How to get inspiration and maintain your work in progress
Upon request, I have decided to make a little “tutorial” on how to get inspiration and maintain your work in progress.
Sometimes you wander around with a little riff or melody in your head, but you seem to forget it once you get in the studio and about to play it on the keyboard, or you hear a sound on your way home that you think would be splendid on a track. Some people just sit with the keyboard up front, and play the first thing that comes to their mind, and sometimes it turns out just great, but some people needs inspiration. This tutorial will give you some guidelines to how your keep up with your inspiration and how to be prepared once the inspiration strikes.
When going outside there so many sounds around you, birds in the trees, the sounds of your footsteps, cars driving by, the sound of a city at night, the only things that needs triggering is your imagination. You might even turn the sound of a bird singing into a beautiful melody or a riff. A lot of todays producers use that, Tycho usually gets his sounds from recording outside, and capturing it, at the right moment (More of that later on).
Another trick that may trigger your imagination is trying to hymn a few of your favourite tracks and start building another chord by hymning in different frequencies, or even beatboxing a beat for an ambient track.
So, sounds are basically always around you, but how do you capture this sound, so you can take it home in your studio, and start building up your new track?
Capturing the sound
The most important thing, when a producer looks for sounds outside it to carry an audio recorder with you at all time. You may use your phone for this purpose, and the higher the quality of the recording the better of course. But sometimes that just isn’t good enough, therefore I can recommend in investing in a “field recorder”. A field recorder is built for these purposes as mentioned above, capturing sounds in extremely high quality (usually records in WAV. format, but some of the newer ones, gives you the ability to compress it to WMA and MP3 formats).
Now that we got the sounds captured, laid down in your DAW, try to play around with a few effects to make it even more interesting (A good tip is to apply a “Gate”, to get rid of the unwanted ambience sounds), maybe try out some reverb, delay or even glitch the sound, pan it from left to right, whatever you feel like doing. This is where your creativity is put to test, and you mostly come out with fresh new sounds, none imitated.
Maintaining you creativity in the studio
Now, some producers tend to sit in front of the computer all day, and actually didn’t make anything noticeable and gets a lack of creativity, here are some guidelines to comprehend that:
1. Take breaks! - When producing, your ears gets really tired when sitting too long, so be sure to take breaks, go for a jog, watch a television, or read a book.
2. Eat healthy – To boost your energy and creativity, be sure to eat healthy. Maybe leave some snacks on the desk (Almonds are great for keeping up the pace).
3. Get some sleep – Your brain needs rest, and so does the rest of you. Be sure to get a good nights sleep, before entering the studio.
Here is few other things to get up your inspiration:
1. Play around on the keyboard, or guitar
2. Make a collaboration with a friend that you can trust
3. Get inspired by a person – how does the person make you feel, can you write it down in a musical form?
January 15th, 2013