At 4/3/13 06:55 PM, NimblekidX wrote:
Well, inspiration can be gained by listening to music that you eventually want to sound like. for example, I want to eventually gain a sound like this and a little of this too so I end up listening to these artists and others like them and end up thinking up ideas like these because that's what I listen to. you just gotta listen to stuff you like and eventually stuff you write will be on par, if not better, than what you like.
Excellent advices, thanks. I have also followed your tips during Skype talk session.
At 4/4/13 03:42 AM, NikeTheSword wrote:
So you start to compose and half-way through mind goes blank?
Save, name it properly (i.e. I name my unfinished tracks by mood/situation, just so that you recognize the "feel" later :D)
Open another project (usually another half-finished one for me), listen it through
Remind yourself that you're not losing your skills (this is actually important, worst thing you can do to yourself as a composer/artist is to start criticizing you yourself)
I have tried this direction before posting on this forum. I do follow old projects and reuse some of the arrangements for newer projects. Problem as it was too colorless for the sound and it always sounds similar; which turned out a new project becomes just a remix of older ones. I believe your "Slow-trick" advice works much better for me.
Thank you, NikeTheSword!
At 4/3/13 11:03 PM, Atyon wrote:
All of that is true. But FIRST, a bit of music theory will greatly help you (you need to learn at least what's a scale/ chord/ rythms).
I have previous musical training in university (just minor courses I took during fresh years). Is grade 5's level good enough? :D I believe it doesn't help if I can't apply what I have learned with excellency.
Also you can listen/ get the midi of your favorite songs and take a look at the patern/rythm used.
I enjoy re-scoring patterns and melodies of certain song. Using Midi is great and fast, problem is, it creates unwanted procrastination and reduces learning skills once I get to depend on the pre-scored notes.
Another thing, is to play on a real instrument (piano?) or a midi keyboard. It helps to clarify ideas and to write what you got in mind.
I play piano, guitar, concert and Irish flutes. Yes, this is a very good advice, playing other or own songs to create or remind inspiration. However it isn't always working for me.
Finally if you don't have any inpiration for melodies at the moment do something else - making rythm pattern with drums, messing around with a synth trying a different style...whatever you feel like basicly
Wow, a very creative way! Why I hadn't discover this earlier. Great advice, noted. Thank you sir :).
At 4/3/13 11:13 PM, NoAI wrote:
What he said, I've heard that works for a lot of people but doesn't work for me, I try to not listen to other music to get inspired because I'm always afraid that it'll heavily influence my work. Unless it's more of a technical problem, of course.
Same applies for me. I'm always afraid of getting heavy influences from certain works which might damage my creative.
Something that got stuck in my mind while I was studying music and production was something that Antoine de Saint-ExupÃfÂ©ry said, ruffly translated would be: "A rock is no longer a rock when someone gazes it and imagines a cathedral". Also, you know, life... I'm one of those that are more creative when feeling down, so I also struggle with creativity and inspiration when I'm just fine.
I wish my life is the same as everyone else on here :(. A busy life with little color. Maintaining servers and database with constant headache works, not a very good way to obtain ideas or influences from, lol. Therefore I need other ways to help my creativity to work in this environment.
Honestly, I don't believe that there is a magic way to get your mojo but there are a lot of techniques to help you develop your creative thought, sometimes, it's seriously trivial stuff like looking at a door and figure out other things that that door could be... You could do some research on that.
Good points. No magic but there is always certain best solutions to solve certain similar problems. I'm going to research more on this. Thank you sir for your detailed answers, NoAI. :)
tl;dr : Whatever, alchool.
Bless you. :)
At 4/3/13 11:40 PM, Tyrexx wrote:
Hello! I have a similar problem sometimes, I'm in the process of writing some music in different genres >.< well when I run into writer's block I try to take a break from music for a short while. I would play just enough to keep my playing skills sharp with mindless practice and set the instrument down and did other creative stuff, for me it was drawing or painting, but it could be another hobby or talent you have.
You know, Finns usually can't be imaginative in this way. Enough of joke, but it is quite true that I have a technical mindset rather than the softer mindset like everyone else, which mine isn't suited for writing music. Therefore, overcoming writer's block for me is quite difficult. Perhaps, feeding me some kossu would work :P!
Thank you for your answer bro.
At 4/4/13 02:56 AM, jarrydn wrote:
try writing techno
I hope you really mean it (or does it contain humors?). Anyway, I shall see this as an advice and try it out.
At 4/4/13 07:26 AM, SourJovis wrote:
You can create a song with no inspiration at all, by going about very methodically. Find a theme and a purpose for your song. Then think what key would fit with that. What metre. Then What song structure. After that chord progression, Rhythm. All the basic things. Think of some things that have not been done to often before, to create some sense of originality. When you got all that make a nice accompanying music with it. Now it's time for the melody. Put some notes that fit the chord scheme on the accents. You can increase tension by using some notes that don't actually fit with the chords. Start a segment of your song out with notes that fit the chords. Gradually use notes that fit less and less. In the end dissolve the tension by ending on a note that sounds consonant again so you get a nice arc. Now put some softer notes in between the accent notes, that move away or towards the accent notes in terms of both pitch and velocity, so you get some nice waves in you melody.
Very informative advices and tips SourJovis! o.O I have tried this out and it is working the best for me. Although I do try other advices as well. Thank you a tons sir!
At 4/4/13 07:55 AM, DjAbbic wrote:
I think what could work in this situation is putting what's in your head into your DAW quickly with very basic synths. This way, you have put all your ideas down and you won't lose anything. After this stage you can work on making the synths that you had imagined and mixing them, which does not require much inspiration.
At 4/4/13 11:59 PM, frootza wrote:
If you have an idea for a song, get it down on paper as soon as you can before you forget. You will have a wealth of melodies to fall back on within a month. Download an audio recorder application on your phone so you can remember melody ideas. Even if I'm you are out, you can always run to your car for a second to hum a melody/beat box a rhythm.
I have various ways to quickly write down ideas: either scribbling down in pocket notebook/papers, write done on hands or play the ideas directly with an instrument (when traveling to somewhere, I carry a flute with me). If I have nothing with me at the moment, I could whistle certain melodies.
As SourJovis said, it's quite useless if I have no inspiration. However this is good advice, nonetheless.
At 4/5/13 12:48 PM, CheckeredZebra wrote:
Think of a scene you created one day.
It could be an uneventful daydream, a fight scene involving a T-rex and a tank, or that one time when you were 5 pretending to be Mufasa from Lion King.
I have a very technical mindset. However this is an interesting advice, I shall try it out. :)