Unconscious Music Making

As I’ve been slowly updating this site, I’ve been forced to go back and listen through my old music. This thought occurs to me every now and again, but when I listen to my music I have no idea how I’ve made it! Yeah sure, I know I’ve used a 12 note musical scale and some synthesizers and the liberal use of ‘Save as’…. I know the mechanics of the creation, but as to how I’ve pulled the particular themes together into a (sometimes) coherent musical thing…. I can’t remember, my mind is blank…. I do have snippets of little bits of time in particular songs where I can remember particular little moments of ‘aha!’, but never anything like “Sounds like a good place to stick a wavering spacey G.”, all that stuff just comes out automatically and pre-consciously. And in fact, the less conscious I am of the creation process, the more I actually like the track. So my theory is that to make good music, you have to forget how to make music to make it and let your trained subconcious do the creation. If you think too much about making the music, it comes out formulaic and contrived, the less you think about it, the more innovative and unique it becomes…. Just a thought, but I made a graph as well. And as usual, Nietzsche has something poignant to say about the process.

For art to exist, for any sort of aesthetic activity to exist, a certain physiological precondition is indispensable: intoxication. – Nietzsche.

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