The Engine Has Restarted!

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The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by nebulae » Wed May 06, 2009 11:56 pm

One of my biggest fears, as I imagine may be the case for many of you, is the day that my ideas dry up completely. I dread that day. I hope it never comes. And every time I get a musical block, I feel like that day has come. It freaks me out...

My last block started about 6 month sgo. Although I have a backlog of about 100 ideas that may turn into songs, the generation of ideas is what gets the whole process going. And when I have a bunch of time, I develop an idea, so I'm never really starting from scratch. For me, the idea engine is the most important. It's the thing that gives me all the unpolished gems in turn form...stuff that takes meybe 15 minutes to throw together whenever I'm farting around. I then polish those gems into full songs, with each song taking maybe 100+ hours or so on average.

So I had no ideas for six months. As you can imagine, I was very worried. Well, I'm glad to announce that the engine has restarted. Over the past three days, I've come up with three separate ideas. The joy of just playing and having fun with music is back. The musical outlook is bright.

Just thought I'd share :)
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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by otnooishphoo » Thu May 07, 2009 12:16 am

hurray!

my block started in 2007, and it hasn't stopped.

not that i am not trying
it just wont turn over

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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by bodhi71 » Thu May 07, 2009 12:39 am

I am leaving this post before I contract this horrible state.

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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by Tone Deft » Thu May 07, 2009 12:40 am

for me it helps if I make a short list of features I haven't tried before or don't know much about. then I start farting around, next thing you know I'm saving the set off as worth keeping. still nowhere near your ouput, damn...

anyone who says they don't get blocks is a cocky liar.
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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by nebulae » Thu May 07, 2009 12:46 am

woohoo, on a roll - just put away another one! a groovin' house track with a PWM bassline from a very old synth! Luv it!
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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by bodhi71 » Thu May 07, 2009 12:47 am

I have had my share.
Those were the worst 3 minutes of my life.

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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by Obineg » Thu May 07, 2009 12:55 am

Try to methologically sort and arrange your library , that always gets me going . . .
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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by Angstrom » Thu May 07, 2009 1:15 am

I've found that remix competitions are the perfect pointless musical doodling for times like these. I always find myself making up new parts and then saying "this idea is too fucking good for these cheap bastards - I'm having it"

Voila - you have yourself one fresh new idea.

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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by nuxnamon » Thu May 07, 2009 1:37 am

i find morning pages help minimize the engine light from going on
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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by Jekblad » Thu May 07, 2009 1:40 am

whenever i have a block i just stop sucking at life and then it gets better.

i'll def go w/tone def on this one, most of my best tunes have come about from learning and exploiting ONE feature and it turning out really cool.
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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by nebulae » Thu May 07, 2009 1:46 am

^ those of you offering suggestion, those are all very good ones. My cure for a block is to just keep going...creativity is like any other muscle - use it or lose it...the last 6 months of atrophy were quite horrid. I'm glad I'm coming out of it.
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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by continuous » Thu May 07, 2009 2:33 am

Start Me Up

p.s. very best to your wife!

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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by thefinger » Thu May 07, 2009 2:35 am

Obineg wrote:Try to methologically sort and arrange your library , that always gets me going . . .
meth logic is the worst.

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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by thefinger » Thu May 07, 2009 2:40 am

nebulae wrote:^ those of you offering suggestion, those are all very good ones. My cure for a block is to just keep going...creativity is like any other muscle - use it or lose it...the last 6 months of atrophy were quite horrid. I'm glad I'm coming out of it.
... truest words ever. never stop writing. even your "crap" will have value to somebody eventually, even if that somebody is only you.

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Re: The Engine Has Restarted!

Post by nebulae » Thu May 07, 2009 3:23 am

one other cool trick - give yourself any excuse to hit the record button...don't make it a chore, just any reason whatsoever.

So once every couple of weeks, I trim my finger nails. And on those nights, I can really nail my guitars because my fingers fit on the strings just right. That's a good excuse. I start jamming, use a quicky Guitar Rig patch, and I hit record. Is it the best thing to happen? NFW. But could it end up as a great song weeks or months down the road? Hells yeah.

Record often. Find any excuse to do so.
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