Telling an Incredible Story
When you’re a musical artist, stories unfold across so many more planes than just your lyrics. How does it flow over time? What sounds add to the scenery? Who are your characters?
Below are five lessons from our artist-led premium courses that can help you expand your horizons and tell the most compelling, rich stories possible with your music. But the below links are only accessible with an active Soundfly subscription.
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Com Truise: “I come up with design briefs for my music.”
Hands down one of the most unique aspects of Com Truise’s music is its marriage to art, design, sound design, and sci-fi storytelling. Across four albums he tells one epic story, we call this the “Com Truise Saga.”
Kimbra: “I like to use the characters inside me to tell a story.”
In one of her strongest lessons, Kimbra teaches how to create and utilize a range of vocal personas in your song to act as characters in the storyline. For her, rather than feeling theatrical, it brings out a deeper honesty.
Jlin: “The sound tells me what to do.”
Rhythmic 4D chess player Jlin turned a titular prompt from Adult Swim into a metaphor for vulnerability and stepping outside of her comfort zone, themes which permeate every element of her track’s storyline.
Ethan Hein: “The mood adds up to a very particular dreamlike quality.”
Taken from Ethan Hein’s The Creative Power of Advanced Harmony, this lesson breaks down how Frank Ocean uses modal ambiguity in tandem with other tools like abstract lyrics, haunting strings, and flat vocals to paint a very moody portrait in “Pink + White.”
RJD2: “You wouldn’t expect a magician to give you his best trick right away.”
Storytelling is as much about the flow of a narrative as it is the narrative itself. Sampling artisan RJD2 helps you build anticipation and “craft the reveal” of your song’s strongest moment, and lean into dramatic grandeur.
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