in this subject explains this in much greater detail than I could in a newspost!



Pretty cool example of some of this stuff being utilized in a jazz-improvisational format.




Posted by frootza - June 24th, 2015

The Neopolitan Chord.

All you need to know about it.