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Old 12-10-2017, 03:04 AM   #1
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Constraints in music making to push creativity

We all run into walls when making music. And sometimes it's taking options away from your music that may help you push forward. So I thought maybe I can discuss one of many ways of getting past these "blocks". This video talks about setting up "constraints" on your music. Hope this helps! I know this is an issue for everyone every now and again.

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Old 16-10-2017, 04:48 PM   #2
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Re: Constraints in music making to push creativity

Whenever I'm not moving forward I delete the whole project and move on to the next. Whenever I'm not moving forward with a certain element or track I delete that and move on to try something new. It's pretty ruthless and and when working with others they stop me a lot and we still get something done in the end.

Since I starting doing that I finished about 200+ songs in 2 years. In the end I don't like 50% of those but it's still a lot of finished stuff compared to when I was getting stuck for days and weeks on a single loop.
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Old 16-10-2017, 04:49 PM   #3
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Re: Constraints in music making to push creativity

I chopped my own hands off.
It's pretty constraining, but very inspirational.
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Re: Constraints in music making to push creativity

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I chopped my own hands off.
It's pretty constraining, but very inspirational.
Are you not getting overwhelmed with all the things you can do with your feet?
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Old 16-10-2017, 04:53 PM   #5
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Re: Constraints in music making to push creativity

No, I chopped them off years ago to improve my chances of a unique footballing career.
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Re: Constraints in music making to push creativity

Thats the best thing about art.. learning and understanding how to overcome those "barriers" ..
Each one of us has different barriers i think , cuz its a personal thing.
Some use drugs , some listen to music , some look at art or nature , some masturbate and so on..
I do all those things at once.

I like these topics tho
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Old 16-10-2017, 07:35 PM   #7
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No, I chopped them off years ago to improve my chances of a unique footballing career.
i chopped my cock off because i wanted an illustrius career in the porn indestry.
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Old 16-10-2017, 11:03 PM   #8
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Re: Constraints in music making to push creativity

For a while now I've tried to engineer the right amount of constraints in the way I make music to allow me to focus in on some sort of style or sound or direction

It's been a long journey of 'i want constraints but not that much'

What I actually want is ableton and some ideas. I guess that's what you're getting at kind of.

Or I want the electribe I got at 18 but where it actually sounds good.

The effect you're talking about will inly last so long. Then after a while you open up a computer and the freedom and speed of it will have you cranking out all sorts of great tunes too. For me its always been about moving at the right time, even if its just changing how you use your existing equipment after doing it a certain way for a while.

It's actually, weirdly, exactly the same for me when I used to play call of duty. I used get a certain gun or gun combo and fucking kill everything that moved for a certain period of time. After a while i would be less effective with it. At that point I can basically choose any other gun and suddenly im loving the shit out of a gun I never really liked before. Nobody else played like that that I knew but to be fair I used to just run around not caring and had more fun

A really sad story there

The moral is be inspired and have great ideas and none of it really matters that much just keep moving or more accurately dont stay in the same place too long... If there's a difference. It's also why when I did the hip hop thing id pretty mich always alternate between sample based projects and synth projects it was great.

Somebody give me some ideas. Cheers

P.s. I made an album in like two weeks once it was actually decent

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Old 17-10-2017, 12:48 AM   #9
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No, I chopped them off years ago to improve my chances of a unique footballing career.
As the ball itself?

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Old 17-10-2017, 08:20 PM   #10
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Re: Constraints in music making to push creativity

1) try to limit the amount of time spent on the internet
2) don't upload tunes to the internet and ask for feedback; just make good tunes, study them, improve them, and archive them
3) set aside some time every week for studying the present and future trends in music composition and digital audio
4) don't have kids

these might not seem like limitations, until you consider that no matter what you do, if you don't budget your time, it's time lost. essentially there's always a tradeoff; some kind of constraint is already there anyhow

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Old 19-10-2017, 04:42 AM   #11
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Old 22-10-2017, 04:15 AM   #12
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Re: Constraints in music making to push creativity

This is part of the reason I want to go back to old hardware synths. When I think about my output now with FL Studio and a gang of plugins, versus my hardware rig at various stages, I gotta say the hardware's limitations pushed me to be more creative in the way I made music. With goo gobs of plugins it's easy to get overwhelmed with choices. Limiting yourself to hardware forces you to work within the constraints of that particular piece and having to augment it with another piece of hardware when you've exhausted all other options.
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Old 22-10-2017, 04:46 AM   #13
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Re: Constraints in music making to push creativity

Totally agree that limitations are a good thing. The limitations often force you to find unique workarounds to accomplish what you are going for. For me this has always had unique and interesting results, whereas if I had been able to instantly access what I wanted it would not have been anywhere near as good.

Case and point being starting looping on tape echos or long delay lines. That forced an entire way of thinking on me that I would not have seeked out had I had the god awful current batch of hardware loopers when I started.

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