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On Restlessness and the Complexity of Refuelling One's Creative Batteries

March 06, 2017 2 Comments

On Restlessness and the Complexity of Refuelling One's Creative Batteries

I hate beatmaking videos where producers edit in only the good stuff. It's the equivalent of photoshopping a model's wrinkles or pimples out. They have bad hair days too, you know?

The current state of affairs in online talent showcasing is very detrimental to our perception of the creative process.

Rehearsed and pre-recorded (seemingly) live covers. 2-minute long sequence shots of entire beats with drums, chords and melodies laid down with not one wrong note.

I've been in the studio with proven production geniuses who could not come up with a single good progression after hours of tinkering on the controller.

Pros fail all the time.

I realize my creative process is made up of roughly 90% restlessness, and 10% execution. On the surface, these periods of mental (and often physical) agitation seem like time wasted. They are not. They are very productive minutes spent weeding out brain clutter.

There is zen to be found in riding the restlessness wave.

Embrace it.

It's the most exciting part of the creative process. The uncertainty. The rush of not knowing if these hours are going to amount to just a tiny speck worth revealing to the world. Standing before the precipice of failure for hours on end is a daunting task.

Try to come out on the other side not too worn out.
Cause you'll have to wake up tomorrow morning and do it all over again...


2 Responses

JT
JT

May 09, 2017

Hey Mike!

That’s what I’m talking about!! That’s why on the Delicate Youtube channel, I make a big emphasis on not worrying so much about the technical side of things… If you can find chords, melodies and beats, just start by putting those in your DAW. Mouse, MIDI keyboard, whatever works. It all starts with good musical ideas. You can always revisit them later when your technical know-how has evolved :)

Mike
Mike

March 07, 2017

JT, I’ve given up, giving up!
I realise now that if those creative juices aren’t flowing, to stop beating myself up, have a break, and come back to things when in the mood.
Still for me though, is when technical stuff gets in the way, and I find myself getting frustrated because of it, then turn everything off!! Trying to set up a second midi controller (Zoom R8) so I can use it in Kontact to control the dynamics etc! Just the Zooms faders that’s all….. then those juices are long gone…. Thanks for sharing your trials and tribulations JT, it makes me feel a whole lot better. Peace Bro

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