- Pretend you’re a film composer
- Create a piece of music using only one piece of gear
- Don’t use MIDI
- Eschew polyphony. Think contrapuntally.
- Create ten new sounds
- Transcribe a piece of music/make something exactly like….
- Buy yourself a gift – very often a new toy is inspirational.
- Consult Eno’s Oblique Strategies.
Do Something Wrong
It seems like a lot of the most important ideas in electronic music come out of people either naively or intentionally doing things “wrong” – things like twiddling 303 knobs to create acid basslines, ambient music’s use of “guitar” effects on piano, Eno’s use of asynchronous tape loops, glitch music’s exploration of “broken” sound and Reich’s use of phased repetition.
What can you do that’s “wrong”?