This video is about the first 7 seconds of my orchestral music track Floating Balloons. The first 6 bars. There is a story to tell about this intro. It has all to do with establishing a psychological connection with my listener. And maybe it has something to do with my background too 😉
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Thinking like a drummer?
I play the drums since I was a little kid. And every time we started a new track in my bands, I did the countdown. One, two, three four! Perhaps that’s the reason why a lot of my orchestral compositions start with some sort of countdown. Letting my listeners know what the tempo of the track will be.
But it’s also more than just a simple countdown that tells something about the tempo. The notes I use in the countdown tell something about the colour and tone of the music track too. They provide a certain feeling and associations when listening.
But there’s even more about this simple intro! It also gives a certain amount of comfort. Listeners get simple information and brains can easily connect with that. So in a sense the simple notes make sure I can establish a fast psychological connection with my listeners.
What’s the importance of a fast psychological connection?
We all live in a society where time is limited. We’re in a hurry and rush. So when listening to new music we only give it a few seconds of our precious time. If we can’t relate to it, we move forward. We start a new music track.
So it’s important to make that fast psychological connection with your listeners. To make sure that they gonna listen to your entire music track!
Think about it like this. You have max 10 seconds of time to convince someone to stay or leave. So make sure that the first impression is appealing enough. And my rule of thumb in this is: keep it simple stupid!