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Old 04-01-2017, 02:29 AM   #19
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Re: How do you start your creative workflow?

A) I hear something somewhere that just excites the everlovingfuck out my GET DOWN and I want to recreate that same energy (Richard Travers just did this to me with his six in the morning track in the Listening Booth!).

B) I hear something that has a good component it, but my ear says they fucked something up so I go to fix that idea in my own way.

C) I watch a documentary on something to do with music (or sometimes on science, or anthropology, or whatever) and my train of thought runs into an A + B kind of situation (mixing fields of music), or I hear/watch something and it sparks a novel idea in my head and off I go. I might be trying to experiment with some fusion of concepts, or I might be trying to capture the essence of some topic/idea.

Being that my roots are in rhythm guitar, I tend to start at the rhythm and work out from there...but not always at all.
Sometimes I'm specifically starting with the drums because I'm specifically experimenting with a drum idea.
Other times I might have gotten a tune for a melody stuck in my head (I whistle pretty much constantly).
Other times I'll start with the bass because that's what I heard in my head, or that's what I heard and wanted to base it off of (happens when I hear Michael Jackson music, or study old Chicago House music...or Giorgio Moroder).

Then again, I may start with strings because the idea I had began with symphonic sounds which I later decided to convert into pads...who knows!?

Basically I don't often sit down and say, "Right; now to work on a track."
I usually wait until something hits and then I sit down and go for it.

The trick, in my opinion, is to constantly be thinking of music in the back of your head so that it can leap up and say "HEY!" when something, the tiniest thing comes along...I mean, I was checking out a the Grocery Store once and the the machine said, "System Processing. Swipe or Insert Card and Follow Instructions on Pin Pad."
The way it sounded and the grammar of the sentence just grabbed me and I whipped out my phone and recorded it when I bought something again so that I could use it as the basis for a song.
I have no clue what that song will be, but I know it will be influenced by the uncanny timbre and the mechanistic beat pattern of that computer voice message.
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