You just described my record collection minus abou another 20 genres . Still listen to CDs and records...still buy CDs and records . One of the things with me doing songs is ever time I open up Reason I’ve got a different type of music in my head. Some days it’s reggae metal other days it’s hip hop prog. You get the picture.mcatalao wrote: ↑22 Dec 2019IMHO this happens because of 2 things, mostly...
First, because you are extinguishing your "creative" mind with the same paths (not reason related, but musically).
You start songs the same way you did in a long time, you work with the same keys, you use a chord sequence too much and whatever you do sounds the same, if ever something comes out.
You have to fight this with new solutions. Work new melodies, find new harmonies, listen to new music, more complex, more out of your box. If you listen to rock, try jazz, try world. If you're fed up with EDM, go tribal or acoustic. But try shake things up. Listen to odd stuff, go indian and squeese up some ragas, hear classical, even contemporary, and so on.
The second reason is that you're losing focus on music to production. All the production shiet (1000+ vst's won't help you make a song), is secondary to the music. People will like a song if it has an amazing production, or if it was played on a crappy guitar. Because the most important thing is music, and the rest is secondary. So with all the production chiet, people forget that a great melody, enticing lyrics and an exquisite chord progression, are the first thing you need for a great song. The rest is subjective, and secondary. Takes a lot of time to get the rest done, and we loose focus because it takes the soul of the craftsmanship, but we can't forget this is all about the music!
So, take away the crap, remember which instruments you used to make those songs when you were younger with a 4 track, and use them again in your creative process, and don't start mixing or even arranging before your melody, lyrics, harmony and rhythm are well defined. Don't "produce" the song before the song exists.
Do the song. Then the rest.
At the moment I’m down to stock devices, 5 synths which were built before ‘85, 7 or 8 analogue effects and 5 refills. That’s out of around 250 REs and 120GB of refills. Think I’m on track.
Oh yeah...and an upside down bucket.