Hello again lovely people! Well its closing in on the end of the year and we've got a few moments to look back and see whats happened. Things f...
A year in review
December 24, 2014
Does your musical diet affect what you create?
November 24, 2014
When you listen to one type of music is that all your capable of inventing? If someone only listens to indie or metal will those be the only types of music they can create? If someone doesn't listen to any music does that give them more freedom to create with complete originality? I tend to disagree, at least in most cases. As of late I can't say I've even been listening to any music in particular, other than SoundCloud fare for the most part.
As I write this I have some old Gordian Knot playing through headphones with one off so I can kind of pay attention to what ever movie is on Netflix. Generally I don’t listen to a great deal of music, and when I do it varies quite a bit. From Inanimate Existence, The afore mentioned Gordian Knot, Motion City Soundtrack to much more Avant-Garde things like Sleepy-Time Gorilla Museum, and Stravinsky. I guess it comes down to taking inspiration and applying it in your own original way as opposed to regurgitating something you’ve already heard. You might call this ripping off a particular band. Which is something I notice most often in the realm of metal music because it's the one I'm most acquainted with. Now I don't really think there's a reason to name the obvious names in metal that do this, all I will say is that if I wanted to listen to that band I'd listen to a good version called Pantera ;)
I don't, for the most part, think it's too obvious what bands have influenced me, and I could be completely wrong, but I see this as a good thing. Being able to pick the things you like out of music and apply them to your own use is a staple that every musician/artist really should have in there utility belt. Your utility belt can be filled with ideas from anything; a picture, a movie, or in one case I've used video games. It's about being able to make your own “painting” consisting of happy little trees that have grown from your garden of inspiration. (And yes I do know that last sentence was the weirdest thing I've ever said, but I have wanted to use that for a while, and boom!) Generic music is all too common these days. Main stream music and what would have been called "underground" years ago all sounds the same; uninspired and monotonous. When you listen to something and it could easily be either of a dozen or more bands it seems to me there’s no reason to listen to it, now is there. I'm not saying to stop listening to the music you like, I am saying who in the Fuck needs another band that sounds like HateBreed. And the answer to that is no one.
Being inspired should be a salad bar idea. Hold on, I'll explain. Start at your musical salad bar, I like this band's drum sound, I like this band's guitar tone, I like how this band uses dissonant harmony, I like how you have no idea what this band is talking about, at the end of your salad bar you have some things on your plate that were never meant to be arranged that way. Your ear will pick out something in music that stands out to you, and the next person will have something different that sounds out to them. How does this tie into what I started with? Because if you don't listen to music ever and don't have a passion for it then it seems a little hard to make a salad bar now doesn't it? The subtle contrast in music that you pick out is your starting point, and when you have that the hope is your natural creativity and artistic side will take then take driver seat. Starting with something familiar tends to be a good starting place. At least for me. Other times I just hear what it sounds like when it's done. I guess what I'm trying to say is; don’t be afraid to listen to whatever catches your ear. Even if it's out of your regular genre of music, or if it's something your friends/bandmates don’t listen to. Try to analyze what it is in a song you like that stands out to you. Keep doing this, and if your anything like me, listening to music becomes a lesson in deconstruction. I know this has been a lot of random shit but there is a point to it. If you made it this far go a head and leave a comment about a band that changed the way you hear music.
As always until the next time, Mister Scrambles: Over and Out.