Creativity At Your Fingertips
Where to begin
I don’t really think it’s fair to say there is a right way to create music. Sometimes it’s created by an emotion and or feeling. Walking your dog at night you hear your feet on the wet pavement, that might spark some sort of creative energy to lay down a track. From everything I do during the day from getting up, feeding the dogs to eating my meals there is some order to it if we want to believe that or not. I don’t carry that through with my music by any means. It’s an outlet for me, I know I’m never going to make a career out of it, but all of what life throws at me, it naturally fits the bill. I have tried the traditional process by trying to write down some thoughts and feelings and that has worked in the past, but for me that is to time consuming. Sitting down with a nice cup of coffee ( or drink of your choice) seems to be the right ingredients to make sounds that are pleasing to the ears.
Tools of the trade
Everything I have read and all the YouTube videos I have watched one take away from it all is find your own sound. Don’t try to copy anyone else’s work but rather get inspired by what others create. Listen closely to what you hear on your favorite ripped CD, Pandora, radio, friends house or the D.J at the club. You will find yourself over time leaning towards one type of sound over and over again, and while it might not hit you right away at some point it will click. For me the best tool is putting on a pair of headphones and just listening making note of all the little blips and bleeps a song has to offer. Okay okay so what about the equipment you ask, well here is the set up.
- Native Instruments Maschine
- Audix OM2 Mic ( For when I have friends come over and lay down lyrics)
- M-Audio BX5a monitors
- M-Audio Axiom 49 Gen 2 Keyboard
- Oxygen 8 25 Gen 1 keyboard
- Focusrite 8i6 audio inteface
- Breedlove acoustic guitar
- Hamer Slammer Series electric guitar
That is pretty much all I need to make my sounds. Now, this was not a spur of the moment go out and buy all this stuff because that would be close to 10,000(USD). This was built over a course of 5 years and still continues to grow. I have some “peasant” tools on my computer that I will leave to myself, hey every great artist doesn’t share all their secrets. The most important advice I can give to anyone who is doing this for a hobby is don’t give up, you will come across times more often than not that your brain just doesn’t want to be creative and that’s okay. If this is a hobby let it come to you when is convenient to you and your body.