“Creativeness often consists of merely turning up what is already there.”
At first, being creative is a very subtle entity… It is that voice and those thoughts that quietly give you amazing song and musical ideas… Sometimes, the mind is too noisy or busy to understand. Sometimes, it’s easy to hear but not listen – We hear ideas but don’t write them down. Other times, there are ideas that have potential, but need massaging. These ideas usually visit you the most often and often get neglected the most too…
The process of massaging your music creativity starts with ‘intent listening’ when inspiration speaks. Then take action.
By turning down inner noise and focusing on those abstract, crazy, and very personal ideas, more music creativity and possibilities begin to unfold. When you are open and always listening, more ideas can be heard. Very rarely to often times never is a great song or music production ‘inspired to perfection’. They are handcrafted, reconstructed, and massaged to perfection – massaged to sooth the ears of others…
Massaging your Music Creativity into a Finished Beat is a process which begins with ‘turning up’ what you may miss on a daily basis, capture it, and then edit it to excellence. The power of rewriting and editing is beyond comprehension. New lyrics, different rhythms & rhymes, new melodies, entirely different arrangements, or new music can all be added to or subtracted from any composition… The problem most have is holding on to their baby in fear of change, fear of it maturing, fear of becoming something bigger and greater, fear of success…
Tutorial: Massaging your Music Creativity into a Finished Beat:
- Constantly capture your new ideas
- Edit and re-write your ideas until you push your own personal boundaries.
- Take a break from starting new material until all your beats and songs are finished.
This process will keep you from having ‘thousands of unfinished beats’.
Massage your music production until you are ‘caught’ up and can finish one beat at a time before moving to the next one. This will keep you super charged creatively and also give you a hefty beat catalog.
By the practice of massaging your muscles of ideas, songwriting and music productions can transform from infancy to maturation overnight.
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Brandon K. Montoya aka The Incomplete Orchestra aka "Coruscate"June 16, 2010 at 5:03 am
I’m a writer as well as an artist.
These same concepts apply to virtually any kind of creative art, not just beats.
Though I will tell you what is a constant show stopper for everyone: Getting obsessed with perfecting something. Ultimately if you are trying to make a living on creative arts, it’s about production. Sure in your early stages you want to aim for complete pieces to challenge yourself. But sometimes people get so obsessed with creating that perfect picture, that perfect beat, that they don’t push on and move on to new things when they should.
So also know when to move on.
RANDALL J. RAY Sr. A.K.A. "TROUBLEMAN"June 18, 2010 at 11:16 am
I am guilty of doing exactly what this article claims. I recently did some ‘spring cleaning’ on the harddrive of my mv. I think i deleted at least 20 unfinished beats and samples that sounded great in my head, but fizzled once I captured them. I actually discovered my problem before I read this tutorial on production flow. Now, I just work on one beat from start to end, even if it means taking a break from the project for a few days. All in all,this article diagnoses the problem and provides a great solution.
Adam the GreatJuly 9, 2010 at 1:24 am
Feelin’ these words of encouragement too.