Music

Music

Making moody instrumental music and
helping music producers
make more music in less time
with better results.
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Music

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Building Moody Instrumental Music from Basic Parts Video Series

Here are videos showing how I was inspired to create Moody Instrumental Music from a simple bass progression played on a MIDI keyboard.

I get inspiration for my Moody Instrumental Music from many places. Sometimes, the most basic thing triggers the creativity in me. This video series shows an example.

Building Moody Instrumental Music from Basic Parts Video Tutorial Series by TaurusBeats

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Westward by TaurusBeats Moody Instrumental Music Collection

Westward
Tracks: 14

  1. Arise
  2. Bedlam
  3. Bedlam (piano version)
  4. Butterfly
  5. Chocolate Sun
  6. Flee to Egypt
  7. Sonic Shuffle
  8. Soulstice
  9. Stomp
  10. Sunset on Eden
  11. These Days
  12. Thunder
  13. Westward
  14. Witness

All songs produced by Taurus M. James (ASCAP)

All songs © 2011, Taurus M. James. All Rights Reserved.

Original, Moody instruMental Music.

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All I Am - Human by TaurusBeats

Moody Instrumental Music by Taurus M. James Sampled Music, Remixes and Cover Songs

"Human' was a 1986 single from British synth-pop band The Human League. The song was actually written by U.S. R&B producers Jimmy Jam and Terry Lewis.

All I Am - Human - Music Video by Taurus Beays

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How to Make Beats Laying Down Basic Music Ideas

I like to make Moody Instrumental Music on Saturday mornings. Sometimes, I start out the morning with playing around on the keyboard until I play a chord or melody that catches me and inspires me to develop more of a song. I call this my exploration and discovery process for making music.

Since I don't start with any musical pieces in my head (the way I normally do), I just make time to "explore" and "discover" music using this method. Rather than try to develop entire song ideas using this method, I just try to get the basic parts - the "foundation" - of a song captured in Propellerhead Reason. This way, I can always come back to the track later and develop it.

In this video, watch how I start out with two very basic 4-note piano chords and build a basic song idea. The bass and drums are added to the piano to create a "chill" song idea - something to lounge to on a nice Saturday morning.

The end of the video catches some of my improvisation on the basic idea. Usually, when I improv or "freestyle" on the track (with the piano) I can develop a real feel for the song idea, making it easier to build a complete song later.

Music Video on How to Make Beats: Laying Down Basic Music Ideas by TaurusBeats

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How to Make Beats Wrapping the Samples in Sample Flip Beats Remixes

When I make Moody Instrumental Music, sometimes I "sample" or use parts from an existing song or musical piece. My goal in sampling is to take parts from a piece that I love and build a completely different musical piece that leaves the listener saying, "WOW, you got that result from those sampled pieces?!"

The way I do this is by "wrapping" (not rapping) the sample with my own instrumentation. I create different musical patterns with the sampled pieces (called "flipping the sample"). While I flip the samples, I can hear (in my head) all of the instrumentation that I want to wrap the sample pieces in. When i finish the sample flip patterns, I go back and create the instrumentation that I heard (in my head).

In this video, watch how I make a sample flip beat and instrumental music using Propellerhead's Reason software, the Akai MPD32 and the Yamaha DJX MIDI keyboard. This video takes you into my thought process about sampling, "chopping and flipping" samples, and I give you tips on how to make music.

This video catches me on one of my "happier" days, in which my overall "moody-ness" level was low. Plus, I had just finished downing a can of Mountain Dew. So, I'm a bit more animated in this video.

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How To Chop Samples with ReCycle

When I make Hip-Hop beats using Propellerhead Reason, I use Propellerhead ReCycle to "chop" the samples. Here is a question I got from one of my YouTube subscribers about chopping samples in ReCycle and creating bass sounds in Reason.

How To Chop Samples with ReCycle and get Clean Sample Chops Video Tutorial by TaurusBeats

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5 Quick Tips To Make Your Music and Beats Better

These are 5 Quick Tips To Help You Make Music and Make Beats Better.

Even though I have been making Moody Instrumental Music and Hip-Hop Beats for more than a decade, I am always looking for ways to make my music and beats better. I am my worst critic when it comes to my music. So, no matter how good my music sounds I always think to myself, "How can I make this music better?" Over the years, I have come up with a few things that have really worked at helping me make my music and beats better. Here are Five Quick Tips To Help You Make Music and Make Beats...Better.

5 Quick Tips To Help You Make Music and Make Beats Better by TaurusBeats

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3 Reasons To Add USB MIDI Controllers To Your Home Music Studio

Making Moody Instrumental Music is fun and relaxing for me - it is my therapy at times when I have high stress from other areas of my life. After more than 12 years of making Hip-Hop beats and instrumental music using Propellerhead Reason Software, I have seen and used a few tools that helped make the process easier and more fun. The USB/MIDI controllers are great tools to enhance the music-making process allowing you to have more fun while making bangin' Hip-Hop beats and moody music. Here are three reasons why you should buy a controller with both, MIDI AND USB capabilities.

3 Reasons To Add USB MIDI Controllers To Your Home Music Studio

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Bedlam by TaurusBeats from the Westward Collection

I'm a little behind in posting all of my newest Moody instruMental Music on TaurusBeats.com. I finished the "Westward" collection a couple of months ago and here is one of the first singles I released from it.

It's called "Bedlam" and I'm playing all of the instruments on the track.

Listen and enjoy!

Bedlam by TaurusBeats from the Westward Moody Instrumental Music Collection

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Video Introduction to TaurusBeats Moody Instrumental Musician

This is a Video Introduction to TaurusBeats, Moody Instrumental Musician. I make moody instrumental music and I help music producers make more music in less time with better results.

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Music and Memory Seniors Fall In Love With iPods At Retirement Home

WGAL features seniors benefiting from the services of Music & Memory in action. (Posted with permission from WGAL.) 

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Flo by TaurusBeats Moody Instrumental Music Propellerhead Reason

Piano Freestyle - Moody InstruMental Music bt TaurusBeats aka Taurus M. James

Back from a much needed vacation, I was inspired to do a few new songs. This is one of them.

In this video, I'm recording some "freestyle" (impromptu) piano parts for the song and listening to how I want to arrange the song later.

Flo - Moody Instrumental Music by TaurusBeats (Taurus M. James) Made Using Propellerhead Reason

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Midday Vibe Piano Freestyle Video

This is one of my piano freestyle videos. This is what I do to train my ear and develop keyboarding skills.

One of the most rewarding things for me when I make Moody Instrumental Music is what I call the "learning journey." I didn't start out knowing how to make beats, produce music, play piano or keyboard, use Propellerhead Reasonn, use the Akai MPD32, record videos, or create beautiful music from the rough ideas in my head. My "learning journey" is what has allowed me to do all of what I do musically. The journey has been long - more than a decade now - but my music clearly prooves that the journey is worth it.

Taurus Makes a Beat Midday Vibe Piano Freestyle Video Moody Instrumental Music by TaurusBeats

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Propellerhead Reason Video Tutorial Session 2 Available at TaurusBeats.com!

Propellerhead Reason Video Tutorial Session 2 Available at TaurusBeats.com!

I just finished posting the second video tutorial session - "VIP Session 2: Sample Flip w/ Reason NN-XT + MPD32" - on TAURUSBEATS.COM! This VIP Session features the making of my Moody instruMental Music track, "Grace To You".

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Days End - Original Moody Instrumental Music

Days End - Original Moody Instrumental Music by Taurus M. James (TauurusBeats) Piano Freestyle

Slideshow/Video of our vacation trip to Salt Lake City/Ogden, Utah (just before we moved to Alexandria, VA). Featuring "Days End" - Moody instruMental Music created with Propellerhead's Reason 4 software, Akai MPD32 and M-Audio Oxygen8 v2.

Days End Music Download Available

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NEW Propellerhead Reason Video Tutorial Session Available at TaurusBeats.com

I just finished posting the first Propellerhead Reason video tutorial session - "VIP Session 1: Chop and Flip Samples" - on TAURUSBEATS.COM! This is my first attempt at providing detailed video tutorials about how to produce music using Propellerhead's Reason software and hardware control devices like the Akai MPD32 and M-Audio Oxygen25.

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Worship Him by TaurusBeats Using Propellerhead Reason

Worship Him by TaurusBeats - Music I Made Using Propellerhead Reason, Oxygen25, Akai MPD32

Here's my interpretation of a well-known Christmas song that I made a few years ago. This is one of my original Moody instruMental Music creations done using Propellerhead's Reason 4.01 music software, the Akai MPD32 and the M-Audio Oxygen25 USB keyboard controller.

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Music and Memory: Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era

"Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory and brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can." - Neurologist Oliver Sacks

 

The documentary is called "Alive Inside" and I'll be glad when this project is complete.

This is part of the reason why I make Moody Instrumental Music.

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Why I Make Moody Instrumental Musicc

Why I Make Moody Instrumental Music - Testimony by TaurusBeats aka Taurus M. James

In 1997, I was following the teachings of Elijah Muhammad and Minister Louis Farrakhan, striving to be the best I could be in the Nation of Islam. One night, I prayed to God to, "Tell me what I am missing".

I was broke, bitter, angry and depressed. I wanted Him to tell me why my life was so messed up. I knew there was more to life - more to my life, but no matter how hard I tried, I couldn't make my life better.

The next morning, I awoke saying, "Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus Christ is the Son of God. Jesus Christ is the Son of God!" I was sitting straight up in my bed by the third time I spoke these words.



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Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb

This week's Church Drummer CHallenge includes music from Bethel Music -  Lion And The Lamb. This is a new song for me to learn to play as a church drummer.

Church Drummer Challenge - Lion And The Lamb Taurus James Playing Drums for Grace Crossing Church Beavercreek Ohio

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Music and Memory: Man In Nursing Home Reacts To Hearing Music From His Era

"Music evokes emotion, and emotion can bring with it memory and brings back the feeling of life when nothing else can." - Neurologist Oliver Sacks

 

The documentary is called "Alive Inside" and I'll be glad when this project is complete.

This is part of the reason why I make Moody Instrumental Music.

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How to Make Beats Laying Down Basic Music Ideas

I like to make Moody Instrumental Music on Saturday mornings. Sometimes, I start out the morning with playing around on the keyboard until I play a chord or melody that catches me and inspires me to develop more of a song. I call this my exploration and discovery process for making music.

Since I don't start with any musical pieces in my head (the way I normally do), I just make time to "explore" and "discover" music using this method. Rather than try to develop entire song ideas using this method, I just try to get the basic parts - the "foundation" - of a song captured in Propellerhead Reason. This way, I can always come back to the track later and develop it.

In this video, watch how I start out with two very basic 4-note piano chords and build a basic song idea. The bass and drums are added to the piano to create a "chill" song idea - something to lounge to on a nice Saturday morning.

The end of the video catches some of my improvisation on the basic idea. Usually, when I improv or "freestyle" on the track (with the piano) I can develop a real feel for the song idea, making it easier to build a complete song later.

Music Video on How to Make Beats: Laying Down Basic Music Ideas by TaurusBeats

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