Futher on my point above: I view spontaneous inspirations like imagining what about you’re going to say before an impotant talk with someone. It’s like you imagine what points you’re going to make, how the dialogue would be, while imagining what you say in reaction to what the one you’re going to talk would say. And when the situation comes in, everything is forgotten, and you’ll say completely different things - just inspired and prepared by what you’ve dreamt of before.
Hehe that’s so true. Good analogy. And good points in both your posts. Thx man. Gives some food for thought and can reflect with what it is that we seek.
I feel like the way most of us do it is that we wait until the time we really should be going to sleep, then we Renoise for 4-5 hours straight in a trance like state of exhaustion.
Hehe that’s some of the good old days for me. Game till late hours then right before bed time: bam! The best stuff flows into the sequencer. Sleep 3 hours and get totally wasted at work, only to rest there and do it all again later that night. Now living together with my girlfriend, we tend to match sleep time together, so I actually never (really NEVER) do this anymore. Hmm, there might actually be a clue in there, why I’m struggling so much. This might be a missing puzzle piece, right here
If you have a phone or other device then humming is a great idea and then you can try and translate that into Renoise. If you have an ipad though, bring that along and download Tabletop, a free miniature DAW.
Good advice! Also the humming thing is something a lot of people probably can do. No iPad here though and I know the humming doesn’t really work for me personally (tried it many times before when I was carrying a Zoom H4 on me all the time to record ambient sounds wherever I go). But I’m going with Jan Koekepan’s similar idea:
You say your memory fails you. Fair enough. That means you need an aid, and you need to carry it with you. I often carry a Nintendo 3DS-XL with Detune’s M01D and DSN-12 software on it. That is a powerful note taking tool, or even composition if I’m stuck in a waiting room for a while. Why not start there?
Dyem man… I do have those Korg apps sitting on my 2DS and I’m not doing anything with it right now. And that while I have the 2DS on me 98% of the time (Go streetpass!). This is actually a great idea! Thx man. Why didn’t I ever think about that? Before I’d only use it when it’s on me in the studio and I hook it up to the mixer. I should bring earbuds though. Never have those one me. So that’s one to start doing from now on … Sadly I won’t be able to 2DS traveling my bike, doing groceries, or most of the work day at the office, but it’s a start
But here’s the key: every note is a promise to follow it up. When you get your renoise time, at the very least transcribe what you created and save it. Eventually, you may find a use for it.
This is good practice indeed In fact I save and even backup everything that is ever done in studio time! Never loose something that might proof to be important later
I guess the question now is what is manageable for you to do outside to bring home, inside Renoise ?
Now that I think about that question, it’s more than tone and sequence, there is a lot one can do to stay in touch with their music and prime for that Renoise session at a different time. A few examples:
- While in the office, I could potentionally dig out new VST’s or tutorials and get excited about making sounds like that.
- Always render MP3 of work at the end of studio time and review any recent mp3’s throughout the day, wherever I go.
- If possible I could potentionally scout out new music and listen to that (I used to do that a lot, but not that much anymore lately)
- As noted above, play with the Korg apps on my 2DS (or do something similar on Ipad, or phone, or whatever)
If you think, “Ugh, blargh, almost 8pm, I guess I should sit down and make some crappy music.”, then you make it work-like, which will probably not keep you motivated. Something like, “Woohoo, almost 8pm, I finally get to make awesome music and learn new stuff!” is probably more helpful.
Although this is not that much the case with me, it is a good point and something everyone should look out for whenever you’re doing ‘time management’ of any sorts. It’s a common pitfal: you make it about “I NEED to do this and that” instead of “I WANT to do this and that”. Wanting to do stuff is easier to follow up on
You could also look deeper to figure out why playing games is more appealing than being creative.
That’s one I’ve also been struggling with. I actually banned games from my life for a good 2 years as an experiment. It didn’t up the productivity though and for some reason those games (and movies) are an inspiration in themselves. I’m happy to have them games back in my life again. Thing is I’ve always found them interesting ever since my dad put my 4 year old self behind a commodore 64. Heck, I got interested in synths because of the sound of that thing. Yeah, on the other hand it is such a time waster, so to come back to time management… Gaming is something that I do WANT to do, so it is something that I definitly want to reserve time for. The problem is with wanting it more then making music at times I set down for music. I know I want to do music when I plan it, but for some reason it becomes a “Ah I scheduled music… Shit I have (NEED) to do music now otherwise I never get to it, but I WANT to play games right now (or whatever else)”… I sometimes think scheduling your free time in detail is not the way to go. By experiment I’m gonna see if it’s better if I just schedule “Jeffrey time” in my agenda instead and then do whatever I feel like with that personal time. The obvious problem here probably being I’ll end up gaming most of those times, but maybe if I do go create music I’m probably in a better place.
The one who seeks victory loses to the fear of defeat.
Hmmm, so deep that I’m missing the point in relation to all that is discussed above I guess
Anyways, as Mivo and OopsIFly already hint at, I guess a good part of it is psychology and training brain patterns, etc. Conditioning yourself, setting yourself up for the right mood in the right environment with the required time set aside. Easier said than done though, I’m actually feeling like for me, I might have to make a big shift in lifestyle / priorities to make that happen though. However, only thinking about it doesn’t accomplish anything, so I guess it’s time to just DO IT. Will be applying some of the ideas summed up above, like bringing earbuds, getting more time on those 2DS Korg apps, review mp3 during the day, make better use of my day job office time, but I assume there is plenty more I can do / change. Will see and experiment
Thx for all the input so far guys. This is meaningful stuff! Keep’em coming