Music Composers Unite!
Some comments in this thread seem to be aligning inspiration with completing a composition quickly - when it just flows. I won't argue the point on that, it may well be a fair criterion for inspiration.
Having said that, I would make these remarks about it - firstly, the music which I've written most quickly has mostly not been as high a quality as music which I've been painstaking with. And when it has, it's usually because I've been writing well inside my "comfort zone." That is to say, I don't very often get a good result from writing something which is for me adventurous *and* having produced it quickly (although maybe it happens within sections of pieces). Just a thought.
"Thats too bad for you, I guess you have not experienced the divine inspiration yet."
You're entitled to your guess.
I can't begin to explain how this happens, but I guess it may be the brain re-organising all the tunes in its subconscious into something new that makes sense." Don't get me wrong, I know what you're talking about here. Knowing how to let go and let it flow is very important. I just wonder if this is a fairly normal thing. In a sense, this happens multiple times during the course of writing. You could say that every phrase, or every few notes just pop into your head, fairly unannounced. How they get there? Who knows. Maybe neurologists or something. I still maintain that the conscious, relatively deliberate work which happens after this is at least equally important, and in many cases makes or breaks the thing. But how much emphasis is on one or the other process no doubt depends on the individual.
Hmmm... 'Medium of some kind'. This implies that the music is already in existence somewhere in the ether and that you're the lucky soul through which it chooses to hit a piece of manuscript paper. I'm not sure that's believable; not in terms of spirituality anyway. I know what you mean about those moments where everything seems to come together and you can get good stuff down on paper faster than you can think about it. However, I'd say that was a subconscious rather than a spiritual phenomenon. If you're writing in a certain style then there is music hanging around that you'll have heard and absorbed. It's probably that which is coming back out and through your pen. I wouldn't call it inspiration; I'd call it luck.
Oh, and 'Gestalt' is not a verb. I have no idea what gestalting would be. To give shape or form to an idea perhaps?
I sort of know what Chris means, but maybe he puts it a bit strongly."
I'd be careful about what you say about Chris, Adrian. The last post I left seems to have been removed - it was definitely there for a short while - and I can only assume that Chris performed this action.
Actually, this one will probably also be removed. I don't suppose he would be happy to leave it where it is and return the last one?
I fail to see the basis of this censorship.