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How do you guys come up with the initial idea? How do you get inspired? How does the starting happen for you?

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Well what do you do? :)

I think it best to decide what gesture you want the music to have--slow, and pretty; loud and exciting; fast and dancelike, etc etc

and then either start with something you composed or remember that fits this, and then go forward..by noodling around, or starting with notation form an older piece, etc--whatever works for you.

Its very important to remember that what you first write is not always going to end up being the beginning of a piece..so if what you end up writing doesnt fit your original idea or gesture, but it sound goods, I would keep on working on it, and then go from there--and compose around it...

Many younger composers might discard the idea because it doesnt fit what they originally envisioned, but NEVER do this..take it as far as it can go, and use that for your piece or put it away for another day.

Hope this helps!

Thanks Bob https://soundcloud.com/bob-morabito

I usually find it hard to find the initial idea and it takes me so much time. I still have not found an ideal solution to this. 

Charles Holt said:

Well what do you do? :)

Hi Ashley,

I find inspiration most easily when I have a concept, or assignment, with a specific goal in mind. Then I can shape the music around the concept. For example, I am working on an anthology called “Boy,” about a day in the life of a small child. So one of the pieces is the boy getting up in the morning, and the rest of the music is about what he does during the day. What I cannot get inspiration from is just saying “ok, I’m going to write a two part invention in b-flat,” that kind of mechanical approach for me never goes anywhere.

Best,

Gav

Thank you. That is interesting. :) 



Gav Brown said:

Hi Ashley,

I find inspiration most easily when I have a concept, or assignment, with a specific goal in mind. Then I can shape the music around the concept. For example, I am working on an anthology called “Boy,” about a day in the life of a small child. So one of the pieces is the boy getting up in the morning, and the rest of the music is about what he does during the day. What I cannot get inspiration from is just saying “ok, I’m going to write a two part invention in b-flat,” that kind of mechanical approach for me never goes anywhere.

Best,

Gav

Thank you for sharing.  That is interesting. :) 



Gav Brown said:

Hi Ashley,

I find inspiration most easily when I have a concept, or assignment, with a specific goal in mind. Then I can shape the music around the concept. For example, I am working on an anthology called “Boy,” about a day in the life of a small child. So one of the pieces is the boy getting up in the morning, and the rest of the music is about what he does during the day. What I cannot get inspiration from is just saying “ok, I’m going to write a two part invention in b-flat,” that kind of mechanical approach for me never goes anywhere.

Best,

Gav

For the type of composing I do, I find inspiration in 3 forms. 1. For a specific project, like when collaborating with a director or producer, I ask them to describe scenes for me or I might read a script. From there, I can usually start formulatiuon some general ideas and some sort of musical "shape" you might say. Tempo comes to mind first when I'm doing it this way. 2. Another thing that gives me inspiration is simply noodling around on the keyboard with a really nice virtual instrument sample. Like an expressive cello or viola or something. 3. My best inspiration for me is when I'm looking at moving imagery. This method just speaks to me and I can usually start building something that works pretty quickly.

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