I've kind of experienced the same thing and "gotten old" with music. Maybe life is just taking over beause of whatever else you're involved in. I find I do best just letting things flow as they can, I think (and hope) that the "drive" will come back again.
Listen to the artists/producers/bands who got you producing in the first place. You'll hear the stuff they do and it might just refresh your creative juices.
That's a great advice. I tried it and made me feel like making some jungle'ish song, but I want to have something more... And every time I try something different and interesting, it ends up pretty badly.
Also something that bothers me is why does someone godlike like Aaron Funk make music for others? Is there a reason why to make music and let others know about it? I stopped painting for the same reason... maybe I'm just stupid.
Anyhow, I'll try something up and wish to get really excited from my next track.
As to the op, I'd say for myself that everything starts from drums. Maybe pick a bpm plug some drums in and start making patches in your synth. Try to do something new that you've thought about doing before, outside of your normal routine.
I've actually gotten sick of crutching myself with Nexus, so I'm attempting my own melodic instruments.
Well I love collecting weird gear and toys and then just circuit bending the pots out of them, but I don't really know how to apply that in my music, making the sounds together with the "beat" isn't something I'd call challenging...
I lost interest in making music for about two years 2003-2005. Funny as I still managed to make up about three whole songs in that period that later got used in a band. I know that feel bro. I still love the excitement of making a new song up, and I think the best songs come out of having no restrictions on content, style etc. It's actually hard for me to sit there and start a song and think what kind of song is it going to be? The times when I just fucking get it done are the easiest and seem to be the most creative/better ones I've done. I have had a dry spell in the last 7 months or so, but I still feel like I want to do this stuff for myself as a means to further my own sense of adventure...I think music is one of the last frontiers left as far as adventure goes and I crave any kind of adventure that's not pixelated and has spells that you cast.
I’m a great believer in growth by challenge: taking on tasks that force you to reach beyond your personal comfort zones and clichés. With that in mind I give you the following six compositional challenges. Take them seriously and I guarantee they will nudge (perhaps even kick) you forward in your personal musical evolution.
Create a piece of free groove. A piece with great rhythmic vitality and interest, but whose rhythms do not adhere to a meter or BPM grid. Think: extraterrestrial IDM.
Create a piece for your own solo voice. Song, narration, mouth percussion, whatever. But no effects, no overdubbing, no accompaniment; just you, in all your vocal glory.
Create a piece with (at least) 50% silence. Regard the silence as a presence rather than an absence. Strive to make the piece breathe … rather than choke and gasp.
Create a piece that uses only sounds the likes of which you have never heard before.
Create a piece in your least favorite genre. Can’t stand hardcore? Write a piece of death metal. No fair trashing or satirizing; the goal is to compose something competent in a genre you despise.
Create a piece that no one (except you) will ever hear. Observe carefully how your composition process and results differ from pieces you write for an audience.
If you’re into it, please share your results (except, of course, for the last challenge). I’d love to hear what you come up with. :-)
I've had this happen to me when I got sick of my own style...
me personally within the past two years I've wiped my computer clean 2 or 3 times..maybe more...
I got rid of all of the assorted sounds that I've made, track stems, unfinished project files..old tracks.
I guess for me its like some sort of musical cycle of death and rebirth or growth or something I don't know...all I know is that when I approach a new track my state of mind is fluid/loose.... all I do is add and subtract.
Your lacking direction and an over all "game plan" for what you want to do. I think you really need to either find the style you like the most and try make similar tracks. The other thing would be to just go off and do your own thing. You mentioned in one of your posts you made some different and interesting music...but it turned out pretty bad...by who's standards? Maybe others would like it. In any case you wont know until you share it and get it out there.
Just take some time to really think about all of this in terms of how long its gonna take for you to find your feet and develop a style and skills that others will recognize. If it takes a while, so be it just dont lose interest in the mean time and do what you can to stay on track. Goodluck
Try only to surpass your own previous accomplishments instead of beating others