I typically begin writing with the conception of a piece. I get away from the compositional process and just give myself time to think about the form, harmony, melodic conceptions, rhythmic characteristics, thematic ideas, and textural elements to the next piece. In this time I usually play instruments more, just noodling and when I find something I really enjoy, I will notate it in my comp book and move on until I begin the drafts of the piece.
After I have a solid idea of how the piece is going to unfold and function, I start drafting. I usually do not rigidly follow my blueprints and I follow where inspiration takes me during writing. Sometimes I will find a melody or harmony that inspires an entire overhaul of the piece.
Also, I teach music composition and 90% of the time when someone has writers block, it stems from a disorganized writing process. Even though this is an art and there is no correct way to do anything, it still helps your ideas become solid and clear if you have an organized way of looking at your piece. Think about all of the elements that you want to work on. It sounds to me you are waiting on melody to give you inspiration. Why not harmony? Why not form? Personally, I find inspiration in form almost more than anything else.
I always start with a drumloop to get an idea of the tempo I'm trying to keep in the track... then I build up a couple bars into a good jam... form there I decide whether to make that my intro or my body of the track.. then I take the same drumbeat w/o the synth work and and complete different synth work that still stays in the same theme of what I want in that track... after that it's just adding and tweeking...
With electronic music i get insipiration after i've made a bass or a sound that i like. Then the melody comes by itself.
I focus in getting eargasmic sounds (i dont know if i accomplish it though hehe)
I usually have the most trouble with the first 5% of any song. But once you create something that catches your ear right, everything tends to fall into place. So it's just a matter of pushing through the trenches at the beginning.
I tend to get started on a new track while working on an older one actually. Since building off of a base melody, drum loop, or whatever is how everyone is saying to start, why not build off of an older one? Go back and take a look at an older track and maybe extend from there. Just don't be afraid to go off in any direction and it'll eventually turn out to sound nothing like the original track you started building off of.
I have a few drum loop midi sequences and preset bass synths that I like to start from. My favourite part of production is free playing bass lines into those midi sequences. once i have something that sounds good I'll tweek / change the samples and the synth and work the structure and layout from there.
struggling with some fresh ideas for breakdown rises and falls lately. anyone got samples?
I just design my own sounds trying to make bass, leads, percs, fx, atmosphereics, ect and try to stick with the idea of does this sound like something i like? Ill do this about 100 times and then ill reflect back on what i have re sampled to audio and designed for my sound. Then ill go and start arranging things (sometimes completely randomly its seems like) the way i think it sounds good. I always seem to struggle with drum lines i don't know why but its a pain in the ass for me i ussally dont use alot of drums to be honest mostly percs
Currently Listening To:FieldTriqp - Sink Like a Stone
I start with drums and make them simple and generic. I put them on a loop and then make sure they are tight and equed. then il just start messing about with melodies over the drums. Once that sounds good i just expand everything into a progression. then i just fucking add triplets, resample, put swing on stuff, improvise little melodies, and add variation and flush out all my basses. I master as a go- but im trying to get away from that. when you concentrate really hard on mastering and making sure all your sounds are clean you tend to loose creativity and get stuck.
I do A LOT of automatic writing. If it's even just two lines, I'll write it down. Even if I can't imagine where or what it will accompany, I jot it down. I'll have dozens of half poems that I can then compare and contrast to something I composed previously, or that I can compose around. With that basic outline, I can then begin editing the lyrics so that they flow better and fit properly.
I try my best to always have a pen and pad near, so if I even just get a phrase that keeps repeating itself I can write it down and flesh it out. If I don't have paper, I'll leave it in the notes on my cellular.
Once I get that basic framework down. I begin building on the foundation.